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This is one of our three sections on the ACM site on Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge  and now also Prince George.

Prince William and Prince George are second and third in the line of succession to the Australian throne.

This section is about  their visits to Australia and New Zealand, as well as any news particularly relating them to Australia and New Zealand.

The reports here are in chronological order and go back to 2007.

You can find the latest details of the 2014 Royal Visit below the first image.

 We have adopted the hash tag #RoyalVisitAus   -   do  use this in the social media.

 

 Photo: For the  #RoyalVisitAus  here is a close-up of the photo below of Prince William and Catherine - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - with their baby son Prince George as well as cocker spaniel Lupo.

The latest  official schedule for the Royal Visit of Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George follows:-

As with previous Royal Visits, ACM will be offering regular news and commentary. We have adopted the hash tag #RoyalVisitAus  and we encourage you to use this in the social media.  

 

•April 16 - Sydney: Arrive and attend reception at the Sydney Opera House.

•April 17 - Sydney: Fire-ravaged street in Blue Mountains.

•April 18 - Sydney: Attend the Royal Easter Show, visit a children’s hospice before watching a demonstration by surf life-saving volunteers.

•April 19 - Brisbane: RAAF base visit then reception for Queensland’s young people.

•April 20 - Sydney: Cathedral service then visit Taronga Zoo where the bilby enclosure is being named after Prince George.

•April 21 - Rest.

•April 22 - Uluru (Ayers Rock) (Second night away from George): Visit the National Indigenous Training Academy, view Aboriginal art display then walk round part of the rock.

•April 23 - Adelaide: View young people’s music workshop and watch skateboarding display.

•April 24 - Canberra: Visit the National Portrait Gallery, attend a reception at Parliament House, plant a tree at the National Arboretum.

•April 25 - Canberra: Attend ANZAC Day March, lay a wreath and plant a ‘Lone Pine’ tree in the Memorial Garden; depart for London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Here's the official schedule for the Royal Visit of Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George:               •April 16 - Sydney: Arrive and attend reception at the Sydney Opera House. •April 17 - Sydney: Fire-ravaged street in Blue Mountains. •April 18 - Sydney: Attend the Royal Easter Show, visit a children’s hospice before watching a demonstration by surf life-saving volunteers. •April 19 - Brisbane: RAF base visit then reception for Queensland’s young people. •April 20 - Sydney: Cathedral service then visit Taronga Zoo where the bilby enclosure is being named after Prince George. •April 21 - Rest. •April 22 - Uluru (Ayers Rock) (Second night away from George): Visit the National Indigenous Training Academy, view Aboriginal art display then walk round part of the rock. •April 23 - Adelaide: View young people’s music workshop and watch skateboarding display. •April 24 - Canberra: Visit the National Portrait Gallery, attend a reception at Parliament House, plant a tree at the National Arboretum. •April 25 - Canberra: Attend ANZAC Day March, lay a wreath and plant a ‘Lone Pine’ tree in the Memorial Garden. •Depart for home.  This sector will be preceded by a visit to New Zealand details of which are:  •April 7 - Wellington: Arrive to ceremonial welcome. •April 8 - Rest. •April 9 - Wellington: Meet parents and their babies at Government House, hopefully with George. •April 10 - Blenheim: Events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. •Wellington: State Reception where William will unveil a portrait of the Queen. •April 11 - Auckland: Meet serving air force personnel and their families. Race each other across Auckland Harbour in Team New Zealand Americas Cup yachts. Ride on a Sealegs craft - boat that can be driven into and out of water. •April 12 - Waikato: William views an aircraft factory while Kate goes to a children’s hospice. Both travel through Hamilton town centre and meet Olympic athletes and open the new velodrome. •April 13 - Dunedin (Travel away from George for one night): Maori tribal welcome, visit cathedral then watch and participate in a Rippa Rugby tournament - non contact rugby. •Queenstown: Wine tasting, travel on the Shotover Jet - 50mph white water ride. •April 14 - Christchurch: Ceremony for those who died in 2011 earthquake. Watch a 2015 Cricket World Cup event, later visit air force museum and memorial wall. •April 15 - Rest. •April 16 - Wellington: Visit a police training college, sign the city’s visitor book then depart.
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The Crown - an intrinsic part of the Australian system Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 24 April 2014

 Prince William and Catherine signed the visitors' book at Parliament House on Queen Victoria's writing table.

When The Queen-Empress gave her assent at Windsor to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Bill in 1900, she gave to the Australian Parliament this writing table, as well as the pen and the inkstand she had used. They are on display in Old Parliament House

The Crown has been with us at every stage of our development and progress, an intrinsic part of the Australian system

 

Photo: Prince William and Catherine signed the visitors' book at Parliament House on Queen Victoria's writing table.  When The Queen-Empress  gave her assent at Windsor to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Bill in 1900, she gave to the Australian Parliament this writing table, as well as the pen and the inkstand she had used. They are on display in Old Parliament House
 
Who is to blame for the republican annus horribilis ? Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Leading republican, Professor George Williams, writes that this year is shaping up as an annus horribilis for the republican movement.

Writing in The Sydney Morning Herald on 22 April 2014, under an unusually long headline "To drag Republican movement from the doldrums, political leaders must speak up" 

 

Photo: Prince William holding his son Prince George and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, after they arrived arrive in Sydney on Wednesday. Photograph: Rob Griffith/AP
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He says republicans have had to contend with three things.  First, Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s reintroduction of Knights and Dames.

Second, the  highly successful visit by what he names as the royal family’s "new glamour couple'' the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and of course baby Prince George, dubbed charmingly by one television presenter as ''His Royal Cuteness''. 


...they never had the young in the bag...


But all this, he says, pales into insignificance beside the ''recent'' finding that young people are abandoning the cause. He says this puts paid to the old adage that a republic is inevitable.

Professor Williams must have actually believed the old furphy  that republicans had time on their side, and only had to wait until, as former Senator Susan Ryan put it, monarchists ''drop off their stick''. Or as former attorney general Nicola Roxon, put it, "no new monarchists are being born.''


The present Director of the Australian Republican Movement, David Morris, living in his own dream world, recently shouted down our Executive Director on 3AW to claim that every poll in the last 30 years had shown that the young are the most monarchists.

Although I have been writing about this for many years, Professor Williams, Senator Ryan, Nicola Roxon  and now David Morris have taken no notice of the facts.

Whenever a poll breaks up respondents into age groups, this usually shows that the  middle aged and not the young are more republican

 And no matter how much republicans may have fixed up the curriculum, and pushed move into some form of politicians republic in education, it hasn't worked. And it never worked. 




..and who is to blame for the republican debacle? ...

 
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Royal Family privacy must be defended Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
ACM does not agree that "'You can’t be second in line to the throne and not expect to be photographed,'' as one site argued. 

Nor do we agree that because the photographs and videos have been published we should.

Otherwise it can be argued that the Royal Family is open game for the media, as one prominent privacy expert once argued to our national convenor. That argument is strengthened if some monarchists are seen as going along with it. 

Everyone is entitled to their privacy, and the Duke and Duchess were entitled to be free from invasive telescopic lens where they assumed that they were in private.

The fact that the pictures are charming has nothing to do with it.  That the Royal Couple were reported to have downplayed the matter should not persuade us to abandon the principle that the Royal Family are not entitled to their privacy. One monarchist site said respecting their privacy was optional, like bowing or curtseying. This is not to understand what is in issue.    

In the meantime The Times in London reports that the Australian media has been accused of invading the privacy of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge' after pictures were published showing the couple walking in the garden of the governor-general's residence in Canberra.

In accordance with ACM's policy to respect the privacy of our Royal Family, in the link below we have deleted an offending albeit nice photograph of the Duchess and the baby Prince and inserted one of Yarralumla.


 
 
Respect their privacy Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 21 April 2014

Photographs and videos have appeared today in the media showing Prince William, Catherine and Prince George enjoying some obviously private moments in the grounds of Government house, perhaps taken with telescopic lens.

Unless and until  we are assured that these are authorised by the Royal Family we shall not be showing them on our Facebook page or here.

ACM believes that the Royal Family is as much entitled to privacy as other people.

ACM calls on not only monarchists but all media to respect their privacy.

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Republican lie - monarchists threat to National Anthem Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 21 April 2014

What is going on at republican HQ?  Why are they inventing a series of untruths - three so far?

It all began when republican leader David Morris shouted down Jai Martinkovits, ACM's  executive director on Melbourne radio station 3AW.

Morris  claimed all polls for past 30 years had shown the nation's youth are the most republican of all. 

This is palpably untrue. We have published a selection of 15 polls which confirm this. Particularly  embarrassing for David Morris and the republican movement is that one of these is from the very company, UMR, from which they have commissioned their own polls.

 

.... the second untruth...

 

Now in a desperate attempt to revive the flagging  republican, the republican movement's David Morris  has gone to the media claiming first the 1999 republican process was rushed.

Rushed? It took seven years, with the ARM allowed to freely chose the model. The actual referendum question was approved by a parliament at least two thirds of whom were republicans.

To date, there have been 12 major votes and inquiries into how to turn Australia into a politicians' republic. All have been paid for by the taxpayer, 11 wholly so.

If this is rushed, then it is awful to imagine what they have in mind. Are we going to have our politicians tied up for say two decades trying to work out some sort of a politicians republic which satisfies the ARM. Remember that the present time they can't even tell Australians precisely what they want.

 

 

...the third  untruth – a whopper...

  

 More importantly he claimed to  Channel 9's Today programme that the national anthem was under threat. Once  he was interviewed by Cameron Williams on air he back pedalled but then claimed   "'We had to fight for our national anthem"  against monarchist resistance.

This is an invention.

While a National flag was seen as immediately necessary at Federation ,  Australians used God Save The Queen for formal occasions and  a selection of patriotic songs on other occasions. It was a pretty informal arrangement, an understanding or  a convention.

Unlike the need for a National  Flag, Australians generally  did not see the need for a  separate anthem until the seventies, probably because of the televising of the Olympics and other sporting occasions.

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