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Dame Nellie Melba and Downton Abbey
Written by ACM   
Friday, 07 March 2014
The great Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba makes an appearance in the British TV series Downton Abbey. Dame Nellie is played by the great New Zealander Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
 
Photo: The great Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba makes an appearance in the British TV series Downton Abbey. Dame Nellie is played by the great New Zealander Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
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An Address to Australians for Constitutional Monarchy
Written by The Hon. Jarrod Bleijie MP   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014

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[The following address was delivered to the Gala Dinner of the  National Conference of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, the 14th since the referendum held in Brisbane on Saturday, 30 November 2013]

Introduction 

Thank you for inviting me to attend this National Conference Gala dinner in honour of the birth and christening of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

I attended a dinner for the Australian Monarchist League earlier this week where we discussed how positive it is for the monarchist movement in Australia to have a monarchist Prime Minister and here in Queensland, many State Government Ministers who support our constitutional monarchy.

Despite the positive position we are now in, the valuable work undertaken by organisations like ACM to promote our constitutional monarchy in Australia is still vitally important and must continue.

I can assure you that the State Government has been working hard to preserve Queensland's constitutional and traditional links to our sovereign and it is a privilege to be here this evening to address you about some of the measures we have undertaken in this regard.
 

Succession to the Crown Act 2013

 

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Dame Helen Mirren, RADA perform for The Queen
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Cambridge have been treated to performances by Dame Helen Mirren, students from the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts, and a brief speech from Sir David Attenborough. Kate and the Queen then met House actor Hugh Laurie as well as a host of famous faces in a Buckingham Palace reception.

Broadcast by ITN on 18 Feb 201.

 

 
Prince Charles on Royal Navy's most advanced warship
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Taken by Merlin helicopter from the flightdeck of HMS Illustrious, the Prince of Wales visits HMS Dragon at sea, one of the Royal Navy's newest and most advanced warships. Broadcast on 26 Feb 2014 by ITN

 
Queen Victoria's Children First Episode
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014
''Queen Victoria's Children,'' the first of three episodes - ''The Best Laid Plans,'' was shown on SBS 1 on 4 March 2014.    You can watch click on the link below, but access to this will expire on 18 March 2014, 8:30pm.
 
 Photo: Queen Victoria's Children - this fascinating BBC series starts on SBS One at 7.30 PM nationally on Tuesday 4 March 2014. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert shared a passionate marriage and historians claim behind closed doors their domestic life was a battlefield.  Spanning 60 years, this three-part family saga explores the reign of Victoria through her personal relationships with her husband and her nine children. It is a story of manipulation, conflict, intimidation, emotional blackmail and fevered attempts by her children to escape the clutches of their domineering and needy mother.  The series uses a wealth of written material and photos left by Victoria, Albert and her children, including letters, diaries, memoirs, and journals, to bring the subject and characters to life.  This first episode focuses on Victoria’s tempestuous relationship with Prince Albert and their attempts to engineer the upbringing of their children, and to save the monarchy by projecting a modern image of the royal family.
 
 
 
 Gain a new understanding of Britain’s longest reigning Queen with this fascinating series which explores Queen Victoria’s life through stories of the personal relationships between her, her husband Albert the Prince Consort and their nine children.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert shared a passionate marriage but historians claim that behind closed doors their domestic life was a battlefield. Spanning 60 years, this family saga tells a tale of manipulation, conflict, intimidation, emotional blackmail and fevered attempts by Victoria’s children to escape the clutches of their domineering and needy mother.

The series draws on the written material and photographs the family left behind to bring the characters and complex relationships to life.
 
 
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Baby Prince George, Prince William and Catherine Visit Details
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Details of the Royal Tour including the Star of the show, Prince George, who will accompany his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been released and are set out below  

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[Prince George with his parents. Image source: AFP]

 

 

 

...detailed itinerary...

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Prince William, Catherine and & Prince George in Australia and New Zealand
Written by ACM   
Monday, 03 March 2014
 
Prince William, Catherine with baby Prince George will be in Australia from 16 to 25 April, after a visit to New Zealand.

On their first full day in Australia on 17th April William and Catherine - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - will visit the Blue Mountains, to the west of Sydney where they will meet some of the families affected by the bushfires which swept through the area in October last year.

They plan to spend the day there to ‘see for themselves some of the natural beauty for which the Blue Mountains are famed.’   

 

 

 

Good Friday will be include a visit to the Royal Easter Show at Sydney's Olympic Park. Attracting almost 1 million people over 2 weeks, the show is a celebration of the nation’s rural traditions.

The next day, the Royal couple will attend the Easter service at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney, where they will sign the ‘First Fleet Bible’ – the Bible used in the first Christian service held in Australia in 1788.

Following this there will be a visit to Taronga Park Zoo.

After a rest day on Easter Monday, 22 April, the Royal Couple, with baby Prince George, will fly to the centre of the Australian continent to Uluru, which is the traditional Aboriginal name for Ayer’s Rock.

There will be a “Welcome to Country” ceremony from members of the local indigenous communities.

The Royal Couple will fly to Adelaide and then to Canberra on 24 and 25 April to view the National Portrait Gallery as well as the National Arboretum, where they will plant a tree. Then a Reception will be hosted by the Governor-General at Government House in honour of The Duke and Duchess.

On their last day of the tour, the Royal Couple will attend the ANZAC Day March and Commemorative Service at the Australian War Memorial to mark the 99th year from the Anzac landings.

This will be followed the planting of a seed from a lone pine which was taken from the site of the Gallipoli battle.

 

 

 

[Source: Royal website  & 

http://www.royalcentral.co.uk/cambridges/new-details-released-for-william-kate-and-georges-trip-down-under-24302]

 

 
Intelligence from the republican camp, via the Sun-Herald
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 02 March 2014

Dear Professor Flint,

As your double agent in the Republican movement - pretending to be one of them while secretly hoping to have my tummy tickled by a royal - I beg to report that on Friday I attended a fund-raising lunch for the Australian Republican Movement in Chinatown, where our erstwhile prime minister Bob Hawke spoke passionately and eloquently.

You'll be pleased to hear his opening remarks were of his great regard for the Queen herself, and that it was in fact the widespread and deserved public affection she enjoys that is the chief barrier to Australia cutting the apron strings.

His view is the way forward is to hold a referendum on: ''Are you in favour of Australia becoming a republic when the Queen's reign is over?''

In which case he believes it would be a landslide.

The 84-year-old is in fine fettle, and received a standing ovation.

Hope you're well, Professor.

Deep Throat.

 

Dear Mr. FitzSimons,

Thank you for your valuable intelligence. Your reference to Chinatown reminds me  when I was last actually in the nearby Trades Hall where I was once a delegate. Jai Martinkovits ( he holds the position at ACM first held by Tony Abbott)  and I had just debated Senator Thistlethwaite and David Morris about a republic.

At the end, a Chinese lady in the audience came up and whispered to me: '' I escaped from a republic – China – and I never want to live under one again.

Incidentally, our last function in Chinatown was also a great success and featured in your newspaper.  It was addressed by Senator  Cory Bernardi who was certainly also eloquent.

Good that the Republicans are getting former Prime Ministers to work for them.

Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser did us a great service during the referendum when they appeared in a joint television advertisement, It's Time. We worked out that it brought a considerable number of votes our way.

Bob is right of course about the respect Australians have for The Queen, although he didn't think so in 1999.

 I remember years ago when HM had just finished speaking at  Parliament House. As she came down from the platform she was rushed by former prime ministers Gough Whitlam, Malcolm  Fraser and Bob Hawke as well as then Oppositon Leader Kim Beazley who all fawned on her.

 I wondered whether she reflected on the fact that they had all campaigned against her in the referendum.

Bob knows full well that his proposal for his so-called ''referendum'' would be completely useless.

The idea of a referendum to take effect on the passing of the Queen is not only macabre and grotesque but legally full of holes.

 It is unachievable not only for uncertainty but particularly because it does not spell out  what sort of politicians' republic he has up his sleeve and precisely what sections of the Constitution are to be amended and how.

Do keep passing on our intelligence.

Regards,
David

 

   
[ An exchange of letters in part in The Sun-Herald,  begun on St David's Day 2014]

 

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Prince Phillip meets soldiers
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 01 March 2014
 
 

The Duke of Edinburgh visited First Battalion Grenadier Guards at Lille Barracks, in Aldershot. Published by ITN on 24 Feb 2014

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Queen Victoria's Children on SBS1 TV
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 27 February 2014

Photo: Queen Victoria's Children - this fascinating BBC series starts on SBS One at 7.30 PM nationally on Tuesday 4 March 2014. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert shared a passionate marriage and historians claim behind closed doors their domestic life was a battlefield.  Spanning 60 years, this three-part family saga explores the reign of Victoria through her personal relationships with her husband and her nine children. It is a story of manipulation, conflict, intimidation, emotional blackmail and fevered attempts by her children to escape the clutches of their domineering and needy mother.  The series uses a wealth of written material and photos left by Victoria, Albert and her children, including letters, diaries, memoirs, and journals, to bring the subject and characters to life.  This first episode focuses on Victoria’s tempestuous relationship with Prince Albert and their attempts to engineer the upbringing of their children, and to save the monarchy by projecting a modern image of the royal family.

 

Queen Victoria's Children is a fascinating BBC series to be broadcast  on SBS One at 7.30 PM nationally on Tuesday 4 March 2014.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert shared a passionate marriage. Spanning 60 years, this three-part family saga explores the reign of Victoria through her personal relationships with her husband and her nine children.

The series uses a wealth of written material and photos left by Victoria, Albert and her children, including letters, diaries, memoirs, and journals, to bring the subject and characters to life.

This first episode focuses on Victoria’s tempestuous relationship with Prince Albert, and their decisions on the   upbringing of their children.

 

 
Church Service to Mark the Commencement of the 2014 Sittings of the NSW Parliament
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 27 February 2014

  

Invitation

The Minister and Elders of
St Stephen’s Uniting Church
Macquarie Street Sydney, together with
Members of the NSW Parliamentary Prayer Fellowship
 
Invite you to attend an interdenominational Church Service
to mark the commencement of the 2014 sittings of the NSW Parliament
to be held at
 
St Stephen’s Uniting Church
Macquarie Street Sydney
 
On Tuesday 4th March 2014
Commencing at 1.00 pm until 1.45 pm
 
The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Rev Dr Glenn Davies, will be the Preacher
and other senior Sydney Clergy will be taking part.
The President and the Speaker are participants in the Service.
 
All Members of Parliament, their families, their Parliamentary and Electorate Staff,
and all employees in the Parliamentary building are invited,
together with members of the public.

 
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