''Royal Takeover'' explained
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014

In the Channel 10 breakfast program, Wake Up, 21 January 2014, presenters James Mathison and Natarsha Belling consider the increased involvement of Prince Charles in royal activities.

In this segment, ''Royal Handover'', James’ and Natarsha's  guest is Professor David Flint, National Convener of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.

Prof Flint explains that there has been a merger of the press officers of the sovereign and the Prince of Wales, a sensible decision he says. As to the handing over of more functions and travel to Prince Charles, he says this will no doubt be done on a case-by-case basis. He points out The Queen will never abdicate. She is committed to her Oath and to the promise she made on her 21st birthday to serve. In a briefing to Channel 10, he confirms that the Dutch model is not applicable in the United Kingdom notwithstanding suggestions years ago by various ''royal watchers'' that this was imminent.

Thus the Queen will remain Queen of Australia, Queen of Canada, Queen of New Zealand and so on. The succession is settled; these Crowns will  go to Prince Charles. 


...Head of the Commonwealth....

The title of the Head of the Commonwealth was once assumed to be hereditary; there have been suggestions to the contrary in recent years but these are no doubt wrong.

The alternative of the headship rotating between various republican presidents, other Commonwealth sovereigns such as Malaysia – itself a rotating position, and Tonga as well is the Queen as sovereign of her separate realms would be unmanageable and probably unacceptable given the political nature of the republican presidencies. 

The position will either be declared hereditary over the next few years, or at the end of the reign, will be conferred seamlessly on the next Sovereign, as it was in 1952.


...no silver bullet for the republicans...



In that briefing, Professor  Flint confirmed his view that the end of the reign will not result in Australia suddenly becoming a politicians' republic or indeed in any increase in support of such a change. In his view,  there will be heightened interest in and probably increased support for the institution.