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Australia and the Monarchy
Author: David Hill

ISBN: 9780857987549
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1 October 2015
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4 x 3.5
Description:
Australia and the British monarchy have always made for an odd couple: the young, rebellious, egalitarian nation wed to the ancient symbol of power and social inequality. How have the royals come to be as popular now as they ever were? David Hill tells the story of this relationship from the beginning.

What is the magic the royals hold over Australians? Since Captain James Cook first claimed the territory for King George III in 1770, the pulse of the nation can be measured by its level of attachment to an aristocratic bloodline from the other side of the world. Queen Victoria became a towering influence in Australia and was more revered the longer she reigned - even though she never visited the place and showed little interest in it. When her son Prince Alfred visited in 1867, on the first royal tour the country had seen, he was received rapturously, and nearly assassinated.

Nineteen fifty-four saw Australia in the grip of royal fever when newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II landed on these shores for the first time. The growth of the 1990s republican movement existed alongside the people's adoration for Princess Diana; and now, wi...

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