One royal expert certainly thinks so.
It’s a been a busy old time for the Cambridges, what with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations last month, but it doesn’t look like their packed schedules are slowing down anytime soon.
The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge are central to the ‘slimmed down‘ visions of the monarchy that are often talked about. Their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are also slowly being introduced in to royal life and public engagements.
Now, one royal expert has visions far greater than the Buckingham Palace balcony appearance or a day trip to Wales for the Cambridge children. According to Russell Myers, the Daily Mirror’s royal editor, they could soon be heading Down Under.
“I definitely think we will see a tour of Australia early next year. And they’ve got to take the children,” said Myers, speaking on the a recent episode of the Daily Mirror’s podcast, Pod Save The Queen.
He went on to say that a growing republican sentiment would mean the royals would be looking at a trip to Australia sooner rather than later. Myers added:
“They [the Cambridges] didn’t go during the Platinum Jubilee year and there’s definitely a republican sentiment growing in Australia; they’ve just appointed a junior minister for the republic. I think this is something that the Cambridges will need to do.”
He went on to speculate that the next Easter holidays may be a good time for the family of five to make the trip.
A 1999 referendum on whether the Queen should be replaced as head of state by a president, saw all six Australian states vote against the proposal. But the new Australian prime minister, Anthony Albanese, is said to have long supported the Republican movement. According to the Express newspaper, in 2018 he also called for a national vote on Australia becoming a Republic.
Last year Barbados became the first country in nearly 30 years to drop the British monarchy. There are also a number of Commonwealth countries – such as the Caribbean nations – who have expressed a desire to sever ties with the monarchy.
Kate and William’s recent tour of Jamaica, Belize and the Bahamas also received a very mixed response.
According to the Financial Times though, in Australia, a recent poll actually put support for a republic amongst Australians at the lowest level since 1979.
— The Independent (@Independent) April 16, 2014
When Kate and William visited the country back in 2014 with a very young Prince George, the tiny royal was dubbed the ‘republican slayer’ by many media outlets.
Whether or not the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, plus their young brood, get on a plane to Australia is yet to be seen. We’ll keep you updated as any news comes in.