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Right royal welcome awaits Kate, Will and George in Australia

Published on Apr 12, 2014 6:25 AM
 
Britain's Prince William (right) and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (centre), attend an art unveiling ceremony at Government House in Wellington on April 10, 2014. The welcome awaiting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their bonny Prince George when they arrive in Australia next week may well be warmer than ever before, or ever again. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY, (AFP) - The welcome awaiting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their bonny Prince George when they arrive in Australia next week may well be warmer than ever before, or ever again.

That is certainly how Republicans see it, under a Prime Minister who wears his love of the British monarchy on his sleeve and has turned constitutional debate topsy-turvy Down Under.

The Australia that will greet the royals has just taken a surprise step back into its colonial past with Prime Minister Tony Abbott restoring knighthoods.

Renowned as an arch monarchist, he nonetheless shocked the nation when he announced on March 25 the restoration of titles which were scrapped in the former convict colony in 1986.

 
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