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Old 01-20-2010, 07:28 PM
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I like the way they're keeping this visit low-key.
Not quite "low-key". The media can't get enough. As I said earlier it's received blanket coverage. Who would have thought?

ETA... To gauge the level of public interest there are more telling and subtle indicators... On the TV news coverage of William's activities around Sydney Harbour yesterday it was quite noticeable that the new Labor State Premier never left William's side. When the spin doctors and minders ensure the Premier is never further than two feet away and is in every photo and TV camera frame, you know that someone very popular with the general public is in town. Ah, the allure of Royalty; not even Labor Party pollies (socialist, republican, blah blah) can resist.
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I think it's great that he has been so well recieved. Perhaps the commonwealth may hang on after all.

The Commonwealth is in danger from total disinterest amongst the people of the member nations and has nothing to do with the desire among many Australians for us to become a republic.

There are many republics within the Empire with India being the largest in terms of population.

If and when Australia becomes a republic the other member nations will get to have a vote on keeping us but other than that there will be no change to the status of the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth has over 50 nations. Most of them are republics now.

However, for most people the Commonwealth has very little meaning - sure the Commonwealth Games happen every four years - this year in Delhi but there is a possibility of some countries not attending due to fears of terrorism, with England (and I assume the other countries that constitute the UK - at the Commonwealth Games Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and each of the Channel Islands all compete separately) - having talked about not going and the Australian government has said that it will assess the situation closer to the time.

Other than the Games we don't hear about the Commonwealth much. Even when the Heads of Government meet and the Queen attends, unless the meeting is in Australia itself we usually don't hear much about it. I head more about CHOGM on this board than I do anywhere else, usually with people commenting on what the Queen is wearing and not about what matters were discussed.

For the smaller and poorer nations it might have meaning but for many Australians it means very little, if they are aware of it at all.

In our NSW History course where we teach about Australia in International Organisations the Commonwealth doesn't get a mention but SEATO, ANZUS and the UN do. That is the mandatory course that all students must study.
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There seems to be a myth around that all Royals except for Diana have been cold and stiff. Diana was certainly gifted in terms of relating to people; but Windsors, considering that many of them have the reputation of being rather shy, do very well.


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That certainly hasn't been my experience of being in the crowds and having spoken to the Queen, Philip and Charles. All were warm, interested and friendly, and in the case of the Queen, very concerned about a 12 year old girl who was out in the cold waiting to see here only a week or so after having had my appendix removed. (My school had just changed their uniform and the tartan was the same as the Canadian Air Force and so we had had to get the Queen's permission to also use that tartan, which she gave. My headmistress requested that I wear that uniform to the airport, which also indicated to any police etc that I wasn't truanting to get a better view, seeing as the local schools were all lined up outside their schools and she drove past those schools to the centre of the town. She noticed the tartan and spoke to me about that and about why I wasn't with my school mates, and when told commented that I had better keep warm and not get too tired as she wouldn't want me to have to go back to hospital just because I wanted to see her - very personable and friendly - and that was in 1970 - the first time I spoke to her and on the three occasions since she has been just as warm as has Philip and Charles).
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:45 AM
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One thing I have found interesting about his visit is that while one of the reasons people cite for becoming a republic is that the Queen and her family are British, there have been quite a few people waving Australian flags as they wait to see him.
(as in http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/20...0/w012020A.jpg and picture 5 here Prince William | Sydney | Prime Minister Kevin Rudd)
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Watching the Australian Open and who should be given a rapturous applause by the 15,000 capacity arena? why HRH Prince William (Roger Federer (1) vs. Victor Hanescu).

The crowds came out in force today to see HRH in Melbourne. He is such a congenial young man who I hope again visits at some later stage.
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William appears to be doing a good job working the crowds. He seems to be a real "people person".
I love this picture of the woman touching his face - Woman Touching William's face
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News Summary Royalblog.nl: Prince William meets wildfire survivors
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Watching the Australian Open and who should be given a rapturous applause by the 15,000 capacity arena? why HRH Prince William (Roger Federer (1) vs. Victor Hanescu).
Here's a gallery of William at the Open tonight, including pictures of him meeting Roger Federer and Serena Williams.
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'I'm glad the tradition is continuing': Prince William recalls father's famous beach kiss on last day of his Australia tour | Mail Online

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A summing up from the Mail...

"Heading home to England last night on a commercial flight, St James's palace aides declared themselves quietly delighted at the way the five-day trip - which included the prince's first official foreign trip to New Zealand on behalf of the Queen - had gone.

While it is unlikely to spike republican guns in the long term, William's mission to win over the hearts and minds of the people of both nations has proved an unqualified success and enabled him to take another important step forward in his apprenticeship as a future king.
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I'd think the St James's Palace aides would be more than "quietly delighted". My guess is the overwhelmingly positive and saturation media coverage that William received while in Sydney and Melbourne and the enthusiastic public reception would have taken them by surprise. My take would be that the trip has been more successful than they could have initially imagined.


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Great pictures of William at the Aussie Open - it is lovely to see him take an interest in the tennis especially since his mother was such a huge fan and took him to Wimbledon a number of times when he was a child
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Leuteheute.de has a resumee about the visit as video:

Prinz William auf Reisen - Stars & Promis - ZDFmediathek - ZDF Mediathek
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Well, I am impressed at how well Prince William has done on his first overseas trip!
There seems to be more photos, videos and links from his time in New Zealand than in Australia. Is this an indication that he was better received in NZ than in Australia?

He must have enjoyed the respite from the cold and snow in England to be in the sunshine and warmth.
This is a beautiful photo with the Sydney Opera House in the background --> http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/...76_634x401.jpg

What is the average temperature in Australia/NZ now? I understand it's summer there. Is January the hottest month of the year?
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Its summer but the summer hasnt been the great in NZ dont know about Oz though, I think its pretty hot this year actually. I think the main reason between difference in coverage is that the trip to NZ was an official trip while the one in Oz was unofficial.
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Generally, February is the warmest month in Australia. Though it has already been a very warm summer. Particularly in South Australia and Victoria.
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It's been about 30-40 degrees celcius (I think that's about 100+ degrees fareneheit). So it's really hot. I'm surprised he wore suits everywhere.

I would say February is the hottest month. It just depends though on what climactic system (el nino v la nina) is around.
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I haven't felt all that hot this year with many days not needing air conditioning with temperatures in the high 20s but then the next day it will reach 40 (tomorrow it is expected to reach 43 here but then on Sunday it will be 27 and today 36, the beginning of next week is also in the 20s but the end is in the 30s again).
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There seems to be more photos, videos and links from his time in New Zealand than in Australia. Is this an indication that he was better received in NZ than in Australia?
I can only judge the success or otherwise of his Australian trip on the television coverage. Here in Sydney it could be classed as "blanket". Even this morning the TV news and chat shows were full of Prince William visiting the Victorian bushfire survivors, Prince William cooking at a barbecue, Prince William at the Australian Open, Prince Wiliam giving a speech, how wonderful Prince William is, what a great success Prince William's visit has been, etc etc. He was received very well indeed, much to some people's surprise.

As a side note it's obvious he has been given speech coaching. It has certainly paid off. The ums and ahs were noticebly less and he spoke with greater confidence and polish compared with say a year ago.
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As a side note it's obvious he has been given speech coaching. It has certainly paid off. The ums and ahs were noticebly less and he spoke with greater confidence and polish compared with say a year ago.
I suspect it may have been a combination of speech / media training, increased confidence and a lot more experience!
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Prince William in Australia

It was really nice to see Prince William dressed so appropriately for the climate and his age during his visit to Australia. It makes a nice change from the boring suits that are worn by members of the royal family when, on some occasions a more casual look would be more in keeping with the event.
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