Prince Charles Tours Down Under Amid Union Flag Debate

Prince Charles Tours Down Under Amid Union Flag Debate

Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla qill start the 12-day trip in which they will visit a dozen different cities and towns in Australia and New Zealand. (File Photo)

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND:  Britain’s Prince Charles on Wednesday launches a potentially awkward tour Down Under, where New Zealand’s premier is pushing to drop the Union Jack from the flag and Australia’s new leader is a staunch republican.

Charles and wife Camilla arrive in Wellington to start the 12-day trip in which the heir to the throne will visit a dozen different cities and towns across the two countries including New Plymouth, Dunedin, Auckland, Sydney, Perth and Albany.

The prince’s office said the tour had a strong emphasis on honouring the military, with this year marking the centenary of the Anzac landings in Gallipoli, Turkey, during World War I that helped forge the identities of both Australia and New Zealand.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has also sparked a debate on national symbols by calling a referendum on changing the flag, which features a Union Jack in the corner.

Key argues it is time to ditch the symbol of New Zealand’s colonial past and later this month Kiwis will begin voting in a postal ballot to pick a potential alternative.

While Charles will likely avoid any controversy on the subject, he may take comfort from the fact that opinion polls predict the existing flag will be retained when the issue is put to a final vote in March.

If Charles becomes king in the future, as expected, he will become monarch of both Australia and New Zealand, which were once part of the British empire but are now independent.

The British crown’s power in Australia and New Zealand is seen as largely symbolic, but while Queen Elizabeth II is hugely popular in both countries the monarchy is still viewed by some as a colonial relic.

While Key may support changing the flag, he remains an ardent monarchist, unlike Charles’ host on the second leg of his tour, Australia’s new prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

Turnbull, who recently ousted royal supporter Tony Abbott in a party coup, is a former head of the Australian Republican Movement and campaigned passionately, but unsuccessfully, to ditch the monarchy in a 1999 referendum on the issue.

“The republic will come back,” Turnbull vowed at the time.

Since becoming prime minister, he has said that another republican referendum in Australia is unlikely while the Queen is still on the throne meaning the next one would likely be after Charles has assumed the crown.

Turnbull showed his republican fires still burn today when he removed knights and dames from the national honours system, saying such titles were “not appropriate” in modern times.

Other republic-supporting Australian prime ministers have courted controversy by bending protocol in meetings with the British monarchy, with Julia Gillard criticised for failing to curtsy to the Queen in Canberra in 2011.

Former leader Paul Keating was dubbed the “Lizard of Oz” by the British press when he touched the Queen’s back while guiding her through a crowd in the nation’s capital in 1992.


Bigg Boss 9: Prince Narula desires to ‘Make pals’ within the house

Prince Narula

“I COME FROM A enterprise family AND MY dad and mom HAVE visible MANY u.s.AND DOWNS of theirLIVES. THEIR struggle will be AN notion FOR ME to face every situation inside the house. it’ll assistME to pay attention at the show,” said PRINCE
model Prince Narula stated that he wants to be referred to as the ‘reality king’ of Indian tv.

The Chandigarh primarily based model, who shot to repute after showcasing his difficult guy picture in Roadies X2 and Splitsvilla 8, said that he opted for Bigg Boss as it will convey him in the limelight. (alsoexamine: Bigg Boss nine: Being Salman Khan’s might not help Me Win, Says Vikas Bhalla)

i’m on Bigg Boss predominantly for Salman Khan. i am a massive fan of the star. furthermore, it’s far my fourth reality display in a 12 months‘s time and that i want to be called the ‘truth king’ of the tv,” Princeadvised PTI.

“I come from a business family and my mother and father have seen many u.s.a.and downs of their lives. Their warfare may be an suggestion for me to stand every situation within the house. it will assist meto pay attention at the show,” introduced Prince.

Prince also stated that he has no approach in thoughts and that he desires to make pals within the Bigg Boss residence.

i’ve no longer found out any approach yet. i’m able to simplest look at people and will react in line with the instant. As i am not from showbiz, i am searching forward to make a few top friends at theshow,” he stated.

Prince stated that he’s going to now not take part in reality shows anymore and will try his luck next in fiction.

“Bigg Boss might be my ultimate reality display. i will do fiction subsequent after coming out of thehouse,” stated Prince.