Queen Elizabeth II is wrapping up a 10-day tour of Australia this week with a stay in Perth in the western part of the country. It is the queen’s 16th visit to the country since 1954, of which she is still the monarch.
The trip has drawn attention to the movement to make Australia a republic. Although Australians rejected a proposal to make the country a republic at a referendum in 1999, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Chief Minister Katy Gallagher are in support of the shift. The female politicians also made headlines for bowing rather than curtsying when meeting the queen.
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The queen watched Aboriginal dancers at the Clontarf Aboriginal College in Perth Thursday, and got some laughs when she politely passed on the “roo stew.” She is scheduled to open the 54-nation Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Friday.
In other royal news, Prince Daniel of Sweden visited a school Washington, D.C., yesterday, adorably answering questions about what it is like to be a prince.
Read more on Prince Daniel from Reliable Source.
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