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Friday 4 September 2015

Royal baby Prince George hailed 'the Republican slayer' in Australia

By Heather Saul

Published 16/04/2014

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge carries Prince George of Cambridge as they arrive at Sydney Airport on a Australian Airforce 737 aircraft on April 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge carries Prince George of Cambridge as they arrive at Sydney Airport on a Australian Airforce 737 aircraft on April 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at Sydney Airport on RAAF B737 on April 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arrive at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport on a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft during the tenth day of their official tour to New Zealand and Australia.
Ruby-Cate Blitz, 1, with her father Rob Blitz, wait to see Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Civic Square on April 16, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge. (Photo by Cameron Burnell - Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince George's hand is held by New Zealand Governor General Jerry Mateparae as he leaves with his parents Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge on a plane bound for Sydney, Australia from Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
Royal supporters wait for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Sydney Opera House on April 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Prince George pulls at the Duchess of Cambridge's hair during a visit to a playgroup as part of their official tour to New Zealand
Prince George's face has graced news stands across New Zealand with front page coverage of the future king
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George meet parents and babies during a visit to a playgroup in New Zealand
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on an official tour of Australia and New Zealand with Prince George
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George

Prince George is being hailed as ‘the Republican slayer’ in Australia, after a poll showed the lowest support for a republican movement in the country for 35 years.

The Royal baby, along with his famous parents, are thought to be largely responsible for this apparent shift in attitude towards the monarchy, as 51 per cent of Australians said switching to a republic is unnecessary, a Fairfax-Nielsen poll found.

The miniature prince was dubbed 'the Republican slayer' on Australian breakfast television this morning as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Australia for the second leg of their tour.

William and Kate left rain-soaked New Zealand and flew to sunny Sydney for a 10-day visit that will see them travel across the nation visiting famous sites, honouring its war dead and recognising the achievements of individuals.

However, almost half (42 per cent) are still in favour of a republic, suggesting there is still a relatively strong pro-republican sentiment in the country.

The Fairfax poll also found 28 per cent of Australians believe the nation should become a republic either "as soon as possible" or "after Queen Elizabeth's reign ends" (31 per cent).

Thirty-five per cent said "Australia should never become a republic", an increase from 31 per cent in 2010, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported.

Further reading:

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Royals snubbing poorer nations

There is a sneaking affection for the Royal family deep in the soul of some Irish people 

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