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

By Heather Saul

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.

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