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Royal Wedding has no effect on Australians wanting a Republic

Nothing seems to raise the profile of the monarchy like babies and weddings, or at least that is how it once was.

A market research company, Research Now, polled 1,000 Australians on if they wanted to become a republic. Despite the excitement surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May, 52% wanted to become a republic, 22% wanted the monarchy, and 25% were undecided.

Those in the age range of 18-34 were least supportive of the monarchy.

For those between 18-24-years, one-third said that the Royal Wedding and Royal Baby were factors in their support for an Australian republic. 62% said those events did not change the way they thought.

The highest support for the monarchy comes from those over 65, with 36% in favour of keeping things the way they are now.


In 1999, a referendum was held where 54.87% of Australians wanted to keep Queen Elizabeth.

Benjamin Jones, who is a research fellow at the Australian National University commented on the matter saying that Australians can separate the excitement of a wedding from what they feel is best for their country.



He said: “It’s an insult to the intelligence of young Australians to say that because they enjoy watching royal weddings, they want a royal to be the Australian head of state.

“They might also enjoy reading about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but no one is advocating they be the head of state.”
Recently, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull suggested that when Queen Elizabeth’s reign is over, Australia may elect a head of state rather than Prince Charles.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern is also an outspoken critic of the monarchy and has said they should remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be taking a trip to Australia in late October for the Invictus Games which will be held in Sydney. It is rumoured that the trip will be turned into a tour with visits around the country and possibly New Zealand. Although, Ardern is due with her first baby mid-October so they may spare her the hassle of having to host the royal couple in her country right after giving birth.



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