Support for royals ‘at all-time low’

SUPPORTERS of an Australian republic are seizing on a new poll showing support for the monarchy has fallen to its lowest recorded level.

More than half of the 1000 people surveyed (52 per cent) by ResearchNow agree Australia should be a republic, with 67 per cent saying the engagement of Prince Harry and the latest pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge make no difference to their view.

"The poll busts the myth that young Australians support the monarchy because of the popularity of 'young Royals'," the Australian Republic Movement said in a statement on Wednesday.

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In fact, 22 per cent said they were more likely to support a republic as a result of the recent royal news.

Even Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle hasn’t changed people’s views on the monarchy. Picture: Ben Birchall/Pool via AP
Even Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle hasn’t changed people’s views on the monarchy. Picture: Ben Birchall/Pool via AP

The news comes as the Queen has garnered attention after her surprise appearance at London Fashion Week on Tuesday.

The 91-year-old monarch made her first visit to London Fashion Week to give out the first Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to London-born Richard Quinn.

Queen Elizabeth II sits next to Anna Wintour and Caroline Rush at Richard Quinn's runway show. Picture: Yui Mok — Pool/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II sits next to Anna Wintour and Caroline Rush at Richard Quinn's runway show. Picture: Yui Mok — Pool/Getty Images

She sat next to American Vogue chief editor Anna Wintour in the front row of Quinn's fashion show.

Meanwhile, yesterday it was announced that Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will visit Australia in April to attend the Commonwealth Games.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will be attending the Commonwealth Games. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will be attending the Commonwealth Games. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The future King and his wife are set to represent the Queen at the opening of the XXI Commonwealth Games in Queensland, and will visit Brisbane and the Gold Coast from April 4-6, before Camilla heads back to the UK.

Prince Charles, who is first in line for the throne, will continue his tour of Australia to Queensland and the Northern Territory until April 10.



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