20th October, 2011
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip are visiting Australia in an 11 day tour. It's the Queen's 16th visit Downunder since 1954 and as well as taking in Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne, she will go to Perth which will next week host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Naturally, the visit has once again led to talk of whether Australian should become a republic - the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has already had to explain why she did not curtsy (instead bowing her head) to the Queen during the official welcome (although the Prime Minister has said talk of a republic is moot while the Queen continues to reign). What are your thoughts on the royal visit?
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