AAll eyes are now on Scotland and London following the death of Queen Elizabeth. But other peoples have also lost their heads of state. A look at Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Most Australians were asleep when their head of state died. The British Queen was highly respected on the Fifth Continent, but her role was disputed. But her opponents also credit her with the fact that Elizabeth II declared in a referendum in 1999: “I have always made it clear that the future of the monarchy in Australia is an issue for the Australian people, which the Australians alone decide on.” for the establishment of an Australian republic was rejected and the country and its 26 million people remain under the leadership of the British royal family.
Australia’s Green Party leader says: “We must become a republic.”
After the death of the queen, however, questions arise. Many Australians are speculating that they will not have to work on a national day of mourning. Buckingham Palace had left it up to him whether it would exist in the Commonwealth. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Governor General David Hurley want to proclaim him after their return from the funeral service in London. Parliamentarians’ session in Canberra was immediately adjourned for 15 days, which some say is too long, “out of respect for the Queen,” according to Albanese. A book of condolences is available in Parliament House above Canberra until September 23.
The deceased was honored with a 96 gun salute in front of the Australian Parliament. “She was comfortable dealing with leaders, but she was also comfortable dealing with citizens,” Albanese said in tribute to the Queen of Australia. He added how much the Queen has supported the country even in times of crisis, during floods and severe forest fires. Five hours after the death was announced, Green Party leader Adam Bandt called for Australia to change its form of government: “We must become a republic.” Bandt, however, was only expressing the conviction of a minority. A few months ago, his party colleague Lidia Thorpe called the Queen a “coloniser” when she took her oath of office as a senator after the election.
However, questions arise with regard to the Australian dollar. As in other Commonwealth countries, the Queen’s portrait appears on coins and banknotes. In 1952, just a few months after the death of King George VI, Elizabeth’s father, the Advisory Board of the Royal Australian Mint launched a competition to feature the future portrait of the young Elizabeth. Australian coins could soon bear the image of Charles III. demonstrate. He will be proclaimed as Australia’s new monarch on Sunday.