We’ve all seen those lovely photos of Wills and Kate at the Olympic Cycling. Look at them…they are so happy and excited. It’s lovely to see two young and attractive people – still newly-weds and clearly in love – having such a wonderful time at the Olympics. Jumping up and down, getting excited, having fun. The future King and Queen of Australia, proudly wearing the Union Jack and not being shy about being one-eyed supporters of Great Britain.
Hang on…wait a minute…something’s not right here. This is our Royal Family too! Why aren’t they out there supporting our team? Why aren’t they also supporting Canada and New Zealand and all the other Commonwealth nations? I can see the Union Flag on Prince William’s shirt…I assume all the flags of all the other Commonwealth nations are hidden behind his wife’s body…oh, who am I kidding. Kate and William are proud young Britons. They are supporting their country of birth, and good on them!
This is just yet another example of why the Monarchy in Australia is completely meaningless. I know, it’s just the Olympics…but the Olympics are arguably the ultimate expression of national identity, and there’s no doubt what national identity the young Royals identify with.
Isn’t it about time for Australia to just accept that the British Royal Family are just that – British and proud of it. They are not proud of being Australian or Canadian or Jamaican…they are British, British, British. All this pantomime about The Queen also being OUR Head Of State, and the British Royal Family also being OUR Royal Family are just illusions. There’s no reality to it, no substance.
It’s time to stop pretending and let go of all these historical anachronisms. We are Australian. They are British. Let’s find our own Head Of State. Someone who can attend the Olympic Games, proudly wear the Green & Gold and barrack for Australia without any sense of irony or hypocrisy.
Should the Royal Family be representing all Commonwealth Nations? Is the Royal Family’s support for Great Britain a deal-breaker for the Monarchy in Australia?
Photo found at ETOnline
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JJ is a blogger who is bored with traditional opinion blogging. He is a co-founder and editor at KiKi & Tea. He also represents the grumpy middle-aged man demographic on KiKi & Tea. He is a writer by trade and a frustrated rock star / crime fighter by night, and blogs about music at newmusicrevue.com.
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