Queen Meets Constipated Julia Gillard And Graceful Elizabeth Cambage: Photos
DID Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard bow when she met Her Majesty The Queen at Government House in Canberra? Or does the Republican have constipation? When they first met the Welsh-born Aussie leader failed to curtsy, an oddly churlish move that only makes the grandstanding non-curtsying woman look chippy and sly. Are Republicans just suffering from an inferiority complex?
One subject who did curtsy to the Queen (5ft 4ins) – or stoop – was six foot eight London born Australian basketball star Elizabeth Cambage, 20, who embraced her height by standing atop four-inch heels.
“I curtsied, and she shook my hand. She said, ‘You must be a basketball player.’ I said, ‘What gave it away?’ She said, ‘You are very tall – it must be an easy advantage… She was tiny, a little tiny delicate thing. She was sweet. Very queeny. She just carries herself with so much grace and has the time to meet everyone. She is really lovely.”
And of the Duke of Edinburgh?
“He was funny. The Queen said, ‘This is a basketball player.’ He was like, ‘Yes, that would be right.’ He was sweet.”
Gillard just continued to look shifty and lacking in confidence…
Meanwhile, Aussie Queen hugger Paul Keating has news:
PAUL Keating has revealed that he told the Queen at Windsor Castle 18 years ago that her future visits to Australia would be “more celebratory” once the nation was a republic and she was no longer Australia’s head of state.
On that historic day, September 18, 1993, the then prime minister was polite and protecting of the Queen but confronting when he told her that the Australian people felt “the monarchy was an anachronism”…
“I told the Queen as politely and gently as I could that I believed the majority of Australians felt the monarchy was an anachronism; that it had gently drifted into obsolescence. Not for any reason associated with the Queen personally, but for the simple reason she was not in a position to represent their aspirations…
“She didn’t orally concur in that, but I think she may have intellectually concurred.”
Only 34 per cent of Australians aged over 14 support a republic, the lowest level since 1991.
Fifty-five per cent are in favour of keeping the monarchy, the highest level since the same year.