Great news for royal fans in Australia. A new documentary will air on Sunday, 3 March 2019, at 7.40 am on ABC and ABC HD.
This two-part series explores the historical relationship between Australians and the British Royal Family from the time when Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Alfred, visited our shores in 1867.
The story of Australia’s nation-shaping and shifting relationship with the Royal Family during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, despite the secrets, scandals and the ongoing questions of relevance from republic supporters.
Of course, Michael Cooney and Thomas Kenneally push their views with their anti-British sentiments and sneers about Prince Charles’s ‘Australian experience’ when he spent two terms at Timbertops at Geelong Grammar School in 1966.
However, which was rather surprising and disappointing, there are no interviews from media spokespeople from either the Australian Monarchist League (AML) or Australians For Constitutional Republic (ACM).
Monarchy advocate Rachel Bailes appeared to be the only exception, who says the Royal Family want to connect with us whilst on public tours.
Former politician and diplomat Alexander Downer, who represented Australia at the funeral of Diana Princess of Wales, was another conservative voice.
Sir William Heseltine, who served as the Queen’s Private Secretary from 1986 to 1990, was the only royal insider who shared his memories working at Buckingham Palace.
However, The Crown & Us, does show some amazing archival footage from past royal visits, including 1954 and when Queen Elizabeth II opened the Sydney Opera House in 1973.
Then there was the hilarious incident when Prince Charles appeared on Countdown in 1977, especially Molly Meldrum’s nerves got the better of him.
Of course, the push for Australia to become a republic was a major theme throughout the documentary, with the complaint Australians won’t have a say when Charles becomes King.
Watch the trailer
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However, most of the commentary are from the virtue-signalling republic-supporting left with their anti-British bias, with complaints that the Royal Family is a ‘white constitution’ and condemning the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) as ‘racist’ for his ‘uncensored thoughts’ regarding Indigenous Australians.
as Dr Julia Baird, writer Benjamin Law, so-called ‘comedian’ Joel Creasley’ and Aboriginal Language and Culture Consultant Dr Shayne T Williams were among the interviewees.
Julia Baird complains about the Royal Family’s initial refusal to deny access to archives whilst researching her book about Queen Victoria, later feedback regarding her manuscript and claims about censorship.
The Crown is part of who we were and who we are and our affection for the British Royals remains as strong as ever.