The Australian Monarchist League has backed talks for Prince William and Kate Middleton to visit Australia in 2023 following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed on Friday “preliminary discussions” had taken place about the visit, which would be the couple’s first trip to Australia in almost a decade.
The Prince and Princess of Wales last visited Down Under in April 2014 with first born son Prince George, who was nine-months-old at the time.
Australian Monarchist Chair Philip Benwell said the tour would allow the royal couple to pay “particular tribute” to those affected by earlier bushfires and the more recent floods.
“The proposed visit for 2023 will provide an opportunity for them to empathise with Australians still affected by the earlier bushfires and more recent floods,” he said in a statement.
Mr Benwell said the royal couple had planned to visit in 2020 but were forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The visit was to enable them to pay particular tribute to bushfire affected communities as they, along with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, were exceptionally distressed at the death toll, widespread ecological damage, and destruction of homes as a result of Australia’s bushfire crisis as they were for the later widespread and traumatic floods,” he said.
“A royal tour of this nature not only embodies the love that the Crown and the Royal Family have for Australia but affords Australians an opportunity to visibly express their support for the system of constitutional monarchy which so many deeply value as a protection of their freedoms and democracy.
“In the event they are accompanied by their children, it will be the first opportunity for Australians to see Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis on Australian soil.”
Mr Albanese said he was hopeful the couple would also bring their three children – Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four – with them to Australia.
“I would hope that if they visit they bring their children with them,” he told ITV on Friday.
“The Royal Family have always been welcome visitors here in Australia and they would be again.”
But a potential visit by King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, is not yet on the cards.
When asked whether the new monarch and his wife would be visiting Australia next year or in 2024, Mr Albanese said: “We haven’t had those discussions”.
Mr Albanese and Governor General David Hurley arrived in London overnight with their partners, along with nine other Australians ahead of the Queen’s state funeral on Monday.
“It’s a great honour to be representing Australia here,” he said in the British capital.
“Quite clearly, what we can see all around us is the affection in which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was held by people here in the United Kingdom, but also of course in Australia and right around the Commonwealth.
“It has been an honour to leave a tribute for Queen Elizabeth here.”