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We are not abdicating: Charles won’t be in charge for many years yet

Three European monarchs have abdicated in the last year or so, which got us wondering: could our Lilibet be next? Not on your life, writes freelance writer Dylan Barber.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Wills, Kate will never be royals — but they can be celebs

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Sydney, and they will no doubt be on their blandest, most boringly dutiful behaviour. But that’s not due to the dignity of their titles — it’s in opposition.

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Are Wills and Kate worth it?

Crikey readers talk the upcoming visit from Prince William and Princess Shinyhair, plus why we should process our own refugees.

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Normal Kate’s normal post-George bump a shape of things to come

How normal is Kate? So normal. And Willy is such a normal dad. And George will be normalised, too. These new-age royals are all so normal. Or so the narrative goes.

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Kate scandalette all nork and no action? Think again …

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was last seen being borne through the streets of Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, in a vehicle decked out to look like a ceremonial canoe.

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Guilty confessions of an Australian republican

For Australian republicans, Prince Charles has often been seen as an easy target, writes freelancer David Ritter.

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Peter the Wild Boy? More like Peter the Disabled Child

More than 200 years ago, a crazed child found wandering naked through a German forest was adopted as a pet — complete with collar — by King George I. But scientists have just unearthed that ‘Peter the Wild Boy’ suffered from a rare genetic condition.

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Crikey Blogs | EUROPE|

Letting a first born female child become Queen of Australia

The Australian Government is being asked to approve changes in the law governing royal succession to allow the first born child of the sovereign, whether male or female, to become heir to the throne, reports Richard Farmer.

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The Daily Beast | EUROPE|

Don’t be jealous of Middleton: being a royal is way over-rated

Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton will undoubtedly bring out the green-eyed monster from woman around the world. But being a royal actually isn’t much fun, writes Andrew Roberts.

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A special Royal Engagement edition of Leigh Josey’s Morning Media Mauling

Did you hear? Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married! As a proud member of the Commonwealth, Leigh Josey believes we should do everything in our power to be embarrassingly sycophantic in the rush to praise our Royal overlords. And it appears Australia’s newspapers agree…

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From Di’s dead hand, a ring for commoners everywhere

Warning — this report contains flash photography” was how every news bulletin began tonight, as the engagement of Prince William and Kate — now Katherine — Middleton was announced. That was something of an understatement, reports Guy Rundle from London.

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Britain goes mad over Big Willie and Babykins

Crikey media wrap: The biggest story in the world right now? A royal engagement. We waded through the British media as they froth at the mouth so you don’t have to.

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The Daily Beast | EUROPE|

The forgivable follies of Fergie

Fergie, the Duchess of York, has been a massive embarrassment to the UK royal family for nearly 20 years and the latest “cash for access” scandal is a shocker. But can you blame her?

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Despite two Fs and a J, Wills just won’t get the top job

William for king, William for governor-general: it just won’t happen — and it just shouldn’t, says Barry Everingham: the monarchy has no place in contemporary Australia.

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The Australian | EUROPE|

Why Australia welcomes the wacky Windsors

Whether you support the monarchy or not, you have to admit: royal visits down under are a jolly good show, says Jack the Insider. They could sure show the Australian Republican Movement a thing or two about PR.

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Republican movement’s new enemy: Prince William

Prince William’s visit has left more than just giggling schoolgirls and a princely display of bowling. It has also revealed how unprepared the Australian Republic movement is for the next generation of royals.

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Daily Mail | EUROPE|

The secret plan to make Wills the “Shadow King”

The Mail says it has obtained private Treasury documents which reveal the Queen is planning to hand over a substantial part of her duties to Prince William in order to groom his as the next monarch, bypassing Prince Charles — though the Palace says “pish tosh”.

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The Sun | EUROPE|

Prince Charles: now 25% more expensive

Another expenses scandal is brewing, with revelations that Prince Charles’ bill to the taxpayer rose from under £2½ million to over £3 million last year, most of it accounted for in overseas trips on private jets.

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The horrid and gritty truth about the Republic – An Essay

Nature abhors a vacuum…

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Flint: Don’t blame the Royal Family for Harry’s leak

By blaming the Royal Family for leaking the story that Prince Harry was serving at the front line, The Australian’s Mark Day has gone too far, writes David Flint.

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