Australian commercial media has a vested interest in royal weddings, that is plain for all to see. They see it as an opportunity to sell copies, advertising, souvenir editions and commemorative tea towels, mugs and teaspoons. They very much want Australians to follow them in their delight about next year’s Christmas in August.

Republicans think most people -- a clear majority -- in Australia have moved on from the 1950s and that the correct line for us to take is to be respectful and honest -- not disingenuously claim we are overcome with excitement about the event. Of course, it makes sense for republicans to use the media attention to present the case for a republic and point out how remote the events are to Australia.