Apr 17, 2014

They did but see them pass them by, but not much love before they die

Wills and Kate (and baby Prince George) are in Sydney to meet their loyal subjects. But our enterprising royal correspondent found loyal subjects were rather thin on the ground.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

Wills Kate Sydney

You wouldn’t have guessed it from the fawning television coverage, but it was a pretty small turn-out for the royals down at the Sydney Opera House yesterday afternoon.

I arrived early, expecting a huge crowd, but quickly concluded that that there was plenty of space for people to stand and see William and Kate as they arrived. By 3.07pm, as the royal cars swept into view, the crowds ranged from only one or two deep to about four deep right at the vantage point. It all seemed a bit low-key.

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10 thoughts on “They did but see them pass them by, but not much love before they die

  1. zut alors

    I imagine the cost to Oz taxpayers for the Ellen de Generes and Oprah extravaganzas were equivalent. And they were circuses.

    The cost to Oz taxpayers for the last visit by Obama would’ve been monumental & we definitely didn’t get anything for our money in that instance. The fawning done on that occasion was exaggerated, making any forelock tugging to these royals appear insignificant by comparison.

  2. MJPC

    You missed out all of the media types; Chanel 7 in particular has been fawning on air all day; it’s enough to make one vomit!

  3. Ramon Meccho

    Perhaps I am old fashioned but I like the idea of a family providing the head of state as custodian, preserving the nation for the next century rather than a head of state who is appointed for few years by whatever party is in power.

    While the reserve powers are rarely used, I cringe at the thought of another GG contaminated by US agenda.

  4. TheFamousEccles

    Ramon, you have hit my nail of opinion right on the head with your last sentence. I am by no means a monarchist, but the thought of the Head of State being chosen by the party political process is entirely unsatisfactory. You only need to look at NSW to see that religion, greed and personal agenda would taint the role immediately.

  5. The Old Bill

    I once had the joy of telling our current Queen’s Mum that I was a republican, but the current system does give us a head of state that cannot be picked by a politician.
    Anyway, Australia is now a country of outsourcing. Refugees to wherever, QANTAS to Dubai and we even get our animals killed elsewhere too. Why not have our head of state from somewhere else? Maybe we could contract it out?

  6. BruceHassan

    Crikey, do you really need to adopt the same sneering, condescending tone as the Fairfax papers when it comes to royalty?
    I passed through the Opera House forecourt on my home from work on Thursday afternoon and seem to have encountered a rather different crowd; and went and saw the visit in the Blue Mountains, again a very different crowd to that described here.
    Some diversity in opinion writing in the press would be good, especially when it comes to royalty and the Australia crown.

  7. Sir Leigh Curmudgeon

    I was at the Opera House and the Prince and his dear little woman were bally radiant.

    I’m delighted to report that I had a little accident when the Prince smiled directly at me while shaking my hand. I must admit that I blushed and even gave a little curtsy instead of my usual manly bow.

    The occasion reminded me of when Phillip attended in ’88 and the last time that I shook hands with the old fellow.

  8. Liamj

    Thanks Margot for an informative and dispassionate article, better than even the ABCs gushing.

    It is interesting to hear of the number of accidental & incidental spectators, i wouldn’t be surprised if the Windsors party planners pick popular public places to help bulk out ‘their’ crowds.

  9. alan speers

    As a boy,long ago, I lined up with schoolmates at the Marist Brothers’ place of learning,in Harrington Street, Sydney,to see the young Princess Elizabeth on her first Australian visit. It took us away from the classroom for an hour or two and, along the way, coloured my views on the royal family forever. Sixty years later, William and Kate,a handsome couple, are doing their best . . . but my favourite royal remains the Duke who, even in his dotage, conveys the feeling he’d rather be performing the Syrtos in Athens, or anywhere in the Greek islands, than acting out a quinella role in the royal entourage.

  10. Margot Saville

    Great to read such diversity of opinion from the Crikey readers, keep it up!

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