Let us never speak of this unfortunate incident again
The next time the London Philharmonic Orchestra tours Australia, will somebody please tell the conductor that the playing of God Save the Queen is just not on and certainly not before the National Anthem of Australia is played.
There’s some mad theory around that the British anthem was played because the Duke of Kent was in the audience.
The Duke of who? There wouldn’t be many Australians who have ever heard of him and to put those who haven’t out of their collective miseries here’s who he is: he’s Prince Edward , a cousin of the Queen’s and is in the first 20 in line to the English throne.
And his relevance to Australia is zilch..nothing.
At last weekend’s brilliant performances of this world class orchestra, the conductor took his place on the platform, turned to the audience and asked them to stand. Everyone jumped up and then came the big surprise – a foreign national anthem was belted out: I’ll wager that any Australian in the audience who was under 50 had never ever heard the anthem and would have wondered why it was necessary to stand for it.
Whoever made the insulting decision the play the offensive piece should be told we are no longer a British colony and when the Queen is here, she’s here as Queen of Australia, until we come to our senses and become a republic.
In the meantime the quaint habit of playing Britain’s National Anthem while she or one of her family is here should cease at once and be replaced by Advance Australia Fair.
In a way the events of the weekend if given enough air play might bring Australians to their senses and demand the referendum – this time not one high jacked by John Howard – which will drag us screaming into the 21st century and be proud citizens of the Republic of Australia!
(Barry Everingham is a commentator on royalty)
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