British Monarch King Charles and Queen Camilla Set for Visit to Australia in 2024

The visit is likely to align with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Samoa, in October 2024

Australia is a constitutional monarchy and our head of state King Charles and Queen Camilla are anticipated to visit Australia later in 2024, marking a significant royal engagement and the King’s first visit to the nation since ascending to the throne.

The Australian federal government is currently in discussions with states and territories to finalise the details of this royal tour. The visit comes amid King Charles’ recent cancer diagnosis, which led to a reduction in his public engagements. Nonetheless, preparations are underway to welcome the monarch, reflecting his strong ties and affection for Australia.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese highlighted the mutual compassion between Australians and King Charles, particularly in light of the King’s health news and the country’s recent natural disasters.

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Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles expressed Australians’ deep affection for King Charles, emphasising the popularity and significance of such a visit. The royal couple’s tour is expected to be a momentous occasion, building on King Charles’ history of 15 visits to Australia, demonstrating his enduring connection with the country.

The last royal visit was by Queen Elizabeth II in 2011, making this upcoming tour especially noteworthy as it would be the first by a reigning monarch since then.

The visit is likely to align with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Samoa, in October 2024, suggesting a broad itinerary that could include various Australian states and territories, all eager to host the monarch.

NSW Premier Chris Minns suggested Sydney as an essential stop. At the same time, Assistant Minister for the Republic Matt Thistlethwaite assured a warm welcome for the King, underlining the visit’s significance beyond the ongoing republic debate.

Phillip Benwell, Chair of the Australian Monarchist League, also expressed hope for the visit, emphasising King Charles’ affection for Australia and the importance of a successful cancer treatment for the King.

This royal visit symbolises the enduring bond between Australia and the monarchy, underscoring King Charles’ personal history and affection for the nation. It offers an opportunity for Australians to celebrate their relationship with the Crown, amidst discussions on the country’s constitutional future and the King’s health journey.

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