The death of Queen Elizabeth II, and the ascension of King Charles III as sovereign, has reanimated republican debate in Australia, as the country formally pays tribute to its longest-serving monarch, “a symbol of stability, inspiration and servant leadership”.
The Queen’s death in Scotland, aged 96, will signal widespread change across Australia – from the suspension of parliament for 15 days, to the gradual phasing in of newly issued currency.
The King’s representative in Australia, the governor-general, David Hurley, described the late monarch as an “example of selfless service, devotion to duty and compassion”.
“What I have observed from the reaction of Australians is that there is no single quote, or memory or moment that can define Her Majesty. All are apt. All are special,” he said on Friday evening.
The Queen, whose death was announced on Friday morning…