Royal Visit to Victoria

by on 15 March, 2012

206763_10150137802876616_585816615_6556554_3219432_n (1) (1) Joshua Gibbins reflects on the Queen's visit to Victoria:

The Queen’s visit to Australian October, or to be even more specific, Melbourne, has proven to of been a success, just like in all the other states that their Majesties visited.

On the Queens Visit to Victoria the Queen opened the new Royal Children’s hospital building, gave a thrilling speech in the morning and then got to walk around the new building, meeting staff of the Royal children’s.

Then after Her Majesty opened the new Royal Children’s building it was onto Federation square in the Heart of Melbourne to see and great the people that wished to see Her Majesty.

People had been lined up at Federation square since 6am that morning so they could get in the front rows of the lines to see their Majesties and with flowers wrapped up in foil so not to be too damaged by the heat of the afternoon.

Even from the early hours of 11am with the royal visit scheduled for 1pm Federation square was packed with people lining up to see their Queen, people had come from all over Victoria just to come see the Queen for this one brief instance.

There was a man dressed in an old Tram, clippie uniform, from the 50s and 60s walking around giving out cards and old fashioned tram tickets asking people what they thought the Royal tram would look like. 

On the federation stage there was a jazz band that played music while the people waited for the Queen’s arrive, such as Dean Martin’s ‘Ain’t It A Kick in the head’, most probably directed at the republicans and the kick in the head they must of be feeling at the Queen’s successful visit. 

When the Queen had finely arrived to Federation square it was already as hot as a summers day and the Queen was a good 30 minutes late but the spirits were still as high as ever with more and more people coming there was simply thousands of people.

Everyone with either Union jack flags or Australian Flags flying in their hands or larger flags connected to the metal bars of the barricade giving room to the Queen to walk up and down the red carpet.

The community Spirit was as well, very different to normal on this occasion, everyone, no matter who they were all seemed to chatter to one another and act like they had been friends or known each other but in reality they had not been friends and had not met each other before that instances, community spirit seemed to be at high levels. 

When the Queen did arrive everyone was overjoyed, with flags flying, people in large groups were singing God Save the Queen, and in general, people in the lines that were 4 or 5 people deep were asking how far away the Queen was away from them.

The walk up and down the crowed only last for 30 odd minutes but in that time Children were allowed to hand their flowers to the Queen and the people in line and well wishers were allowed to show their love to their Queen.

At the end of the walk around federation square, the people lucky enough to hand out flowers to Her Majesty said how excited they were that they got to see Her Majesty and others that they actually got to touch the Queen's hand and looking like they were about to cry from the joy.

These events can be forgotten when the Queen is not in the country and the community spirit is at its regular levels and indifference.

 But when you see these events with so many people all coming together in a unity to greet the Queen, you can see that the republican cause truly is as far away as it ever was, and that the monarchy in Australia is just as loved as it ever was.

Joshua Gibbins is a 22 year old constitutional monarchist, studying a Diploma in Library and Cultural Studies

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