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King and Queen plan to visit Australia in 2024

The King and Queen are expected to travel to Australia and New Zealand in October
The King and Queen are expected to travel to Australia and New Zealand in October - Shutterstock

The King is planning to visit Australia next year in what is likely be a key test of his popularity as monarch, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported.

His Majesty, accompanied by the Queen, is expected to travel to Australia just before or after the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Samoa, which is being held in late October.

“King Charles is planning to visit Australia and New Zealand in October,” the newspaper reported, quoting an anonymous diplomatic source, who had contact with the monarch.

A source within Australia’s Labor government said the visit had not been formally confirmed by Buckingham Palace, but added: “It’s very possible it will happen.”

“It would be around the time of CHOGM that he would come, either before or after, that would make sense,” the source added.

King Charles (then Prince of Wales) during the Opening Ceremony for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
The King (then Prince of Wales) during the Opening Ceremony for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Getty Images

Canberra’s parliamentary schedule for next year has a week-long break on both sides of the CHOGM conference, which would allow a royal visit to Australia without interrupting the parliamentary sitting calendar.

It would be the royal couple’s first visit to Australia since 2018 when they opened the Commonwealth Games on the Queensland Gold Coast.

Public reaction to a royal visit next year might indicate the level of republican sentiment in Australia, coming more than two years after Queen Elizabeth’s death.

The most recent opinion poll, held just after Her Majesty’s death, suggested 46 per cent of Australians favoured a republic, while 54 per cent preferred the current system of government.

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