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The Queen, 93, has broken many records during her long reign as monarch. In 2017, she became the world’s oldest head of state after the resignation of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, who served as his country’s president for 37 years. In October 2016, she notched up another record, becoming the world’s longest-reigning living monarch after the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej following his 70 years on the throne.
She has been described by historians as “the most politically accomplished person in the world” and she is also the most loved and popular member of the Royal Family.
In the annual YouGov poll, participants described Her Majesty as “admirable, hard-working, respected, and dedicated”— earning her an impressive 72 percent positivity rating.
Despite the Queen’s popularity, around the world there are still people who feel strongly about the monarchy being abolished.
One of these people is former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, who, according to a 2011 report by The Telegraph, even told Her Majesty about his anti-royalist plans.
During his time in office and beyond, Mr Keating has campaigned for Australia to sever ties to the Crown.
On September 18, 1993, during a visit to Balmoral Castle, Mr Keating, said he informed the Queen that her future visits to Australia would have been “more celebratory” if the nation was a republic.
In excerpts from his 2011 book, “After Words”, Mr Keating painted a sympathetic portrait of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, but said discussions during his formal meeting with the monarch were not easy.
He wrote: “I told the Queen as politely and gently as I could that I believed the majority of Australians felt the monarchy was an anachronism; that it had drifted into obsolescence.
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“Not for any reason associated with the Queen personally, but for the simple reason she was not in a position to represent their aspirations.
“They were Australian, she was British.”
He went on to describe how he told the Queen that the nation “appreciated her efforts” and that he would have sought to involve her personally in the debate over a republic.
Once he had delivered his verdict on the future of the monarchy in Australia, the Queen had a very diplomatic response.
She reportedly said:”You know my family has always tried to do their best by Australia.
“I will, of course, take the advice of Australian ministers and respect the wishes of the Australian people.”
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Reflecting on their conversation later that night, Mr Keating hoped the Queen would have taken his comments “philosophically, without feeling too hurt” and said he thought she had been “relieved” by the nature of the discussion.
Later, he wrote that what struck him was “how tenuous the hereditary nature of the position was,” and the Queen’s “remoteness from any contemporary mandate”.
Australians voted against changing to a republic in a referendum in 1999 and polls have since indicated that support for the change has stagnated or dropped.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison claims to be a “proud constitutional monarchist”.
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