British historian and writer Robert Lacey has given some interesting insights into the Commonwealth and the potential for countries such as Australia to become a republic.
“Everybody said, ‘Well, the realms will survive so long as the Queen is head of state, in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica and other countries’,” he told the BBC.
“Will the same loyalty attach to the new King Charles?”
He suggests that question may be playing a part in Charles giving such priority to the high commissioners this afternoon.
“There’s a whole school of thought that says the British monarchy should just give up the idea of the realms and say, concentrate on the United Kingdom, concentrate on the Commonwealth,” he says.
“Can it be forever that Australia wants a British man or woman as their head of state?”