At a ceremony at Government House in Australia’s Capital City Canberra, on the 18th of september, the Governor-General of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO made Anthony ‘Tony’ Abbott the 28th Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Mr Abbott, a British born politician and Rhodes Scholar, took the top job from former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in a crushing victory over the Labor Leader. Mr Abbott is a true monarchist and is a former Executive Director of Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy. At his ceremony, he used the once abolished pledge to the Queen of Australia, “I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Queen Elizabeth the second, the Queen of Australia”.
Mr Abbott then presented his frontbench team to the Governor-General, saying: “We pledge ourselves to serve the people of Australia, for their benefit, to the very best of our ability.”
Newly Elected, Prime Minister Abbott
While Her Excellency has strong ties to the former Labor Government that appointed her, including her son-in-law Bill Shorten who is a nominee to replace former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as leader of the labor party, she was nothing but professional in her typical regal fashion as she swore in the new government. While Ms Bryce, who is the former Governor of Queensland, was appointed by the former Government, there has been no mention of her being replaced.
Mr Abbott has met the Queen previously in his capacity as leader of the opposition. He met Her Majesty at Government House during her most recent tour of Australia in October 2011 where she was attending the CHOGM meeting in Perth. He then met with the Prince of Wales during his recent trip for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in November 2012.
Tony has been welcomed by monarchists across Australia.
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Governor-General Quentin Bryce Photo Credit: Brent Hunter, Author