Re: 70 years of an absent head of state
  Dudley Horscroft

Her Majesty may be Queen of Australia, but she is not the Head of State
for Australia.  That position belongs to our Governor-General, and has
been recognized as such since about 1906.



On 4/06/2022 5:27 pm, Mal Rowe wrote:
> As an Australian, I find it a bit hard to get enthused about a distant

> monarch, but the achievement of QE II to last 70 years in the job is

> remarkable.


> The Queen (as Princess Elizabeth) was supposed to visit Australia in

> 1952, but went home after the South Africa part of the tour when her

> father died suddenly.


> The 1954 Royal Visit was the first time a reigning monarch visited

> Australia and the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board, headed by

> Major General Robert Risson was determined to celebrate the event in

> style.


> The only PCC car was taken off passenger service and adorned with

> celebratory panels.  The attached pic is an MMTB official image.


> The Royal standard is the centre piece with the State of Victoria coat

> of arms at left and the monogram of the Melbourne and Metropolitan

> Tramways Board at right.


> Mal Rowe - occasional passenger on the PCC car