On 27 March 2014 I wrote about how Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the former director of Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy announced the return of imperial honours for Australians. On 19 March 2014, on the Prime Minister’s recommendation, Her Majesty The Queen approved amendments to the Letters Patent for the Order of Australia to reinstate appointment of Knights and Dames of the Order of Australia. At the time, the PM said he believed this was:
have been excited about turning the clock back and been suggesting names such as Rod Laver MBE, the living Victoria
Cross recipients, Australian Nobel Prize winners (even posthumous), previous
GG’s, retired Generals and Chief Justices. Interestingly, one of the only two
pre-1985 AK’s living is Prince Charles and with the provision that a knight can
be a non-citizen.
I reckon good money could be laid on Princes William or Harry receiving a knighthood in 2015 for having turned up in Australia a few times. On that logic perhaps one should also be given to Prince George who showed us exactly what he thinks of the ex-convicts with his instantly disdainful chuck of the toy bilby at Taronga Zoo. There’s even the depressing thought Rupert Murdoch (now a US citizen) could be in line for a knighthood!
We'll see how close to the money I am tomorrow with a Royal snagging an Australian Knighthood.