Royal family has set a date for a trip to Australia after the Queen’s death – and it will be the first time a king has come Down Under
- Royals could visit Australia in 2024 to celebrate bicentenary
- King Charles is in talks with the NSW Legislative Council to visit
- Prince William and Princess Kate also tipped to attend the 2024 event
King Charles, Prince William and Princess Kate could all be on their way to Sydney in 2024 to celebrate Australia’s bicentenary.
The Royals and the NSW Parliament have been in talks for months as they try to lure the new king to Australia, with Charles reportedly eager to return to Down Under.
Matthew Mason-Cox, the chairman of the NSW Legislative Council, was given an audience in Balmoral with the then Prince just days before Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8.
“He was delightful and has such a passion and high regard for Australia,” said Mr Mason-Cox The Daily Telegraph.
“After all, he went to school here, surfed Bondi Beach, he’s all right at home.”
King Charles (center), Prince William (right) and Princess Kate could all be on their way to Sydney in 2024 to celebrate Australia’s bicentenary
A royal opening of the state parliament was conducted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1954 and 1992, and also by Prince Charles in 1974.
If King Charles visited Sydney for the bicentenary, he would be the first king to set foot on Australian soil.
He would also likely attend the 2024 Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Sydney, an event attended by 57 member states.
It is believed that Prince William and Princess Kate will also likely attend.
Prince William and Princess Kate are also tipped to attend the event next year
“With the recent passing of the Queen, the routes for the Royals are being redrawn,” Mason-Cox said.
“You never know when the prince and princess will be here for the bicentenary. There are stories that they may already be going to Australia next year.’
The bicentenary marks 200 years since five lawmakers gathered at Sydney’s Government House on the corner of Phillip and Bridge Streets.
A two-year program will be launched on Tuesday at Parliament House to celebrate Australia’s first and oldest legislative body – the NSW Act of 1832.