Chris Ash­ton

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are im­por­tant, ac­cord­ing to Ash­ton, monar­chist and sec­re­tary of the Public Schools Club in Ade­laide where the ca­reer of Queen El­iz­a­beth can be traced through the por­traits that adorn the walls. And one of the great­est tra­di­tions of the western world, he says, is the Bri­tish monar­chy. On June 8, Ash­ton will join fel­low mem­bers of the Aus­tralian Monar­chist League of SA at the club’s home on East Tce to cel­e­brate the Queen’s of­fi­cial birth­day and her ac­ces­sion to the throne. “Per­son­ally I think it’s a great trib­ute to the woman that she’s hung in there so long, and of course the only other per­son to do it in his­tory is Queen Vic­to­ria,” he says. Ash­ton cites as one of the Queen’s great­est achieve­ments her suc­cess in keep­ing the Com­mon­wealth to­gether amid the enor­mous changes the world has un­der­gone dur­ing her reign. “Any­body in one of the Com­mon­wealth coun­tries has a right to feel very proud of what that woman has achieved,” he says. “To main­tain your wits over so many years and to keep in­formed it al­most beg­gars be­lief, so I can’t see why the whole world shouldn’t be pay­ing trib­ute to the woman be­cause she has had an enor­mous sta­bil­is­ing in­flu­ence. Eat your heart out Amer­ica.” Ash­ton be­lieves the monar­chy will con­tinue to be well served by the Queen’s heirs and that there is no good rea­son for Australia ever to be­come a repub­lic. “Re­gard­less of what your po­lit­i­cal lean­ings are, the re­al­ity of the sit­u­a­tion is that at the last ref­er­en­dum the peo­ple of Australia voted over­whelm­ingly to main­tain the sys­tem that we have since it wasn’t ob­vi­ously bro­ken,” he says. “It is the re­publics around the world that are the great scallywag regimes, not the monar­chies.”

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