Republican Anthony Albanese says he will swear allegiance to King Charles

Despite being a committed republican, Anthony Albanese says he will swear allegiance to King Charles during his Coronation at the weekend.

The Australian Prime Minister revealed to British talk show host Piers Morgan he will make the pledge when it is called for by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who will preside over Saturday’s ceremony.

Morgan tweeted a picture of himself interviewing the PM on Tuesday night with a caption: ‘Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, a die-hard republican, says he WILL swear the oath of allegiance to King Charles III in Westminster Abbey.’

When asked on Monday by Australian media whether he would make the vow, which is a new feature of the Coronation ceremony introduced by King Charles, Mr Albanese dodged the question.

The prospect that Mr Albanese could join those who ‘pay true allegiance to Your Majesty’, as the public vows are described by the Archbishop, has already angered republicans in Australia.

Despite his avowed republican beliefs Anthony Albanese has revealed he will make a public vow of allegiance to King Charles during Saturday’s coronation ceremony in London

Former Socceroo Craig Foster, who is co-chair of the Australian Republic Movement, likened the invite that will be issued to ‘all persons of goodwill’ to ‘make their homage, in heart and voice’ towards King Charles to being asked to ‘grovel’.

‘We shouldn’t be expected to grovel before a King, or pledge obedience and neither should our members of parliament,’ he said. 

‘A head of state should pledge their loyalty us, not the other way round. We need an anti-pledge.’ 

In response to the invite to ‘make homage’, those at the ceremony or watching it from elsewhere are expected to say: ‘I swear that I will pay true allegiance to Your Majesty, and to your heirs and successors according to law. So help me God.’

After the Archbishop calls out ‘God save the King’, those making the official response must reply: ‘God save King Charles. Long live King Charles. May The King live for ever.’

Mr Albanese will be part of sizeable Australian contingent at the ceremony to be held in Westminster Abbey.

Matildas soccer star Sam Kerr has been named the official Australian flag bearer.

Governor-General David Hurley and the governors of all other Australian states will be there along with musician Nick Cave, comedian Adam Hills, artist Jasmine Coe and nurse Emily Regan.

Other notable Australians include Jasmine Coe ,who runs the first and only Aboriginal-owned art gallery in the UK, youth advocate Yasmin Poole and 2022 Young Australian of the year Dr Daniel Nour. 

Despite this substantial Australian representation at his coronation, King Charles has reportedly expressed reservations about whether he will be welcomed to Australia because of the Albanese government’s commitment to a republic. 

King Charles, who was then Prince of Wales, is greeted by school children during a 2012 visit to Kilkenny Primary School in Adelaide,

King Charles, who was then Prince of Wales, is greeted by school children during a 2012 visit to Kilkenny Primary School in Adelaide,

The King reportedly asked ‘But will I be welcome?’ when discussing the possibility of making a trip Down Under with Australian diplomats, The Australian reported

The Albanese government made an administrative gesture towards removing the UK monarch as Australia’s head of state by creating the position of Assistant Minister for the Republic last June.

Despite his avowed republicanism, Mr Albanese has indicated that it is not an issue he will push in his first term of government.

He has stated the priority for constitutional change, which requires a referendum, is creating an Indigenous Voice to Parliament that Australians will vote on later this year.

Protocol demands that for King Charles to visit Anthony Albanese would have to formally invite him.

That may happen as early as Friday with the Australian Prime Minister attending three events in London where the King will be present.

King Charles, who replaced his mother Queen Elizabeth as Australia’s head of state when she died last September, has long and deep connections to Australia. 

As a teenager he spent two terms at the Timbertop school in Victoria and while Prince of Wales visited Australia on 16 occasions, with the last trip being in 2018.