William expected to visit Lockyer
IT IS expected Prince William will tour the worst-hit parts of the flood-devastated Lockyer Valley when he visits Australia this month.
The Prince will visit Australia and New Zealand to meet with residents affected by the summer's natural disasters.
The Prince, who is marrying Catherine Middleton on April 29, will arrive in Australia on Saturday, March 19, where he will spend two days visiting areas affected by the cyclone and flooding in Queensland.
The itinerary has not yet been made public, but Australian Monarchist League Queensland branch chairman Tristan Rogers said he expected the future King to visit areas hit by Cyclone Yasi, Brisbane and Victoria but especially the Lockyer Valley.
“Particularly Grantham, where there was significant loss of life,” Mr Rogers said.
“The focus should be on the people who lost their lives and businesses.
“I think it will be a welcome lift, especially for people whose families have been wiped out.
“I think it's fantastic given the way we've been hammered so hard by natural disasters.
“It will give people something positive, and it shows he was thinking of us at a very difficult time.
“It will have a profoundly positive impact in a sombre part of Queensland's life.”
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has vowed to do whatever it takes to get Prince William to visit the city.
Cr Pisasale said he was planning to write to Prince William yesterday with an invitation to visit Ipswich.
“By the time the sun sets today he will have an invitation,” Cr Pisasale said yesterday.
“If you don't ask, you could miss out. It'd be wonderful if he was to come. I think everybody would come out in force.
“Being a young royal, I think it would wonderful for the young people of Ipswich too.”
Vocal republican, Ipswich councillor Paul Tully declined to answer a question about whether he would you like to see the Prince visit Goodna.
An article in the Queensland Times from February 20, 1958 described the last royal visit, by the Queen Mother:
“Displaying with every gesture the radiant and lovable personality which has endeared her to millions, Her Majesty was escorted by the ceremonially-robed Mayor to the royal dais. At this stage the cheering from the flag-waving crowds surged to an excited pitch of intensity.”
After standing for the National Anthem, the Queen Mother presented a speech: “Mr Mayor I thank you most sincerely for the welcome you have extended to me on behalf of the aldermen and citizens of Ipswich and for your expressions of loyalty to the throne,” she said.
“I am very happy to be with you on what must I fear be but a brief visit to this important and historic city. Here has been most happily developed a centre of economic and industrial importance with a cultural and educational background of which your citizens may worthily feel proud.”
On February 19, 1958, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother dropped into visit Ipswich as part of her world tour.
Mayor Finimore put out a call to citizens and businesses to help beautify the city for her visit.
Businesses closed at 1.30pm to allow everyone to travel to Queens Park, where a crowd of over 12,000 people gathered.
Source: By the Bremer: Memories of Ipswich