Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said it would be a fitting tribute to the late monarch and has confirmed he will be known as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II if he is re-elected in November’s state election.
Andrews announced the plan today, saying it is what the Queen would have wanted. “I can think of no greater honor for the Queen than to have the Prime Minister of Australia’s largest state named after her.”
If he is elected, Andrews said, those within the state could simply refer to him as having Her Majesty. “There’s no need for ‘Her Royal Highness.’ It’s important to me to keep things informal.”
Andrews said he was also in talks with the Northern Territory government to have Uluru renamed Queen Elizabeth II, out of respect for Australia’s longest-serving head of state.
Opposition leader Matthew (‘Matt’) Guy has kept Labor’s promise but said he would simply be referred to as the more casual ‘Queen Liz’.
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