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Face value: Australians demanding free portraits of Queen Elizabeth


  • World
  • Saturday, 11 Aug 2018

An undated handout photo released by Sutton PR of the painting by Ralph Heimans entitled 'The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2012'. - AP

An undated handout photo released by Sutton PR of the painting by Ralph Heimans entitled 'The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2012'. - AP

SYDNEY (Reuters): Australians by the dozen are demanding portraits of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, after a news item drew attention to an obscure rule entitling them to such articles from local politicians.

Federal politicians in Australia, a constitutional monarchy whose head of state is the British monarch, are not obliged to hand out the pictures, but can claim an allowance to provide them, as well as items such as flags, at constituents' request.

   

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