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The Princess and the PM’s tea

The functions arranged for the Prime Ministers conference in London in May 1944 were the first official Commonwealth duties for Princess Elizabeth, who had turned eighteen a few weeks before.

The young Princess won the affection of John Curtin when, noticing him alone and without a drink at a cocktail party, she made him a cup of tea.

Queen Elizabeth presenting a speech during her first visit to Australia, 1954.

Queen Elizabeth presenting a speech during her first visit to Australia, 1954.


NAA: A1773, RV1262


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The term of members of the House of Representatives is three years, and a prime minister must call an election within three years of the opening of a new parliament. The prime minister requests the governor-general to issue a writ stating dates for the close of electoral rolls, close of nomination of candidates, and the polling day – always a Saturday.

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