‘We love the Queen on the Today show’: Allison Langdon revives after grumpy Republican Alex Cullen frowns through a report on the monarch’s platinum anniversary
Today show’s Alex Cullen showed off his Republican livery on Thursday as he frowned flipped through a report on the Queen’s platinum jubilee.
Filling in for co-host Karl Stefanovic, the 40-year-old newscaster crossed his arms and had a sullen expression as reporter Lara Vella spoke of the British monarch’s upcoming milestone.
His apparent cynicism about the royal family prompted co-anchor Allison Langdon to reassure viewers that his opinion did not match those of the Today show or Channel Nine.
Drama queen! Alex Cullen (right) of the Today show showed off his Republican colors on Thursday as he frowned flipped through a report on the Queen’s platinum anniversary. Left: Allison Langdon
“The Queen is throwing a four-day party to celebrate a beautiful milestone: 70 years on the throne,” Lara began.
Buckingham Palace has announced a host of events to mark its platinum anniversary in June, including a live concert and parade with 5,000 performers.
Referring to her colleague’s Republican streak, she boldly added, “Alex, we know you’re going to be really excited about that. No response there?’
The camera saw Alex slumped in his chair and looked sullen, while Allison smiled awkwardly and whimpered, “He loves the Queen…”
Then she said more confidently:We love the queen on the Today show.”
“Indeed, we certainly do,” Lara replied.
‘We love the Queen on the Today show’: His apparent cynicism about the royals led co-host Allison to reassure viewers that his opinion didn’t match that of the Today show of Nine
There isn’t much support for republicanism Down Under, and many Australians don’t have strong views on who should be head of state anyway.
A Ipsos Poll in January, only a third of Australians were in favor of abolishing the monarchy and becoming a republic.
Australia last had a referendum on becoming a republic in 1999. Republicans lost by 45 percent of the vote, and one of the main reasons for this was that they couldn’t agree on what to replace the monarchy.
However, some believe there will be momentum for an Australian republic once the Queen dies, with former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – a staunch Republican – telling ABC in March: ‘She’s been an extraordinary head of state, and I honestly think in Australia, there are more Elizabethans than monarchists.’
She’s right: there isn’t much support for republicanism Down Under, and many Australians don’t have strong views anyway when it comes to who should be head of state
Britain is celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary on the throne with four days of festivities, starting with her ceremonial birthday parade on June 2, 2022.
Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday its schedule of public events and community activities to mark the 95-year-old monarch’s platinum anniversary, which will be celebrated next year over a special four-day holiday weekend.
The celebration kicks off with the first full staging of Trooping the Colour, the parade of more than 1,400 soldiers marking the Queen’s official birthday since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A thanksgiving service will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral to mark her 70 years on the throne. There will also be a live concert, billed as the ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’, which the government says will feature some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars, although they have not been identified.
The Queen’s reign began with the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952. She was officially crowned on June 2, 1953.
Celebrations: Britain celebrates Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th birthday on the throne with four days of festivities, starting with her ceremonial birthday parade on June 2, 2022