George’s winning ways won’t end Oz republican movement

Steve's baby daughter made amazing progress this week, or so his wife thought

STEVE CANAVAN: It was a lot of rattle over just a little roll

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I’m a big supporter of the royal family. I have written before about how I love the pomp that goes with state occasions and how they set Britain apart from much of the rest of the world.

But even I’m having problems understanding how a nine-month-old baby is changing the relationship between us and our antipodean cousins.

Perhaps, having never had children, I’ve missed an important bit of baby information that only mothers know. Still, it seems far-fetched that Prince George is shooting down the Australian republican movement with one gaze of his baby stare.

Whether Australia continues to have the British monarch as head of state will come down to more than just good looks – even at nine months.