On Saturday 6 May, RAHS President Iain Stuart attended a ceremonial tree planting at Government House to celebrate the coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

The event began with a smoking ceremony by the Koomurri Dancers and included the National Anthem and Royal Anthem played by the Australian Army Band. Short addresses were delivered by His Excellency the Honourable Andrew Bell, Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales, and Lottie Dalziel, NSW Young Australian of the Year.

The melaleuca tree sapling planted during the ceremony was grown from a cutting of the tree planted at Government House by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her 1954 visit to Australia. This tree continues to stand tall by the Government House driveway.

The RAHS has a long association with the monarchy, having been granted the title ‘Royal’ in 1918. Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of New South Wales, and Mr Dennis Wilson are joint patrons of the Society. In 2020, the RAHS published Playing Their Part: Vice-Regal Consorts of New South Wales, 1788–2019, which tells the stories of the wives, daughters, sisters and husbands of the Governors of New South Wales.

Find out more about the ceremony at the Governor of NSW’s website.

Published online 18 May 2023

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