VIDEO: Royal connection looms large in the Maranoa
SHE'S only a few days old but the world's newest royal would be welcomed with open arms in the Maranoa.
At least by Federal Member for the Maranoa Bruce Scott, who said like many he was swept up in the arrival of the tiny tot.
"I think the birth of a baby is a celebration for any family and I think William and Catherine (the princess's parents) are a wonderful example for others," he said.
Mr Scott said the young royal family had attracted a huge crowd when they toured Australia last year.
He met the couple when they visited parliament and their oldest child Prince George was gifted a teddy from South West Queensland business Tambo Teddies.
Roma and surrounds has also played host to members of the royal family.
A few years ago Prince Harry had a stint working on a local farm and his grandfather Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, opened the Big Rig.
During the 1999 constitutional referendum more than 75% of people in the Maranoa voted against a republic.
The long serving member of parliament said he believed that number could be even stronger if a vote was held today.
"When you see the people of Australia turning out in thousands, I think they are voting with their feet," he said.
Mr Scott said the Maranoa had the highest recorded no vote of any constituency in Australia.
"I think people don't see a need to change something that is working," he said.
Monarchy in Australia
- Australia is a constitutional monarchy with the Queen as sovereign.
- The Queen is represented in Australia at the federal level by a governor-general.
- At the state level the Queen is represented by the governors of each state who are appointed on the advice of each state premier.