The Queen was not told Gough Whitlam was about to be dismissed as Australian Prime Minister to protect her from a constitutional crisis. Governor-General Sir John Kerr sacked the Labor PM on November 11, 1975, after protracted in-fighting between him and Opposition Leader Malcolm Fraser. In the leadup to his decision, Sir John exchanged dozens of letters with Buckingham Palace advising Queen Elizabeth II of his deliberations. A key letter to the Queen’s private secretary Sir Martin Charteris after the sacking, released today for the first time, makes it clear there was no forewarning. The letters between the Queen and former Governor-General Sir John Kerr (pictured together) during the dismissal of Gough Whitlam were released today A key letter to the Queen’s private secretary Sir Martin Charteris after the sacking, released today for the first time, makes it clear there was no forewarning The players in the dismissal Sir John Kerr: Governor-General of Australia, acting as the representative of the Queen in Australia.His job was almost entirely ceremonial but the position holds never-used reserve powers for constitutional crises.Sir Martin Charteris: Private secretary to Queen Elizabeth II who exchanged more than 200 letters with Sir John, many in the leadup and… Read full this story
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