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Palace Letters reveal Queen briefed on tensions post-Cyclone Tracy – ABC News

Queen Elizabeth II was privy to a long, secret frontline briefing about the fate of a northern Australian town destroyed by a cyclone, the newly released Buckingham Palace letters reveal.



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Queen Elizabeth II was secretly warned about rising tensions in a northern Australian town levelled by a cyclone in 1974, newly released letters to Buckingham Palace have revealed.
Key points:

  • Newly released letters show Queen Elizabeth’s “close interest” in Darwin’s destruction
  • Sir John Kerr told Queen of growing tensions between the NT and Commonwealth governments
  • Historian Jenny Hocking says Cyclone Tracy letter was evidence of Sir John overstepping his reach
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