Princely snub no bar for young royalist

The bedrooms of most 12-year-old girls would be wallpapered with posters of the latest pop sensation or television star.

But, when India Bilclough wakes up in a morning, she is not surrounded by the latest teen idol, but clippings of her favourite royals.

For the young Perth monarchist, excitement comes in the form of seeing Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, step out of her wedding car, news of a royal baby or, most recently, the announcement of an Australian royal tour.

India is so excited about the visit, her parents have agreed to take her to Sydney to try to see the Duchess and Prince William with Prince George, during their 10-day tour next month.

"I was really excited but I was really upset when I found out that they weren't coming to Perth. I told dad I was upset," she said.

"I keep telling everyone he's the best dad in the world now because he let me go."

As a junior member of the Australian Monarchist League, India has laid claim to being not only one of the youngest but biggest royal family fans in Perth.

She has previously received letters of thanks from Buckingham Palace staff for cards, pictures and gifts she has sent to the royals, including a toy octopus for Prince George.

She collects newspaper clippings of big royal events.

India said she hoped to get her family out of bed early to get the best spot to hand a bunch of flowers to the royals during their Sydney engagements.

David Bilclough said his daughter's fascination with the royals started before the family moved to Australia from Britain two years ago and he hoped the trip would be one to remember.

The West Australian

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