Queen refuses to meet monarchist Tony Abbott
HIS knighting of her husband might have played a role in his destruction, but it was not enough to earn former Prime Minister Tony Abbott an audience with the Queen.
Mr Abbott is Australia's most high-profile monarchists, and former director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.
Fairfax reports that on his November trip to London, Mr Abbott was told the Queen's schedule did not allow for a meeting with the backbencher.
She was in London at the time.
For the three days Mr Abbott was in London, the Queen's public schedule showed she had no appointments was only busy in the evening on two of the days. On a third, she was busy during the day and free in the evening.
Mr Abbott was in London to give the Margaret Thatcher oration, in which he emphasised the need for Europe to follow Australia's hard-line lead in stopping asylum seekers from entering their countries.
In March 2014, Mr Abbott re-introduced the knights and dames as a way of honouring exceptional Australians.
On Australia Day 2015, Mr Abbott announced that Prince Philip would receive the Knight of the Order of Australia for his "long life and service and dedication".
The wildly unpopular decision was considered to have helped galvanise his colleagues to mount a challenge to his leadership in February.
He would ultimately lose power to Malcolm Turnbull in September.