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Australian PM Julia Gillard knits toy kangaroo for royal baby


JUNE 26- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, as a part of her new hobby, is knitting a red kangaroo toy for the first baby of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton.

Gillard, country’s first woman premier has appeared on the Australian Women’s Weeklies cover where she is seen posing on an armchair while knitting, surrounded by balls of wool, with her dog Reuben at her feet.
Gillard, 51, is knitting a toy kangaroo as a gift for the royal baby. The kangaroo is the national animal of Australia and also appears on the National coat of arms.

kate-williamThis comes amid her tough final week in Parliament ahead of September elections.


“…in terms of knitting for Kate’s baby I knit for babies in part, because they are smaller projects, I’ve got not that much time in my life. You can get them done and there’s a sense of satisfaction in having completed it”, Gillard told the weekly.

Seeing this as an opportunity to show a different side of her beyond politics, Gillard said, “I just thought it would be a cute project to work on.”

jull_660_062513063735According to Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph, the concept of the Prime Minister knitting a toy kangaroo came directly from Gillard’s own staff.

As to whether it’s Australia’s formal gift to the heir to the throne, Gillard said, “I suspect our nation will probably do something a little more than a stuffed kangaroo,” but did not elaborate.

Gillard said she still hoped Australia would one day become a republic.

“I do hope we become a republic. I campaigned for a yes case. We will get there again. There is a real sense of respect for the queen, so I do think a natural moment to look again will be when her reign comes to an end.”

“Prince William and Kate, and their child, will still be personalities in Australia. People will still follow their lives with interest”, she said.

The royal baby is expected to be born next month.