One very particular and unquestionable fact about Australia’s governance since the late eighteenth century is its stability.The processes of law and governance have remained solid at all times. Even though we have experienced huge upheavals since our founding, the rule of law and sovereignty in the Crown have remained inviolate. This is, considering the state of most other nations, remarkable. It should come as no surprise to know that the majority of stable nations in the world are constitutional monarchies simply because the system of authority and responsibility which they encompass, allows the people to have their say in all things but to do so knowing that the structure of authority will ensure that all change can be effected within the rule of law.Our Crown is intimately linked with the great Charters of Liberty of the past and has developed over its 1000 year history to become respected and admired and copied all over the civilised world.We are blessed with governance which cannot be bettered and our Constitution, integrated entirely with the Crown, is our written safeguard. Together, the Crown and Constitution protects each of us. Preceding page: The Queen and Prince Philip meet the Governor-General and Mrs Cosgrove at Buckingham Palace in February 2014. This photograph was taken when His Excellency was Governor-General Designate (appointed but not in office). As the Sovereign's representative he assumes all powers pertaining to a head of state when in office but keeps in regular contact with the Queen so that she remains in close connexion with events in Australia.