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Crowe supports royal reign in Australia

London: Russell Crowe has rejected calls from his fellow countrymen in favour of Australia becoming a republic, insisting that he supports the reign of Queen Elizabeth II down under.

The `Gladiator` star was born in New Zealand and grew up in Australia. The British queen is the crowned sovereign of both countries as part of the Commonwealth of Nations, formally the British Empire.

In the recent years several Australian politicians have called for a nationwide referendum to decide whether the country should sever its ties with royalty and become an independent republic.

But the 46-year-old actor insisted that the act of rejecting royalty would go against Australia`s traditions - and has praised the monarch for her "gracious" behaviour, reported Sun online.

"I am an English speaking man. You can call me a Kiwi or you can call me an Aussie but my family history on both sides is British and it goes back a long way. And one of the things that goes with being British is the factual tradition that the monarchy is in place," said Crowe.

"When you are talking about Queen Elizabeth, I don`t think there is a more gracious world leader. I`ve met both Charles (Prince of Wales) and Andrew (Duke of York) and they were both intelligent and kind men," he added.

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