The Australian Prime Minister flies to England for a meeting with the > Queen. Over a cup of tea, the PM brings up his grand new plan for his > country. 'Your Majesty, mate,' he begins. 'Can we turn Australia into a > kingdom, in order to increase our role in the global economy?' The > Queen > shakes her head and replies, 'One needs a king for a kingdom, and > unfortunately you are most certainly not a king.' Not to be dissuaded, > the politician asks, 'Would it be possible to transform Australia into > an empire, then?' 'No,' replies the Queen. 'For an empire you need an > emperor, and you are most certainly not an emperor.' The PM thinks for > a > moment and then asks if it's possible to turn Australia into a > principality. The Queen replies, 'For a principality, you need a prince > - and you are not a prince.' Pausing for a sip of her tea, Her Majesty > then adds: 'I don't mean to appear rude, but having met both you and > several other Australians, I think Australia is perfectly suited as a > country.'