Republicans seek to spoil the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s enthronement

LONDON (Reuters) – British Republicans said on Monday they would launch a campaign to end the monarchy in their country in the run-up to celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne.

Queen Elizabeth, 95, is the world’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch, and next month she will celebrate the 70th anniversary of her accession to the British throne. Buckingham Palace yesterday revealed detailed plans for four days of celebrations to mark the occasion.

But a group of anti-monarchical Republicans seized the occasion to say they would launch a campaign to demand an end to Britain’s historic monarchy.

One of the group, Graham Smith, said: “While a vocal minority want to celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary, we must all begin to look to the future. The idea of ​​Prince Charles ascending to the throne does not give rise to optimism, and there is a good democratic alternative before us.”

“It is time for a serious conversation about our constitution and recognition that Charles is not the best fit for this position and that we as a nation are fully capable of choosing our nation’s leader.”

Opinion polls indicate that the vast majority of people in Britain support the monarchy and that the Queen herself is overwhelmingly popular. However, her eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles, does not have the same support. Polls indicate a growing conviction among young Britons of the idea of ​​a republic.

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