© Reuters. Queen Elizabeth attends the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd in Cardiff, England, on October 14, 2021. Jacob King/Pool via REUTERS
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LONDON (Reuters) – British Republicans said on Monday they would launch a campaign to end the monarchy as they celebrate the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne.
Elizabeth, 95, the world’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch, will mark her seventh decade as a monarch next month, as Buckingham Palace on Monday detailed plans for her Platinum Jubilee in June A four-day celebration held in 2009.
But the anti-monarchy group The Republic used the opportunity to say it would start a “no more 70” campaign calling for an end to the historic institution.
“While a few want to celebrate the Queen’s seventy years on the throne, we must all start looking to the future. The outlook for King Charles is not good, but there is a good, democratic alternative to choose from,” Republic’s Graham (NYSE:) Smith said.
“It’s time for a serious debate on our constitution, acknowledging that Charles is not the best this country has to offer and that as a country we are fully capable of choosing our head of state.”
Polls show that the British overwhelmingly support the monarchy, and the Queen herself is very popular. But there has been little support for her eldest son and heir, Charles, and surveys suggest growing Republican sentiment among young Britons.
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