Caption: Republic hopes Jubilee is ’last hurrah’ for big royal events
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A group which wants the monarchy to be abolished has said it thinks the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be the ‘last hurrah’ for major royal events.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations kicked off yesterday with the Trooping the Colour and the lighting of the principal beacon.
The vast display of pomp and pageantry saw members of the royal family parade down The Mall before the Queen appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Thousands of people waving flags and decked in Union jack merchandise descended on central London for the spectacle and to get a glimpse of the 96-year-old monarch.
But Republic, an anti-monarchy campaign group has said such celebrations can take place ‘with or without the monarchy’.
Graham Smith, chief executive of group said: ‘The jubilee is the last hurrah of the monarchy in the next few years.
‘We always hope that this is the last.
‘We are moving from hope to expectation as it will be a very long time until Charles has a jubilee and hopefully the monarchy will be abolished by the time George is on the throne.’
Asked about the possibility of the Prince of Wales’ coronation taking place as a major royal event in the next few years, Mr Smith said it will not be the same as the jubilee.
Crowds filled The Mall on Friday to get a glimpse of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace (Photo by Richard Pohle – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
‘It will be a political event,’ he said adding that the coronation will ‘trigger huge debate’ over the monarchy and is likely to be accompanied by protests.
‘People do not think about Prince Charles in the same way they think about the Queen,’ he said.
‘That conversation is going to be a very different affair.’
When asked what Republic’s supporters are doing this weekend, Mr Smith said: ‘Most people (in general) are not engaging with the jubilee’
He said they are ‘just enjoying the weekend’ or going away – as long as their flights are not cancelled.
Republic supporters are apparently ‘not engaging’ with jubilee celebrations this weekend (Picture: Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock)
Asked if Republic’s supporters are grateful for the long weekend, he said: ‘There is no problem with having an extra day off,’ but added: ‘We can do that with or without the monarchy.
‘Italy is dong a very similar celebration without a monarchy to celebrate the day it became a republic,’ he said, referring to the Italian national day which takes place on June 2 every year.
Republic started putting up billboards around the country in May, calling on people to ‘make Elizabeth the last’, as part of its response to the jubilee.
The group is also hosting the International Anti-Monarchy Conference online on Saturday.
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