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Barely 70 Years Old: Republicans Trying To Overwhelm Queen Elizabeth’s Celebrations

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LONDON, January 10 (Reuters) – British Republicans said Monday they would launch a campaign to end the monarchy in advance of Queen Elizabeth’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

Elizabeth, 95, the world’s oldest and longest reigning monarch, will celebrate her seventh decade as sovereign next month and detailed plans on Monday for the four-day celebration of her platinum anniversary in June at Buckingham Palace. Continue reading

But the anti-monarchy group Republic took the opportunity to say it was launching a “Not Another 70” campaign to call for an end to the historic institution.

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“While a vocal minority wants to celebrate the Queen’s seventy year reign, we all have to look to the future. The prospect of King Charles is not happy and there is a good democratic alternative, ”says Graham Smith of the Republic said.

“It is time to have a serious debate about our constitution, accept that Charles is not the best the country has to offer, and that we as a nation are perfectly capable of electing our head of state.”

Polls show that the vast majority of people in Britain support the monarchy and the queen herself is very popular. But there’s not that much support for their eldest son and heir, Charles, and polls suggest that Republican sentiment is growing among younger Britons.

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Reporting by Michael Holden; Adaptation by Guy Faulconbridge

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