Not everyone is joining in the royal razzmatazz
While jubilee fever may seem ubiquitous, there are plenty of people in Britain and its former colonies who won’t be celebrating. #AbolishtheMonarchy was trending on British Twitter on Thursday morning, backed by the anti-royal campaign group Republic.
It’s not just ardent anti-monarchists left cold, however. Last month, the pollster YouGov found more than half of Britons, 56 percent, said they wouldn’t be celebrating the jubilee — and only 14 percent said they definitely would.
The queen herself remains popular among around three-quarters of Brits, polls consistently show. But fewer than two-thirds say they want to keep the monarchy, with more than 1 in 5 saying they want to replace it with an elected head of state, YouGov found in a survey this week.
Prince Charles is far less popular than his mother, and many experts say his ascension to the throne will be a moment of extreme uncertainty for the future of the royals. Anti-royal disquiet is bubbling in Britain’s former colonies across the Caribbean, with young people in particular demanding reparations for the monarchy’s historic links to the slave trade.