King hit by devastating blow as Canada shows doubts over monarchy

Westminster Abbey: Protesters gather against King Charles

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King Charles is facing doubts about the Royal Family’s role in Canada, as a new survey showed the country is conflicted over the monarchy’s future across the Atlantic. Less than two months before the Coronation results suggest that a considerable portion of the Canadian population thinks the country should reconsider their relationship with the royals, despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s insistence that a referendum is not on the cards.

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A Leger survey of 1,544 Canadians carried out between March 10 and 12 found 56 percent of respondents agreed the country should “reconsider its ties” to the Crown now that Charles has become King.

The percentage of those wishing to cut ties rose to 71 in Quebec, the mostly French speaking province of Canada.

The Canadian Constitution requires all 10 provinces, the House of Commons and the Senate to all agree on abolishing the monarchy before it could happen, so Canada is unlikely to ditch Charles anytime soon.

The overwhelming feeling seems to be one of indifference, with 12 percent saying it was good that Charles is now King vs 14 percent of respondents saying it was bad.

The vast majority, 67 percent, said they felt indifferent to Charles ascending the throne.

Only 13 percent of those surveyed said they felt a personal attachment to the monarchy, compared with 81 percent who did not.

This is a drop compared with the days immediately following Queen Elizabeth’s death, when 19 percent said they felt an attachment and 77 percent said they did not.

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The Coronation of King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla will take place at Westminster Abbey on May 6, however, 73 percent of respondents said they were not at all interested in it, compared to only six percent who said they were very interested.

Again just 17 percent said they watch coverage of the ceremony on the TV, while 60 percent said they would not.

Charles has faced anti-monarchy protests at recent visits to Milton Keynes and Colchester, but the Met Police said they had not seen a noticeable increase in these demonstrations since he became King.

The group Republic have also confirmed they will be demonstrating at the Coronation.

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CEO Graham Smith said: “We believe the British public should be asked, do you want Charles or a choice? The tide is starting to turn against the monarchy and we need a serious debate about its future.

“Republic will be protesting at the Coronation, driving home the message that this is not a national celebration, but promotion of the monarchy at huge cost to the taxpayer. The time for change is here.”

A poll carried out on 2,124 UK adults between January 5 and 6 for the Sunday Express suggested young people are keener on electing a head of state than retaining the monarchy.

But overall, the poll suggested Britons are still in favour of their country retaining the current system, with 54.7 percent of people across all ages saying they supported the monarchy against 32.7 percent speaking in favour of a republic.

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