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Republic is an organisation that campaigns for the abolishment of the monarchy and for Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by an elected, democratic head of state. Graham Smith, the organisation’s CEO, told Express.co.uk that not all members of the Royal Family should have their funeral funded by the UK taxpayer.
Mr Smith said: “I don’t see why the taxpayer should be asked to do that.
“It will cost the taxpayer a lot anyway because of the policing.
“I am sure it will be a public event which will attract a number of reasonably large crowds.
“I just think that royals tend to conflate themselves with the state and they seem to think everything they do needs to be funded by us.
He added: “They have got plenty of their own money they can arrange and afford their own funeral.”
But Mr Smith accepted that Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral should be funded by the UK taxpayer.
The Republic CEO said: “I can understand with the monarch if you are the head of state and there is a state funeral offered then you might understand why the taxpayer would pay for it.
“I think it would be childish to suggest we do not do that with the Queen.”
However, during an interview with Express.co.uk royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams praised the vital importance of the monarchy.
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “I think the future of the Royal Family has been proven during the pandemic.
“I think the vast majority of people are in favour of the royals.
“During a crisis like this, you see the purpose of a Royal Family.”
He added: “While there has always been some, the percentage of the population that wants to see the end of the monarchy has always been pretty small. It still remains small, they are a very small minority of people.”
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Mark Easton, the BBC’s Home Editor has previously defended the monarchy, stating: “The British monarchy is valued because it is the British monarchy.
“We are an old and complicated society that yields a deference to the theatrical show of society.”
And according to the official Royal Family website: “Although The Sovereign no longer has a political or executive role, he or she continues to play an important part in the life of the nation. As Head of State, The Monarch undertakes constitutional and representational duties which have developed over one thousand years of history.
“In addition to these State duties, The Monarch has a less formal role as ‘Head of Nation’. The Sovereign acts as a focus for national identity, unity and pride; gives a sense of stability and continuity; officially recognises success and excellence; and supports the ideal of voluntary service.”
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