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Queen: Expert discusses future of Commonwealth
A royal commentator has dismissed fears that a slew of Commonwealth countries could reject future British monarchs after the Queen dies. This comes as Barbados is set to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November this year. Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams was questioned by Express.co.uk about whether the Queen’s eventual death could trigger more rebellion.
He said: “I think that that is what Republicans are hoping, but it isn’t necessarily the case.
“Those who support the idea of a republic are obsessed with the idea that it’s only the elderly people, and those who have contacts with Britain, who want to keep the monarchy.
“It’s not that way at all. In Australia, every single state voted to keep the Queen.
“Admittedly, the referendum was rather extraordinary because of the way it was handled, and because the anti-monarchists couldn’t agree among themselves.”
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Mr Fitzwilliams continued: “Nonetheless it’s what happened and even though certain leaders in certain countries are Republican, very often the country has other matters to consider.
“This is still a topic where there are very strong emotions.
“I think it’s worthwhile remembering that there are 16, including Britain, Commonwealth countries that still keep the Queen.
“Barbados is planning to become a Republic, we don’t know whether there’ll be a referendum before this happens.”
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The royal commentator added: “It will be more complicated in Jamaica so it’s not at all clear.
“This has been a topic for some 40 years in Barbados.
“It’s also been attempted before, but they do sound certain and they can push it through parliament without a referendum.”
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Mr Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “It can be done constitutionally whereas in Jamaica it couldn’t.
“I don’t think, as far as we know, that it’s necessarily going to start a series of countries wanting to alter their links with the Crown.
“Of course, the Queen will remain the head of the Commonwealth, and that will be Prince Charles’ one day.
“I think some were surprised that Barbados didn’t wait for a while until Charles ascended the throne.
“But this isn’t anything new, and has been part and parcel of politics in Barbados for quite a long time.”
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