British Republic by 2030? Historian predicts dying days of UK monarchy

Britain's Queen Elizabeth © Chris Jackson
Britain’s monarchy will be embattled and in its dying days within 15 years because current support for the throne is deeply tied to Queen Elizabeth II, a historian has predicted.

Dr. Anna Whitelock of Royal Holloway, University of London, said important questions about the relevance of monarchy in Britain have been muted out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II’s long reign.

Whitelock, who is also director of the London Centre for Public History, predicts as the older generation dies out there will be a new debate about the role and purpose of monarchy.

I think there’ll be a discussion and a debate in a way that there hasn’t before,” she said.

As the older generation, who are generally more wedded to the monarchy, die out, the question of the future of the monarchy will become even more pressing, and then potentially more critical voices will come to the fore.

I would say by 2030 there will be definite louder clamors for the eradication of the monarchy. I can’t say that there won’t be a monarchy. I would definitely say that the monarchy – its purpose, what it’s about, will be questioned and challenged in a way that it hasn’t been before.

I don’t think it’s out of the question that the monarchy would be potentially be on its last legs,” she added.

British support for Queen Elizabeth II stood at 90 percent in 2012, and has averaged at 73 percent since 2005, when Prince Charles married Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Elsewhere in the Commonwealth, support for the monarchy has waned in recent years.

In January, seven of Australia’s eight state and territory leaders signed a declaration urging for a homegrown head of state to replace Queen Elizabeth II.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said it would be “the ultimate act of respect” on the Queen’s part if she oversaw the transfer.

She could do it in the elegant and expert way in which she has handled her relationship as head of Australia. I mean if you think about it, what are we waiting for? Are we waiting for her to die? I would have thought that it’s much more respectful to have her supervise this transition,” he told ABC.

Whitelock said the British public remains attached to Queen Elizabeth II because it believes she has worked hard during her reign.

Whether you are a monarchist or not, and even fervent republicans, I think, no one is saying whilst the Queen is alive the monarchy should be abolished,” the historian said.

Everybody, given her constancy and given her selflessness, thinks she’s a pretty amazing woman, regardless of where you stand on the monarchy debate.

After [her death], I think it’s going to be a free-for-all.”




5 Responses to “British Republic by 2030? Historian predicts dying days of UK monarchy”

  1. Dublinmick says:

    Yes they will probably hand over power to the EU, who will be represented by a psuedo jew wahabbi by then. The red queen has already announced the future of the isles is represented by Africa and the Caribbean.

    You will be bred out of existence and and the UN motto of the universal brown man will come into being, all under the control of zion who will place the black pope on the throne of jerusalem and rule the goy by force.

    All hail the crusades, carry on.

    But first Russia and China are a problem that must be solved. This is probably what will lead to the final war.

    Nothing will be left but the glory of Russia and the glory of vladimir.

  2. Tom74 says:

    Unless there is dramatic political upheaval, I imagine the monarchy will continue to evolve into a Scandinavian-style set-up. There isn’t the appetite for sudden constitutional change in this country – just look at what happened with the AV referendum.

  3. Tapestry says:

    Prediction is not a preferred topic on The Tap. If the future is already decided, why bother? Freewill means things can be changed. If enough people know what the issues are, that is.

  4. Baz says:

    “important questions about the relevance of monarchy in Britain have been muted out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II’s long reign”

    A very interesting observation.

  5. Lynn says:

    Corrupt and totally criminally insane. They have been a good front to all of the insanity we are seeing now. Respected by a country being decimated. When will people bother to read the truth out there. No didn’t think so.

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