Queen news: Buckingham Palace targeted for ‘world-class tourist attraction’ | Royal | News (Reports)


Republic is an organisation that campaigns for Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by an elected, democratic head of state and the monarchy to be abolished. The organisation’s CEO Graham Smith told Express.co.uk that Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace should be run for profit like the Tower of London.

Mr Smith said: “There are more than 20 royal residences and we pay for round the clock security for all of them, that needs to come to an end.

“There is some question over who owns Balmoral and Sandringham, it is sufficiently recognised that they are private properties, but they bought them with our money.

“Buckingham Palace could be a world-class tourist destination as an art gallery or museum if they opened up all the rooms and the gardens to tourists all year round.

“It already houses one of the largest art collections in the world yet most of it is hidden away.

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“The same with Windsor Castle, it could be run at a profit just like the Tower of London is and there is no reason why that should not happen.”

During the same interview, Mr Smith told Express.co.uk that Queen has made it clear she will do what the Prime Minister tells her even if it is judged to be constitutionally wrong.

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He added that the Queen cannot remain as the head of state for the United Kingdom as she is not independent or accountable.

The Republic CEO said: “The big problem is that our head of state should be independent from the Government and should be able to intervene when a Government says they know what they are doing is going to break international law.

He continued: “That would be great, but we cannot do that with the Queen because she is not independent and she is not accountable.

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“If you have someone stepping in and intervening, then they also have to be accountable for the decisions they make.

“The Queen can’t do that and won’t do that.

“She has made it very clear, particularly with last years prorogation of Parliament that she will only do what she is told by the Prime Minister even if it is then judged to be wrong constitutionally.


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