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Royal warning: Queen Elizabeth II urged to ‘do right thing and stop lavish royal weddings’

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Republic campaigns for the abolishment of the monarchy and for Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by an elected Head of State. The organisation’s CEO Graham Smith told Express.co.uk all Royal Family weddings should be a similar size to Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s ceremony in the future. 

Mr Smith said: “I don’t have any thoughts either way on someone getting married, but I think they have possibly realised that they can’t keep demanding lavish weddings.

“I think that the Eugenie wedding did not go down too well, people weren’t too excited about it and they were concerned about the cost.

“During this coronavirus crisis I think people would have been particularly unimpressed if Beatrice’s wedding had been lavish.

“It was the right thing to do but they should have done the right thing years ago and all the other weddings should have been the same sort of size.”

Republic’s CEO added that all royal weddings should no longer be publicly funded.

He said: “They should all have their weddings regardless of their rank in the Royal Family privately funded.

“We should not be spending any public money on someone’s wedding.

“If they want to turn it into a public event than they should stump up the cost of the police, security and disruption.

“Certainly you can sort of understand why someone would think it was okay with William, I think with Beatrice and Eugenie most people do not know who they are and don’t care.

“I think that maybe the penny has dropped with some of them that this is the case.  

“Hopefully the next generation of royals won’t demand lavish weddings.”

During the same interview, Prince William and Prince Harry were told their royal weddings were “far too extravagant”.

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The Republic CEO stated that both the Dukes’ royal weddings should have been as small as Princess Beatrice’s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Mr Smith said: “I think it was far too extravagant anyway as was Harry’s and was William’s.

“These are essentially private events that turn into spectacles which end up costing us millions of pounds on things like security and disruption to normal business.

“The way Beatrice’s wedding was is what all of them should have done.

“That was obvious from as far back as 10 years ago when William and Kate announced their engagement.”

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