Queen's jubilee celebrations may be overshadowed by anti-monarchy billboards

Anti-monarchy billboards saying 'Make Elizabeth the Last' have sprung up across the UK ahead of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

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Anti-monarchy billboards with the message, 'Make Elizabeth the Last' have appeared across the UK, just a few days ahead of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee festivities on the bank holiday weekend. 

Red billboards with the message 'Make Elizabeth the Last' have appeared in cities across the UK such as Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Bristol, and Birmingham. 

The anti-monarchy message is encouraging people to agree that the Queen should be the last monarch of the UK and Commonwealth and her descendants in the royal line of succession after her, including Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George, should not become the head of state.

The billboards cost £43,000 and the money was raised by the Reading-based anti-monarchy campaign group, Republic. 

The Chief Executive of Republic, Graham Smith, said that as the Queen's Platinum Jubilee is fast approaching, now is the perfect time to get the general public thinking about the crown.

Graham commented that it is, "absolutely the right time to raise the issue and get people debating the future of the monarchy". He told the BBC, "Seventy years of one person being head of state is not a great idea. It's not healthy for a democracy and this is also probably the last major event of the Queen's reign and we need to start thinking about what's going to happen next."

Some people agree with Republic and think that as the Queen's reign is celebrated, now is a good time to also consider the future of the monarchy with the Prince of Wales as King.

"Perfect timing for this message. 2022 will be a turning point for the monarchy, but not in a way they would have hoped," said one social media user. "It is time to have a serious discussion about the UK Monarchy. #AbolishTheMonarchy," said another.

Others however think that these anti-monarchy billboards have been very poorly timed and will put a dampener on the celebration of the Queen's 70-year reign. "Sickening," said one person on social media, as another simply said the message was, "Extremely offensive."

"Vile, loathsome creatures whoever's behind this shameful offensive display," said another royal fan on Twitter.

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