Queen’s Funeral in UK Set Off Harsh Crackdowns Against Critics of Monarchy

Watching Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday, I found myself experiencing two reactions simultaneously: As an advocate of republicanism in Britain — i.e., as someone who believes the monarchy should be abolished entirely and replaced by a republic with an elected head of state — I snorted in horror at the vast pomp and circumstance, at the enforced, ritualistic national mourning, at the millions of people lining the streets from London to Windsor to say goodbye to a person many had never met, at the medieval rituals, at the costumes, at the proclamation from the archbishop of Canterbury about how we…

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