As the coronation of King Charles III is set to take place on May 6th, millions of people around the world are expected to tune in to watch the pomp and ceremony. However, not everyone shares the same enthusiasm for this event. A growing number of British citizens are expressing their discontent with the monarchy and the coronation itself. In this article, we delve into the stories of three individuals who have no interest in watching the event and explore their reasons for opposing the British monarchy.

Oli Silverwood-Cope: Rejecting an Outdated Institution

Oli Silverwood-Cope, a 51-year-old woman from Stroud, is one of those who have no intention of watching the coronation. She believes that the monarchy is an obsolete institution that should be abolished. Silverwood-Cope argues that the hereditary nature of the monarchy is antidemocratic and elitist, stating:

“You have this small elite group at the top of our society that is thriving while the rest are struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table.”

As a midwife for the NHS, she sees firsthand how taxpayer money could be better spent. She is frustrated that the Royal Family’s personal wealth is not used to fund events like the coronation, instead relying on taxpayers’ contributions.

Chantelle Lunt: Demanding a Vote on the Monarchy

Chantelle Lunt, a 35-year-old activist and president of the Merseyside Alliance for Racial Equality, also plans to avoid watching the coronation. She believes the monarchy has no place in modern society and calls for a democratic vote on its future.

Lunt views King Charles III’s position as head of the Commonwealth as a relic of imperialism. She feels that the monarchy’s history is built upon the exploitation of Black and mixed-race individuals, and the apologies made are not enough. During the weekend of the coronation, Lunt will celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool instead.

Tarek Ahmed: Indifferent to the Monarchy

Tarek Ahmed, a 21-year-old marketing executive from Kent, is indifferent to the monarchy and has no interest in watching the coronation for hours. He is undecided on whether he supports the Royal Family but believes that if they bring in revenue for the country, they may have value.

According to a YouGov survey commissioned by the BBC Panorama program, 58% of respondents prefer the monarchy over an elected head of state, which was supported by 26%. While Ahmed plans to watch the new Avatar movie with his family on the morning of the coronation, he may catch the highlights later, appreciating the historical significance of the moment.

The Underlying Discontent: A Call for Change

These stories represent the voices of those who challenge the British monarchy’s relevance in today’s society. With a growing number of citizens expressing their dissatisfaction with the institution, it remains to be seen how the monarchy will respond and adapt to the changing sentiment.

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