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View Poll Results: In your opinion, which European country is more likely to become a republic?
Belgium 82 19.76%
Denmark 12 2.89%
Great Britain 42 10.12%
Liechtenstein 12 2.89%
Luxembourg 10 2.41%
Monaco 16 3.86%
The Netherlands 4 0.96%
Norway 56 13.49%
Spain 150 36.14%
Sweden 31 7.47%
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:28 PM
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doesn't matter, it's history, tradition, the british monarchy is very established and will certainly not be the first one to go. there are others that need to worry more about being abolished. nothing will happen until HM is alive and as long people are alive who will think of the british monarchy in connection to HM's values and service to the country. much will depend on charles however he will have an easier task than eg Felipe of Spain.
Each time I read about the British Monarchy I remember King Farouk's statement. "Someday there will only be 5 kings left. 4 in a deck of cards and the 5th on the throne in Britain" There is a miniscule chance he may be proven right someday.
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I think Belgium will be the first to loose their monarchy, if the tensions in the country continue. As per the United Kingdom, I don’t think Canada (speaking as a Canadian) will break off any time soon. There is no reason to stay or go, and MANY more important pressing issues to deal with. The monarchy in Canada is really only a figure head, she doesn’t make any decisions. Because of this I don’t see the point, but at the same time I don’t think we should waste resources debating if we should break off or not.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:17 PM
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To be honest, I want Canada to no longer be part of the British monarchy. We need a Canadian head of state, not a British one and one that represents Canadian values and beliefs. The Queen is an excellent monarch for Britain but I just don't feel like a British lady overseas who visits every few years does justice in being head of state for our country.

But for a European monarchy, I don't see the Spanish monarchy existing forever.
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:21 AM
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But like many other commonwealth countries, Canada has a governor general, who's supposed to represent the queen, because she's not there most of the time.
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Old 07-23-2008, 02:10 AM
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Yes but she's not the official head of state. And besides, she is representing the British monarchy. Just having a replacement 98 percent of the time doesn't particularly endear us to her. Most Canadians see Queen Elizabeth as a British figurehead and not a Canadian one.
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Most people in Belgium like our present king and queen, but it's going to be chaos when prince Philppe has to reign the country. There have been numerous debades on this subject. Fact is that he's just not capable of reigning a country, he has said some major wrong things in the past that politicians and the population couldn't grasp. And everyone here hopes king Albert is going to stay on the throne as long as possible. The moment Philippe has to succeed his father, Belgium can become a republic IMO.
Hasn't it been stated that in Belgium, the constitution was written so that a good King could rule well, but a bad king do little harm?
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But meanwhile, the more people see that random people, for example a random Australian, can zip in, get a make over, and do the job, the more likely they will think: 'well, if some girl off the street can do it, how difficult could this job really be?' And, worse: the 'If Mary/mette Marit/etc can do this gig, <my> daughter could--heck, why are we still paying these people?!' I don't mean to sound like I'm against royalty marrying commoners, but I think it's a slippery slope this way: the more 'commoners' on the job, the more us common folk will think: well, let's do away with this nonsense![/quote]

I don't agree. Of course there are limits as to what kind of pasts a future queen or prince can have, but being a commoner can very much be an advantage. I cannot speek for the norwegian people, but being danish I can say that Mary being commoner as well as foreigner was probably one of the best things that could happen for the danish RF. If Frederick had married some born princess, I think many people would have speculated, wether he was too oldfashioned or under pressure from his family. And someone from the danish upperclass would have a hard time, as she would not be exotic and mysterious enough (the danish upperclass are very much like common danes). All the same seeing Mary change from the girl on the street (not that thats a bad thing, it's just not as interesting to young people) into the women she is today, seems to inspire many young people and impress the elderly. But of course the popularity of a commoner who marries into a royal family depends very much on the person her- og himself and their past.
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Imo the first monarchy that becomes republic will be Norway. It's the youngest monarchy in Europe(since 1905 if I'm not mistaken), they don't have nobility in Norway and they just seem not to care about monarchy. Among other European monarchies Norway seems the most modern.
You seem to equal modernity with moving towards being a republic, but as other people in these comments have pointed out, that is not necessarily the case. Just because it's right for one country doesn't mean it's right for all. It's a question of culture. There are many different ways of being a modern country, and how boring it would be if there wasn't.
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Yes but she's not the official head of state. And besides, she is representing the British monarchy. Just having a replacement 98 percent of the time doesn't particularly endear us to her. Most Canadians see Queen Elizabeth as a British figurehead and not a Canadian one.
Okay, I see what you mean. But as long as Canada is a part of the commonwealth, it is the way it is.
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I don’t think Canada (speaking as a Canadian) will break off any time soon.
As a Canadian (and a Quebecer), I agree with you, even if monarchy is not popular in Quebec.
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I have a feeling that Belgium will be the next...
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I have a feeling that Belgium will be the next...
i share the feling with you , i think the king is tired and older , and i think prince filip is able to start the role of king of belgium
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Wonder what former Monarchy stands a chance of Restoration
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Wonder what former Monarchy stands a chance of Restoration
If I could choese, I would vote for Austria.
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Wonder what former Monarchy stands a chance of Restoration
The Georgians seem pretty determined to restore their Monarchy this days.
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If I could choese, I would vote for Austria.
They get my vote but how are the changes any country who had a monarchy but is a republic now for restoration?
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:22 AM
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Now that Nepal is a republic and the Shahdev's commoners, which is the next one to go? And which is is pretty strong and will survive for a long time to come?

My pick for the ones to go: AUSTRALIA (although it will not make the Windsors a non-reigning house) and BELGIUM (Break-up of the country).

My Pick for the Ones to survive the long haul: THAILAND (Thais love their monarchy), UNITED ARAB EMRATES (The locals are taken care of well enough to never want to be without a Monarchy).

Questions about the House of Windsor: Since they reign in 16 countries, does this mean that all 16 have to get rid of them to make them a non-reigning house or will the United Kingdom declaring a republic means they cease to regin everywhere else.
I hope the Spanish Royal Family to go next.
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They get my vote but how are the changes any country who had a monarchy but is a republic now for restoration?
I know it would be very surprising, but we can hope.
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I hope the Spanish Royal Family to go next.
And why exactly?
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And why exactly?
Just my prediction.
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