The Crown Duels!; Scotland Still Split on Great Monarchy Debate

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The Crown Duels!; Scotland Still Split on Great Monarchy Debate


The future of the monarchy caused a right royal rift on the streets of Scotland yesterday.

Scores of people leapt to the defence of the Queen and her family - but just as many thought they were a waste of time and money.

Even in the royal village of Ballater - just a stone's throw from Balmoral - opinion was divided.

Retired prisons inspector Robert Todd, 92, doesn't think much of his neighbours.

He said: "The monarchy is outdated and serves no purpose for the people of Scotland.

"I think after the Queen retires it should be time for a rethink."

Shop worker Audrey Rennie, 27, reckons the Queen should stay - but the hangers- on should go.

She said: "The rest of the family should go out and get real jobs."

But one royal fan in Ballater didn't think much of the monarchy opinion poll.

The woman, who didn't want to be named, said: "That was a West Coast vote.

"Obviously the people of Edinburgh and the north east of Scotland did not take part or their votes were not counted properly.

"We are all the Queen's men and women up in this neck of the woods. The rest don't matter."

And Deeside councillor Tom Donaghue said: "The royals are doing a very good job and should be allowed to continue.

"Most of the people in Deeside love the Royal Family and would back them all the way."

In the rest of Scotland, the public's opinion mirrored the ITV poll - a small majority in favour of a republic.

Neil Smith, 18, from East Kilbride, said: "I would dearly love to see the end of the Royal Family.

"They are too old fashioned for a modern society and get paid loads of money for doing nothing."

Gerry Nelson, 50, of Livingston, said: "I agree with the Scots who voted to get rid of the monarchy.

"Scotland is different from England, and I don't see why we should have an English queen."

Agnes Praties, 67, of Edinburgh, said: "It's alright having either a king or queen but I would get rid of all their hangers- on.

"And Charles shouldn't be king - I don't think he can carry out his responsibilities with the respect of the people after being unfaithful to Diana."

Joanne Baird, 18, of Cumbernauld, said: "The Royal Family are something to look up to, whatever they get up to. There is still a need for a figurehead in this country."

Linda Bannerman, of Glasgow, said: "The monarchy should stay because of the good work done over the years by the Queen. …

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