The Royal Family: Join our panel of experts to find out what the future holds for the British monarchy
The royal family can often provoke divergent opinions, both here in the UK and around the world.
Many adore them while recognizing their public service and feel they have a special connection with individual members. However, the question of their wealth, how much the taxpayer funds the maintenance of their estate and their lifestyle can often be one of the most controversial questions. Many believe that the benefits and economic support the monarchy brings to the UK outweigh the burden some claim is on public funds.
Then, of course, there is the issue of individual members, their personal lives and how they choose to behave. While many members make headlines for all the right reasons, it cannot be ignored that others have made them for the wrong reasons.
The argument for Britain to become a republic is long-standing although it has never gained much traction in recent times, but as the Queen approaches her 100th birthday and the Duke of Edinburgh passed away earlier this year, the question of what is likely to happen to the monarchy seems more topical than ever.
Will Prince Charles be king, will the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge be king and queen, and when? And how will the role and duties of the royal family continue to develop as they work their way through the modern era?
To answer all these questions The independent is hosting an expert roundtable as part of our virtual event series.
The British monarchy: what the future holds hold will be hosted by our lifestyle editor Harriet Hall and she will be joined by our associate editor Sean O’Grady.
They will be joined by:
- Graham Smith, CEO of Republic, a member-based lobby group campaigning for the abolition of the monarchy and its replacement with a directly elected head of state
- Kristen Meinzer, United States-based British Royalty Commentator
The event will take place on November 4 and start at 6:30 p.m. it will be on Zoom and will last one hour.