The monarchy is wrong in principle, wrong in practice and it's bad for British politics.
That's the message we want the country to hear with Republic's major new billboard advertising campaign!
Billboards up and down the country.
As we approach the end of the Queen's reign the country needs an honest, grown-up debate about the monarchy. We need to stop and ask ourselves: Can't we just choose our next head of state?
With polls showing young people wanting an elected head of state, the succession of King Charles will be a major turning point in the monarchy's history and in the growth of Britain's republican movement.
Here is the site list for our latest billboards:
Manchester A62 - 319 OLDHAM ROAD
Oldham MANCHESTER RD/RALPH GREEN STREET
Stoke On Trent 3 TUNS PH, BUCKNALL NEW RD, HANLEY
Newcastle Upon Tyne A695 - SCOTSWOOD RD AT ATKINSON RD
Birmingham A5127 - TYBURN RD/SALFORD CIRC ERDINGTON
Birmingham PERSHORE RD,CNR WARWARDS LANE,STIRCHLEY, USE PLASTIC ULTRAVISION BLADES
Edinburgh LINDSAY RD AT ANCHORFIELD NEWHAV
Solihull STRATFORD RD,OLTON RD,SHIRLEY
Leeds GELDERD RD REAR OF HILL HOUSE
Glasgow North A89 - 353 GALLOWGATE, CALTON GLASGOW
Glasgow North A81 - 580/584 GARSCUBE RD, WOODSIDE
Bristol DALBY AV,OFF EAST ST,BEDMINSTER/BISHOP
Climate change hypocrisy
With COP26 approaching the royals have been busy lecturing everyone on the need for action on climate change. The hypocrisy is breath-taking given how often William and Charles fly by private jet and helicopter, the number of huge homes they maintain and their use of the royal train.
In November, during the COP26 climate change conference Republic will be putting up billboards in Glasgow and around the UK, calling out the princes for their hypocrisy. This matters, because the cause of climate change is not helped by the hypocrisy of the rich, and because the royals are jumping on a major issue for their own PR purposes.
You can help Republic get more of these and more billboards up.
These billboards are making a difference!
Thanks to all the brilliant people who have donated so far, almost 40 billboards have gone up or are planned from August through to November.
And the media have noticed. There's been lots of coverage of these billboards in the press, and a big increase in engagement on social media.
Billboards aren't just about the people who drive past them: they reach millions more through social media and the press.
That's crucial, because we want the country to know there is a positive, exciting, democratic alternative to sitting back and letting Charles become our head of state. And we want the country talking about why the monarchy is bad for Britain, why it's time to call time on the royals.
Republic is the UK’s only pressure group campaigning for the monarchy to be abolished and replaced with a directly elected head of state. We have challenged common myths like the one about royals and tourism. We have exposed royal abuse of public money and highlighted the huge £345m a year cost to the taxpayer. And we have presented a positive, democratic alternative. A parliamentary republic with an elected head of state.
We have been campaigning for the abolition of the monarchy for a long time but now we are at a crossroads. As the Queen’s reign draws to an end, it is time to demand a say in who should be our head of state.
The more money raised, the more billboards we get in more locations up and down the UK.
Right across the country
Thanks to the fantastic response so far, have been up in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, the Potteries, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Swansea, Bristol, London, Perth, Portsmouth and more.
This billboard (above) is the first design that started to appear on UK streets from July 26.
New Republic billboards are on the way!
The more we raise the more billboards we put up. We want to see these adverts popping up in every corner of the UK. Will you help make that happen?
Now is the time to make a difference.
The succession is here. And it mustn't go unchallenged.
The 2020s should be the decade when we finally get to decide who we have as our elected head of state. The Queen is 95 and her reign is coming to an end. Charles is controversial, outspoken and unpopular. Prince Andrew is a person of interest in a criminal investigation. And Harry and Meghan are showing that monarchy isn't just bad for Britain, it's bad for the royals too.
It’s no wonder that more and more people are starting to question why we have a Royal Family. But we need to show them that the solution isn’t slimming down the Royal Family or giving them less money – it’s to get rid of the monarchy altogether and elect our Head of State.
The Queen's long reign has sustained support for the royals for decades. The Queen is the monarchy, the monarchy is the Queen. King Charles may inherit the throne, but he won't inherit the respect and deference enjoyed by his mother.
The automatic succession of King Charles will dramatically alter the debate and public attitudes. Polling shows most people just aren't that interested in the royals and are divided on who should replace the Queen when she dies. We need to persuade them that there is a democratic alternative.
You can help persuade the nation that the monarchy must go.
With your support Republic can kick-start a major national debate about the future of the monarchy, with a series of striking billboards placed up and down the country.
With your help we can ensure the debate shifts dramatically over the coming months and years. We need to challenge myths about the cost of the royals, the role of the head of state, the role of the royals in the Commonwealth. And we need to show the country there is a simple, democratic alternative to the monarchy.
The monarchy is on collision course with modern British values. It is wrong in principle, wrong in practice and is bad for British politics. Help us get that message out to the whole country.