THE QUEEN has been on the throne for 66 years and has overseen 14 prime ministers. If staunch anti-monarchist Jeremy Corbyn wins the December snap election he could become the first-ever British prime minister to threaten the monarchy.
A snap election is scheduled for December 12 and while the Tories are ahead in the polls, there is a chance Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn could snatch a win from under Boris Johnson’s nose. If Mr Corbyn becomes Britain’s next prime minister, he would be the first anti-monarchist to serve in the role – and could pose a threat to Queen Elizabeth II.
What does Corbyn really think of the Royal Family?
Mr Corbyn, 70, has been outspoken about his anti-royal stance in the past.
In an interview aired on GMTV in 2001, he said: “I think it’s time that we just moved on and said, when the Queen completes her reign, wouldn’t that be an appropriate time to call it a day and have an elected Head of State.
“A large majority of Labour MPs would like to see a change in the attitude of the monarchy and the way the Royal Family operates.”
During a Battle of Britain event in 2015, the Republican stood silently with his hands clasped as others around him sang God Save the Queen.
In 2011, he advised one Twitter user to watch state-backed Russia Today as a way of avoiding coverage of Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton.
While much of Britain tuned in to watch the joyful wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018, Mr Corbyn’s advisor confirmed he would not be watching the ceremony.
Ahead of the 2017 election Mr Corbyn was quizzed his Republican sympathies in a live TV debate.
He claimed abolishing the monarchy was not a key priority of his if he were to become prime minister.
Mr Corbyn said abolishing the monarchy is “not on anybody’s agenda, it’s certainly not on my agenda.”
While abolishing the monarchy may not be at the top of Mr Corbyn’s to-do list, his rise to prime minister would mark a historic shift for the Queen.
If Mr Corbyn becomes Britain’s next leader, he would be the first-ever Prime Minister who is against everything the 93-year-old Queen stands for.
The Queen’s weekly meeting with the Prime Minister are a key part of her constitutional role.
Having to come face to face with anti-monarchist Corbyn on a weekly basis could prove awkward for the 93-year-old Queen, who has dedicated her life to serving the crown.
Will there be another Queen’s speech?
The Queen attended the State Opening of Parliament and delivered the Queen’s speech on October 14.
While the ceremonial event usually happens on a yearly basis, the Queen will have to deliver another Queen’s speech following the snap election.
The date of the next Queen’s speech will be decided by the new government and a timeline for when it might happen remains unclear.
A drawn-out decision on when to hold the Queen’s speech could disrupt the Queen’s Christmas holiday plans.
Traditionally the Queen travels to the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk a few days before Christmas.
She spends the festive period there where she is joined by other Royal Family members and usually doesn’t return to London until February.
However, the current political upheaval could prompt the Queen to delay her holiday or to return to Westminster sooner than she had planned.