Anniversary: ​​Anti-monarchists put up placards reading “Make Elizabeth the Last”.

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Around 40 posters were put up across the UK (Image: REX)

Anti-monarchy billboards plastered across Britain days ahead of the Queen’s platinum jubilee have been called “disgraceful”.

Campaign group Republic has crowdfunded more than £45,000 to print and display the posters with the controversial slogan ‘Make Elizabeth the Last’.

Not everyone is happy with the timing as supporters of the royal family celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee this bank holiday weekend.

But with 10 million Britons expected to sit together at 70,000 Big Jubilee Lunches, the Republic’s chief executive Graham Smith said it was “absolutely the right time” for people to debate the future of the monarchy.

“70 years of one person being head of state isn’t a great idea,” he told the BBC, calling for “an honest, adult debate”.

“It’s not healthy for a democracy and this is also likely to be the last major event of the Queen’s reign and we need to start thinking about what’s going to happen next.”

According to Republic’s fundraiser, about 40 posters with the faces of Prince Andrew, Prince William and Prince Charles were put up with the hashtag #AbolishtheMonarchy.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock (12959840l) An anti-monarchy billboard has appeared in Caversham entitled'Make Elizabeth the last'. The Abolish the Monarchy campaign is a direct response to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The public posters are courtesy of the anti-monarchy group Republic. The group's response to the anniversary includes images of Prince Andrew, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Cornwall along with the hashtag

The Abolish the Monarchy campaign is a direct response to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

So far they have been spotted in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Bristol and Birmingham just days before the royal celebrations.

The group wrote on their funding page: “The Queen’s reign is drawing to a close. She has almost retired from public life.

“What comes next is a monarchy reduced to Charles, William and Andrew, not an exciting prospect for anyone.

“The question goes well beyond who sits on the throne, as the UK constitution is in dire need of major reform.

“That must include the abolition of the lords and the creation of an elected, independent head of state.

“Without the Queen protecting the royals, it will be much easier to achieve change with controversial and divisive men in charge of the monarchy.”

Royal fan with a jubilee hat

Just 14% of Brits have plans to celebrate the anniversary (Image: Reuters)

But not everyone seems to support the campaign and Reading Councilor Clarence Mitchell branded it “disgraceful”.

He said the timing of Republic’s stunt was “as disgraceful as it is distasteful and, unfortunately, tiresomely predictable.”

“In a democracy, under a constitutional monarchy, the republic can make any arguments it wants and has every right to do so,” the councilor added.

The row comes as the latest YouGov poll shows more than half of Britons are not interested in Her Majesty’s 70th anniversary.

While the monarch has maintained a very positive opinion in the eyes of the public over the past decade, only 14% have plans to celebrate her reign.

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Justin Scacco

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