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What’s next for the British monarchy? On jubilee weekend, we ask the Irish people who’ve met the royals for their take

Today is the final day of a weekend of celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee — the first British monarch to celebrate 70 years on the throne. But what is it like to rub shoulders with royalty? We ask Irish people about their royal engagements, the impact the experience had on how they feel about the monarchy, and what they think the future holds for the institution

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Today marks the final day in a weekend of celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee. Photo by: Eddie Mulholland/Getty Images

Today marks the final day in a weekend of celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee. Photo by: Eddie Mulholland/Getty Images

"I think that on her first visit here, Cork was the place that shone, where she really felt, ‘It’s time to move on’." Fishmonger Pat O'Connell shares a laugh with Queen Elizabeth II during her visits the English Market on May 20, 2011 in Cork, Ireland. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

"I think that on her first visit here, Cork was the place that shone, where she really felt, ‘It’s time to move on’." Fishmonger Pat O'Connell shares a laugh with Queen Elizabeth II during her visits the English Market on May 20, 2011 in Cork, Ireland. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

"Some of the biggest royalists are in Ireland, you know. People were always dying to know about them." Designer Paul Costelloe

"Some of the biggest royalists are in Ireland, you know. People were always dying to know about them." Designer Paul Costelloe

"Any time I’ve spent with Prince Charles — or I’ve met the queen a couple of times — they’re just very nice people." John Fitzpatrick photographed by Gerry Mooney

"Any time I’ve spent with Prince Charles — or I’ve met the queen a couple of times — they’re just very nice people." John Fitzpatrick photographed by Gerry Mooney

"I was very nervous, but she moved instantly to put me at my ease, and she was very encouraging" Queen Elizabeth II is welcomed by Nichola Mallon, then Lord Mayor of Belfast, on a visit to the city in July 2014. Photo: William Cherry/Getty Images

"I was very nervous, but she moved instantly to put me at my ease, and she was very encouraging" Queen Elizabeth II is welcomed by Nichola Mallon, then Lord Mayor of Belfast, on a visit to the city in July 2014. Photo: William Cherry/Getty Images

"I don’t say it often, but if somebody asks me, I love to talk about it! ‘Yes, I met the queen twice. Beautiful woman!’" Liam O'Neill photographed by Donall Farmer/INPHO

"I don’t say it often, but if somebody asks me, I love to talk about it! ‘Yes, I met the queen twice. Beautiful woman!’" Liam O'Neill photographed by Donall Farmer/INPHO

"I think the Caribbean tour Prince William and Kate Middleton recently did illustrated how ill-equipped the young royals are to sustain the monarchy through the decades to come." Meadhbh McGrath photographed by Mark Condren

"I think the Caribbean tour Prince William and Kate Middleton recently did illustrated how ill-equipped the young royals are to sustain the monarchy through the decades to come." Meadhbh McGrath photographed by Mark Condren

"I felt kind of bad for them. They’re paraded around in this unwilling game that they’re born into." Tony Mahon, a performer with Galway Community Circus, left, and the duchess of Cambridge, right, watch on as Prince William juggles at a special event in Tribeton in Galway, on March 5, 2020. Photo by: Paul Faith/Getty Images

"I felt kind of bad for them. They’re paraded around in this unwilling game that they’re born into." Tony Mahon, a performer with Galway Community Circus, left, and the duchess of Cambridge, right, watch on as Prince William juggles at a special event in Tribeton in Galway, on March 5, 2020. Photo by: Paul Faith/Getty Images

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Today marks the final day in a weekend of celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee. Photo by: Eddie Mulholland/Getty Images

Pat O’Connell Cork fishmonger Pat O’Connell famously brought a smile to Queen Elizabeth’s face as she toured the city’s English Market in 2011. But he was far from relaxed when he first heard about the meeting.

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"I think that on her first visit here, Cork was the place that shone, where she really felt, ‘It’s time to move on’." Fishmonger Pat O'Connell shares a laugh with Queen Elizabeth II during her visits the English Market on May 20, 2011 in Cork, Ireland. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

"I think that on her first visit here, Cork was the place that shone, where she really felt, ‘It’s time to move on’." Fishmonger Pat O'Connell shares a laugh with Queen Elizabeth II during her visits the English Market on May 20, 2011 in Cork, Ireland. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

"I think that on her first visit here, Cork was the place that shone, where she really felt, ‘It’s time to move on’." Fishmonger Pat O'Connell shares a laugh with Queen Elizabeth II during her visits the English Market on May 20, 2011 in Cork, Ireland. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images


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