Sunday 27 May 2018

Row over royals could be solved by the Haka

THE celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee has been well marked in New Zealand, where she remains head of state.

As well as live television coverage of the events in England, there are street parties aplenty as well as 'Royal Afternoon Tea' offers in up-market hotels where patrons can sip the Commonwealth's favourite brew and nibble at over-priced, crust-less sandwiches.

But not everyone is on board. The country's republican movement was frustrated when a bill proposing a referendum on cutting ties with the British monarchy was shot down in 2010 and their legal adviser Dean Knight has railed against the jubilee this week.

"Prince Charles is about as un-Kiwi as they come," Knight said. "He is a born-and-bred British aristocrat, it's just plain daft expecting him to be a symbol of New Zealand."

Maybe if they could get 'Charlie' to do the Haka ...

Irish Independent

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport