Letter: No rush for a republic

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Sir: Polly Toynbee ("The last chapter of the Royal fairy tale", 4 September) implores the Prince of Wales to abdicate after the Queen's death. This is a personal choice by those currently near to the throne, based upon alleged recent mistakes and misjudgements. Ms Toynbee also makes the suggestion that we move towards becoming a republic over the next twenty years. This is a major constitutional change requiring a thorough examination of all the implications of changing how we appoint our ultimate constitutional ombudsman.

The events of the past week have not changed the pros and cons of monarchy or republic. Grief is to be endured and possibly even admired, but it will pass with time.

PATRICK BELL

London SE16

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