It's a living link to our history

Of course the monarchy is part of our history – no republican would deny that - but it's not all of it.

The story of Britain and its constituent nations is one of individuals making great scientific advances and medical discoveries, providing strong leadership at times of crisis and making outstanding contributions to art and literature. It is also the story of large numbers of people joining together to fight for greater representation, better conditions and equal rights.

Choosing a more democratic political system wouldn't undo all these great achievements, most of which have nothing to do with the monarchy. In a way, we're all living links to our history – but we don't have to be trapped by it.