It is no secret that former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would like Britain to become a republic. However, he said that, given the Royal Family’s popularity, “it is not a battle that he is fighting”. This has not stopped him from making comments in the past, though.
In 1998, the MP for Islington North called for the royal ceremony for the State Opening of Parliament to be abolished, saying: “It’s absolutely ridiculous.
“This 18th-century performance, the horses and the knights and everybody else turning up for the Queen to read a speech she’s never even read before, let alone written.”
More recently, in the wake of the Prince Andrew scandal, the left-winger also claimed that the monarchy should be scaled back.
And in an interview in December last year, he suggested that he does not watch the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day.
Because of his well-known republican views, the former Labour leader surprised MPs in 2016, when he bizarrely boasted about Queen Elizabeth II sharing the love of his football team: Arsenal.
According to a throwback report by The Telegraph, during a speech in the House of Commons, Mr Corbyn, himself a Gunners fan and the club’s MP, recalled how a bad back meant the monarch was unable to open their Emirates Stadium back in 2006.
He added: “Now, we know the Queen is absolutely above politics.
“She may be above football, too, but many locals harbour this quite secret view that she’s actually, privately, a Gooner.”
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Moreover, in his 2016 autobiography, “Mission & Passion Fussball”, Sepp Blatter, the disgraced former president of Fifa – compiled a top 10 of heads of state with the greatest football expertise.
The Queen was ranked fifth, beating former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who has owned AC Milan since 1986.