The marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton may have gripped many in the United Kingdom, but for the 20 per cent of the population that would rather the UK became the Republic of Britain (or RoB), it has been slightly awkward.

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There’s a wedding happening today, apparently. The marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton – or Catherine, as she now appears to be known – may have gripped many in the United Kingdom, but for the 20 per cent of the population that would rather the UK became the Republic of Britain (or RoB), it has been slightly awkward.

Can republicans enjoy the extra day off, or is that hypocritical? And at a time when most people are wishing the happy couple good luck is it a bit rude for republicans to suggest Wills and Kate should never be King and Queen?

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