Almost 90 per cent of GAY TIMES readers won’t tune in to watch the coronation of British monarch King Charles III and his wife Camilla, according to a survey of our audience.
The event, which is due to take place on 6 May, will be held in Westminster Abbey, London.
Although the exact cost of the coronation is not shared by Buckingham Palace, unofficial estimates cited by the BBC estimate that it will run up a staggering bill of between £50 million and £100 million ($63-125 million).
Most news channels and radio stations will run rolling coverage of the coronation throughout the day, though almost nine in 10 GAY TIMES readers will not be watching it in any capacity, according to a new poll of our Instagram audience.
Approximately 14,789 (87 per cent) of the 17,066 people who took part in the survey said they would not be tuning in, while 2,277 (13 per cent) said they plan on watching.
The day will be “one of the most significant and largest security operations” held by the Metropolitan Police, which will have more than 11,500 officers on duty.
Large-scale protests from anti-monarchists are expected in the capital, with changes to the Public Order Bill limiting how people can protest the coronation if they do not support it.
“Our head of state should be elected based on merit”
Peter Tatchell, one of the UK’s most prominent human rights campaigners, is among those who have vowed to demonstrate against it despite the laws.
“Our head of state should be elected based on merit, not inherited and imposed on the British people without their consent,” he said in a statement on Instagram.
The vast majority of those surveyed by GAY TIMES support the British monarchy being abolished entirely, with 78 per cent of the 16,208 respondents to this question being in favour of such a move and 22 per cent opposing it.
Although the younger generation of royals, such as Prince Harry and Prince William, have been more explicitly supportive of LGBTQ+ people than most of their predecessors, this has often been scarce in the past.
In fact, an overwhelming 97 per cent of respondents felt the Royal Family has more work to do when it comes to helping advance the rights of LGBTQ+ people.
Just three per cent (591 of the 17,301 responses to this question) said the British monarchy should not be doing more to fight for LGBTQ+ rights.
The data from this survey was collected from 3 to 4 March via three ‘story’ polls on the GAY TIMES official Instagram page.