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Royal Wedding unites millions of Britons but Jeremy Corbyn still wants to ABOLISH monarchy

An estimated 18 million people across the UK, and many more overseas, tuned in to watch live coverage of the event on Saturday.

But Mr Corbyn was not one of them, with his spokesman quipping: “There’s always catch-up.”

Labour colleagues including Diane Abbott, John McDonnell and Keir Starmer attended political events, while Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad was guest speaker at a conference organised by anti-Royalist organisation Republic.

And there seems little doubt Mr Corbyn, whose spokesman confirmed on Friday that he would not be watching the couple exchange vows at St George’s Chapel, is of similar mind.

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Jeremy Corbyn meets Prince Charles in Staffordshire

During a Battle of Britain event in 2015, the Republican stood silently with his hands clasped as others around him sang God Save the Queen.

He also famously advised one Twitter user to tune in to state-backed Russia Today as a way of avoiding coverage of Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton seven years ago.

And he made his views clear in an interview aired on GMTV in 2001, when he said: “I think it’s time that we just moved on and said, when the Queen completes her reign, wouldn’t that be an appropriate time to call it a day and have an elected Head of State.

“A large majority of Labour MPs would like to see a change in the attitude of the monarchy and the way the Royal Family operates.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in their horse-drawn carriage

He also suggested that public opinion was “moving more in favour” of doing away with the monarchy.

He was more circumspect when pressed by Jeremy Corbyn during last year’s general election campaign, insisting there was nothing in the Labour Party’s manifesto on the issue “because we’re not going to do it”.

Mr Paxman responded: “But you do believe in it don’t you?”

Mr Corbyn replied: “It’s not on anybody’s agenda, it’s certainly not on my agenda, and do you know what?

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Windsor crowds cheer the Royal couple

I had a very nice chat with the Queen

Jeremy Corbyn

“I had a very nice chat with the Queen.”

Although he avoided coverage of the wedding, Mr Corbyn nevertheless bumped into father of the groom Prince Charles when they both visited a newly-opened memorial for the British victims of overseas terrorism in Staffordshire on Thursday.

A Labour Party spokesman refused to comment on the matter other than to refer to Mr Corbyn’s comments to Mr Paxman.

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