The Daily Telegraph

Grieving monarchist­s should still defend republican­s’ right to voice their dissenting views


SIR – I am a monarchist to my core, but I defend absolutely the right of republican­s to express views that I disagree with.

I am extremely troubled by the police’s arrest of a man who objected to the presence of Prince Andrew in Edinburgh, and of those holding anti-monarchist placards (report, September 13).

The police appear to have become the tools of a type of mob rule, no longer upholding the law but instead enforcing the mood of the moment. This seems to me to be very un-british. Alastair Macmillan

Port Glasgow, Renfrewshi­re

SIR – It is quite right that we should respect and protect free speech. However, to protest when many are mourning a death is disrespect­ful and self-serving.

When somebody of whom one disapprove­s dies, the usual course of action is simply not to join the mourners – to stay away. Surely, if those who protest claim to be against the monarchy and on the side of the people, they should respect the clear feelings of the majority.

Jonathan Mann

Gunnislake, Cornwall

SIR – Bob Stebbings (Letters, September 13) is quite right: the true backbone of Britain is being revealed.

The quiet – sometimes silent – majority is speaking. Ignore the naysayers.

Guy Bargery Edinburgh

SIR – As a young lad, I stood in the Strand and watched the coronation procession of Queen Elizabeth II. The police and soldiers lining the route all faced the procession.

It is a sad reflection of our times that now they all face the crowd.

Dennis Rolfe London NW3

SIR – Amid the seamless pageantry on display over the past few days – perhaps most of all in Scotland – there are so many people who deserve sincere thanks for their hard work.

I hope it does not seem presumptuo­us of me to praise, in particular, the members of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. And surely the most deserving of congratula­tions are those soldiers who served as pallbearer­s at the Palace of Holyroodho­use and St Giles’.

Under intense scrutiny, their turnout, discipline and drill were all perfect.

Major Nigel Price (retd)

Ex-7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles

Wilmslow, Cheshire

SIR – In these sad times, a small and unexpected ray of light has been supplied by the graciousne­ss and wisdom of certain prominent people’s speeches about Queen Elizabeth.

First, of course, there was the King’s; but there have also been fine words from Boris Johnson, Sir Keir Starmer and even Emmanuel Macron. We should commend – and perhaps adjust our views about – politician­s who emphasise the big things that unite us rather than the trivial ones that divide, and we must hope that this spirit endures.

Nigel Smith

Stowmarket, Suffolk

SIR – I have been watching the coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth and the transition to King Charles on foreign news channels such as CNN, NBC, France 24 and Al Jazeera.

No other head of state would attract such extensive and effusive attention. It does indeed make you proud to be British.

William Withers Brentford, Middlesex

SIR – My wife and I are on holiday in Spain, and have been very touched that Spanish acquaintan­ces and friends have offered their condolence­s to us.

They have been following our ceremonies on Spanish television. The late Queen was – and remains – so loved in so many parts of the world. Chris Jarvis

Banstead, Surrey

SIR – I was in New York with my family when news of Queen Elizabeth’s death came through last week.

We were very touched by the sympathy shown to us by hotel staff, taxi drivers and others when they heard our English accents. She was obviously much admired on the other side of the pond.

Laurie Nelson

West Wickham, Kent

SIR – We are on holiday in Oran, Algeria, and yesterday were walking through a crowded alleyway in the market. The local people were open, friendly and ready to engage in conversati­on.

An elderly man asked me, in French, where I came from. When I said that I came from Britain his response was touching: “Je voudrais vous offrir mes condoléanc­es pour la perte de votre reine.” Anthony Hein New Malden, Surrey

SIR – It is disappoint­ing that Queen Elizabeth’s coffin was not transporte­d to London on the royal train (report, September 13).

Many thousands of her subjects, who are unable to travel to the capital, have been denied the opportunit­y to pay their last respects to her.

C R P Hennis

Doncaster, South Yorkshire

SIR – The Royal family and palace officials were right to avoid the use of the royal train for journeys between Edinburgh and London.

As anyone who regularly uses the East Coast Main Line knows, there are serious delays to services just about every other day, and even the late Queen’s train might not have been able to avoid them. This journey is not worth the risk for anyone who has a schedule to stick to.

David Stanley London SW6

SIR – It was 1957, and I was going down to London on the train to see my girlfriend, when another train appeared alongside it, heading in the same direction.

Slowly it drew past us. Suddenly a young soldier in our compartmen­t jumped up, stood to attention and saluted through the window.

It was the royal train, coming back from Scotland, and Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles (as he was then) and Princess Anne were sitting opposite us, eating their breakfast. I remember the great diamond brooch that the Queen was wearing. David M Pearce

Wellingbor­ough, Northampto­nshire

SIR – Erecting “Elizabetha­n crosses” in towns where our beloved late Queen’s body has rested (Letters, September 13) would be one way of commemorat­ing her renowned commitment to her people.

However, building a new royal yacht, funded through public subscripti­on, could involve millions of her subjects, both here and across the Commonweal­th.

It would be a fitting memorial to her, and would also prove useful to her son and the Government.

Wendy Tanqueray

Esher, Surrey

SIR – It has been moving to see tributes to Queen Elizabeth praising her humility, stoicism, duty, and, above all, her deep and personal faith.

The media have been almost unanimous in this praise, but seem to despise such qualities elsewhere, particular­ly among politician­s.

I hope that the death of our beloved Queen, and the celebratio­n of her faith, will help us to understand how important these qualities are, and encourage others to cultivate them. Sophia Worringer

London W6

SIR – Since the advent of email, I have always signed off to friends using my initials.

I realise I must now cease this practice.

Charles Reader

Halvergate, Norfolk

 ?? ?? In silent sadness: a mourner adds to the floral tributes outside Buckingham Palace
In silent sadness: a mourner adds to the floral tributes outside Buckingham Palace

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