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Queen LOSING grip? Royal nightmare as New Zealand party demands 'divorce' from monarchy


The Māori Party, which holds two seats in New Zealand’s parliament, called for a “divorce” from the British Royal Family. Co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer made a statement on Sunday during Waitangi Day commemorations.

The day marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi – New Zealand’s founding document – between representatives of the British Crown and Māori chiefs in 1840.

Ms Ngarewa-Packer said New Zealand should undergo “constitutional transformation”.

She added: “The only way this nation can work is when Māori assert their rights to self-management, self-determination, and self-governance over all our domains.”

The call came on the day the Queen celebrated her Platinum Jubilee.

The Māori Party also criticised New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern for praising the monarch as she reached the historic milestone of 70 years on the throne.

Ms Ardern said: “Since the Queen took the throne as a young woman of 25, she has dedicated her life to service.

“We thank her for her dedication and inspiration.

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Calls for New Zealand to cut ties with the Queen come after Barbados parted ways with Her Majesty last year.

The monarch is head of state of 15 countries that are part of the Commonwealth.

The nations include New Zealand, Australia, Canada and a number of island nations in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean.

In a message for her Platinum Jubilee over the weekend, the Queen renewed her 1947 pledge to the nation and Commonwealth “that my life will always be devoted to your service”.

The monarch returned to Windsor Castle today from Sandringham, where she spent Accession Day.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations began with a bang earlier on Monday, as gun salutes were fired across the country to mark her 70-year reign.

Events will be held over the coming year in honour of the Queen, with festivities focused on a four-day bank holiday weekend in June.



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