London, June 13 : An official United Nations report has asked Britain to get rid of the Queen.
The UN Human Rights Council has said the UK must "consider holding a referendum on the desirability or otherwise of a written constitution, preferably republican," the Daily Express reported.
The demand by the council, which includes regimes like Saudi Arabia and Cuba among its 29 members, caused outrage on Thursday.
Advisers to the Queen refused to comment publicly. But privately they admitted being astonished.
One senior Palace official said: "People here certainly haven't detected any appetite for a referendum. The Queen is a focus for national unity, identity and pride."
Royal commentator Robert Lacey said the report showed a complete lack of understanding of the British system. "Parliament could change the law and abolish the monarchy tomorrow. We don't need a referendum to do that," he said.
Even campaigners representing hard-pressed taxpayers said yesterday they felt no need to get rid of an institution that costs each adult in Britain.
The UN comments about the Queen were included at the request of the council's Sri Lankan envoy, Dayan Jayatilleka.