A reader loading the Guardian's homepage for the first time today will be bombarded with royal baby news: the happy crowds gathered in the streets, the details of royal succession, yet another photo-biography of Middleton and even a story with the headline "Queen's former gynaecologist leads top medical team." But the reader also will notice a toggle at the top of page that says "Republican?" (I've highlighted it in a screenshot at the top of this page.) Clicking that removes all reference to the royal baby, replacing it with a story about art forgeries as well as lots and lots of sports news. Here's the "Republican" edition:
The word "republican" has a different meaning in the British political context than it does in the American. There, it means someone who supports a republic or representative style of government without a monarchy; the American revolution was in part a republican movement. Most British Web users who might opt for the "Republican" homepage probably don't really want to abolish the centuries-old royal family that is now largely traditional (although some surely do) so much as they're probably just tired of reading about the royal family. There's been a string of heavily covered royals stories of late: Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton, their marriage, her pregnancy and now the pending delivery of the baby.
American readers will probably not face quite the same level of royal news saturation as will the Brits, but if you find yourself tiring of the story, we here at WorldViews have lots on the political crisis in Egypt, India's school lunch deaths and the program of forced village relocations in Tibet.