If you look at it objectively it's a ridiculous concept in 2019 but I think the Queen does a pretty good job and it sort of works. Getting rid of the monarchy would probably be more hassle than it's worth.
This seems like an appropriate time to post this: https://www.whoateallthepies.tv/photos/179568/when-football-mascots-observe-the-minutes-silences-photos.html
FWIW I think Grecian the Lion does a great job!
I'd imagine you should be able to get a pass- is there a specific allocation? When I was campaign organiser in the 2015 election it was literally just me, the election agent (who knocked off early) and the candidate, no one else wanted to come. The result wasn't announced until about midday on...
I think that's partly fair, but politics has go to toxic these days that a lot of the more moderate types just don't need the hassle anymore. I read "Why we get the wrong politicians" and it was very insightful.