Angry protesters shout “not my king” as members of the Royal Family attend Commonwealth Day
As members of the Royal Family arrived at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day on March 13, angry protestors stormed the building shouting anti-monarchy slogans.
Online photos show a group holding yellow signs that read “Not my King” in front of the 11th-century church. They were waiting for King Charles, who is the first monarch to arrive with other members of the royal family for a Commonwealth Day service, which is his very first as monarch.
Republic, an anti-monarchy organization, stated yesterday, March 13th that they had organized a protest at this site just in time for King’s arrival.
In a statement, they also outlined their ongoing intention to disrupt the coronation celebrations, which they labeled a “pointless parade”.
Speaking for Republic, Graham Smith said: “We are continuing a series of protests against the monarchy in the lead-up to the coronation. Charles’s pointless parade will cost £50-100m and yet it is entirely unnecessary.”
“In light of recent arrests, we’re determined to get the message across that it’s ok to protest against the royals.”
The organized protest saw a number of yellow placards held aloft together to spell “not my King”. One of the protestors, a white woman, was also seen holding a placard that read “racist Royal Family”.
Video footage then showed the protestors shouting and blowing whistles as the King and Queen Consort stepped out of the royal car across the road.
It comes after a similar demonstration by Republic in Colchester last week as part of their action in the run-up to the coronation.
Unruly scenes saw one man with a megaphone ask the King to “come and talk to your critics” as he and the Queen Consort exited their car upon a visit to the newly-appointed city.
Another high-profile Republic protest also took place in Milton Keynes back in February, with the monarch heckled as he entered the Church of Christ the Cornerstone for a civic reception.