The anti-monarchy Republic group schedules protests that coincide with King Charles’s coronation on May 6 in a show of opposition to the royal family.
The small-scale Republican movement in the UK hopes to gain traction ahead of King Charles’s coronation, to voice out opposition to Royal rule in the country.
In an event held at the West London Church, the Chief Executive of Republic said to a small group of 70 people, “The good news is that it can be got rid of and will be got rid off.”
10 of those present at the Church were journalists, which highlights how small-scaled republicanism is in the UK.
The group has planned a protest that coincides with King Charles’ Coronation on May 6, where they will hold yellow placards and chant “not my King” creating an “unmissable sea of yellow.”
Republic was able to garner a relatively large amount of funds on the month of the Queen’s death, as it received £70,000 in September 2022, which comes close to the £100,000 it gained in 2020.
Protests scheduled for King Charle’s Coronation
Republic says that 1,400 people have pledged to join the protest after controversies were stirred up due to the issue of financing the King’s Coronation.
Public polls found that 51% of the respondents believe that the event should not be publicly funded while a lesser group of 32% said the royal family should have access to public funds.
“The gloves are coming off a bit more now,” said Norman Baker, the former Liberal Democrats’ government Minister who detailed the royal family’s expenditure of public money in his book And What Do You Do?
“It’s clear that the public at large, including many royalists, are extraordinarily unhappy with what the royals take from the public purse and I think that is where they really are vulnerable,” Baker stated.
Polls show that the support for the British monarchy has decreased from 60% to 50% since 2019, as 40% of those aged 18 to 24 would prefer an elected head of state.