King Charles III was confronted by a group of anti-monarchy activists during a walkout in the town of Milton Keynes, north of London, on Thursday.
A group of protesters carried distinctive yellow placards with the message “Not my King”, joined the crowd waving Union Jack flags.
King Charles mocked anti-monarchy protesters on a visit to Milton Keynes as the town became a city. Anti-monarchy protesters met King Charles on a visit to Milton Keynes this afternoon (16 February). @RepublicStaff#Royal#milton keynes#MKpic.twitter.com/OuwuWAZSHZ
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The demonstration was organized by “The Republic”, a group calling for an end to the monarchy and for an elected head of state in Britain.
Local newspaper Milton Keynes Citizen reported that Charles “overlooked a small banner-waving group” of 20 or so protesters.
Republic leader Graham Smith wrote on Twitter: “I asked Charles why he was wasting money on a coronation. He didn’t want to answer.”
“We are determined to send the message that it is okay to protest against the royals,” he added.
The republic has announced that it will hold protests at the coronation on 6 May.
The death of Elizabeth II in September has raised questions about the royals’ future under Charles and his Queen wife Camilla, as the family has been rocked by criticism of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and allegations of sex offenses against Prince Andrew.
Since the Queen’s death, several anti-royal protesters have been arrested for holding a single sit-in, following a toughening of the law on protests.
Charles was attending a church reception to mark Milton Keynes becoming a city as part of celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee.
He also visited a food bank.
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