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'Not My King' protests are now the norm at King Charles III's events

By Karla Adam

02 May 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

King Charles III's upcoming coronation has energized the anti-monarchist, republican movement in Britain and has prompted many more to question the monarchy's role in modern times. The Post reports.

LONDON - One noticeable difference between the reigns of King Charles III and Queen Elizabeth II is the splash of yellow at almost all of Charles's public engagements. A gaggle of protesters, sometimes shouting and booing, hold aloft bright yellow signs that read "Not My King." They are hard to miss.

The protesters' biggest rally yet is planned for Saturday, when organizers say more than 1,000 anti-monarchists will gather along the coronation procession route in hopes of getting their message heard: King Charles, they say, should be replaced by an elected, democratic head of state.

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