Arrests in Edinburgh, London and Oxford for innocuous demonstrations have fueled a desire to express rejection of the monarchy
A protest demonstration has received King Charles III at the gates of Cardiff Castle, in the final leg of his tour of the four British nations, after his accession to the throne. The images suggest that the number of demonstrators did not exceed a hundred. They booed the passage of the vehicle that transported the kings. They displayed signs against the monarchy or ‘colonial subjugation’.
The protests have increased in reaction to the arrests in Edinburgh for expressions of rejection of the monarchy, or the presence of Prince Andrew, who denies having met a woman to whom he paid compensation of about ten million euros, after accusing her of rape when she was a minor. In Oxford, police arrested a man who was passing the site of the proclamation of the new king and asked: “Who has chosen you?”
Of the three peripheral nations the king has visited at the start of his reign, divided Northern Ireland has the most Republicans. In the Catholic and pro-Irish social segment, republicanism is in the majority. Welsh independence, which has increased in recent years, is republican, but the desire for separation does not reach a third of the population in the polls. The chief minister in Cardiff, Mark Drakeford, a Labor Party member, is also a Republican.
The new king invoked Llyvellyn, one of the heroes of the independence movement, during his visit. He was the Prince of Wales in the 13th century. He died in a battle against the troops of Edward I, the English king of the French Plantagenet dynasty. who married Eleanor of Castile. His coffins are in Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth II’s funeral will be held on Monday.
Carlos III partially pronounced in Welsh his response to the condolences expressed by the regional assembly. He remembered his mother’s attachment to Wales in difficult times. After the death of 28 adults and 116 children, crushed by a coal mountain avalanche in the mining town of Aberfan, in 1966, he regularly visited the town.
William, the new Prince of Wales – a title that the heirs to the crown of London have taken since the fifteenth century – spent a few years on the island of Anglesey, in the northwest of the region. He had married Catalina and was working as a helicopter pilot at a nearby Royal Air Force base. Catherine and the couple’s children had their first official royal engagements in Wales.
His father learned the basics of the Welsh language before his mother invested him as Prince of Wales in 1969 in an aesthetically groundbreaking ceremony designed by the queen’s then brother-in-law, photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon. The young prince was protected with a bulletproof vest during the ceremony, for fear that Welsh nationalists would attack him. He now he has irritated that William’s appointment has not been consulted with the Welsh assembly.
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