Arrest of anti-monarchist demonstrators ahead of Charles III’s coronation

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Graham Smith, leader of the British anti-monarchy group “Republican”, was arrested in central London, where he organized a demonstration alongside Charles III’s coronation procession.

Other demonstrators were also arrested, wearing hoods, yellow shirts and waving flags with signs such as “Not my king” and “Abolish the monarchy, not the right to protest”.

The republic, which is seeking an elected head of state, had previously expressed its intention to demonstrate in central London, despite warnings from Scotland Yard that there would be “very little tolerance” for anti-coronation protesters.

According to the British press agency “Reuters”, at least 11,000 police officers were mobilized for the coronation ceremony, the biggest ceremony organized in the British capital for 70 years.

Earlier on Saturday, King Charles III and his wife Camilla were officially crowned after their coronation.

The Archbishop of Canterbury placed the Crown of St. Edward on the head of the new 74-year-old monarch, officially marking his coronation, the BBC reported.

According to The Guardian, it differs from the pledge made by Charles’ mother, Queen Elizabeth, in 1953.

For the first time, a preamble was added, specifically dedicating the king to “strive to promote an environment in which people of all religions and beliefs can live freely.”

Camilla, wife of King Charles, was also crowned in religious and royal ceremonies, wearing a modified version of Queen Mary’s tiara.

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