‘Not my king’: Why some Brits won’t pledge allegiance to Charles

On his way to be crowned this week, King Charles III will travel by gilded coach through streets swathed in red, white, and blue Union flags – and pass a warning from history.

At Trafalgar Square stands a large bronze statue of King Charles I, the 17th-century monarch deposed by Parliament and executed in 1649. On Saturday, more than 1,500 protesters, dressed in yellow for maximum visibility, plan to gather beside it to chant “Not my king” as the royal procession goes by.

“We’ll try and keep the atmosphere light, but our aim is to make it impossible to ignore,” said Graham Smith, chief executive of the anti-monarchist group Republic.

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