‘Not fit for purpose’: King Charles continues to be targeted by British republicans

Feb 17, 2023
King Charles was met by protestors as he celebrated the area's milestone. Source: Getty

King Charles III has continued to be the target of British republicans as he was met by a boisterous crowd of protesters at an engagement in the northwest of London on Thursday, shouting and holding signs that read “Not My King”.

The protesters had included caricatures of the King captioned with the phrase “not fit for purpose”.

Despite the confronting protest, the King was unrattled as he greeted those who had waited to meet him, standing amongst an equally uproarious group of supporters, doing their best to drown out the republicans by chanting “God Save the King”.

King Charles was in the area to commemorate Milton Keynes obtaining city status, an event he was supposed to be joined by Queen Consort Camilla before she became ill.

Since taking the throne in September 2022, the King has been confronted by protesters on three occasions, including an individual being arrested for throwing eggs at the King and the Queen Consort.

The King and Queen Consort brushed off the attempted egging, as all of the thrown eggs missed the Royal couple, and continued greeting members of the public in York.

The protester was heard booing the Monarch and shouting “this country was built on the blood of slaves” and “not my king” but as he was arrested, the crowd was heard shouting “shame on you” and “God save the King”.

Police and royalty protection were swift to drag the activist from the crowd, detaining his arms and legs before carrying him off to a police vehicle.

On top of republicans, environmental activists have also set their sights on the King.

Just Stop Oil protesters have targeted the Royals in a stunt where they defaced Madame Tussauds’ waxwork of King Charles III in London, in October 2022.

In a video shared on the anti-oil and gas activist group’s Twitter, two protesters are seen crossing the ropes and stripping to display tee-shirts emblazoned with “Just Stop Oil” before slamming chocolate cake into the face of King Charles’ waxwork and shouting: “The science is clear. The demand is simple: just stop new oil and gas. It’s a piece of cake.”

A woman can be heard shouting “Stop!” as the protesters carry out their act of vandalism.

The activists said they had set their sights on His Majesty following his withdrawal from the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP 27.

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