A group of protesters have been arrested after crashing the first event of the Queen’s Trooping of the Colour ceremony.
Footage from onlookers show the protesters jumping barriers and storming in front of the Queen’s military parade marching down The Mall, with protesters planting themselves in the way and another walking in front of the parade holding a sign that read “reclaim royal land”. The interruption was brief as police promptly dragged the gang out of the way and arrested them.
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Animal and climate justice movement, Animal Rebellion, has claimed responsibility for the disturbance to the Platinum Jubilee celebration.
BREAKING: Animal Rebels disrupt the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations demanding that Royal Land is Reclaimed. This summer, we’re taking bigger action against the Dairy industry than ever before, and we need you! Join our #PlantBasedFuture talk this Friday! Link in our Bio ⬆️ pic.twitter.com/7X9rxXqVOa
— Animal Rebellion (@RebelsAnimal) June 2, 2022
In a video shared on Animal Rebellion’s Twitter, one of the protesters says “taking action on the climate crisis” led to his arrest.
“We were demanding that the Crown estates move all their land which is currently in animal agriculture, which is the second largest source of fossil fuel emissions in the world, and re-wild it,” he said.
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The Metropolitan Police announced the arrests on Twitter, sharing their thanks to the public for their support during the arrests.
“A number of arrests have been made of people who attempted to enter the ceremonial route in The Mall at approximately 10.10hrs today,” the post read.
“The arrests were public order related for highway obstruction.”
Thank you to the crowd who showed their support by clapping our officers who returned to their post after dealing with the incident swiftly.
— Metropolitan Police Events (@MetPoliceEvents) June 2, 2022
The Royal Family gathered together on the Buckingham Palace balcony, overlooking the Trooping of the Colour events.
The Monarch beamed wearing a gorgeous long-sleeve, baby blue dress, as she enjoyed intimate moments with her family to watch the highly-anticipated annual fly-by.
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) June 2, 2022
Joining Her Majesty on the Palace balcony were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three young children, George, Charlotte and Louis, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne and husband Sir Timothy Laurence, the Earl and Countess of Wessex along with their children, Lady Louise and Viscount Severn were also present.