The Princess of Wales has remained composed and focused on the job at hand during her most recent royal engagement, despite the disruption caused by a small Republican protest.
Catherine visited the Foundling Museum in London on Thursday, May 25 to meet those who have experienced the care system firsthand, as well as chat with foster carers and adoptive parents to hear about their experiences.
Although those from the museum were pleased to meet with the Princess, a small contingent of protestors were not as enthusiastic about the visit, with protestors across the street greeting the 41-year-old with boos and cries of “born equal”.
The Princess of Wales has been greeted by a very small republican protest on a visit to the Foundling Museum in London. pic.twitter.com/1xH2buOjSg
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) May 25, 2023
Catherine paid no mind to the protest action, instead ensuring her attention was fixated on those who were there to discuss the work of the museum.
Since 2017, the Foundling Museum has successfully implemented the acclaimed Tracing Our Tales program for young adults who have encountered the care system. This program empowers participants to acquire essential skills and confidence necessary to deliver educational programs at the Museum. Moreover, it enables them to re-engage with education, secure apprenticeships and employment opportunities, all while fostering their artistic and creative abilities.
The Princess isn’t the only member of the Royal Family who has been met with protest action recently.
During a recent royal engagement of their own, King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla were the targets of protest when a 23-year-old man was arrested after causing a scene and attempting to egg the pair.
Eggs thrown at Britain’s King Charles this morning in York.pic.twitter.com/XXCqEw39Qe
— Rob O’Hanrahan (@RobOHanrahan) November 9, 2022
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 royal protection were swift to drag the activist from the crowd, detaining his arms and legs before carrying him off to a police vehicle.
British media later identified the man as an Extinction Rebellion activist and former Green’s Party candidate, Patrick Thelwell.
Thelwell has a history of arrest, in 2019 he was arrested for a “peace tent” held in Trafalgar Square and in 2021, for obstructing a highway and interfering with newspaper printing presses.
At the time royal fans took to social media to share their disgust regarding the incident.