The King and Queen Consort were met with a mix of boos and cheers as they visited Colchester today and were accosted by anti-monarch protesters including conspiracy theorist Piers Corbyn.
Crowds of well-wishers had gathered to greet the monarch, who had travelled to Colchester, Essex, to mark its newly awarded city status.
But among them were anti-monarch protesters who waved ‘Not My King’ banners and shouted at the Royal to ‘come over and talk to your critics’.
The protest is the latest to be organised by anti-monarchy campaign group Republic, who have vowed to hold a series of protests in the run up to and on the Coronation.
Last month, there were similar protesters in Milton Keynes as King Charles visited, with around 20 protesters waving signs and booing.
Videos show enthusiastic crowds cheering the King as he arrived at the city’s Church of Christ the Cornerstone, with a few boos and jeers from the activists.
Speaking for Republic, Graham Smith, said that the group is ‘determined to get the message across that it’s ok to protest against the royals.’
‘Increasingly people are either losing interest in the royals or turning against them. Instead of a pointless, expensive, coronation we need a serious public debate.”
‘We believe the British public should be asked, do you want Charles or a choice? The tide is starting to turn against the monarchy and we need a serious debate about its future.’