King heckled by protestor claiming royals are a ‘waste of money’ but fans quickly respond


King Charles and Queen Camilla are marking Colchester’s new city status with a royal visit packed with engagements.

King Charles and Camilla greet well wishers in Colchester

Moreover, the royals’ spirits were likely bolstered by the support shown by fans, who covered the voice of republicans by repeatedly chanting “God save the King”.

More shows of support were offered by one schoolgirl, who handed Charles a drawing of him with the words “best King” written above the image, and the mayor of Colchester, Tim Young, who told the King: “Words cannot describe how much it means to us that you are here.”

Citing a recent poll suggesting the support for the monarchy among people aged under 45 has dropped below 50 percent, Republic CEO Graham Smith explained on Monday what his organisation wanted to achieve.

He said: “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.”

King Charles and Queen Camilla

King Charles and Queen Camilla visited Colchester today (Image: PA)

'Not My King Protest' In Colchester

People protesting in Colchester (Image: GETTY)

King Charles speaking with school pupils

King Charles met children on a planned visit to Colchester Castle (Image: PA)

King Charles and Camilla leaving their car

King Charles and Camilla appeared in high spirits (Image: GETTY)

King Charles waving to the crowd

King Charles and Camilla attended a reception in Colchester (Image: PA)

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Warning more protests will take place over the next two months, Mr Smith added: “Republic will be protesting at the Coronation, driving home the message that this is not a national celebration, but promotion of the monarchy at huge cost to the taxpayer. The time for change is here.”

King Charles had already faced placard-waving protestors last month, as he visited Milton Keynes to celebrate its new city status.

As he did today, the monarch stopped to speak with some fans standing near the protestors, but did not react to those calling for a republic.

Charles and Camilla’s visit to Colchester included a meeting at Castle Park with some of the people involved in the city status procession last year – including charity leaders, volunteers and refugees who have settled in Essex.

The monarch and his wife, who donned a Fiona Clare couture coat for the occasion, later met school pupils on an educational trip to the castle, which included the viewing of artefacts.

King Charles speaking with a member of the military

King Charles spoke with members of the military upon arriving at the castle (Image: PA)

King Charles speaking to royal well-wishers

King Charles and Camilla were met by fans chanting ‘God save the King’ (Image: GETTY)

The royals then joined a reception to celebrate the city status of Colchester, during which they got to chat with representatives from various local organisations.

Among them was Next Chapter, a domestic abuse charity supporting survivors in the local area. As Camilla has made one of the cornerstones of her work to fight domestic violence and protect its victims, the Queen Consort was surely delighted to hear more about this association.

One of the highlights of the day, however, was Their Majesties’ meeting with the Animal Care Team from Colchester Zoo.

The King and Queen heard more about the conservation work being undertaken at the zoo, and got to reveal the name chosen for the organisation’s newest addition, a white baby rhino.

The animal was given the name of Dara, which means beautiful one in Swahili.

King Charles smiling

King Charles’s Coronation will take place on May 6 (Image: GETTY)

The King Visits Milton Keynes

Anti-monarchy protestors had showed up also in Milton Keynes during a visit carried out by the King (Image: Getty)

After leaving the Castle, Charles and Camilla headed to Colchester Library to take afternoon tea with Age UK volunteers and service users.

Upon their arrival at the Library, the royals were met by another group of protesters – who this time loudly booed the sovereign and his wife.

Unfazed, both the King and the Queen waved and smiled in their direction before entering the building.

The Queen, who champions the power of reading and works to further the levels of literacy in the country, and King Charles learned about the Library’s impact on the community through the Essex Year of Reading.

Her Majesty was joined in the organisation’s Literacy Corner by broadcaster and children’s author Dermot O’Leary as well as by author Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who are both local to Colchester.


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