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A woman holding a sign reading “f— imperialism, abolish the monarchy” was arrested in Edinburgh, Scotland, during an official declaration on Sunday. King Charles III accession to the throne.
It was a woman was removed with police escort, causing mixed reactions. One man yelled, “Let him go! It’s free speech!” others shouted, “Have some respect!”
Again, in Edinburgh, Lord Lyon’s king-at-arms, Joseph Morrow, proclaimed, “God save the king!”
One of the participants, Ann Hamilton, 48, told The Associated Press that she was offended by the protesters: “There are thousands of people here today showing their respect.”
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“For them to be here, messing things up, I think it was terrible,” he said. “If they were so against it, they shouldn’t have come.”
Still, it was a sign of how some, including people in Britain’s former colonies, are grappling with the legacy of the monarchy and its future.
People flocked to the Royal Mile to see the flag-draped coffin of Queen Elizabeth II. The procession was a big event for Scotland, as Britain takes days to mourn its longest-reigning monarch. People came out several hours early to take up positions next to police barricades in Edinburgh. The afternoon crowd was 10 people deep.
Queen Elizabeth II’s flag-draped coffin was carried slowly through the Scottish countryside from her beloved Balmoral Castle to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh in a somber, grand procession on Sunday. Mourners filled city streets and highway bridges or lined country roads with cars and tractors to bid a historic farewell to the monarch who reigned for 70 years.
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The hearse passed piles of bouquets and other tributes as it led a seven-car procession from Balmoral, where the queen died aged 96, for the six-hour journey through Scottish towns to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The late queen’s coffin was draped with the Royal Standard for Scotland and draped with a wreath made from the estate’s flowers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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