Schoolchildren chanting ‘He’s our King’ drowned out ‘Not Our King’ protesters in Liverpool when Charles and Camilla visited.
‘Not my king’ anti-monarchy protesters previously gathered outside the city’s central library as the King and Queen were due to arrive to officially celebrate the library’s twinning with Ukraine’s first public library, the Odessa Regional Scientific Library.
The royal couple met key partners involved in both a two-week cultural festival that will run alongside the Eurovision Festival and Eurolearn, a Eurovision-inspired education program for primary and secondary school students.
Pressure group Republic tweeted video showing crowds of protesters chanting “Not My King,” with one of them leading the chants with a megaphone.
But another video shows that their chants were then drowned out by groups of schoolchildren shouting, “He’s our king!”
King Charles III and the Queen Consort on a visit to Liverpool Central Library
In a clip tweeted by Republic, a protester named only George said, “We’re here because we want to live in a democracy that’s true to the word democracy.”
He said it was “outrageous” that we “still have an unelected head of state in 2023.”
“It’s a signal that we have sheer inequality in this country and we need to speak up,” he added.
“The polls show that more and more people do not support the monarchy – across all generations and we need to make that known. We have to change the public debate.’
George said the group was there to be “loud and proud.”
Republic, which said they were protesting for “democracy and equality” today, tweeted, “The signs are up, our protest is underway. 50 and counting!’
Today’s protest comes after the anti-monarchy pressure group Republic was present outside York Minster on April 6 when King Charles III and Queen Camilla attended a Maundy Thursday service.
About 30 activists from the activist group organized the latest protest against the royal family, with banners that read ‘Not My King’ in the air.
After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Republic has gained momentum by promoting the #NotMyKing.
The hashtag has grown in popularity since King Charles ascended the throne in September 2022, with some members of the public raising new questions about the need for a monarchy in the United Kingdom.
Republic previously held similar protests in London, as well as booing King Charles and Queen Camilla in Colchester, Essex in March 2023.
The royal couple were in Liverpool to officially celebrate the library’s twinning with Ukraine’s first public library
Schoolchildren waved Union Jack flags and shouted ‘he’s our king!’
Groups of protesters hold yellow signs reading ‘NOT MY KING’
Signs read ‘not my king’ as protesters gather outside Liverpool Central Library
Protesters have gathered outside the city’s Central Library as the King and Queen are expected to visit
“We are here because we want to live in a democracy that is actually true to the word democracy.”
Republic tweeted today: “The signs are up, our protest is on. 50 and counting!’
Protesters are on their way to the arrival of King Charles and Queen Camilla
A protester holds a sheet of stickers reading “Abolish the Monarchy”
Republic is an activist group calling for an end to the British system of constitutional monarchy.
Founded in 1983 as a group of Republicans and officially founded as a pressure group in 2006, Republic aims to replace a royal head of state with an elected figure.
It would align the UK with countries like Germany, which has both a political leader, currently Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and an elected head of state, the President of Germany, currently Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
MailOnline previously revealed the anti-monarchist plot to disrupt King Charles’s coronation next month.
Republic, a group that has openly called for the abolition of the monarchy and its replacement with an elected head of state, is planning a demonstration along The Mall on May 6.
On their website, the protesters are calling for thousands to don yellow T-shirts and wave signs reading ‘Not My King’ at a rally in Trafalgar Square from 6am before heading to the processional route later that morning. between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.
Data from a YouGov poll on whether the monarchy is good or bad for Britain