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An anti-royalist protester crowds during a ceremony to publicly proclaim King Charles III as the new monarch, in Edinburgh, Scotland, September 11, 2022.
UNITED KINGDOM – After being proclaimed king on Saturday in London, King Charles III was again proclaimed king on Sunday, September 11 by the other three constituent countries of the United Kingdom, during ceremonies with an unchanging ritual, in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. Twenty-one cannon shots were fired in three towns.
The ceremony experienced a few hitches, especially in Scotland. As reported by franceinfo, at the end of the ceremony, the Scottish Republicans especially booed during the king’s salute before shouting some slogans at the end of the national anthem. “Abolish the monarchy! » where” Republic today! » also heard shortly, as a 22-year-old woman was arrested in front of the Saint-Gilles Cathedral, while she was holding a sign where one could read. “Basto imperialism. Abolish the Monarchy ».
Some separatists in attendance raised their voices during the King’s salute. Note that they… https://t.co/QYju2QEo0G
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At the end of the song and during “Long live the King”, we will also hear “Republic now! »… https://t.co/tOBg2Q13wW
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BREAKING: Woman arrested after holding ‘abolish monarchy’ sign in Edinburgh. https://t.co/FEbq7f07CM
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Elsewhere, in Northern Ireland, the Irish Republican Party Sinn Fein walked away from the ceremony in Belfast where Charles was proclaimed king, its leader ruling that he was “intended for those whose political allegiance is to the Crown”.
Sinn Fein, which favors the reunification of Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland, did not attend but party officials will attend other events as part of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the party president said. that Mary Lou McDonald, as quoted by the PA agency.
“We recognize the Queen’s very positive role in promoting peace”
On Monday, Party Vice-Chair Michelle O’Neill is expected to attend another Assembly ceremony to mark the Queen’s death.
“Sinn Fein offers (…) condolences on the death of Queen Elizabeth, whose loss is deeply felt by her family and by many in our society, particularly within the Unionist community”said Mary Lou McDonald.
“We recognize the very positive role played by the Queen in promoting peace and reconciliation between our two islands, and the two traditions of our island, during the years of the peace process.”he added.
The 70-year reign of Elizabeth II, who died Thursday at the age of 96, marked three decades “trouble” in the British province between the republicans, especially the Catholics, who wished to be reunited with Ireland, and unionists of the Protestant majority, who were attached to the maintenance within the crown. This conflict, with the involvement of the British army, claimed about 3,500 lives until the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
Sinn Fein, a former political branch of the paramilitary IRA, is leading the elections in Northern Ireland in early May, in which Michelle O’Neill should become the Prime Minister of the local government, shared by the Unionists. The latter, however, declined to form an executive due to province-specific post-Brexit controls.
In 2011, the Queen became the first British monarch to visit Ireland, a historic visit interpreted as a major gesture of reconciliation.
The IRA killed Louis Mountbatten, the Queen’s cousin and tutor to the future King Charles III, in a bomb attack in 1979 and Sinn Fein apologized last year for the killing.
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