King Charles met with boos and placards as he arrives in Milton Keynes

King Charles is greeted by huge crowd in Milton Keynes

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The head of state arrived in Milton Keynes to find protestors welcoming him with boos and anti-monarchy chants. Charles arrived at The Church of Christ the Cornerstone in the English city, hours after a small crowd of protestors organised by the group Republic, which campaigns in favour of the election of the head of state in the UK, started gathering.

The King, accompanied only by his security detail, appeared unfazed by people chanting “Not our King” and holding bright yellow signs protesting his unelected role. 

Rather than walk away, the 74-year-old monarch decided to go near the fences where both the booing protestors and cheering royal fans were and started shaking hands and exchanging words with some of his supporters.   

After a few minutes spent with the Union Jack-waving crowd, the King left with a huge smile on his face and walked inside the church to attend the reception attended by members of the local community and Milton Keynes officials.  

Among the organisations represented in the city were the Milton Keynes Islamic Arts, Heritage and Culture (MKIAC), Milton Keynes Theatre, Bletchley Park, the Open University, the local Council of Faiths and Ride High. 

At the Church, His Majesty also met representatives from Starship Technologies, the first emission-free autonomous delivery service launched in the UK which sees robots delivering groceries and other commodities to locations all over the city. 

Charles also unveiled a commemorative plaque at the church, which was also visited by his mother Queen Elizabeth II in 1992. 

The King’s trip to Milton Keynes was announced earlier this month and it is celebrating its newly-acquired city status. 

Queen Camilla was meant to be with Charles today, but had to clear her schedule earlier this week after she tested positive for COVID-19.  

Anti-monarchy demonstrators started gathering in Milton Keynes at around midday, after announcing on Wednesday their plan to stage a protest. 

A spokesman for Republic told on Wednesday while speaking about the upcoming protest: “Republic is concerned about recent police harassment of peaceful protesters at royal events. We’re determined to get the message across that it’s ok to protest against the royals.

“Instead of a pointless 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.”  

The anti-monarchy activist referred to the string of protests that have been taking place during royal appearances since the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September last year. 

Prior to the King’s arrival, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams expressed his views on the protest staged by the anti-monarchy group. 

He told “Republic have, of course, a right to peaceful protest but I hope they don’t do this regularly. They are unlikely to do themselves much good!

“This pressure group always planned to be more active once Charles ascended the throne.

“Polls still show Britain to be overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the monarchy, though the institution has a problem with support from 18-24 year olds after the attacks from the Sussexes.

“I doubt the appearance of a few Republican placards will, however, make any difference!” 

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