Critics want in the coronation year of the new King Charles III. hold and demonstrate a vote on the future of the British monarchy. The anti-monarchy organization Republic launched a petition for a public vote on what role the monarchy should play in the future.
"An outdated, pointless coronation that will cost millions of pounds in taxpayers' money in the face of a cost of living crisis does the British people no good," the petition page said, which had nearly 6,000 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon.
Republic supporters tried to put up a large white sign that read "Polling Station" at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. The organization advocates an elected head of state. "We should have a choice to decide: do we want Charles or an election?" spokesman Graham Smith told the British PA news agency.
On the day of Charles III's coronation, May 6th, the opponents of the monarchy want to hold a large demonstration. Protests are also planned in the months before.