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A woman in Edinburgh, Scotland, holding a sign reading “f — imperialism, abolish the monarchy” was arrested on Sunday during the formal declaration of King Charles III’s accession to the throne.

The woman was escorted away by the police, prompting mixed reactions. A man shouted, “Let her go! It’s free speech!” while others shouted: “Have respect!”

Anti-realists hold a protest placard at a Mercat Cross accession proclamation ceremony, publicly proclaiming King Charles III as the new monarch on September 11, 2022 in Edinburgh, UK.
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However, there were boos in Edinburgh as Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms, ended his proclamation with “God save the king!”

One attendee, 48-year-old Ann Hamilton, told The Associated Press she was offended by the protesters, saying, “There are tens of thousands of people here today to show their respect.”

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“For them to be here, disturbing things, I think it was terrible,” he said. “If they were so against, they shouldn’t have come.”

However, it was a sign of how some, including people in the former British colonies, are struggling with the legacy of the monarchy and its future.

Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Color alongside (LR) Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charlotte of Cambridge during Trooping the Color on June 02, 2022 in London, England.

Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Color alongside (LR) Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charlotte of Cambridge during Trooping the Color on June 02, 2022 in London, England.
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Crowds of people packed the Royal Mile to get a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin with the flag draped. The procession was a big event for Scotland as it takes the UK days to mourn its longest-lived monarch. People showed up hours earlier to grab a space near the police barricades in Edinburgh. In the afternoon, the crowd was 10 people deep.

In a grim royal procession, Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin with the draped flag was slowly carried across the Scottish countryside from her beloved Balmoral Castle to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh on Sunday. Mourners crowded city streets and highway bridges or lined rural roads with cars and tractors to take part in a historic farewell to the monarch who had reigned for 70 years.

King Charles III looks out over the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

King Charles III looks out over the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

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The hearse passed piles of bouquets and other tributes as it led a procession of seven cars from Balmoral, where the Queen died Thursday at the age of 96, for a six-hour drive through Scottish cities to Edinburgh’s Holyroodhouse Palace. The late queen’s coffin was draped with the royal banner for Scotland and topped with an estate wreath.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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