King Charles III faces angry protests in Wales today as he completes historic UK trip

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King Charles III will be met by anti-monarchy protests during the new monarch’s first visit to Wales since ascending the throne. The King, 73, will arrive in the Welsh capital on Friday as the monarch makes an appearance at every UK nation before the Queen’s state funeral.

The longest-serving Prince of Wales, who was in the position for 64 years, will make the journey with Camilla, Queen Consort.

The royal couple will begin at Llandaff Cathedral, where they will hear a service of prayer and reflection.

They will then move to the Senedd, the Welsh parliament, to hear tributes and condolences from the country’s politicians.

The King will then meet privately with Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, along with the presiding officer, at Cardiff Castle.

But outside the building an anti-monarchy protest is expected to begin at 1pm, ahead of the King’s arrival, according to organisers from campaign group, Real Democracy Now.

The group is backed by former Welsh parliament member for Plaid Cymru, Bethan Sayed.

She said the group felt “compelled” to respond to the announcement that Prince William had succeeded Charles as Prince of Wales “so soon after the death of the Queen”.

Ms Sayed then dismissed the idea that “now is not the time to discuss this issue”.

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Following the visit to Cardiff Castle, King Charles will attend a reception hosted by the Welsh Government.

He will then make the trip back to London, leading a meeting of faith leaders in Buckingham Palace’s Bow Room.

The Queen’s coffin rested for one night in the Bow Room, ahead of its transportation to Westminster Hall on Wednesday.

The coffin arrived from Edinburgh to London on Tuesday night, and was taken to the Palace ahead of the procession on Wednesday afternoon, led by King Charles.

Following the procession, the Queen’s lying in state period began at Westminster Palace.

Members of the public are able to file past the Queen’s coffin until 6.30am on Monday, before the state funeral later in the day.

The room in Westminster is open 24 hours a day, with queues stretching for miles around central London.



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