APROTESTER was arrested today for breaching the peace ahead of the accession proclamation of Charles Windsor as King in Edinburgh – by holding up an anti-monarchy placard.
Police Scotland said the 22-year-old woman was arrested outside St Giles Cathedral, after holding up a sign reading: “F*** imperialism. Abolish monarchy.”
Officers appeared behind her and took her away, with the crowd gathered for the royal events cheering.
One man shouted: “Let her go, it’s free speech.”
During the proclamation, one man was heard booing and others were heard calling for a republic during the national anthem.
After Lord Lyon King of Arms led three cheers of “hip hip” to replies of “hooray,” booing was heard for a second time.
An official timetable of events following the Queen’s death has not been confirmed, but the government has said that a period of national mourning will last until the end of the state funeral.
One of Charles’s first acts as monarch was to approve a national bank holiday on the funeral on Monday, September 19.
Schools and some shops will be closed, and postal services will be suspended.
Many workers will be given the day off work to watch the funeral at the discretion of employers.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said that next Monday “will be a unique national moment, and we would encourage employers to respond sensitively to requests from workers who wish to take time off.”
Courts in England and Wales will remain open during the mourning period but are expected to hear only urgent matters on the day of the funeral.
And usual government activity, including policy announcements, has been paused for all but critical functions.