Cheers and protests in Wales: Charles III. experiences a roller coaster of emotions
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Cheers and protests in Wales
Charles III experiences a roller coaster of emotions
16-09-2022, 17:30 hrs
On his tour through the different parts of the country, King Charles III. reached its final stop in Wales. When he arrives, he is greeted with cheers. But the frost is not only received enthusiastically. There are also protests.
The new British King Charles III. and King’s Consort Camilla have arrived in the Welsh capital of Cardiff for a visit. The couple landed by helicopter near Cardiff Castle. The two then drove to Llandaff Cathedral, where a funeral service was held for Queen Elizabeth II. The royal chariot was greeted with cheers and applause from the waiting crowd.
The trip to Wales is the culmination of a tour of all parts of the country that the new king began after the death of his mother. Before becoming king, Charles bore the title Prince of Wales. Now his son William has taken over, whose wife Kate is now Princess of Wales.
While visiting the regional parliament, Charles III. his late mother’s special affection for the British part of the country. “During the years of her reign, Wales could not have been more precious to her,” he said in a speech to what is known as the Senedd Chamber. He spoke alternately between English and Welsh, a Celtic language still spoken in much of Wales.
Charles has long held the title of Prince of Wales, which he has now passed to his eldest son, William. His wife Kate is now Princess of Wales – as is William’s mother Diana. William also has strong ties to Wales during his time there, Charles said.
Just a “footnote”?
Also on the King’s agenda was a meeting with Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford and Speaker of Parliament Elin Jones at Cardiff Castle. As expected, there were also protests in the area. Opponents of the monarchy silently held up placards reading “Abolish the Monarchy,” “Citizens Instead of Subjects,” or “Democracy Now.”
Drakeford stepped up the protests ahead of Charles III’s visit. down. The demonstrations are just a “footnote to the prevailing sentiments of the day,” he told the BBC. This is not the week when such objections and debates “surface”.
At the same time, Drakeford emphasized, “People have a legitimate right to protest and there are different views.” He was convinced that the police would respect the right to demonstrate and behave appropriately. Several people have been arrested in London and the Scottish capital Edinburgh during protests at the funeral ceremonies for the Queen.
Asked about the new Prince of Wales, Prince William, Drakeford said he didn’t expect to learn Welsh like his father. “It’s not necessarily the language you can learn. Nobody expects a miracle.”
However, Drakeford said William will certainly recognize the importance of the Welsh language to many people and to national identity. The Welsh would appreciate any interest from the Prince.