The Royals heckled as they encounter chants of, “Down with Monarchy”
History of British Monarchy
The British monarchy has a long and complex history that spans over a thousand years. Here is a brief overview of some of the key events and figures in the history of the British monarchy:
Anglo-Saxon period (5th century – 1066): Before the Norman Conquest in 1066, the monarchs of England were Anglo-Saxon kings, including Alfred the Great, who is credited with creating the first unified English state.
Norman period (1066-1154): In 1066, William the Conqueror, a Norman Duke, invaded England and became king. The Normans introduced the feudal system, which was a hierarchical social structure where the king granted land to lords in exchange for loyalty and military service.
Plantagenet period (1154-1485): The Plantagenet dynasty began with Henry II and ended with Richard III. This period saw the establishment of the common law legal system, the Hundred Years’ War with France, and the Wars of the Roses.
Tudor period (1485-1603): The Tudors began with Henry VII and ended with Elizabeth I. This period saw the English Reformation and the establishment of the Church of England, the reigns of Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I, and the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
Stuart period (1603-1714): The Stuarts began with James I and ended with Queen Anne. This period saw the English Civil War, the execution of King Charles I, the restoration of the monarchy with Charles II, the Glorious Revolution, and the Act of Settlement, which ensured that the throne would pass to Protestant heirs.
Hanoverian period (1714-1901): The Hanoverians began with George I and ended with Queen Victoria. This period saw the rise of the British Empire, the Industrial Revolution, and the expansion of the powers of Parliament.
Windsor period (since 1917): The current British monarchy is known as the House of Windsor, which began with George V. The Windsor period is the current age of the British monarchy and began in 1917 when King George V changed the name of the royal house from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Windsor, in response to anti-German sentiment during World War I. The House of Windsor has been in power for over a century and has seen significant historical events, including the end of World War I, World War II, the decolonization of the British Empire, the Cold War, and the modernization of British society. Queen Elizabeth II, had reigned since 1952 and was the longest-reigning monarch in British history. After her, Prince Charles has been awarded the title of King.
Why is there dissatisfaction with Monarchy?
Cost: Some people believe that the monarchy is an unnecessary expense for British taxpayers. The Royal Family receives an annual grant from the government, and some argue that this money could be better spent on other public services.
Privilege: The Royal Family is seen by some as a symbol of privilege and elitism, and some people find it difficult to reconcile the idea of inherited privilege with modern values of equality and meritocracy.
Lack of accountability: The monarchy is not an elected institution, and some people believe that this lack of accountability makes it undemocratic. Some argue that the monarchy should be abolished in favor of a republic where the head of state is elected by the people.
Scandals: The Royal Family has been involved in various scandals over the years, from Prince Andrew’s association with Jeffrey Epstein to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s allegations of racism within the institution. These scandals have damaged the reputation of the monarchy and led some people to question its relevance and value.
According to a video of the event that was shared on TikTok, protesters heckled Prince William outside Westminster Abbey during a liturgy honoring the Commonwealth. The incident happened when King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, alongside Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, attended the annual Commonwealth Day service. In a widely shared video, Prince William and Kate Middleton can be seen getting out of a car while groups of anti-monarchy demonstrators carry posters reading “Not My King” in front of Westminster Abbey,according to the story.
“Down with the monarchy, William”! chanted the demonstrators.
But, Prince William and his wife ignored the demonstrators as they entered Westminster Abbey. According to the opposition group’s website, Republic is a grassroots effort that seeks to have the monarchy abolished and the King replaced with an elected, democratic head of state. Republic organized the anti-monarchy march.