Anti-monarchist who threw eggs at King Charles will protest Coronation
Protester who was fined for throwing eggs at Charles says he will be attending a Not My King protest in Trafalgar Square on the morning of the Coronation
- Patrick Thelwell was found guilty of a Section 4 public order offence last month
- He will be in Trafalgar Square to protest the King’s coronation on Saturday
- Thelwell asked others to join the protest but said ‘definitely don’t bring any eggs’
The protester who was fined for throwing eggs at King Charles III will be attending a Not My King protest on the day of the Coronation.
Patrick Thelwell, 23, was found guilty of a Section 4 public order offence last month after he threw eggs at the King and Queen Consort Camilla during their visit to York last November.
The self-styled anarchist shouted ‘King Charles is a paedophile’ and ‘friends with Jimmy Savile’ after his attack on the monarch. He was sentenced to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £600 and a £114 surcharge.
Now, just days ahead of the Coronation, Thelwell has revealed he will be joining the Republic-led protest along The Mall on Saturday to ‘tell Charles that he is not only Not My King, but that he is Not Our King’.
The anti-monarchist is also encouraging others to join the demonstration and advised they bring protest signs and wear yellow clothing, but warned ‘definitely don’t bring any eggs’.
Patrick Thelwell (pictured) – the protester who was fined for throwing eggs at King Charles III – will be attending a Not My King protest on the day of the Coronation
Patrick Thelwell, 23, (pictured) was found guilty of a Section 4 public order offence last month after he threw eggs at the King and Queen Consort during their visit to York last November
Thelwell posted a video to TikTok last week in attempt to rally protesters to join the anti-monarchist demonstrations taking place in Trafalgar Square on Coronation day.
He told his followers that Republic – a group which has openly called for the abolition of the monarchy and to replace it with an elected head of state – has invited demonstrators to meet at 8am, despite the fact that the procession route will not passing through the area until 11am.
‘It’s advised that you get there early because the place is going to be absolutely heaving with the kind of rabid monarchists who queued for eight days straight so that they could look at the Queen’s corpse in a box,’ Thelwell said.
‘Bring signs that say “Not My King”. Republic wear a lot of yellow, so look out for people in yellow.’
He added, before making a side-eye expression: ‘Definitely don’t bring any eggs.’
Thelwell, shaking his head, also suggested protesters bring ‘snacks, water, not eggs’. He also said protesters should ‘bring all your friends’.
Footage caught the moment the eggs flew past King Charles as he was greeted by city leaders in the centre of York last year
The self-styled anarchist shouted ‘King Charles is a paedophile’ and ‘friends with Jimmy Savile’ after his attack on the monarch. He was sentenced to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £600 and a £114 surcharge. The eggs used in the attack are pictured
Thelwell, who is a former Green party candidate, threw ‘at least five eggs’ and shouted abuse at King Charles last November. He was arrested by police in the crowd (pictured) as bystanders rushed to protect the monarch and his wife during their visit to York
Thelwell, who is a former Green party candidate, threw ‘at least five eggs’ and shouted abuse at King Charles last November.
He was arrested by police in the crowd as bystanders rushed to protect the monarch and his wife during their visit to York.
The former gardener and University of York student, who represented himself at his trial, pleaded not guilty to a Section 4 public order offence but insisted he was acting ‘out of necessity’ in his use of ‘low-level violence’ in the face of ‘the violence carried out by the British state’.
But Senior District Judge Paul Goldspring last month found him guilty of the offence. The judge said the incident was a ‘gratuitous and pernicious act’ and an ‘unprovoked and pre-planned use of violence against what is after all a 74-year-old man’.
The self-styled anarchist was sentenced to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in 12 months. He was ordered to pay costs of £600 and a £114 surcharge.
Thelwell was also in breach of a conditional discharge imposed on him in May 2021 from a court in Liverpool for obstruction of the highway.
He took part in a protest outside the News International printing works on Merseyside in September 2020, demonstrating against the company’s newspaper coverage of climate change. During the incident he glued himself to a van blocking the road.
He also has a previous conviction from 2019 relating to failing to comply with an order concerning an Extinction Rebellion street protest in London.
Thelwell posted a video to TikTok last week in attempt to rally protesters to join the anti-monarchist demonstrations taking place in Trafalgar Square on Coronation day
Republic has produced this publicity image to encourage people to join its protest on May 6
Protesters from Republic hold up signs saying Not My King outside Westminster Abbey on March 13
The District Judge rejected Thelwell’s argument that the court had no legitimacy and in relation to his protest about the monarchy he stressed the King had an ‘entirely symbolic role’ in the justice system.
Addressing the court, Thelwell spoke about the ‘obscenity of the monarch flaunting their wealth and power in the city of York’. He said ‘millions of people’ agreed that ‘my actions were just, moral and necessary’.
He claimed the British state was committing ‘tyrannical state violence’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ through its economic and climate policy.
He also criticised the Government’s policy to deal with illegal immigration, claiming the UK was ‘creating concentration camps’ at home and in Rwanda.
Questioned by the District Judge, he admitted throwing the five eggs at the King and accusing him of being a ‘paedophile’. He also admitted committing ‘low-level violence’.
Outside court Thelwell said he was relieved not to be jailed and refused to apologise to King Charles.
The republican group claims to have the support of more than 80,000 people
Meet three of the team involved in Republic
GRAHAM SMITH, chief executive
Graham Smith, 48, is possibly the most well-known republican in Britain, and he has campaigned against the monarchy for 20 years. His group, Republic, was set up in 1983 but has gained momentum and supporters in recent years after being formally set up as a limited company in 2006. He recently labelled King Charles as ‘just a bloke in a suit who’s spending lots of our money’ but admitted heckling the Queen ‘wouldn’t have gone down well’. The Daily Beast once described Mr Smith as ‘the most successful British republican since Oliver Cromwell’.
GULLY BUJAK, protest organiser
Gully Bujak is an experienced climate change protest organiser who has been convicted of criminal acts during Extinction Rebellion eco protests. She is also a privately-educated model and actress and former junior head girl at Stover School in Devon – where her father used to be headmaster.
Ben Clinton is campaign co-ordinator for ‘Labour for a Republic’, a republican pressure group within the Labour Party. He has previously written for the Morning Star and is a councillor on the parish council in Peasmarsh, East Sussex. He also spoke in favour of proportional representation at the Labour Party conference in 2021.
Thelwell will continue to voice his opposition of the monarchy on Saturday when he joins the Republic-led protest near the King Charles I statue in the middle of the Trafalgar Square roundabout.
The group has called on thousands to don yellow T-shirts and wave placards reading ‘Not My King’ at a gathering in Trafalgar Square from 6am, before moving to the procession route between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey later that morning.
Republic’s website states: ‘On Saturday 6th May the eyes of the world will be on the Coronation. This is the moment we make our objection loud, visible and impossible to ignore.
‘Pledge to add your voice to the call for a republic.’
Potential anti-monarchist demonstrators are instructed to create a ‘sea of yellow’ with £14.99 branded T-shirts and placards reading ‘Not My King’. A yellow unisex hoodie is available for £41.99.
Republic is led by Graham Smith, an activist who has accused the BBC of breaching impartiality in its coverage of the Royal Family.
Speaking last month, Mr Smith said that Charles should be criticised like any other politician.
But in an attempt to explain why the group was organising more protests against the King than his late mother, he admitted: ‘The Queen enjoyed deference and it put people off criticising her directly. We were aware heckling her wouldn’t go down well.’
Mr Smith previously told MailOnline: ‘Charles is a very different person. He just inherited the throne and inheritance is an issue.
‘We think now is the right moment for us to push our message. We did protest the Queen, such as at the 2012 [Diamond] Jubilee.
‘Other people certainly had a greater level of respect for the Queen. The Queen enjoyed deference and it put people off criticising her directly. We were aware heckling her wouldn’t go down well.
‘But everything has changed, it’s a very different monarchy. This has changed the nature of the campaign.’
The group believe hereditary public office goes against every democratic principle and ultimately want to abolish the monarchy.
Instead, they want a head of state that is chosen by the public and keeps politicians in check.
Mr Smith continued: ‘If you think politicians are fair game for heckling and protests, you should see Charles in the same way. The Queen felt like the real deal. Charles is just a bloke in a suit who’s spending lots of our money.
‘He should be treated like a politician. Heads of state should be fair game for criticism.’
Protests against the Coronation are being planned across the UK. No More Royals – the campaign group that posed kissing on the King’s bed at Windsor – are having a ‘plant-based’ picnic in London’s Peckham Rye Park & Common on Saturday to avoid the ‘flag-s******s’.
Charlie, a member of the group’s Oxford branch, confirmed the organisation will also be assembling while the coronation is taking place. There will be speeches, music, food and activities protesting the monarchy. They will also be fundraising for a local homelessness charity.
No More Royals – the campaign group that posed kissing on the King’s bed at Windsor – are having a ‘plant-based’ picnic in London’s Peckham Rye Park & Common on Saturday
Group members say they ‘fundamentally reject the idea that anyone deserves more power or privilege than anyone else because of the family they are born into’
‘Fundamentally, we reject the idea that anyone deserves more power or privilege than anyone else because of the family they are born into,’ Charlie, 20, told Dazed Digital on Friday.
‘The royals live in opulence and spend their money on paying the legal fees of paedophile princes, while ordinary people in Britain and its ransacked former colonies live impoverished lives, with many not even having enough to eat.’
In Cardiff, the Not My King protest, organised by Campaign for a Welsh Republic, plans to meet at the Aneurin Bevan statue at 12.30pm, to march to Bute Park. The demonstration will be followed by what the group describes as a ‘BIG REPUBLICAN LUNCH’.
In Scotland, a march for independence is planned to run concurrently with the Coronation in Glasgow.
A simultaneous protest will be held in Edinburgh at the National Monument of Scotland, with more than 250 people already saying they are interested in going.
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