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Police Give The Go Ahead For 'Peaceful' Royal Wedding Protests

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Thousands of well-wishers are predicted to arrive in Windsor on May 19th to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they embark on a carriage ride around the town centre after tying the knot in St. George’s Chapel.

However, not everyone gathered on the day will feel quite as warmly towards the royal newly-weds, as republican protestors have now received a green light from the police to carry out peaceful demonstrations against the monarchy.

Confirmation from the police came after Graham Smith, CEO of anti-monarchy group Republic, wrote to the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police to seek reassurance that the police will not move protestors on the day.

‘The monarchy is a contested institution and, while this is a private wedding, all major royal events such as this are used as PR for the monarchy,’ he wrote, adding that ‘it is therefore vital that the usual procedures and policies for allowing and facilitating peaceful protest remain in place.’

He went on to ask for reassurance that ‘anyone found carrying a placard or banner or appearing to be heading to the site of the wedding to protest will not be arrested or obstructed, unless there is a genuine risk to public safety.’

‘Can you confirm that the right to peaceful protest will continue in Windsor on the day of the wedding, including within the secure area and near the route of the royal procession?’ he continued, stating that ‘any attempt by the police to disrupt protest in order to serve the interests of the royal household would be wholly inappropriate.’

In a statement, the police confirmed: ‘We will be working closely with our partners to deliver a safe, secure and happy event for all. Everyone has a right to express their views peacefully, however anyone looking to disrupt the event will be dealt with in a robust yet proportionate manner.’

At the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011, the Met Police invoked stop and search powers to disperse and arrest groups of anti-monarchist protestors, who later took the case to the Supreme Court, arguing that their human rights had been unlawfully breached.

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