It is an image that we did not expect. On September 8, the death of Elizabeth II was announced by Buckingham Palace in a press release. It was his son, King Charles III, who took over and who is therefore the new King of England. This Monday, October 24, his wax statue, as well as that of his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, were targeted by environmental activists in London, at Madame Tussauds. As reported by The Sun, Eilidh McFadden and Tom Johnson, 20 and 29 respectively, “purchased tickets and ran through the rope barrier shortly after 10:30 a.m.,” it read. Both wore ‘Just Stop Oil’ t-shirts and were described as ‘eco-warriors’ by the tabloid. They threw desserts in the faces of the king and his wife before take a break alongside two statues. On the video, broadcast by the media, witnesses who attended the scene were very shocked and immediately asked them to stop. This quickly went around social networks and Internet users were more outraged than each other.
The action of Eilidh McFadden and Tom Johnson was explained by the organization Just Stop Oil on its Twitter account. The images have been shared and clarifications have been provided. “The science is clear, the request is simple: stop new fuels and gases. This is the piece of the cake”, we could read first. Subsequently, it was indicated that this initiative comes “a few weeks before COP 27, which King Charles III would have given up attending and giving a speech, on the advice of the former Prime Minister at the time, Liz Truss”. A decision that seems to have bothered them a lot and they wanted to make it known by attacking their statues directly. Again, this message immediately reacted to a user who recalled the commitments of Charles III over the years. “He is a well-known long-time environmentalist, a global influencer and a major figure in the campaign to stop fossil fuels,” he said before adding, “Your actions are senseless and alienate a lot of real proponents of global change on fossil fuels and weaken the argument – try reading his book Harmony”. That has the merit of being clear.
BREAKING: JUST STOP OIL CAKES THE KING Two supporters of Just Stop Oil have covered a Madame Tussauds waxwork model of King Charles III with chocolate cake, demanding that the Government halts all new oil and gas licenses and consents.#FreeLouis #FreeJosh #A22Network pic .twitter.com/p0DJ8v3XVB
— Just Stop Oil ⚖️ (@JustStop_Oil) October 24, 2022
Charles III: when will he be crowned?
King Charles III has no intention of letting this action taint his reign. He did not wish to react and prefers to focus on his coronation which will take place on May 6, 2023. This is an important date for the United Kingdom but also the fourth birthday of Archie, the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In a press release, Buckingham Palace had provided some details. “The coronation will reflect the role of the monarchy today and look to the future, while being rooted in historical tradition and pageantry,” it read first. Moreover, it should be “shorter, smaller and less expensive.” In 1953, that of Elizabeth II had cost 1.57 million pounds, the equivalent in 2022 of 46 million pounds. A unanimous choice.
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