My dial-up connection's being a pain in the pen ôl
, so I'll try and keep this short.
I've just returned from Cardiff Bay after yelling and booing my head off at the English Queen and any Dic Siôn Dafydd (Urdd, Dafydd El, Rhodri Morgan...) in sight. The atmosphere at the opening of the Welsh Assembly was amazing, the media will have one hell of a job editing us out as the noise was deafening. There were protestore from Cymdeithas yr Iaith, Welsh Republicans, British Republicans, former ASW workers, Socialists, Anarchists and many others. I bet we won't see a member of the English royal family in Wales for a long time following this morning, da iawn
I'm off to the St David's Parade
in town now and I'm going to watch Wales play footie this evening. Happy St David's day everyone.St David's Day Parade
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It appears that the only place on the web where the protesters are mentioned is on The Royalist
, a pro-monarchy website [WARNING! - some of the content will disturb you]. It mentions the booing and how the TV cameras/mics don't give the true picture of what happened:
Although TV coverage didn't linger long on the protestors, many of whom were holding placards in the air, the BBC did undertake an interview with a Welsh MP who was refusing to go inside the new debating chamber whilst the Queen was inside, this being due to her strong Nationalist, anti-monarchist entiments.
In light of this very public protest from a Member of the Welsh Parliament, it is therefore possible (and perhaps likely) that a majority if not all of the boos were a result of political rather than personal feelings towards the royals.
The subject of Welsh Nationalism (the campaign which calls for 'home rule' for Wales, therefore breaking all ties with England and, in turn, the Queen and family) and the role of the British monarchy in the Principality has been a source of contention for many years.
This isn't the first royal visit to Wales to have resulted in some unwelcome opposition, although at least in this instance they were peaceful protests [her visit to Aberystwyth in 1996 had to be cut short due to protests].
Unsurprisingly, as the majority of monarchy-worshipers are obviously weak of mind, some have left comments saying they're sure people were booing Camila - what nutters!