PROTESTORS have gathered outside Worcester Cathedral waving yellow flags ahead of Queen Camilla's Maundy Thursday visit.

The Queen will visit the city to hand Maundy money to 75 men and 75 women - 40 from the Worcestershire and Dudley diocese.

But while many people are gathering to celebrate the occasion - a vocal protest group has also joined the crowds.

Waving bright yellow Abolish the Monarchy flags and using a megaphone to make sure their message is heard loud and clear.

The group was heard shouting: "Down with the Crown."

Protest organiser Graham Smith said: “We said we will be protesting wherever the senior royals show up.

“It is about the monarchy not about the individuals.

“It doesn’t matter which royal it is.

“It’s the same message - the monarchy needs to go.

Worcester News: FLAGS: Abolish the Monarchy are outside Worcester Cathedral ahead of Queen Camilla's visitFLAGS: Abolish the Monarchy are outside Worcester Cathedral ahead of Queen Camilla's visit (Image: Newsquest)

“The monarchy is politics so there is always a time and a place to do this.

“We are not here to stop them enjoying their day - I hope they do.

“But we have freedom of speech.”


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However, Royalists had attempted to drown out the group's chants by singing God Save the King and cheering for the Queen's arrival.

Some had even started to boo the antimonarchist group.

The group had dispersed by the time Queen Camilla had come outside to greet the crowd.

The Queen is attending the service on behalf of his Majesty The King who, while absent, has recorded a personal Easter message to be broadcast at the cathedral.

He has stepped back from public-facing duties after his cancer diagnosis.

The Maundy service, which will be held in the morning, has resulted in a number of road closures being enforced.