Queen's Jubilee Sees Protesters Attempt To Disrupt Military Parade

Metropolitan Police stepped in to restrain a group of protesters who attempted to disrupt Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee Trooping the Colour parade on Thursday.

As members of the royal family including Kate Middleton, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Edward processed from Buckingham Palace to watch the Trooping the Colour parade, a short distance down The Mall, protesters scaled the crowd-controlling barriers and attempted to block the route.

The group which were holding signs reading "reclaim royal land" has been associated with the plant-based vegan movement called Animal Rebellion.

Shortly after the event, which saw the protesters swiftly removed by police as they stood in the path of a military band, the group posted to Twitter: "Animal Rebels disrupt the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations demanding that Royal Land is Reclaimed."

The group identifies itself as a "mass volunteer movement using non-violent civil disobedience to help transition to a plant based food system."

In statements listed on its website, the group's main issue with the royal family centers around their support for Britain's meat and dairy industries as well as "the crown's inaction on the climate emergency."

The protesters' signs urging to "reclaim royal land" are associated with the group's assertion, according to their website, that 76 percent of British farmland, of which thousands of acres are owned and managed by the Crown Estates, should be "rewilded" to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Beau King Houston, an activist working with the group, said: "The Royal family has had decades to lead the way on a just transition to plant-based farming and has failed to do so. This transition is common sense and simple, we all win. Seventy-six percent of currently farmed land could be rewilded and absorb carbon from the atmosphere. This would restore nature, spare billions of animals, and present a solution to the climate emergency, all in one act."

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Protestors from the group Animal Rebellion were restrained by Metropolitan Police officers after attempting to disrupt the queen's Platinum Jubilee Trooping the Colour parade. June 2, 2022. Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

These comments are followed by Robert Gordon, a spokesperson for Animal Rebellion, who said: "These jubilee celebrations are set to cost the taxpayer tens, if not hundreds of millions of pounds. All whilst we are struggling through the cost-of-living crisis and families across the country are increasingly reliant on foodbanks. Instead, this obscene amount of money could have been used to provide instant food security and kick start a plant-based future where no child is left hungry or terrified by climate collapse. We must reclaim royal land for this."

This is not the only animal rights protest to have taken aim at the queen's jubilee celebrations. Last week, protesters from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) stripped to flesh tone garments covered in blood and staged a sit in at London's Marble Arch. The group objects to the British army using bear skins to make the famous hats worn by the soldiers outside Buckingham Palace.

Despite the efforts of the Animal Rebellion activists, the jubilee procession continued to the Horse Guards Parade where Prince Charles received the royal salute from the troops on behalf of the queen, who instead took a special salute following the event from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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Queen Elizabeth II took a special salute from troops after Prince Chares deputized for her at the Trooping the Colour parade. June 2, 2022. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The Trooping the Colour event marked the first of the official central weekend celebrations marking the queen's Platinum Jubilee. A two day national holiday has been granted and the queen is the first monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee in British history.

Other events planned for the celebrations include a pop concert outside Buckingham Palace, a service of thanksgiving and a pageant along The Mall.

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Protestors from the plant based food movement "Animal Rebellion" attempted to disrupt the queen's jubilee Trooping the Colour parade. June 2, 2022. Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images/Chris Jackson/Getty Images