Republic, the British republican group advocating the replacement of the UK’s monarchy with an elected head of state, is not going to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, of course. Moreover, they are organising a major protest against the monarchy.

The protest will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, 3 June, during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant. When a flotilla of up to a thousand boats, headed by the Queen and senior politicians, will travel along the Thames from Putney to Tower Bridge, the protest will greet them in central London. Additional demonstrations will be held outside the BBC jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on 4 June and outside the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on 5 June.

Republic spokesperson Graham Smith said: “The Pageant goes to the heart of what’s wrong with the monarchy. It’s an enforced celebration of hereditary power, and all the problems that spring from it. We’re going to make sure that on the Jubilee weekend, the republican movement will be impossible to ignore. This will be the biggest and boldest anti-monarchy protest in modern times.”

It seems that, with both Jubilee and anti-Jubilee events, the first weekend of June will be quite a busy one for the UK!