Coronation postbox vandalised with republican stickers, graffiti and eggs

A postbox decorated in celebration of the King’s coronation has been covered with pro-republican stickers, graffiti and eggs.

The Royal Mail box in Cardiff city centre was targeted earlier this week, hours after it was unveiled, although stickers placed on it were swiftly removed.

The box was one of four across the UK to be repainted ahead of the King’s crowning.

Welsh independence and pro-republican stickers adorn the box which was decorated with Union flag colours,
Welsh independence and pro-republican stickers on the postbox (Bronwen Weatherby/PA)

The pub is named after the Welsh hero who led a 15-year revolt against English rule in the late Middle Ages. Glyndwr is often referred to as “the last Prince of Wales” and is seen as a symbol of Welsh nationalism.

Welsh independence stickers, including from campaign group Yes Cymru, and graffiti reading “Cymru” were on the box on Saturday morning.

Other stickers reading “Ble mae’r Gymraeg?” – meaning “Where’s the Welsh?” – are from Cymdeithas Yr Iaeth Gymraeg (the Welsh Language Society) which is a direct action pressure group founded in the 1960s.

Broken eggs appear at the base of the box located on St Johns Street in the city centre.
Broken eggs at the base of the box (Bronwen Weatherby/PA)

A number of eggs were thrown at the box, with shells and yolks left surrounding its base.

The box is a short distance from Cardiff Castle where a public screening of the coronation ceremony and a military gun salute is taking place to mark the occasion.

A “Not My King” protest held by Cymru Republic will take place in the Welsh capital from 12.30pm followed by a Big Republican Lunch in Bute Park.

It will coincide with similar anti-monarchy protests expected to take place across the UK during the coronation.

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