‘Anti-royal vandals’ behead knitted King Charles in crocheted display created by village monarchists

‘Anti-royal vandals’ behead knitted King Charles III in crocheted display created by village monarchists THREE TIMES in string of ‘targeted attacks’

  • The display had been put up in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire for the Coronation

‘Anti-royal’ vandals have beheaded a knitted King Charles III created by village monarchists three times in a string of targeted attacks.

The postbox topper of King Charles that sat beside a knitted Queen Camilla in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire was first decapitated days before the new monarch’s Coronation took place.

It was quickly repaired with a new head but it was removed once again on the same postbox and in a separate knitted coronation balcony scene.

One of the volunteers, who did not want to be named, told the BBC: ‘All three incidents were a clean cut, no tugging or pulling, so planned rather than mindless vandalism.

‘If you are anti-royal then please find a way to protest about that in your own way. Your actions here have just destroyed a talented craft person’s work. Find another way to make your point.’

‘Anti-royal’ vandals have decapitated three knitted versions of King Charles that were decorating Ruddington village in Nottinghamshire 

The knitted versions of King Charles and Queen Camilla had been placed on top of a postbox to celebrate the historic Coronation

The knitted versions of King Charles and Queen Camilla had been placed on top of a postbox to celebrate the historic Coronation 

Volunteers have been taking part in yarn-bombing all over the village throughout the year but the displays are not usually vandalised.

Alex Preston, who runs The Bottle Top store, said the destruction was ‘heartbreaking’

He said: ‘The ladies that do it, they try so hard to bring the community together, and it’s such a massive effort.

‘I think the royals in particular are a controversial subject so the only thing I can think of is it’s something like that.’

As Coronation fever took over the UK earlier this month knitted displays were put out up and down the country.

In Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, a life-size knitted King Charles was erected.

Before and after photos of the knitted Coronation balcony scene show the King's head being firmly attached before but missing afterwards

Before and after photos of the knitted Coronation balcony scene show the King’s head being firmly attached before but missing afterwards 

The 7ft statue was created out of more than 100 balls of wool. Sitting alongside the creation is a wheelbarrow, flowers and wellies, in a nod to the King’s love of gardening.

Anita Armitt, who created in the Yarn Bomber group in Holmes Chapel during the pandemic, told Cheshire Live at the time: ‘We decided to try to do something in the community to cheer it up, to put a smile on people’s faces as they walked past.

‘The King really likes the environment. We know that he likes environmental things and gardening and so let’s give him a garden.

‘It’s something for people to look at and enjoy even if they’re not particularly royalist’

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