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How COULD this happen? Eco-zealots hijack the dining table at the King’s residence in Edinburgh and force the palace’s closure in worrying breach of security


  • Activists claimed their demonstration was to call for a cut in baby formula prices 

Protestors claimed they forced the closure of King Charles’s official residence in Edinburgh yesterday, in a worrying breach of security.

Nine activists occupied the dining room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse at about 1.15pm. 

They said their actions meant an entire wing of the royal household had to be temporarily closed to the public.

The activists, from eco warrior group This Is Rigged, crossed a security barrier and sat down at the table, before eating food out of plastic containers and drinking tea from flasks.

They claimed their demonstration was to call for a cut in baby formula prices and the setting up of community food hubs.

Activists from This Is Rigged were untroubled by security as they sat down in the Holyroodhouse dining room

Activists from This Is Rigged were untroubled by security as they sat down in the Holyroodhouse dining room

Nine activists occupied the dining room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse at about 1.15pm

Nine activists occupied the dining room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse at about 1.15pm

Conservative MSP for the Lothian region Sue Webber said: ‘I am concerned at the potential security ramifications, particularly at such an iconic building.’ 

Social media account Royal News Network wrote: ‘Security is apparently lax in the Palace of Holyroodhouse if protesters… were able to get in and squat in the dining room.’

Another irate member of the public wrote: ‘Pathetic security. Pick them up, throw them out, and charge them with something.’

The incident comes two years after the Palace of Holyroodhouse advertised for a security guard.

The main duty of the successful applicant was to patrol the grounds, monitor visitor access and maintain a ‘safe and secure environment throughout the Palace’.

Protesters were campaigning about the price of baby formula when they targeted King Charles's residence at the bottom of the Royal Mile (file image)

Protesters were campaigning about the price of baby formula when they targeted King Charles’s residence at the bottom of the Royal Mile (file image)

Holyroodhouse is King Charles's official residence in Scotland (file image)

Holyroodhouse is King Charles’s official residence in Scotland (file image)

The guard was also expected to respond to and report any incidents.

Meanwhile, one of the protesters said yesterday: ‘I’m taking action because I’m really worried about the future.

‘As the many crises that we are facing are continuing to worsen, it becomes more apparent that those with power are not coming to help, that profit once again reigns higher than people.’

Police Scotland said officers attended but the protesters had already left.

The force said no damage was reported but ‘inquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances’.



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