Millions across the country and around the world will watch Charles III being crowned as King on Saturday morning, but there are also plenty who would rather escape the coronation. So what can you do if you want to avoid the pageantry and ceremonial, the marching bands and the cheering crowds?
Unfortunately the weather forecast for Saturday is not so good – cloudy and wet – so a day out in the countryside to get away from it all might not be the easy and enjoyable alternative that you’d hoped for. "A series of storms will bring unsettled weather across the United Kingdom through the upcoming coronation weekend," AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tony Zartman said. But there are other things you can do.
1. Join a republican rally on Calton Hill
No doubt if the crowds in central London can put up with a bit of rain, bad weather is not going to deter republicans gathering at Edinburgh’s Calton Hill to share their vision of a different system.
The Our Republic rally at 3pm will hear from Edinburgh East SNP MP Tommy Sheppard, Green MSPs Maggie Chapman and Lorna Slater and independent Edinburgh councillor Ross McKenzie, as well as speakers from Ungagged, the Radical Independence Campaign and the Scottish Socialist Youth.
Our Republic have been collecting signatures for a declaration calling for an independent Scottish republic. And they describe the coronation as a £250 million special day for Charles “to show off his gold-trimmed pomp and extravagance to a public struggling with a cost of living crisis – at their expense”. Photo: Ian Georgeson
2. Take part in the May Day march
The Edinburgh and Lothians May Day march takes place on Saturday, assembling at Johnston Terrace at 11.30am and moving off at midday.The marchers will arrive at the Pleasance around 12.30pm, where there will be stalls and, at 1pm, a rally upstairs in the Pleasance Theatre. And in the evening the action switched to the Leith Dockers Club in Academy Street where there will be music from Calum Baird and others from 7pm, organised by the Unison Lothian Health branch. Photo: Richie Veitch
3. March in favour of independence
If you want to travel further afield for a demonstration, you could travel through to Glasgow and join All Under One Banner independence march. It starts from Kelvingrove Park at 11.30am and is expected to draw a large crowd for the march through the city to Glasgow Green with Saltires and Lion Rampants.
Confirmed speakers include SNP MSPs Kate Forbes and Ash Regan, former first minister Alex Salmond, Robin McAlpine from Common Weal, and Jim Cassidy from Trade Unions for Independence. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell
4. Go to Edinburgh Comic Con
Away from politics, this weekend sees the Edinburgh Comic Con at the St James Quarter on both Saturday and Sunday. It’s free – no tickets required – and takes place in the massive third-floor car park B3 car park from 10am to 5pm, with a variety of traders, artists, toys and crafts on hand, as well as a cosplay contest, meet and greets with heroes and villains, movie and TV props, games arcades workshops and events. Photo: Lisa Ferguson