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Campaigners plan protest against Crown Estates to mark King’s birthday

12 Jun 2023 4 minute read
King’s picture by Victoria Jones / PA Wire.

Campaigners from the newly formed group Cymru Republic will mark the birthday of King Charles with a protest against the Crown Estates.

The group, which organised demonstrations against the King’s visit to Cardiff last September and during the Coronation last month, will  hold an event next Saturday (17 June) to symbolically take back the land of the Crown Estates.

The Crown Estate is an independent company which belongs to the monarch for the duration of their reign, though the revenue from its £16 billion property portfolio flows directly to the Treasury.

The Sovereign Grant, which pays for the King’s official duties as head of state, is currently set at 25% of the Crown Estate’s annual profits, including a 10% uplift to pay for the refurbishment of Buckingham Palace.

The estate’s holdings were devolved to Scotland in 2016, and its revenue now goes to the Scottish Government.

Fairer future

Ben Gwalchmai from the group said: “Both our First Minister and the Climate Change Minister want the devolution of the Crown Estate to the Welsh Government.

“In January 2023, the First Minister confirmed that it is Welsh Government policy. This protest and every protest on royal land is therefore in support of not just everyone in Wales who wants a fairer future but in support of the policy of the Welsh Government.

“In fact, there is consensus across mainstream politics in Wales, except the Tories, calling for the Crown Estate to be devolved, and a recent YouGov poll suggests that 75% of Welsh people want it to be devolved.”

Adam Johannes added: “The Crown Estate is a vast portfolio of land and property owned by the Monarch and run by unelected and unaccountable commissioners. It is worth billions and includes everything from farms and forests to shopping centres and office blocks, to riverbeds and seas.

“It is a vast empire that stretches across the length and breadth of the UK, and yet we, as Welsh citizens, have no say in how it is managed or how the profits are distributed.

“We must have the right to manage our own resources and decide how they are used for the benefit of our people. It is time for us to take control of this vast empire, and use it to build a  better future for ourselves and our children.

“This is not about Nationalism or separatism; it is about democracy and fairness. It is about empowering communities and giving them a genuine say in the decisions that affect their lives”

Bute Park

The action in Cardiff will take place at 3pm in Bute Park, with participants being encouraged to meet at the Stone Circle.

The group is also encouraging people in different parts of Wales to take part, sharing an online resource of where people can find Crown Estate land.

Former MS Bethan Sayed said: ‘It is an outrage that the Crown Estate, which also includes some of the most valuable real estate in the country, is controlled from London and used to generate revenue for the UK Treasury and Monarchy, with little regard for the needs of the communities where it is located.

“The Crown Estate owns significant chunks of the Welsh coastline, yet the decisions about how to manage and develop these areas are made by people in another country who have no connection to the people or the land.

That is why we are calling for the Crown Estate to be taken into democratic public ownership. We could choose to use the land for creating new green jobs or investing in renewable energy.

“Taking this action on the birthday of the King is symbolic- we are saying no more- give us back our land. We hope people from across Wales will take part where Crown Estate land exists nearby- because it most certainly will stretch the length of Wales unfortunately.”

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Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
9 months ago

Its a good ida to protest on ‘Big Ears’ birthday and the Crown Estates is a good issue to persue. However, I cannot see the connection between Bute Park and Crown Estates or Big Ears. Am I missing something?

Susan Todd
Susan Todd
9 months ago
Reply to  Peter Cuthbert

How would you like people to demonstrate against you on your birthday? It’s extremely unpleasant.

9 months ago
Reply to  Susan Todd

How would you like someone to use your land for their benefit and not yours, on your birthday or any other day? It’s extremely unpleasant.

Malcolm Jones
Malcolm Jones
9 months ago

Where were the Welsh MPs when the crown estates in Scotland were given to the Scottish people fast asleep with they’re lips sealed

9 months ago

The CE doesn’t *belong* to the monarch at all. It belongs to the ‘Crown’, that is the state, or you and I. The monarch has no title in it, he can’t buy and sell it, though he insists on behaving as if it were his. It’s not a nationalist issue, it’s about taking the land away from the grasp of an entitled family of billionaires who have never bought it or earned it, and giving it to the people it rightfully belongs to.

Andy Williams
9 months ago

I thought this was union of 4 equal nations, how twp am I, for thinking such tripe.

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