The Loyal Shankill

Here are a few images from the Shankill in the days following the coronation of King Charles III. For the mural in the second image, see C Coy Street.

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Dieu Et Mon Droit

That is, king or queen “by the grace of God” or divine right. The first UK monarch to use the phrase was Henry V in the early 1400s and it has been used as a royal motto since then, up to and including the present-day monarchs shown on this board in the Caw, Londonderry.

On the left, the past – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; in the centre, the present – His Majesty King Charles III; on the right, the future – William Prince Of Wales, Baron Of [sic] Carrickfergus.

The Welsh dragon is included alongside the three flags/crests that make up the Union Flag – St George’s Cross for England, St Andrew’s Saltire for Scotland, and St Patrick’s Saltire for Ireland.

For the same trio in Newtownabbey, see Past, Present, Future.

Replaces the William MacFadzean board.

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Our Most Gracious Sovereign

“In loving memory of our most gracious sovereign – Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022. God save the Queen.” The platinum (70th) jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, celebrated in June, 2022, was followed a short time later by her death, on September 8th. These two boards in Maldon Street, mark the two events.

Replaces a Ruby Murray board and the info board that went with the John Darren Sutton painting of King Billy in Tavanagh St.

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The Passing Of Queen Elizabeth II

A traffic cone provides a makeshift flower holder in front of this board Clara Street board: “Grove Community Group [Baptist Church (web | Fb)] mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022″. Charter NI has images from last September of more bouquets and a piper at the board (tw).

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Strike Back

Here are two more responses to the coronation of King Charles last weekend: (above and last) a Lasair Dhearg (web) tarp in north Belfast reading “Fuck King Charles”; immediately below, an Éistigí (web) sheet/flag reading “Ní Mo Rí [Ní hé mo rí é/[he is] not my king]. Not our king.” in Strand Road, Derry.

Compare previously: England’s Bloody Empire and Not Our King with May The King Live Forever and The Settlement Of The True Protestant Religion.

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The Settlement Of The True Protestant Religion

“God save the King.” When Charles acceded to the monarchy last September upon the death of Elizabeth II, he also became head of the Church Of England. Among the first oaths he took as king was one to preserve the Church Of Scotland, which is Presbyerian rather than Anglican. There does not appear to be any oath relating specifically to any denomination in Ireland, and so the Shankill mural above borrows from the Church Of Scotland oath. It stops short of the references to Scotland:

“I, Charles the Third, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of my other Realms and Territories, King, Defender of the Faith, do faithfully promise and swear that I should inviolably maintain and preserve the Settlement of the true Protestant religion …” [… as established by the Laws made in Scotland in prosecution of the Claim of Right and particularly by an Act intituled “An Act for securing the Protestant Religion and Presbyterian Church Government” and by the Acts passed in the Parliament of both Kingdoms for Union of the two Kingdoms, together with the Government, Worship, Discipline, Rights and Privileges of the Church of Scotland.] (Royal UK)

For more on the UK monarch’s roles as head of the various churches, see Gentle Reformation and Constitution Unit.

At yesterday’s coronation, Charles swore an oath similar to the above, but referring to the Church Of England, and swore that he was a faithful Protestant (Country Life).

See previously: May The King Live Forever.

“King’s corner” because across the Shankill from the QEII mural in Crimea Street. Also in imitation of Conor’s Corner.

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England’s Bloody Empire

“India, Jamaica, Palestine, Aden, Malaysia, Kenya, Derry, Ballymurphy, Shankill, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq … England’s bloody empire.”

A new UK monarch, Charles III, formerly the Prince Of Wales, will be crowned today (see May The King Live Forever). Charles has been colonel-in-chief of the Parachute Regiment since 1977 (BBC). He is shown above with General Mike Jackson – see From The Top Down | Jail Jackson.

The list of areas listed above as sites of British Army atrocities includes the (Protestant) Shankill in Belfast where, on the same night of September 1972, two local men – Richie McKinney and Robert Johnston – were shot and killed by the parachute regiment (Eamon McCann | Irish News | AP video of the public protests and UDA statement on the killings).

The killings resurfaced recently when flyers in support of the regiment’s “Soldier F” – accused in connection with Bloody Sunday in Derry in January that same year – that had been posted on the Shankill were torn down – see Stop The Witch Hunt.

In the middle image: an “anti-monarchy rally” organised by the 1916 Societies (Fb) takes place at noon in Lifford. “We serve neither king nor kaiser but Ireland.

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May The King Live Forever

“Ballykeel 1 celebrates the coronation of King Charles III.” The United Kingdom crowns a new monarch today, May 6th, 2023, in the form of Charles III; he acceded to the throne on September 8th, 2022, upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II (see The People’s Queen Is Dead | Now Is The Time To Kneel | Loyal Servants). The ceremony will include a pledge of allegiance that those in attendance and those watching may (voluntarily) make (BBC). The leaders of Australia and New Zealand are among those expected to make the pledge (Reuters); Michelle O’Neill and Alex Maskey of Sinn Féin will be in attendance (BBC).

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Conflict To Peace

Memorial boards to Queen Elizabethe have been added to the ‘our community transformation’ board and community garden in Old Warren.

An image of the old “You are now entering loyalist Old Warren” display that is shown in the ‘before’ side of the board above is included below. On the ‘after’ side are the youth centre, the new houses at the top of Drumbeg Drive, and the Lagan View enterprise centre. For a brief history of the area, see Through Your Eyes.

The previous board on this wall – a UDA B Company board – can be seen in C02674 and its predecessor in M05916.

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Past, Present, Future

Four generations of UK royalty: the previous Queen Elizabeth II, the current King Charles III, the heir apparent William, baron Carrickfergus – here written as “baron of Carrickfergus” (also the prince of Wales), and his nine-year-old son George. Charles’s coronation will be on May 6th, 2023.

Ballyearl Terrace, Newtownabbey.

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