People think someone has carried out the rudest coronation protest so far

The phallus mown into Bath's Royal Crescent. (SWNS)
The phallus mown into Bath's Royal Crescent. (SWNS)

Nationwide protests are set to take place during the coronation of King Charles on Saturday.

But the rudest one may have already occurred.

Pranksters have mown a giant penis into a famous lawn on one of Britain's most exclusive streets.

Homeowners in Royal Crescent, Bath, were stunned to see the phallus on the grass outside their homes on Thursday morning.

It appeared overnight but no one knows who is responsible or why they did it - though a large coronation party is planned on Saturday.

Bath's Royal Crescent is an exclusive neighbourhood. (SWNS)
Bath's Royal Crescent is an exclusive neighbourhood. (SWNS)
TOPSHOT - Britain's King Charles III meets members of the public gather on The Mall, near Buckingham Palace in central London, on May 5, 2023, ahead of the coronation weekend. - The country prepares for the coronation of Britain's King Charles III and his wife Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort on May 6, 2023. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
King Charles meets members of the public on The Mall, near Buckingham Palace, on Friday. (AFP via Getty Images)

The street is known globally for a "perfect lawn'' surrounded by a crescent of plush 18th century homes.

A flyer for the “grand coronation party” reads: “Celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Georgian era.

“Decorate your own regal crown, watch demonstrations on royal fashion and visit the Georgian Cook cooking up delicious recipes in the kitchen.”

Rise in support for referendum on keeping monarchy

Ahead of the coronation, a new poll has revealed a rise in support among Britons for a referendum on whether the country should continue to have a monarchy.

YouGov polling found three in 10 Britons (31%) think there should be a referendum, up 9% since the firm asked the same question in September last year.

However, this is still a minority opinion: overall, more than half (52%) do not think there should be such a referendum.

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It comes as several planned protests against the coronation have been announced, with the police also looking out for people who plan to disrupt the main event.

Forces have warned there will be an "extremely low threshold" for protesters who can expect "very swift action".

Meanwhile, the King is facing a backlash from two Commonwealth countries, with Belize and Jamaica suggesting ahead of the coronation that he could be removed as head of state.