Welsh independence stickers removed from coronation-themed postbox in Cardiff

Welsh independence and republican stickers have been removed from a King's coronation-themed postbox.

The postbox in Cardiff was one of four repainted for the celebrations and was covered in a number of stickers hours after it was unveiled.

The box, which is painted in red, white and blue and features the coronation emblem and a Union flag, has come under scrutiny.

There were complaints on social media that the box was located outside a pub in the capital named after Owain Glyndwr.

Glyndwr is often called "the last Prince of Wales" and is seen as a symbol of Welsh independence having led a 15-year revolt with the aim of ending English rule in Wales.

Stickers which began appearing on Wednesday included CPD Cefn Hengoed Gweriniaeth Cymru (Republic of Wales), Yes Cymru, Wrexham Lager and Welsh Football Fans for Independence.

By mid-morning on Thursday they had been removed, leaving only an outline.

It is unclear who removed the stickers and Sky News understands they were not removed by Cardiff Council staff.

There will be several opportunities in Cardiff to celebrate the King's coronation at the weekend, including a public screening of the event in the grounds of Cardiff Castle.

A "Not My King" protest will also take place on the day, organised by Cymru Republic who previously organised one when the King visited Cardiff shortly after the late Queen Elizabeth's death in September.

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New laws came into force on Wednesday to curb protests and demonstrators who block roads, airports or railways could face up to a year in jail.

It comes after the Llywydd of the Senedd, Elin Jones, said on Thursday that she would not be attending the coronation as she was a "republican".