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Andrew Marr has condemned the arrest of a woman holding an anti-monarchy sign before the Queen’s cortege arrived in the city of Edinburgh, branding the move ‘outrageous’.

Moments before the proclamation of King Charles III on Sunday afternoon, a demonstrator appeared in the crowd brandishing a sign that read ‘f*** imperialism, abolish monarchy’.

Officers appeared behind her and took her away, prompting the crowd to applaud.

It was later confirmed that a 22-year-old woman was arrested ‘in connection with a breach of the peace’.

LBC presenter Marr criticised the arrest during an appearance on Monday’s Good Morning Britain and argued that King Charles III have been ‘alarmed and upset’ by the move.

‘We have seen protestors holding up cards saying they don’t want a new king, they don’t want a monarchy, and a few people booing and they have been arrested up and down the country,’ he claimed.

‘I think that is outrageous. We are a democratic country. We are an open disputatious country where we can say what is on our minds and I don’t believe for a moment that this is what the new king would have wanted.

‘In fact, I would bet a lot of money that the new King is equally alarmed and upset by the fact that protestors are being arrested.’

Presenter Ben Shephard agreed, adding that the new King enjoys having a debate with people who don’t share the same views as him.

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‘He’s a clever, open-minded man,’ Marr continued. ‘I think he’d want his reign to start with a discussion – how a constitutional monarchy fits into this democracy’.

Viewers praised Andrew for bringing attention to the arrest, with one saying: ‘Fair play to Andrew Marr highlighting how alarming it is for protestors to have been arrested yesterday.’

‘Andrew Marr on @GMB stating he thinks it’s outrageous that protesters are being arrested for having abolish the monarchy because we live in a democracy is the most refreshing thing I’ve heard,’ another added.

‘We do at the moment still have right to free speech.’ A third commended Andrew, writing: ‘Big well done to Andrew Marr for calling out what happened to those protestors this weekend.’

The Queen’s coffin arrived at the royal residence in Edinburgh after a six-hour journey from Balmoral on Sunday.

The coffin remained in the Throne Room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse overnight, where staff have been able to pay their final respects.

Today, King Charles III and the Queen Consort are to visit Westminster Hall in London where both Houses of Parliament will express condolences to the new monarch.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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