Bare-Breasted Women Protest Prince Charles

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A woman bared her chest and shouted "shame, shame" in an apparent protest against the monarchy as Britain's Prince Charles (search) arrived at an official function Tuesday in New Zealand's (search) capital.

The woman, exposed from the waist up, was grabbed by two uniformed police officers, arrested and marched from the scene as the prince was led into a nearby building.

The woman had the message "Get your colonial shame off my breasts" written across her chest and stomach.

The prince reportedly appeared to look in the woman's direction and smile as he entered Wellington's City Art Gallery.

Earlier, another bare-chested woman carrying a small child was hauled away by plain-clothed police moments before the prince would have been confronted by her as he greeted a line of well-wishers.

The woman, also bare from the waist up, was dragged away shouting, "I just want to feed my baby."

Charles did not appear to notice the woman, according to local media.

In an apparently linked protest, five anti-monarchists stood atop a wall with banners reading "Death to the monarchy" and "Honor the treaty," a reference to British crown breaches of New Zealand's founding treaty with the indigenous Maori people.

The protests caused little disruption as well-wishers with British and New Zealand flags talked with the prince and a group of schoolchildren played hopscotch as part of a welcome display for the heir to Britain's throne.

A former British colony, New Zealand retains Britain's monarch as head of state. But a growing republican movement wants to end the link and replace the monarch with a New Zealander. Some monarchists also oppose Charles becoming the nation's future king.