(FiveNation.com)- Police in northern England detained a man on Wednesday after he tossed eggs and His Majesty King Charles III and his wife, queen consort Camilla, as they were carrying out an engagement in York.
Video footage posted on social media caught the moment when four eggs went flying past the King and his wife as they entered York through Micklegate Bar, a medieval gateway where monarchs are traditionally welcomed into the city. As the king was shaking hands with several dignitaries, the footage shows multiple eggs narrowly missing the king’s face.
Police quickly rushed in, dragging away a protester who was shouting, “This country was built on the blood of slaves.” Some in the crowd jeered shouting, “Shame on you” while others began chanting, “God save the king.”
The King, who was shaking hands with dignitaries at the time, paused briefly to look at the cracked eggs on the ground before continuing to shake hands.
According to a lip reader who spoke with the UK Mirror, it appeared the king said “it’s fine, let’s carry on.” A few seconds later, the king turned to a protection officer and, according to the lip reader, asked “Everything all right?” The officer appeared to tell the king, “He’s been taken care of.”
As the protester was being led away by police, he smiled for the cameras and stuck out his tongue.
In a statement released later, the police said Patrick Thelwell, a 23-year-old University of York student had been arrested on suspicion of a public order offense and was currently in police custody.
King Charles and Camilla were on a two-day tour of northern England. While in York, they made a special visit to the cathedral where a statue of the late Queen Elizabeth II that marked her 70th Jubilee was being unveiled.