A man has been detained by police after appearing to throw eggs at King Charles during a walkabout in York today. Accompanied by Queen Camilla, the monarch was speaking with some of his hosts in the city prior to his much-anticipated engagement at York Cathedral while a protester seemingly attempted to hit the sovereign and his wife by pelting them with several eggs.
He was also heard shouting: “This country was built on the blood of slaves”.
Police officers quickly bundled him to the ground while onlookers and royal fans expressed their sympathy to Charles.
Some were heard screaming “shame on you” while others cheered on the sovereign by chanting “God save the King”.
Charles and Camilla, who were not hit by the protester, kept their calm and, after waving to the crowd, made their way to the cathedral.
Their Majesties travelled to York to unveil a statue of the late Queen Elizabeth II at York Minster.
Speaking ahead of their arrival, Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell said this would mark a “very significant moment” in the history of the city and the nation.
He told The York Press: “It is a really good thing for York that he (the King) will be here. It is a very significant moment, and very exciting.”
The seven-foot-tall statue, carved by local stonemason Richard Bossons, had been commissioned to mark the Platinum Jubilee, the historic 70th year on the throne of Her late Majesty.
The fact the statue is being unveiled following the death of the sovereign by her successor adds “meaning and poignancy” to the already important event, the Archbishop also said.
The artwork depicts the late monarch dressed in the Garter Robes of the Order of the Garter and with the George IV diadem she would traditionally wear for the State Opening of Parliament.
The unveiling and blessing of the statue will be preceded by a short service in the cathedral.
This is the first statue of Elizabeth II to be unveiled since her death in September 8.
The Queen Consort and King’s visit will continue later this afternoon, when they will head to Doncaster to confer it city status.
Doncaster is one of the eight places to have been given this honour during the Jubilee year – alongside Bangor, Colchester, Douglas, Dunfermline, Milton Keynes, Stanley and Wrexham.
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