King Charles III brutally mocked for his 'sausage fingers' as monarch mourns Queen's death

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King Charles III’s so-called “sausage fingers” have become the object of mockery by a New Zealand butcher that has launched a product referencing the new monarch’s hands. Avon’s Butchery in Auckland took to social media to publicise its new meaty offering, which they advertised as being in “limited stock”.

In a temporary Instagram story post, the butcher’s page uploaded an image of the pork product on sale above the label, “King Charles Sausage Fingers”.

The new monarch’s hands have repeatedly drawn attention over the years, with speculation surrounding the possible reasons behind the sovereign’s bloated digits.

Dr Gareth Nye, senior lecturer at the University of Chester, described how “through observation, they seem to appear more swollen in times of warm weather and when they have been immobile for periods of time”.

He told “From these observations and considering his age, we would assume this is oedema where we see a slowing of the fluid movement around the body, or arthritis of either the osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis varieties which can be quite severe in the finger joints.”

He has previously pointed to oedema as a likely cause of the appearance of King Charles’s hands, explaining that the condition occurs when “the body starts to retain fluids in the limbs, normally the legs and ankles but also in the fingers”.

This then leads to noticeable swelling.

Dr Nye told the Daily Star: “Oedema is a common condition and mostly affects people over the age of 65 as the ability for fluid control is restricted.”

He added: “To see if this is the cause, pressing the swollen area for about 15 seconds would cause a depression in the area.”

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Dr Nye commented: “[It] is most likely a sign of his age.”

The King himself is reported to have joked about his “sausage fingers”, making light of his attention-attracting hands during a trip to Australia ten years ago.

Reports also suggest that the late Queen, shortly after the birth of her eldest son, commented that the future monarch “had an interesting pair of hands for a baby”.

However, the attention is on the new King on Wednesday for a more sombre reason as he prepares to lead the Royal Family procession from Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace.

The new sovereign was spotted heading into the Palace on Wednesday morning, waving at crowds gathered near the Palace and down The Mall.

He will lead Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward as the Queen’s children walk behind the coffin procession to Westminster Hall.

Joining the group will be the Prince of Wales and his brother, the Duke of Sussex, as well at the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.

The cohort will also include Princess Anne’s husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, and her son, Peter Phillips.

The Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Sussex will follow the procession by car.

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