A man has been detained by police after hurling eggs at King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, as they greeted crowds in the English City of York.
The soon-to-be inaugurated King was in the midst of a two-day tour of Northern England when the egg-thrower appeared during his community walkabout. Footage of the incident shows the monarch shaking hands with the public as the eggs fly past him in quick succession. None of the eggs appeared to make an impact, either bumping off Charles’ suit or hurtling to the ground in what can only be described as the ultimate English Breakfast.
Both the King and his wife seemed unperturbed by the disruption, and continued on with the engagement (egg-gagement?) as the man was quickly dragged away by police. In what appears to be a continuation of Australia’s Egg Boy saga of 2019, the detained man reportedly had political motivations, with crowds overhearing him shout “this country was built on the blood of slaves.” Royal watchers were then heard supportively chanting “God save the King.”
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King Charles’ unsolicited scrambled egging comes just months after his ascension to the throne, which took place in September shortly after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. The egging occurred on the same day as the release of the fifth season of The Crown, the semi-biographical drama based around the Windsor family which landed on Netflix yesterday.
The egg incident marks just one hiccup on Charles’ bumpy journey to the Crown, following outcry over footage of the King testily demanding a pen from a Palace staffer last month (watch that below). While the egg-thrower remains in custody, history tells us that it might just be the beginning of a storied public life. After all, Egg Boy famously went on to inspire a generation of meme-makers, host a keynote address at Splendour in the Grass, and have an action figure released in his honour.