A protester threw eggs at King Charles in York

A protester threw eggs at King Charles in York

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LONDON – King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, were visiting the city of York on Wednesday when a protester threw at least three eggs at them, shouting “this country was built on the blood of slaves”.

The man missed his target and was quickly arrested by police while the crowd booed and chanted “God Save the King”.

Charles didn’t seem fazed by the commotion, though he was flipping eggs sprinkled on the sidewalk, and continued to chat with city officials as he walked down the street. He and Camilla were in the northern city to unveil a statue of his late mother Queen Elizabeth II.

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The role of Britain and the British royal family in the slave trade has come under greater scrutiny in some countries where the British monarch is still the head of state. When Prince William and his wife Catherine toured it Caribbean Earlier this year, activists called on the monarchy to apologize and support reparations for slavery.

Charles appears willing to take on the subject. During a visit to Leeds on Tuesday, he met with artists involved in a project exploring Britain’s role in slavery. Afterward, Fiona Compton, an artist and historian whose father was prime minister of St. Lucia, told reporters that Charles “says he’s willing to talk about it.”

The new king has only been in office for two months, but Wednesday is not the first time he has faced protests.

In the days following the Queen’s death, several people were arrested for organizing demonstrations. In the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, where the Queen lay in repose, a woman was arrested for holding a sign with the words “Abolish the Monarchy”. Another was arrested for shouting “who elected him” as the document declaring Charles king was read aloud in Oxford, England. Police response sparked a debate About freedom of speech in Britain.

Wednesday wasn’t the first instance of royal egg-throwing, either.

During the Queen’s royal tour of New Zealand in 1986, he was hit with an egg thrown by a woman protesting Britain’s treaty with the Maori tribes. The queen was in an open car and the egg was dripping down her pink coat.

Wednesday’s egg-throwing coincided with the release of episode five.The crownOn Netflix. The timing is inconvenient for Charles, who is in the early days of his reign. This series focuses on the 1990s and revisits the breakdown of his marriage to Princess Diana.



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