King Charles III, Britain’s new monarch, was caught on camera making a rather furious gesture towards his aides at the accession ceremony, urging them to clear the desk while he signed some papers. Videos of the angry British monarch went viral on social media platforms as he twice signaled his aides to remove the unnecessary items from the desk.
Charles was proclaimed king on Saturday in a historic ceremony at St James’s Palace, London. The 73-year-old became the automatic successor to the throne when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Thursday aged 96. He said in his speech that he would strive to follow the “inspiring example” set by his late mother had sat.
But in the moments before his speech, the king was caught in a less than inspiring situation.
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The first moment was captured before King Charles III sat down to sign the papers. He gestured to assistants standing nearby to clear the desk and remove items such as the pen case and inkwell while he did his paperwork.
Charles used the inkwell that his sons William and Harry gave during the signing ceremony.
The second clip was captured when he signed his papers. In the video, Charles could be seen struggling to put the papers on the desk as he angrily gritted his teeth at the aide and signaled again to take the things away.
Both videos have received harsh criticism from a section of Twitter users who found the new monarch ‘arrogant’ for behaving in such a manner.
Charles was accompanied at the proclamation ceremony by his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort. Several prominent British politicians, including Prime Minister Liz Truss, former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Theresa May and others, attended the ceremony.
Charles made his personal statement in the throne room at St. James’ Palace in London. “In carrying out the heavy task that has been assigned to me and to which I now dedicate what remains to me of my life, I pray for the guidance and help of Almighty God,” he said in his speech.