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Man detained after eggs are thrown at King Charles III and Camilla

Video showed several eggs in motion and smashed on the ground. None appeared to hit the royal couple, who continued to greet crowds in the northern England city of York.
/ Source: Associated Press

LONDON — A protester was detained Wednesday after hurling eggs and vitriol at King Charles III and Camilla, the queen consort, as they walked in the northern England city of York.

The incident happened as the king and his wife were entering York through Micklegate Bar, a medieval gateway where monarchs are traditionally welcomed to the city.

Britain's King Charles III reacts after an egg was thrown in his direction in York, England on Wednesday.
King Charles III reacts after an egg was thrown in his direction in York, England, on Wednesday.James Glossop / Pool / AFP via Getty Images

Video footage showed several eggs in motion and smashed on the ground. None appeared to hit the royal couple, who continued to greet crowds.

Several police officers could be seen grappling with a man at a crowd barrier. Britain’s PA news agency reported that he booed and shouted “This country was built on the blood of slaves” as he was being detained.

Other members of the crowd tried to drown him out by chanting “Shame on you” and “God save the King.”

Royal visit to Yorkshire
Police detain a protester after he appeared to throw eggs. Jacob King / PA via Getty Images

Charles and Camilla traveled to York as part of a series of engagements around the U.K. marking the start of the new king’s reign. They also visited the city’s cathedral, York Minster, and unveiled a statue of the king’s mother. Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September after 70 years on the throne.