King Charles III, Britain’s new monarch, was filmed making a rather furious gesture at his aides during the accession ceremony as he urgently wanted them to clean the office while he was signing papers. Videos of the British monarch in flashes of anger went viral on social media platforms as he twice signaled his assistants to remove 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.
However, in the moments leading up to his speech, the king was caught in a not-so-inspiring situation.
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The first moment was captured before King Charles III sat down to sign the papers. He waved to the aides standing nearby to clean the desk and remove items like the pen box and inkwell as he needed to do his paperwork.
Charles used the pot of ink donated by his sons William and Harry when signing at the ceremony.
The second clip was captured as he signed his papers. In the video, Charles could be seen struggling to place the papers on the desk when he gritted his teeth in irritation at the assistant and again motioned to take things away.
Both videos were harshly criticized by a section of Twitter users who found the new monarch “arrogant” for behaving this way.
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 of St. James’s Palace in London. “In carrying out the heavy task entrusted 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.