A 23-year-old student arrested by police after throwing eggs at King Charles and Camilla has been charged with a public order offence. The King and Queen celebrated their engagement in northern England in November.
Patrick Thelwell, a York University student, will appear at York Magistrates Court on January 20, BBC report.
Videotapes On social media, four eggs flew past the British monarch and his wife and hit the ground as they arrived for a traditional ceremony in York. They seemed unmoved by the incident and continued with the engagement.
Police officers rushed in to pull away a protester who was shouting slogans. Others in the crowd mocked him and chanted, “God save the king.”
King Charles’s security team temporarily directed the man away from the crowds outside Luton City Hall. He was then transferred to another area and the King shook hands with the crowd again.
During his visit to the Bedfordshire town, the monarch also visited Guru Nanak Gurdwara and the town hall, as The Guardian reports.
Announcing the charges in Mr Thelwell’s case, Nick Price, head of CPS’ Special Crimes and Counter-Terrorism Division, told the BBC, “CPS has authorized North Yorkshire police to charge Patrick Thelwell with threatening behavior contrary to Section 4 of the Public Order Act 1986.
“This follows a police investigation into an egg-throwing incident at HM The King in York on November 9, 2022.” CPS added that Mr. Thelwell is entitled to a fair trial.
The royal family has experienced egg protests before – in 2002, when Queen Elizabeth II visited Nottingham, eggs were thrown into her royal car. In 1995, anti-British protesters threw eggs at the current king while he was walking in central Dublin.
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