Police detain man who allegedly threw eggs at King Charles III

Britain's King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort
Britain’s King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort, wave as they arrive for a ceremony in York, England, on Wednesday.
(Jacob King / Press Assn.)

British police say a 23-year-old man was detained Wednesday after appearing to throw eggs at King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, as they walked in the northern English city of York.

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

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

Detained protester on the ground surrounded by police
Police detain a protester after he appeared to throw eggs at Britain’s King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, in York, England.
(Jacob King / Press Assn.)

Several police officers could be seen grappling with a man at a crowd barrier. Britain’s Press Assn. news agency reported that he 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.”

Charles and Camilla traveled to York as part of a series of engagements around the United Kingdom marking the start of his 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.