Chaos as man on roller skates almost collides with King Charles’ car

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King Charles III and Camilla in the royal limousine  (Getty Images)
King Charles III and Camilla in the royal limousine (Getty Images)

A man sparked panic after he almost collided into Prince Charles’ car while roller skating.

Chaos unfolded as the King made his way to Westminster Hall to perform a vigil at the Queen’s coffin at 7.40pm on Saturday evening.

Footage shared online shows a man on roller skates dashing in front of the vehicle near Parliament Square before being floored by police.

Police said the man had been attempting to cross the road at the time.

He was handcuffed by officers at the scene before being let go.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “At approximately 19:40hrs, as police vehicles were entering Parliament Square, a pedestrian attempted to cross the road.

“An officer on foot quickly intervened, bringing the man to the ground in order to stop him from continuing. The man was subsequently spoken to by officers before being let on his way.”

The incident came minutes before the King and his siblings stood silently as they guarded their mother’s coffin in Westminster Hall.

Charles, Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Edward took part in the 10-minute vigil last night.

All four royals were dressed in uniform, including Andrew. He is normally banned from wearing his military uniform as he is no longer a working royal.

But an exception was made as a "special mark of respect" for the Queen.

Other members of the Royal Family, including Camilla, the Queen Consort, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and Sophie Wessex, along with some of the Queen’s grandchildren, were also present.

The Queen’s eight grandchildren, including Princes William and Harry, will hold another vigil in the hall tonight.