'He doesn't flinch': King Charles praised for remarkable composure while being egged by protester
Watch: Eggs thrown at King and Queen Consort during York arrival
King Charles has been praised for showing remarkable composure as a protester egged him and the Queen Consort during a walkabout in York.
As the couple were being welcomed to the City of York at Micklegate Bar, a protestor threw four eggs in their direction.
The man was heard to shout “this country was built on the blood of slaves” as he was being detained by around four police officers.
Other people in the crowd started chanting “God save the King” and “shame on you” at the protester, who was later arrested.
But amid the drama, many have commented on the nerveless response from Charles, who can be seen looking down at the cracked egg on the floor, smiling and then continuing to shake hands with members of the public before being moved along to continue the ceremony.
"70 years of training sessions paying off for Charles here. He. Does. Not. Flinch," wrote Henry Mance on Twitter, before joking: "Not this time avian flu."
Journalist Oz Katerji wrote: "King Charles dodging eggs without even trying has in fact only made him look more based than he actually is."
Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy described the reaction as "extraordinary cool under fire - not a flinch".
Leon Lesley Dobie pointed out that, on a previous occasion, Charles had to deal with more than just eggs, saying: "In 1994, a gunman fired two shots at King Charles in Sydney, Australia; His Majesty did not flinch. Do you really think he'd be bothered by a halfwit with some eggs?"
David Kang, in 1994, shot two blanks from a starting pistol at Charles — then Prince of Wales — during a ceremony in New South Wales. Kang was 23 at the time of the incident and said to be protesting the treatment of Cambodian asylum seekers who were being held in Australian detention camps.
Kang had reportedly written to the Prince of Wales before the incident about the extensive length of time asylum seekers were being detained.
Kang served 500 hours of community service and now works as a barrister.
In video footage of the on-stage incident, Charles barely seems to react to the shots fired and continues to adjust his cuffs.
After the ceremony at Micklegate Bar, the King and Queen Consort travelled to York Minster, where the monarch gave a speech and unveiled a new statue of his late mother Queen Elizabeth II.
The King was later cheered by crowds as he arrived in Doncaster, where he spent six minutes meeting well-wishers in an unplanned walkabout.
He and the Queen Consort met officials in Mansion House, where the King officially conferred city status on Doncaster in a ceremony.
Charles and Camilla then attended a reception with a menu which included free range egg and watercress sandwiches.
The protest in York was the latest in a series of anti-slavery comments the Royal Family has faced in regard to colonialism and the slave trade.