December 2, 2022

A 23-year-old University of York student, has been arrested after eggs were thrown at the King and Queen Consort during a visit to York. He is being held on suspicion of a public order offence and remains in custody.

The accused was heard to shout “this country was built on the blood of slaves” as he was restrained.

A protester was restrained by police as crowds gathered at Micklegate Bar, the traditional royal entrance into the city, to greet the couple.

People in the crowd started chanting “God save the King” and “shame on you” at the demonstrator.

The university said it was “appalled” by the images and would be reviewing the incident in line with its misconduct procedures.

The royal couple were being welcomed by city leaders in York when several eggs were thrown at them as the protester booed the duo.

Charles continued shaking hands with dignitaries including the Lord Mayor as the eggs flew in his direction, pausing briefly to look at the cracked shells on the ground.

The eggs missed the King and Queen Consort and they were ushered away. Several officers were seen restraining a man on the ground behind temporary fencing set up for the King’s visit.

Charles appeared unfazed as he continued greeting the crowds in a traditional ceremony which saw the sovereign officially welcomed to the city of York by the Lord Mayor.

The ceremony was last carried out by his late mother Queen Elizabeth II in 2012.

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