King Charles, showing a bit of annoyance at the proclamation ceremony, motioned for his assistants to come and move the pen case and ink bottle.Video/AP
Charles has been king for two days, but he’s already made his mark in an awkward moment for the monarchy.
A gaffe was caught on camera during the king’s official enthronement ceremony on Saturday, and the 73-year-old was seen frantically gesturing to aides.
As he sat down to sign the Declaration of Accession – which marked his official ascension to the Commonwealth throne – the king motioned for his assistants to clear a pen case and an ink bottle from the table.
The items reported on Page Six were gifts from Princes William and Harry – appearing to get in the way of where the king signed the official proclamation.
A video that has since gone viral on Twitter shows the monarch frantically beckoning his aides to move the items while Camilla stands behind him with a nervous look on her face.
In the second clip, he is again seen pointing at his assistants, clenching their teeth and showing serious expressions on their faces.
Royal fans were quick to downplay the incident on Twitter, with one saying: “Charles’ brief anger at the pen tray was definitely the highlight of this for me”.
And another who expressed sympathy for the Kings’ recent loss said, “Prob v emphasizes being fair.”
A third joked: “On his first day at work, he’s had enough. Haha.”
The ceremony, which took place yesterday, included King Charles’ moving tribute to his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth.
Speaking in the room alongside his wife Queen Camilla and his son Prince William, the monarch called his mother’s reign an “inspirational example” and vowed to follow.
“Her reign was unparalleled in its duration, dedication and dedication,” he said.
“Even as we grieve, we are grateful for this most faithful life,” he added, “I know how deep you and the whole country go, and I think I can say to the whole world, to sympathize with the irreparable loss we have all suffered. I.”
Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
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