I’m old enough to remember when members of the royal family were considered prime targets for terrorist attacks… by the IRA. I wasn’t even born yet when Lord Mountbatten (the Duke of Edinburgh’s adoptive father, and Prince Charles’ mentor) was murdered in an IRA bombing, but I remember being a kid in the 1980s and watching the news with my parents and seeing all of the stuff about IRA bombs and their targeting of the “British establishment”. Anyway, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were caught up in some kind of student protest last night in London. There was an “attack” on the “royal Rolls Royce”.
The students were protesting a major hike in tuition fees. The Rolls Royce “became separated from its police escort” (poor thing!) and “was surrounded by demonstrators who had spilled into the West End after an initially peaceful demonstration outside parliament rapidly deteriorated and spread.” Did the protesters know who was in the car? According to observors, the car was well-lit, so everyone could see inside. They just trashed it anyway:
One witness, Ben Kelsey, said: “There were 400 to 500 protesters there. It was fairly obvious who was in the car. It was very well lit up. Charles and Camilla looked quite relaxed at first but when they saw how many people there were they began to get worried. A few seconds later the area was packed with police. It was complete chaos.”
Another witness described how a police protection officer, dressed in a tuxedo, travelling in convoy with the royal couple opened the doors of his car to beat his way through the crowds.
The royal couple had looked visibly shaken when they arrived at the London Palladium for the Royal Variety performance, but Camilla later joked about the incident, saying: “First time for everything” as she left the theatre.
A Clarence House spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that their royal highnesses’ car was attacked by the protesters on the way to their engagement at the London Palladium this evening. Both their royal highnesses were unharmed.”
At least 38 protesters were injured, according to the Met. There were 26 arrests.
[From The Guardian]
“First time for everything!” Camilla is kind of easy-breezy kind of gal, isn’t she? “Oh, poppycocks, the Rolls is dead. Charlie, I’m going to bed and closing down the biscuit factory. Whatevs.”
So the Rolls Royce was damaged, but Charles and Camilla were not! Sigh… poor Rolls Royce. And poor students. I enjoy a good student demonstration, as long as it doesn’t get too violent and stupid. Sounds like they got just the right balance – take down the car, but not the people, and there are injuries but no deaths. Aren’t their soccer riots much, much worse?
Additional photos courtesy of WENN.
Written by Kaiser
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