Eggs were thrown at King Charles & Queen Camilla at an event in York

Breaking: EGGS!

Today, King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla were on a walkabout in York. A man decided that this was his moment, and he threw eggs at Charles and Camilla. It does not appear that the eggs reached their intended target, although there are some glorious photos of the eggs mid-air, headed straight for Charles. The man was detained by police!! According to the Guardian, the guy was restrained by police “behind temporary fencing set up at Micklegate Bar in the city for the king’s visit on Wednesday.”

After the egg-throwing, Charles and Camilla were “ushered away.” It reminds me of Charles and Camilla’s first walkabout as king and queen in London, when someone reportedly shouted “guillotine” at Camilla – that moment was covered up by the British media thoroughly, and I’ve yet to see any significant reporting on it. Also: the egg-tosser apparently screamed “this country was built on the blood of slaves” as he was being detained. In reaction to his wholly accurate statements, the rest of the crowd began chanting “God save the king” and “shame on you.” As Robert Lacey said, “How the British love to bow and scrape.” They should give the egg-tosser a medal.

PS… These egg photos in this post are from Tuesday. In the biz, we call that foreshadowing. The egg spectre!!

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Steph says:

    As hilarious as it would have been had those eggs landed, I’m glad they didn’t. I have no idea if detained means he’s feeding charges or if that just means they held him until the king was safe. If they landed, whatever punishment would have been a million times worse.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      People were arrested and charged for holding up signs saying “Not my King” and “Abolish the monarchy” after the Queen died. I don’t think they’ll go easy on this guy.

      • Zapp Brannigan says:

        The police also approached and warned people holding blank signs as a form of protest too. The UK is officially nuts (with apologies to cashews for besmirching their good name)

      • agirlandherdogs says:

        Exactly this. I don’t think Americans understand that people living in Great Britain don’t have the same rights to free speech that we have in the US. But I am also glad the eggs didn’t land. I think people should be able to shout their criticisms of the monarchy, and the government in general, but throwing things is assault.

      • sparrow says:

        Yes. That chap who shouted at Andrew was arrested. For what? The majority of the UK public and lawyers were outraged. What does this kind of (illegal) overreaction presage for our freedom of speech? Not a fan of freedom of egg throwing, tho; it’s violence and assault.

    • AnnaKist says:

      Despite my comment below, i’m glad the eggs didn’t connect. That would have meant a serious assault charge for the tosser, and no one actually wants the Royals physically hurt. Even so, the guy made his point. Charles is thin-skinned, and I bet he’s still shaking, with relief and/or a bruised ego.

      • Kingston says:

        @AnnaKist says:
        November 9, 2022 at 8:20 am
        “…….and no one actually wants the Royals physically hurt.”

        You know this isnt true, right?

        All the clowns with press passes would like a word. So too the Machiavellian courtiers and other sycophants who believe DoS is “a threat to the monarchy.” PLUS those from among the bended knee brigade who talked about carrying pointed weapons to DoS engagements so they could poke her pregnant belly.

        Dont forget:
        – Mounbatten was blown up by a bomb from the IRA.
        – Anne was nearly kidnapped
        – Diana was murdered…..killed in a car crash which, she said in a letter she wrote just 10 months before she died, that charles was “planning an accident” in her car.

        So yeah, there are ALWAYS folks who “actually want the Royals physically hurt.”

        Thats why security is so tight around them. Thats why H feels so strongly about security for his family. And thats why elements in the british state apparatus are fighting tooth and nail to prevent him from having it.

      • JackieJacks says:

        Agreed – once everything starts to resort to violence then it’ll all really go to hell in a handbasket. Not that we maybe aren’t there already.

      • FlowerChick says:

        “That would have meant a serious assault charge for the tosser”

        @Annakist – I laughed so loud at the use of the word ‘tosser’ above as it’s the equivalent of ‘j*rk off’ in American English.

    • Dee says:

      I would really like to have seen just a smooge of egg on Chuck’s suit. But I am very happy about the boos. Chuck cannot pretend that boos come from isolated bad apples or whatever.

      What I really would like to see, forever and always and ever and ever, are signs at every single RF outing that say PRINCE OF PEGGING. I so want to see this when they come to my home town, Beantown. Oh, the glee, the schadenfreude, you cannot imagine.

  2. Sean says:

    I completely misread the headline for this post. At first, I thought it said at an event in NEW YORK and I thought “Oh boy! Not only are we renouncing fascism with the midterms but we’re also reaffirming to the British monarchy that nope, we’re still good.”

    Then I reread it and saw it was only York as in York, England. I’ll see myself out.

    • Miranda says:

      As a lifelong New Yorker, I can assure you: If one of us had thrown them, we wouldn’t have missed. This is just what happens when a country takes perfectly good bats and balls and chooses the convoluted nonsense that is cricket over baseball.

      But on the other hand, this guy was probably more eloquent. A New Yorker would’ve just yelled “f–king assholes!” or something.

      • Seraphina says:

        @Miranda, yup we would have landed at least one egg.

      • Sean says:

        Baseball is actually derived from cricket and other British “bat and ball” games.

        Either way, they’re both boring, IMO.

      • Cairidh says:

        British people are more likely to grow up playing rounders than cricket which is usually only played by relatively rich people.

      • CC says:

        But would a US leader have better reflexes? Say what you will about George W Bush – that war criminal knew how to duck a shoe.

      • AnnaKist says:

        A Test Cricket Match can last for days, so can get =boring when no one scores for long periods. I’ve never understood why Australians took to test cricket as they did . Players basically spend the entire day in the sun . That may have been perfect for English Summers , but our Aussie summers are another thing entirely . My brother loves listening to the cricket on the radio! I do enjoy the one-day cricket, though. It has limited overs, so thte’s action all the time.

      • ThatsNotOkay says:

        We also would have been able to hold up signs that would have made our sentiments known without violent hijinks. But for sure there would’ve been a tomato tossed in there too. No doubt.

      • Josephine says:

        Needed this comment this morning – loved it!!

      • BeanieBean says:

        That’s exactly what I was thinking! An American baseball player would have drilled him for certain!

    • Debbie says:

      @Sean: I came here to say the same thing, I thought he was egged in NEW York too. So, you’re not the only one.

      @Miranda: Damn right about New Yorkers not missing when they aim!

  3. DouchesOfCambridge says:

    I hope they now have their eggspectations down on being beloved king & queen

  4. Southern Fried says:

    This is fun. More please. Never heard about the guillotine remark before and Lacey’s comment on Brits loving to bow and scrape, hadn’t seen that before either. Thanks for the laughs this morning. I really really would like to see the monarchy abolished in my lifetime.

  5. Snuffles says:

    A hundred years from now, I hope future historical times state that the downfall of the monarchy began the year of our Lord 2022 in the town of York with the throw of an errant egg in the name of those who suffered at the hands at the horrific monarchy.

  6. Miranda says:

    The more they refuse to address the legacy of slavery and colonialism, the louder their silence will seem. Not a single one of the various excuses people make for not doing so holds water.

    (And yes, I realize that the US and a number of other countries need to do some soul-searching and acknowledge our respective ugly pasts as well.)

    • Josephine says:

      Hard to do so in the US when politicians are dictating what can be in textbooks and are only allowing textbooks where the words slave and slavery do not appear and are pretending that we haven’t been and continue to oppress people of color in this country.

  7. Becks1 says:

    LOL. Charles is learning fast that the love for his mother does not extend to him, isn’t he?

    • SueBarbri33 says:

      He sure is learning that lesson! They really, really assumed that all the respect people had for QEII was going to transfer right to him, didn’t they? He’s overplayed his hand and totally misread the situation. This is only the start.

  8. Amy Bee says:

    Charles can take this two ways. At least he knows that there are people who are opposed to his accession or it’s just one person and the “huge” crowds that come to see him says he’s popular. Since the Queen died the Royal rota always make it point to tweet about the “huge” crowds that come to see Charles and Camilla and the Cambridges. I think even they know that with the Queen gone, the Royal Family is on shaky ground.

  9. FancyPants says:

    On the one hand, I don’t want to encourage the throwing of objects at anyone at any time because it all boils down to violence (egg pun intended). On the other hand, if you are going to throw something, eggs are a relatively “soft” object, more likely to make a mess than physically harm someone, and I am somewhat-shamefully grinning in glee at this.

    • OriginalLeigh says:

      @FancyPants – I’m with you on this. The 12 year old in me wants to giggle, but this technically qualifies as violent behavior so I can’t endorse it. Sigh….

      • Lady D says:

        A group of teenage idiots started throwing eggs at a group of people in my town on Halloween. One of the eggs hit a small baby in a buggy. The guy could not hold his wife back. He wanted to go after the group himself but her rage was almost out of control, to the point that he couldn’t hang on to her. I gotta admit she was impressive.

  10. Cara says:

    Soooo was this in support of Eggs Peggington?

  11. Tessa says:

    Charles and Camilla are not popular with all to say the least after all his spin doctoring. Charles treatment of diana,Meghan and harry may be coming back to bite him so to speak. And c and c looking so happy during the mourning period also. Charles just does not get it

  12. Mooney says:

    Some people get pegged, others get egged 😉

    Well, they wanted people to boo Harry and Meghan and also were fantasizing about throwing them off the balcony. Look who ended up with eggs on their face 😂 almost literally.

  13. First comment says:

    I’m more surprised with the rest of the crowd . I mean, they started to sing the national anthem? “God save the king”? Really?

    • ML says:

      @First comment, so am I. The city of York was screaming about removing Paedrew’s Duke of -York- title earlier this year and wanted the royal family to remove it if Paedrew didn’t give it up. Considering KC has also had some very close ties to pedofiles and shady businessmen himself, I honestly would assume that York would be pro egg thrower.

      • Bklne says:

        @ML: probably many (if not most) people do feel that way, and would be pro egg-thrower, but the ones that come out to see the royals at a walkabout are likely to be more favorable toward the royals than average.

    • equality says:

      This is why protesters shouldn’t commit violent acts. You run the risk of swaying others to feel sorry for the ones you are protesting against. Let the ones dragging you away be the violent ones and you get the sympathy.

  14. AnnaKist says:

    This is particularly hilarious for me. Having coffee with my Bestie yesterday, she started talking about KC3 and I said, “Arrgh. What he needs is a good egging! Do people still egg houses and cars and other people? I really hope so!” And, hey presto! Wish granted! Must be because I started wearing my corno (horn) pendant again! 😂😂😂

  15. TheCrankyFairy says:

    The fact that people started yelling god save the king as if an egg would do him in.😂😂😂

    • Janey says:

      my foil hat needs ironing but I think people are planted in the crowds for this, like when that chap in Edinburgh started shouting at Randy Andy and immediately people started chanting.

      • zebz says:

        Yes they did. It was obvious from Will and Kate’s ireland trip that wasn’t announced they hire crowds. How would the crowds know where to show up if nothing is announced ahead of time?

  16. Harper says:

    How eggciting a development to see a real life lack of deference for C-Rex and Cams. I wonder how long it will be before they blame that egg toss on Netflix or Meghan?

  17. Emmi says:

    I don’t understand the point of this. The worst thing you can do to them is ignore them and let them know how irrelevant they are in 2022. Throwing things at people with no power? What exactly does that accomplish? I think the monarchy (any monarchy) is a ridiculous concept and who the hell needs King Charles? But I’ve said this before. They aren’t the problem. They used to be, sure. And they certainly are a symbol of past atrocities countries have been built on which needs to be addressed. But right now, people are angry about the skyrocketing cost of living, about the lack of affordable housing and healthcare systems in crisis everywhere. Maybe throw the egg at politicians instead.

    • Southern Fried says:

      All the stolen wealth and lands and racism shouldn’t be ignored imo. Could that be the very reason they’ve continued all these years?

    • Chantal says:

      @Emmi I agree that’s the way it normally works. But Imho the BRF has a lot more power than is admitted. They downplay their power like they downplay their wealth. Their secrecy is dangerous and neither dangerous people nor entities should be ignored. We in the USA learned that lesson the hard way with Trump.
      The RF has demonstrated its power by bullying the BBC, embargo ing the BM re unflattering stories (esp about William), exerting control over certain live video footage (like TQ’s funeral). Most importantly is their exemption from discrimination, employment & environmental laws and freedom of info laws re their finances. And this is just what’s been recently exposed and all of which are political. They also have the backing of the establishment that’s desperate to maintain the status quo. Plus the power of the billionaires in charge of various media empires, with whom the RF has the invisible contract…

      • Emmi says:

        The Queen had power and the courtiers do but they only did (do?) because the Queen was respected and they could hide behind her. People look to the monarch and decide if they respect that person. I don’t see Charles commanding a lot of respect for long. They may have power but it’s fragile. It’s dependent on one person and … Chuck? I don’t see it.

    • sparrow says:

      Emmi. Whatever the reality of their reducing power, the RF is financially and, more important, symbolically at the top of the pile. To some, particularly as you say now with the economic crisis, they appear to be strutting around with slight regard for the growing divisions in UK society. I am not at all surprised that the cost of living is making people less respectful of the RF; you can see this reflected amongst many of the negative posts in the previously royal and loyal DM of all places. There are also deep rooted issues that hang over the RF from years ago; these problems don’t disappear with the changing of the guard. Throwing things? There are other ways. I’m strongly in favour of a republic and hope that the rest of the country is moving in that direction. I would definitely support a referendum. Chances are slim, but I know tens of people who only liked the RF because of the queen. People are more sceptical now.

    • Debbie says:

      For people with no power, they sure have a lot of folks bowing and scraping to them; not to mention paying for them to live generationally in castles, palaces, and have servants. Sure, no power. Some of that could be viewed by some as just having great “privilege” but when you add having control of the media and being able to exempt your family from certain inconvenient laws, it shows a picture of people who don’t just wear expensive clothes.

      • sparrow says:

        Brilliant point about exemption from laws. Factor in tax breaks in regard to the duchies and the RF’s obscuring of financial record, plus continued parliamentary grant, there is also sealing of documents, not just wills. This is a public institution de facto of being funded by the public; it should be as open and accountable as parliament and its members in terms of knowing how they finance themselves. The idea that the RF is irrelevant because they are a constitutional monarchy, and a slimming down one, is skewed.
        They also have a huge public presence where their wealth (Kate recycles a coat, ie Kate wears a £1500 coat twice!) rubs up against the lack of financial power of many here in the UK. They remain powerful, and yet they are at odds with a modern democratic society and dragging us backwards. They are making a hell of a lot of money out of each and every one of us that should be taxed off them. This injustice makes them relevant and open to accusation.

  18. Roo says:

    My first reaction was concern that the eggs would hit innocent bystanders. That’s not good. People wore their nice clothes to meet the royals and I wouldn’t want them egged. Then I wondered about the safety protocols around the royals. How did these crowds carry anything to throw and get so close?

    • sparrow says:

      I wondered that. How come they managed to lift their arms to throw projectiles without something happening. I suppose RF security can’t manage everything, including what the crowd is carrying with them in shopping bags or handbags, or how they’re standing. Also, there’s the security of a crowd. Safety in numbers. You wouldn’t want to be out in the open throwing things for fear of being physically brought down.

    • Gabby says:

      @Roo, if I knew it was intended for Chuckles, I would gladly tolerate a mis-aimed egg.
      But when are they going to throw the tampons?

  19. Janey says:

    well I went out for breakfast on Saturday and the cafe had no eggs, it appears there is a national egg shortage problem due to avian flu so I’d like to know where this chap got his from.

  20. Nadine says:

    The best thing KC3 could do is spend his reign dissolving the monarchy and negotiating a deal where he and Peggy-boy keep some of the sovereign’s toys (a castle, a couple of jewels, maybe a vacation castle for the mistresses) and of course, lots of tax-free money. Or just start investing in lots of umbrellas to protect against falling eggs.

  21. BohemianAngel says:

    This is not the first time Charles had eggs thrown at him. He visited my college back in the 80s and eggs were thrown and hit him.

  22. AnneL says:

    I don’t want to disparage any British folks on here, but the “bowing and scraping” observation really is apt, isn’t it? Obviously it’s not true of everyone there, not by a mile, but it does seem to be ingrained in the national character to some degree, at least with older people.

    I like the expression “forelock tugging.” It’s so evocative of subservience and misplaced respect and deference.

    One of the reasons I don’t like British period dramas as much as many Americans do is that there can be so much insidious classism in them. “Downton Abbey” was a great example of that. It always found little ways to whitewash the class system and make it seem far more benign than it actually was. It was really Team Status Quo all the way. Give me “Peaky Blinders” over that s**t any day.

    Anyway, I’m glad the eggs didn’t hit anyone but I applaud the sentiment behind the attempt.

    • EBS says:

      I don’t disagree about the bowing and scraping, especially in older people, but any crowd that came out to see Charles and Camilla would be somewhat self-selecting. Most people liked the Queen but are generally indifferent to the rest of them (I can’t stand any of them).

    • duchess of hazard says:

      @AnneL – supposedly the majority of the support for the BRF lie with people 65 years and older. There’s a disconnect with people under thirty. So I don’t think the bow and scrape will last for too long. I hope!

      • sparrow says:

        They barely mean anything to younger people, you’re right. My kids don’t really know a thing about the RF, other than the queen has just died. One of them watched the Windsor flowers on the news by chance – she said she’d have hugged Meghan if she could have. (She knows how much I admire her.) She said it was crap that we had lost the chance of having an American over here because they are so modern. When I grew up, it was the queen this, the queen that, how everyone was jealous of us having a royal family; and we were mad for Charles and Di and then Di alone.

  23. Maeve says:

    Give them their due, they barely blinked – it’s not the first time he’s been on the receiving end and it’s very much “smile and carry on.” In most countries the security would be on top of him.
    I suppose doing a John Prescott (ex deputy PM, who was egged by someone who clearly didn’t know about Prescott’s past as a boxing champ in the merchant navy) would be out of the question. Leave that to Anne…

  24. Layla says:

    It’s giving me Joffrey baratheon

  25. one of the marys says:

    My first reaction to this is, If someone does this to William will we see an honest to God tantrum? What a bruising for his immature ego that would be!

  26. Ripley says:

    Somewhere, Diana is smiling.

  27. MY3CENTS says:

    He should just be glad people are not throwing tampons at him.

    • Jaded says:

      Oh wouldn’t that be just perfect!

    • Green Desert says:

      OMG. This must happen. 😛

    • Nikki says:

      The whole ridicule of his tampon conversation was always overblown to me. It was (supposedly) a PRIVATE conversation between lovers, and he basically was saying her vagina is so wonderful, he wished he could just stay there! And it wasn’t a statement directed at a woman 30 years younger, it was for his girlfriend of decades. I thought it was pretty funny, but in a good way, Having been raised with a lot of shame and also negative ideas about female sexuality, I thought it was somewhat uplifting to know he had such robust love chats with his longtime love, well past the flush of youth. Lastly, how unbelievably intrusive to have your most private conversation trumpeted before the world to humiliate you? I’m sure y’all have said something you’re glad the entire world had not been privy to.

      • HeatherC says:

        Intrusive yes. But both the tampon and wonderful vagina were married to other people when it happened (1989), so she shouldn’t have been his girlfriend for decades. That’s where the source of the resulting ridicule lay.

      • sparrow says:

        I think Nikki makes a good point here. We all have the right to express our sexual fantasies to our lovers. And so what if he felt about a vagina in this way. God, yes, and some the stuff I’ve said would be excruciating to hear back, and in front of other people it must be horrible. But. Context is everything in this case. Remember at this point Charles and his friends were having a field day saying Diana was mad, had lost the plot, was making things up, was mentally ill, had no O levels and was as thick as a plank. All an attempt to gaslight her instincts and knowledge. This phone call gave the lie to his (and Camilla’s) drivel. Hence the tampon’s infamy. He was treating Diana like shit and now everyone knew it. “Tampon” has become shorthand for double standards twat, and it was seen as a very clumsy analogy for someone so supposedly educated and high minded (and purer than the driven snow).

      • Tessa says:

        Camilla was married to her first husband for 22 years it could have been longer had Charles not admitted his affair with her. She could hardly be his girlfriend while married to someone else. She has 2 children and 5 grandchildren through her first marriage.

      • QuiteContrary says:

        The “flush of youth” LOL … apt for a discussion of the tampon conversation.

        Sorry, Nikki, but suggesting that he wanted to live in her vagina was weird. I’m not at all a prude, but it’s like, dude, boundaries, please.

      • A says:

        The podcast You’re Wrong About, in their episodes covering Diana, had a great and very similar take on this conversation, and I do agree with both that and your comment here as well. It was a private conversation, meant for each other’s ears only. People do and say weird, stupid things to each other when they are in a romantic relationship with each other, and it’s always going to sound odd/gross to those who come to the conversation from the outside.

        While the ridicule, at the time, was focused on the double standards and the hypocrisy of Charles trashing his wife while carrying on the affair she was accusing him of, in the present day, it’s very much focused on the fact that he said he wished he was a tampon. The hypocrisy of the larger context does not land for the current generation in the way it did for the people who were there to witness this happen.

        Also, I’ve been watching The Crown, and I’m up to episode 6 now. Charles gets treated VERY lightly in the aftermath of this call, as portrayed by the show. I’m fairly certain that Peter Morgan has actually listened to those same episodes of You’re Wrong About, bc he has Anne parrot the exact same takes that Michael Hobbes had on the show. So creative, Peter Morgan ain’t.

        Another instance where the source of the material is painfully clear is when Penny Knatchbull talks with the Queen abt how Queen Mary and Empress Alexandra had a rivalry from childhood, and that Queen Mary told her husband to not rescue the Russian Imperial family bc of that. I know exactly where that take comes from, and I won’t link to that blog bc while the person who runs it has a lot of insight pulled together from tons of sources abt the royals, they are also very irresponsible in their coverage of Meghan, and I don’t want to give them clicks.

        But suffice it to say, Peter Morgan ain’t slick.

      • Emily_C says:

        It was not a sexual fantasy. It was not a sexual conversation. It was Charles whining about how he always wanted to be attached to his comfort object.

        Camilla had to go on and on and ON about how she had absolutely no achievements to try to get SOME kind of emotional support from Charles, and he finally said “Your greatest achievement is loving me.”

        The conversation is disgusting BECAUSE IT IS NOT SEXUAL. If it were phone sex, whatever. It’s completely not. It’s Charles rolling around in self-pity about how he is the most unfortunate person ever and he just wishes he could constantly be attached to his comfort object — emphasis on object, because he sure doesn’t treat Camilla like a person.

  28. Deering24 says:

    Eheheheh. As The Penguin in Batman Retuns so aptly asked, “Why is there always someone who brings eggs and tomatoes to a speech?” 🤪🤣

  29. Sparky says:

    I agree as well. As with the beer can throwing at Ted Cruz, I can’t condone/endorse the violence but behind closed doors…

  30. Bettyrose says:

    I appreciate the sentiment but as a vegan I’d like to recommend mildly firm tofu balls. I assure you the splat will be quite satisfying.

  31. Nikki says:

    I’m very glad the eggs did not hit them, and I’m pretty appalled anyone would think that would have been funny. This is a man who was born into a position. If people want to vote down the monarchy, they can do so, but meanwhile violence against is not acceptable.

  32. Lizzie says:

    I’m sure this is not the first time. IIRC, years ago the car C&C were in was egged. I can still see the pic in my mind.

  33. aquarius64 says:

    The Firm can’t be happy this egg toss was reported. It made it into the Washington Post in the US. Apparently not everyone is not feeling all warm and fuzzy for the new king and his consort. No the egg should not have landed on Chuck because it would have earned him sympathy. I bet there is internal polling showing no great love for these two in the UK. No wonder they are panicking about The Crown and Harry’s memoir; they’re afraid these things will turn the public against the monarchy.

    • SueBarbri33 says:

      Yup. The internal polling on C&C must be a nightmare. That’s my takeaway from the past few months. I think Charles is unpopular, but it’s nothing compared to Camilla. There’s no organic support for her on social media, no enthusiasm anywhere. It’s fascinating.

  34. jferber says:

    It would be nice if one landed in his face. What a photo op! “King Charles with Egg All Over His Face.” Because that caption is bound to define his reign. Of course, the person who threw it would be beaten and jailed, maybe for attempted murder. So glad we don’t have an official overlord. We just get them by stupidly voting them in.

  35. QuiteContrary says:

    What a waste of a good egg. (And by good egg, I mean the actual egg, not Chaz.)

  36. Sydneygirl says:

    My oh my…the chickens and their bum nuggets have come home to roost, haven’t they?