Man runs in front of King Charles III's car, tries to click picture in first security scare for new monarch
LONDON, UK: A man ran in front of King Charles III's car on the A40 on Tuesday, September 13, giving him his first security scare as the monarch. The man stepped out into the road and attempted to stop the Rolls Royce vehicle as Charles was driving through West London in his cavalcade.
It seems that a member of the monarch's security team warned other passengers in a Range Rover following them of the threat. Two security personnel responded by opening the car's doors and forcing the man to the ground in the middle of the road. The man seemed to be trying to gain a better view at the new king's caravan at first, and looked to be trying to click a picture on his phone.
Charles was traveling to RAF Northolt in order to take a private flight up to Edinburgh, where his mother's body is still laying. In honour of his late mother, the new monarch had just completed speaking to MPs in Westminster Hall while quoting Shakespeare. As Shakespeare puts it, Queen Elizabeth was "a pattern to all princes living," he remarked.
The King declared that in his new position, he would "faithfully follow" his mother's "model of selfless responsibility," referring to Parliament as the "alive and breathing instrument of our democracy." The procession of his mother's coffin to St Giles' Cathedral is one of his Monday afternoon obligations in Edinburgh. The preparations for the Queen's laying in state provide a "huge task," according to the new head of the Metropolitan Police, who spoke on Monday about the security problems the force in London faces.
Prior to that, the Queen's casket will be on display in Westminster Hall for a number of days so that members of the public can pay their respects. According to instructions on the official government website, thousands of people are expected to attend over the next few days, with lengthy lines and overnight stays anticipated. On September 19, the funeral is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am.
While a new monarch replaces the dead monarch immediately after the death, the proclamation, which includes a statement from the new monarch and the taking of an oath to the Church of Scotland, usually occurs a few days later. Despite being in Kenya at the time of the accession, Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne following the passing of her father, George VI. Accordingly, the council convened and carried out the first portion of the proclamation without her participation until she showed up later that month for the execution of the second part.