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King Charles III and Queen Camilla’s arrival in York for an incredibly poignant engagement has been tarnished by a lone protester who tried to throw an egg at the sovereign. The protester was heard screaming the UK was built on the blood of slavery.

Police quickly bundled him to the ground while people screamed “shame on you” at him and cheered on Charles by chanting “God save the King”.

This disruption came as hundreds of well-wishers and the musical band The York Waits lined in central York to welcome the royal couple.

Their Majesties travelled to York to unveil a statue of the late Queen Elizabeth II at York Minster.

Speaking ahead of their arrival, Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell said this would mark a “very significant moment” in the history of the city and the nation.

He told The York Press: “It is a really good thing for York that he (the King) will be here. It is a very significant moment, and very exciting.”

The seven-foot-tall statue, carved by local stonemason Richard Bossons, had been commissioned to mark the Platinum Jubilee, the historic 70th year on the throne of Her late Majesty.

The fact the statue is being unveiled following the death of the sovereign by her successor adds “meaning and poignancy” to the already important event, the Archbishop also said.

The artwork depicts the late monarch dressed in the Garter Robes of the Order of the Garter and with the George IV diadem she would traditionally wear for the State Opening of Parliament.

The unveiling and blessing of the statue will be preceded by a short service in the cathedral.

This is the first statue of Elizabeth II to be unveiled since her death in September 8.

The Queen Consort and King’s visit will continue later this afternoon, when they will head to Doncaster to confer it city status.

Doncaster is one of the eight places to have been given this honour during the Jubilee year – alongside Bangor, Colchester, Douglas, Dunfermline, Milton Keynes, Stanley and Wrexham. 

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