A woman in Cardiff has given King Charles a pen “just in case” after the early days of his reign were marred by a series of incidents involving…faulty pens and tantrums.
King Charles received a pen ‘just in case’ by the gathered crowd on his walk in Cardiff yesterday, following the much talked about footage of the past few days. The monarch was recently angered by a series of mishaps during his visit to Northern Ireland earlier this week.
The audience clearly sensed his frustration after clips of the monarch started circulating online showing him visibly upset by the ordeal…with the pen. A video released shows a woman in the crowd handing the pen to the King while smiling at him.
The surrounding crowd then began to applaud and laugh at the gift. Then King Charles takes the pen gracefully, examines it, and begins to laugh in turn, amused by the gesture.
The king and royal consort visited Wales yesterday on their first visit since the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The royal couple went to Llandaff Cathedral to attend a service for the late Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
However, the King he came prepared with his own pen and he was filmed calmly signing the paper in the cathedral before handing his pen and book to his wife. His decision to carry his own pen comes just days after a few drops of ink spoiled the atmosphere at Belfast’s Hillsborough Castle earlier this week.
Charles appeared flustered by dripping ink as he attempted to sign a book towards the end of his visit. He complained about the pen he used to sign his name, publicly saying he “can’t stand the damn thing” as he appeared to furiously rub the ink off his fingers.
Camilla later said she was leaving ink and asked for a replacement, as the King hurriedly turned and left the room flanked by aides. The defective pen was quickly removed and was replaced by agitated courtiers, before Camilla sat down to sign the book herself inside the historic residence.
The clip at Hillsborough Castle begins with Charles asking what the date is as he prepares to sign a guest book in front of the cameras. Venting his frustration as the pen begins to malfunction, the new King exclaims: “God I hate this [στυλό]» as he hands it to Camila. And he adds “I can’t stand this thing…”.
The incident also came days after another pen mishap, when viewers of Charles’ historic ascension to the throne were stunned to find him furiously gesturing to one of his aides to remove an inkwell. As he went to sign the historic Proclamation, the King he motioned to an assistant to move a box of pens from his desk, which viewers described as “too small” for the huge document and stationery.
Despite the gravity of the moment, viewers couldn’t help but find. entertaining the apparent difficulty the King had with the pen. Charles asked an assistant to remove the box from the table to sign the second part of the long document. The fountain pen he used to sign the important document was a gift from his sons Princes Harry and William. Some viewers joked that the new king “stole” the pen after he was spotted putting it in his pocket, before taking it out again.