Since King Charles III took the throne, he has expressed dismay at having to use fancy pens. In a new video of him signing a guestbook at Hillsborough Castle near Belfast, the King complained about an ink-leaking pen he had to use while Queen Consort Camilla looked on. The trip to Northern Ireland was part of King Charles’ busy tour of the U.K.’s different countries in the days after Queen Elizabeth II’s death on Sept. 8.
Charles, visibly frustrated, began the video by asking an aide what the date was. When he learned it was already the 13th, he grumbled that he had mistakenly written Sept. 12 instead. He then handed the pen to Camilla as she got up, muttering “Oh God, I hate this” As ink from the pen leaked everywhere, Camilla told him calmly not to worry and that she would take care of it.
“I can’t bear this bloody thing!”: King Charles’ signing ceremony at Northern Ireland’s Hillsborough Castle proved that even royalty struggles with an insufficient pen.
“I can’t bear this bloody thing!”: King Charles’ signing ceremony at Northern Ireland’s Hillsborough Castle made one thing clear – even royalty can’t escape the frustration of an inadequate pen. pic.twitter.com/nzygNTLslX
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As the King turned away from his desk in frustration, an aide quickly ran to replace the faulty pen before he had to sign another book. “I can’t bear this bloody thing! What they do, every stinking time,” he said shaking his hands clean of any residual ink. Camilla, on the other hand, signed without issue.
The second strange occurrence involving pens for King Abdullah was when he was caught on camera in May 2014 getting frustrated with a pen box and an inkpot placed on the large desk after officially being designated king by the Accession Council at St. James’s Palace in London. He requested that they clear away the papers so he could sign the huge papers.
King Charles, after sitting down, asked his aides to remove the two objects from the desk. His son Prince William had to ask for the tray back so he could sign the documents too. Camilla as well as other dignitaries signed the documents using pens and ink pots gifted by Prince Harry and Prince William..
On Sept. 8, the Queen Mother died at 101 years old, having reigned for over 70 years, making her the longest-serving queen in history. As heir apparent, he was also the longest-serving and oldest person to become monarch in history. The Queen’s casket arrived at Buckingham Palace on Sept. 10, where it will remain in procession for four days before being taken to Parliament for lying in state for four days before burial with him. King Charles; his sons Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward; and Prince Andrew of York will follow behind the coffin during the procession,’ according to BBC News.
Approximately 100 workers at Clarence House, Prince Charles’ former official residence, have been informed that they may be laid off as the King and Queen Consort begin operating from Buckingham Palace, according to The Guardian.
During the thanksgiving service for the Queen in Edinburgh on Monday, several employees were notified by Sir Clive Alderton, the King’s top aide, that their services would no longer be required.
It’s still uncertain if King Charles will live in Buckingham Palace, but there are suggestions that he’ll continue to use Clarence House as his primary home while using the palace for official gatherings.
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