King Charles learns new handshake and fist bumps West Indies cricket players

In video footage from the meeting, His Majesty could be seen speaking and joking with the players

The King bumped fists and learnt new handshakes in a meeting with the West Indies cricket team over the weekend.

Charles, as head of the Commonwealth, expressed his care and concern for those affected by Hurricane Beryl as he met the squad at Buckingham Palace on Saturday.

In video footage from the audience, His Majesty could be seen speaking and joking with the players.

Of the event, team Captain Kraigg Brathwaite said: “We were honoured to be invited and it was a great opportunity for the whole team to be here.

“Hurricane Beryl has been devastating but we want to make West Indians proud and put a smile on their faces during these tough times.”

Brathwaite said he had a “good chat” with Charles, including speaking about horses, and that he was hoping to “make the region proud” with their performances.

King Charles III takes part in an elaborate handshake with Jeremiah Louis, during a meeting with members of the West Indies cricket team. Credit: PA

The King met with the West Indies team ahead of its first Test match against England on July 10, before two further Tests are played between the nations at Trent Bridge in Nottingham and Edgbaston, in Birmingham, later this month.

Earlier this week, the King sent his and his family’s “heartfelt condolences” to the people of the region, following the death and destruction caused by the hurricane.

Charles spoke with the prime ministers of Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica on Friday to hear more about the situation on the ground, Buckingham Palace said.

It is understood the King has asked to be kept informed about the situation of those affected by Hurricane Beryl, and will likely make further calls with leaders in the coming days.

The UK has announced a new support package up to £500,000 for Caribbean countries affected by the destruction of the hurricane, which was the earliest Category 5 hurricane on record to form in the Atlantic.

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