Eggs thrown at King Charles III and Queen Consort at Micklegate Bar in York

A man has been arrested by police after eggs appeared to be thrown at King Charles during a visit to York.

The King and Camilla, the Queen Consort, were entering the city through Micklegate Bar on Wednesday when a number of eggs were thrown from the crowd.

Footage appeared to show four eggs narrowly missing His Majesty and breaking on the road nearby.

Several police officers were seen restraining the suspect on the ground behind temporary fencing set up in the city for the King’s visit.

Reports from the scene said the man was heard to shout "this country was built on the blood of slaves" as he was held.

There were jeers and shouts of "God save the King" from other spectators as the incident unfolded.

The King appeared unflustered and continued his walkabout accompanied by city dignitaries.

A man was led away after being detained at the scene. Credit: PA

One woman who was among the crowd waiting to see the King and Queen Consort branded the incident "ridiculous" while others praised the swift actions of police.

Andrea Wade, who was filming the arrival of the royal motorcade, was within feet of the man who was later arrested.

She said: "There was a commotion. I wasn't sure what was happening. I saw something get thrown, then someone said it was an egg. The next thing police were all over him and he was on the floor.

"They carried him off like a roll of carpet."

She said it had not spolied her enjoyment of the occasion. "I overheard one of the policemen say 'there's always one' and I think that's right – in this day and age it's just one of those things."

The eggs appeared to miss the King before cracking on the road. Credit: PA

North Yorkshire Police said a 23-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.

But police commander Charlotte Bloxham said the royal visit had otherwise passed off uneventfully.

"I’m pleased to report that the policing operation and the overall wider visit was successful today," she said.

"An enormous amount of planning and preparation goes into visits of this nature. I would like to thank all the officers and staff that supported today’s operation."

The King and Queen Consort are in York on the second day of the King's two-day tour of Yorkshire.

After entering the city at Micklegate Bar, Their Majesties attended a service at York Minster. Later the King unveiled a statue of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth.

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