Moment King Charles III frantically motions for pens to be removed as he signs proclamation

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By stefan armitage

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Viewers are certainly seeing the funny side following a very unexpected moment from King Charles III's proclamation ceremony.

On Saturday, history unfolded as the Accession Council gathered at St James's Palace in London to officially proclaim King Charles the new monarch following the death of his mother on Thursday.

Despite automatically becoming king upon the Queen's death, it is a longstanding tradition for the Accession Council - which the Daily Mail reports dates back to the time of the Norman Conquest - to proclaim Charles the Sovereign of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, including Supreme Head of the Church of England and Commander-in-Chief of Britain's Armed Forces, as well as Head of State of the Commonwealth and British territories around the world.

History was also made as it was also the first time the event was televised for the public to see.

And the live television cameras captured a royal gem of a moment unfold before the viewers' eyes.

As King Charles III took his seat to sign the rather large Royal Proclamation, he could be seen frantically motioning for an aide to ink pots.

After signing the first part of the document (with a pen he received as a gift from sons Prince William and Prince Harry), King Charles appeared to become flustered as space on the desk started to dwindle.

With a grimace on his face, the new king then desperately motioned for the pen tray to be removed from the desk.

Despite the historic significance of the occasion, the amusing moment left viewers in hysterics - especially as many of us have been asking ourselves over the last two days; "I wonder what sort of king Charles will be?"

Instantly becoming a meme, social media users flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts on the bizarre moment.

"Where’s the pen guy?! King Charles seems angry and frustrated at his desk setup, summons an aide to fix it, twice. The Queen never lost her cool in public like this," entertainment reporter Mike Sington wrote.

A second added: "Charles' brief fury at the pen tray is definitely the highlight of this for me."

One viewer wrote: "They should of rehearsed for this proclamation King Charles wasn’t impressed with that pen holder thing being in his way."

One viewer also noticed that after the pen tray was removed and King Charles pocketed his own, Prince William - the new Prince of Wales - was left having to gesture for one for himself:

Many viewers, however, sympathized with the new king, believing their should have been a much bigger desk for the papers to be sign on.

"Couldn’t they have got a bigger table?! King Charles, Prince William and the Queen Consort all having to work round the pen tray and ink wells squeezed onto the table about the size for balancing a TV dinner on," one person wrote.

Another added: "Feeling sorry for HRH Charles III. No real time to grieve. That stupidly small desk with all that crap on it being in his way to sign. Having to stand all that time."

I guess it has been 70 years since the last proclamation ceremony... there were bound to be some hiccups.

Featured image credit: BBC/Twitter

Moment King Charles III frantically motions for pens to be removed as he signs proclamation

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By stefan armitage

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Viewers are certainly seeing the funny side following a very unexpected moment from King Charles III's proclamation ceremony.

On Saturday, history unfolded as the Accession Council gathered at St James's Palace in London to officially proclaim King Charles the new monarch following the death of his mother on Thursday.

Despite automatically becoming king upon the Queen's death, it is a longstanding tradition for the Accession Council - which the Daily Mail reports dates back to the time of the Norman Conquest - to proclaim Charles the Sovereign of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, including Supreme Head of the Church of England and Commander-in-Chief of Britain's Armed Forces, as well as Head of State of the Commonwealth and British territories around the world.

History was also made as it was also the first time the event was televised for the public to see.

And the live television cameras captured a royal gem of a moment unfold before the viewers' eyes.

As King Charles III took his seat to sign the rather large Royal Proclamation, he could be seen frantically motioning for an aide to ink pots.

After signing the first part of the document (with a pen he received as a gift from sons Prince William and Prince Harry), King Charles appeared to become flustered as space on the desk started to dwindle.

With a grimace on his face, the new king then desperately motioned for the pen tray to be removed from the desk.

Despite the historic significance of the occasion, the amusing moment left viewers in hysterics - especially as many of us have been asking ourselves over the last two days; "I wonder what sort of king Charles will be?"

Instantly becoming a meme, social media users flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts on the bizarre moment.

"Where’s the pen guy?! King Charles seems angry and frustrated at his desk setup, summons an aide to fix it, twice. The Queen never lost her cool in public like this," entertainment reporter Mike Sington wrote.

A second added: "Charles' brief fury at the pen tray is definitely the highlight of this for me."

One viewer wrote: "They should of rehearsed for this proclamation King Charles wasn’t impressed with that pen holder thing being in his way."

One viewer also noticed that after the pen tray was removed and King Charles pocketed his own, Prince William - the new Prince of Wales - was left having to gesture for one for himself:

Many viewers, however, sympathized with the new king, believing their should have been a much bigger desk for the papers to be sign on.

"Couldn’t they have got a bigger table?! King Charles, Prince William and the Queen Consort all having to work round the pen tray and ink wells squeezed onto the table about the size for balancing a TV dinner on," one person wrote.

Another added: "Feeling sorry for HRH Charles III. No real time to grieve. That stupidly small desk with all that crap on it being in his way to sign. Having to stand all that time."

I guess it has been 70 years since the last proclamation ceremony... there were bound to be some hiccups.

Featured image credit: BBC/Twitter