Charles grumbled ‘there’s always something’ during wait outside Abbey, lip reader says

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London: King Charles grumbled to his wife before the coronation ceremony after the pair arrived early at Westminster Abbey in their horse-drawn carriage, a lip reader has claimed.

The King allegedly said “we can never be on time” and “there’s always something”, after he and Queen Camilla arrived in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, and were forced to wait for his son, the Prince of Wales and Princess Catherine before entering the Abbey.

King Charles and Queen Camilla wait in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach outside Westminster Abbey.Credit: Getty Images

The Waleses were due to appear at 10.45am, while the King and Queen’s arrival had been tightly scheduled for 10.53am.

But instead the coach pulled up outside at 10.47am.

A lip reader for Sky News said the King complained to Camilla, and said: “We can never be on time. Yes I’m… This is a negative. There’s always something… This is boring.”

Onlookers had wondered why the King and Queen remained in their carriage with photographers and the world’s television cameras trained upon them. When the bells of the Abbey started to sound at around 10.50am, the King and Queen still remained in the black-and-gold carriage.

As the King and Queen waited, two Bentleys and a security vehicle pulled up behind, carrying the Prince and Princess of Wales and their two youngest children. The Waleses had been unable to get ahead of the King.

Eventually, the King and Queen entered the Abbey with the Prince and Princess forced to join the procession through the Abbey, along with Louis and Charlotte, instead of entering before him.

Kensington Palace later confirmed that Prince William and family had arrived on time but that the King had been early.

‘One or two’ hiccups

The Bishop of Chelmsford, Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, said there had been “one or two” hiccups during the day.

A lip reader says Charles grumbled to Camilla after his carriage arrived early. Credit: AP

Speaking outside St Margaret’s Church next to the Abbey on Saturday, he said: “There were one or two things that didn’t go strictly to plan,” before adding: “I’m not going to embarrass anyone in particular.”

In the early days of his reign, King Charles appeared to become frustrated after a pen leaked while he signed a book at Hillsborough Castle. He reportedly told his aides “I can’t bear this bloody thing – every stinking time”.

It came after another pen-related incident at his Accession Council, where, while signing historic documents, he gestured for the removal of a pen holder.

Later it was back in place, after privy councillors used its pens to sign documents, but the King pulled a face before it was removed again.

The Telegraph, London

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