King Charles was ‘worried about getting too close to balcony edge’ at Coronation

King Charles made a comment about not getting too close to the Buckingham Palace balcony during the weekend’s Coronation celebration, says a professional lipreader.

The new monarch, 74, and Queen Consort Camilla were officially crowned at Westminster Abbey on Saturday – with thousands of people lining the streets of London to take in the pageantry while millions more watched on at home.

Following the historic ceremony, the King and Queen Consort proceeded through the capital in the Gold State Coach and returned to Buckingham Palace for their iconic balcony moment a little before 2.30pm.

As royal fans, undeterred by the grey grizzly conditions, took the positions outside the palace – Charles and Camilla stepped out onto the balcony, joined by family members including Prince William and Kate Middleton – alongside the Waleses’ children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their Coronation
King Charles III and Queen Camilla on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their Coronation

And while on the balcony, the King appeared to jokingly make a comment to Camilla.

Lipreader Elisabeth Taunton told the Mirror that Charles said: “I’m not going to get too close [to the front] so the fire service have to […run in] rescue me”.

The Queen reportedly then gestured to the younger royals on her left and said: “Move… move up, go on, come here, move up.”

She is said to have then added, in reference to her gown: “Just drop it.”

King Charles' Coronation was watched by a TV audience of 20.4 million
King Charles’ Coronation was watched by a TV audience of 20.4 million

It comes after the historic Coronation weekend which saw 20.4 million people tune in to watch Charles be crowned King.

As part of the occasion, a series of celebratory events took place up and down the country, including the Coronation Concert and The Big Help Out.

The King shared a message following the momentous weekend, in which he gave his “heartfelt thanks” to all those who helped make the historic event a reality.

The statement began: “As the Coronation weekend draws to a close, my wife and I just wanted to share our most sincere and heartfelt thanks to all those who have helped to make this such a special occasion.

King Charles' official portrait with the working royals
King Charles’ official portrait with the working royals

“We pay particular tribute to the countless people who have given their time and dedication to ensuring that the celebrations in London, Windsor and further afield were as happy, safe and enjoyable as possible.”

He added: “To those who joined in the celebrations – whether at home, at street parties and lunches, or by volunteering in communities – we thank you, each and every one.

“To know that we have your support and encouragement, and to witness your kindness expressed in so many different ways, has been the greatest possible Coronation gift, as we now rededicate our lives to serving the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and Commonwealth.”

A set of official portraits was also released on Monday to help mark the occasion – with the four photographs, taken in Buckingham Palace’s Throne Room, giving an insight into the new King’s idea of a slimmed-down monarchy.


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