Thousands of people gave a warm welcome to King Charles III on Friday when he arrived at Buckingham Palace in London, where the royal standard was hoisted for the first time in his honor, and the new monarch took a long walk waving to the crowd.
Carlos flew to London from Scotland, after spending the night in the balmoral castle, where his mother Elizabeth II died. When she arrived in the official car at the palace, she shook hands with many present amid cries of “God save the king!”
But a woman went beyond the handshake and dared to kiss the monarch on the cheek, skipping any type of protocol.
“I couldn’t believe it and I said, ‘Can I give you a kiss?’ And he said, ‘Well, yes.’ So I grabbed it and I’m very happy,” Jenny Assiminios explained to the network. CNN in a short interview later.
“It never crossed my mind (that I would ever kiss a king),” he said.
She added that he looked sad and that it was “just a feeling” that came over her to comfort him as she mourned her mother.
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“It’s lovely, it’s perfect,” said Assiminios, who said he loves the royal family and follows their lives closely.
The kiss is more than a simple anecdote. It shows the firstborn son of Queen Elizabeth II as a monarch near. The BBC indicated that Carlos III always exhibited a serious character, but as he reached old age, he became more affable, “like a grandfather.”
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