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Man jumps off barrier and tries to run in front of King Charles III’s car as police bundle him on the ground
- Spectator tackled by police after he jumped a barrier before King Charles arrived
- New King prepared to drive through crowds after his entry ceremony
- The man was handcuffed and walked through the crowd cheering for the police
A spectator at King Charles’ accession ceremony was knocked to the ground and arrested after jumping over a barrier and trying to run in front of the monarch’s oncoming car.
Video of the incident shows five police officers taking swift action, chasing the man through The Mall towards Buckingham Palace and immobilizing him within seconds.
The man was promptly handcuffed and searched by police before being led through the crowd to a waiting police van.
Dressed in a plain black t-shirt and skinny jeans, the man peered out into the crowd as an officer marched him past thousands of jeering spectators.
The man was promptly handcuffed and searched by police before being led through the crowd to a waiting police van
King Charles III waves Saturday afternoon as his convoy drives into London’s Buckingham Palace just hours after his accession ceremony
A Met Police spokesperson told MailOnline: “An arrest has been made after a man ran into the mall and broke the barrier in place.
“The incident was immediately brought under control by officers and the man is in custody.”
The officers received effusive applause and cheers from the crowd for quickly getting up to stop the man, allowing the procession for King Charles to proceed without a hitch.
Footage of the incident was quickly shared on social media and received mixed reactions from the public.
A user who also claimed to be among the crowd said the man was likely trying to cross the street, noting that it was a “nightmare” to leave because of the crowds.
A Met Police spokesman told MailOnline: ‘An arrest has been made after a man ran into the mall and broke the barrier in place’
The man was marched through the crowd and brought into a waiting police van on Saturday afternoon
Five officers ran up to the man and tackled him to the ground within seconds of breaking the barrier
King Charles III signs the proclamation at London’s St James’s Palace this morning during the historic ceremony
But others argued that regardless of the man’s intentions, the police on the ground “couldn’t take any chances” when it came to Charles III and his safety.
The King was greeted warmly as he made his way through the crowd to Buckingham Palace on Saturday afternoon.
He was seen laughing through the tears as he waved to the crowd of thousands from the backseat of Rolls-Royce State.
Well-wishers waited hours for a glimpse of the monarch, who automatically became king on Thursday after the death of his mother the Queen, but was formally proclaimed earlier today by the Accession Council at St. James’s Palace.
At 10 a.m. this morning, the Accession Council – an ancient body of advisers dating back to the time of the Norman Conquest – formally announced its role as Sovereign of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, including the Supreme Head of the Church of England and Commander in Chief of the British Armed Forces, as well as Head of State of Commonwealth countries and British territories around the world.
Dressed in a plain black t-shirt and skinny jeans, the man peered off the crowd as an officer marched him past thousands of jeering spectators
The Prince of Wales, The Queen, King Charles III and Lord Council President Penny Mordaunt during the Accession Council at St James’s Palace
For the first time in its centuries-old history, broadcasting cameras were invited to the historic event – one of the first changes to the convention initiated by the new king.
Shortly after 10:20 a.m., Charles III made a personal statement on the passing of his beloved mother Queen Elizabeth II.
He vowed to “maintain constitutional government and seek the peace, harmony and prosperity of the peoples of these islands and of the realms and territories of the Commonwealth throughout the world.”
The king also passed an order that the day of the queen’s funeral be a public holiday.