Moments before signing the Accession Proclamation — marking his official ascension to the throne of the British Commonwealth — the monarch found himself having to frantically gesture at aides to clear the desk where he was to ink his name on the documents.
The objects of concern consisted of a pen box and an inkwell, both of which had reportedly been gifted to him by his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. Charles could be seen on camera pointing at the items, requesting they be removed immediately.
“The servant must clear my desk for me. I can’t be expected to move things,” one person who was watching the live broadcast joked on Twitter, with another adding, “First day on the job and already he’s fed up. LOL.”