King Charles and the Queen Consort took time out during their visit to York yesterday to spend time with a young royal fan.
Jason Tweedie-Long, 5, from York, is seriously visually impaired was desperate to see the monarch, but was worried he would not spot them with his poor eyesight.
The youngster wrote a letter to York Council who passed his message on to Buckingham Palace.
Staff arranged for Jason to spend time with Their Majesties, and he can be seen in one photo standing in front of the Queen Consort in his colourful coat.
Another picture showed the boy holding hands with the King and Queen Consort, with all three beaming for the camera.
Jason Tweedie-Long (centre), 5, from York, is seriously visually impaired was desperate to see the monarch but was worried he would not spot them with his poor eyesight
The main reason for the couple’s visit was to unveil a seven-foot-tall statue of Queen Elizabeth II, designed and carved by cathedral stonemason Richard Bossons, which was originally commissioned to mark her Platinum Jubilee.
The statue, which has been kept strictly under wraps until the unveiling ceremony, depicts a ‘mature’ Queen dressed in her Order of the Garter Robes and wearing the George IV diadem traditionally used for the State Opening of Parliament
The statue is situated 25 foot up on the Minster’s West Front hidden by a screen and today had a purple silk drape over it.
Staff arranged for Jason to spend time with Their Majesties, where he can be seen in one photo standing in front of the Queen Consort in his colourful coat (pictured)
Despite the heavens opening, Their Majesties went ahead with the ceremony, with Charles telling the crowds that he he and his wife were ‘deeply touched’ to be asked to unveil the statue.
He said: ‘When this statue was first planned five years ago, during a reign of unprecedented duration and achievement, it was intended as a celebration of the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Now, as we have witnessed, with great sadness, the passing of that reign, it is unveiled in her memory, as a tribute to a life of extraordinary service and devotion.
‘The creation of this statue is also, if I may say so, a tribute to the support, affection and prayers that the community of this cathedral, and of this great city, always gave the late Queen, and all for which she stood in the life of the nation and the Commonwealth.
Charles and Camilla appeared unfazed following the egging as they continued their walkabout and greeted the crowds
The royal couple walk down the magnificent nave of York Cathedral before this morning’s service
The day was almost tarnished when an Extinction Rebellion activist tried to pelt eggs at the King
‘The late Queen was always vigilant for the welfare of her people during her life. Now, her image will watch over what will become Queen Elizabeth Square, for centuries to come – a constant example of the duty and care for others, and for our community, which is the calling and the duty we all share.’
The day was almost tarnished when an Extinction Rebellion activist tried to pelt eggs at the King.
Patrick Thelwell was bundled to the ground by four police officers while screaming ‘this country was built on the blood of slaves’. Meanwhile, onlookers shouted ‘God save the King’ and ‘shame on you’.
Footage shows four eggs flying past His Majesty and breaking on the ground beside him as he was greeted by city leaders. Charles briefly looked around to see the broken eggs, but otherwise barely reacted.
Published by Associated Newspapers Ltd
Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group