Charles and Camilla hit Covent Garden for first engagement since coronation

The King and Queen visited Convent Garden today in their first joint royal engagement since the coronation.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla made the visit to celebrate the 390th anniversary of St Paul’s Church.

They met performers, traders and schoolchildren from St Clement Danes Church of England Primary School.

They are pictured receiving flowers from the youngsters – with Camilla giving one child a nice pat on the head.

The King and Queen then paused to briefly watch part of a Punch and Judy puppet show on the church’s stairs before heading inside.

While the King greeted actors who regularly perform at the church through its in-house theatre company, Iris Theatre, the Queen spent time with the church’s Drama for Healing group.

The group was established in 2019 and works with women who have experienced domestic abuse.

The couple then headed out to Covent Garden to greet waiting fans and the King joked ‘I’m sorry we got in your way’ as he shook hands with tourists from Singapore and Canada on his way to Covent Garden Apple Market.

Once at the market, the pair chatted with surprised traders and complimented their handmade items.

Afshan Shamas, 57, showed the King her handmade jewellery and made the King laugh by offering him a crown she had made.

She said: ‘I told him about my background, 20 years in banking.

‘I told him I had a spare crown and he asked if I made everything (at the stall).

‘A meet and greet was so lovely.’

The King and Queen took extra time to meet visitors at the edge of Covent Garden before wrapping up their visit by meeting artists and staff from the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera and the orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

The visit marks the couple’s first joint royal engagement since the coronation.

He became the country’s 40th monarch at Westminster Abbey in a ceremony full of pomp and grandeur on May 6.

Queen Camilla was also crowned and anointed alongside her husband.

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