King Charles has appeared visibly relieved as he signed the oaths at his coronation ceremony without a hitch.
The monarch hit the headlines last September as he tried to sign a visitor’s book at Hillsborough Castle near Belfast – but his pen didn’t work.
King Charles reacted with frustration in front of cameras after the pen he was using leaked on him.
Thankfully the day of his coronation has not been marred with such a stationery mishap, with his fountain pen working as normal.
But it seems Charles was having trouble screwing the lid back onto his pen, appearing to grimace after signing the oath.
The King, who is known to carry his own fountain pen for when he is frequently called on to sign visitors’ books during royal visits, grimaced when he screwed the top back on the pen.
Queen Camilla appeared to smirk at her husband’s stationery difficulties.
As he took the oath, the King said: ‘I, Charles, do solemnly and sincerely in the presence of God profess, testify, and declare that I am a faithful Protestant, and that I will, according to the true intent of the enactments which secure the Protestant succession to the throne, uphold and maintain the said enactments to the best of my powers according to law.’
He then signed copies of the oaths, presented by the Lord Chamberlain, while the choir sang.
Speaking during the pen mishap last year he said ‘Oh god I hate this (pen)!’ while standing up and handing the pen to his wife, Camilla.
‘Oh look, it’s going everywhere,’ Camilla replied as her husband wiped his fingers.
‘I can’t bear this bloody thing… every stinking time,” Charles said as he walked away.
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When completing the documents he also used the wrong date, before checking with an aide who told him it was September 13 and not September 12.
When he signed documents during his first Privy Council meeting in September, Charles was criticised on social media when he gestured for an ornate pen holder to be taken away by an aide.
Later it was back in place, after privy councillors used its pens to sign documents, but Charles once again took offence to the item, when called upon to give his signature, and pulled a face before it was removed again.
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