Hundreds gather to see King Charles III at Ealing Broadway shopping centre

Image above: King Charles visits Ealing Broadway – Screen grab from royal family YouTube channel

King visits Ealing and local community groups

Hundreds of people gathered at Ealing Broadway shopping centre on Thursday (7 December) to see King Charles III, who came to meet six local volunteer-run community groups awarded The King’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The King spoke to members of the voluntary groups and toured the Christmas market stalls, engaging with local business owners and briefly meeting Santa and two elves.

The recipients of The King’s Award for Voluntary Service and The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service included:

  • Ealing Wildlife Group (KAVS 2023)
  • LAGER Can (QAVS 2021)
  • Descendants (QAVS 2019)
  • PACE (QAVS 2021)
  • Mael Gael (QAVS 2021)
  • The William Hobbayne Charity (QAVS 2022)

The King also met local school children from Christ The Saviour COE Primary School and a Polish choir, who performed Christmas carols at the Town Square Stage.

Dr Rupa Huq, the MP for Ealing Central and Acton, met the King at the entrance of Ealing Broadway shopping centre. She later posted on X:

‘Honoured to welcome his Majesty King Charles 3rd to Ealing Shopping centre today with [the] Mayor of Ealing – fittingly seeing as the late Queen opened it in 1985. I did not bunk off school that day like most of [the] rest of Ealing did but Labour whips let me attend today.’

Above: Posted on X by Rupa Huq – MP for Ealing Central and Acton

‘Please call for a ceasefire’

In a video widely circulated online and reported by Middle East Eye, one woman can be heard shouting ‘Free Palestine’ and asking the King to call for a ceasefire, while he explored the Christmas markets.

In the footage, the female protestor says:

“Free Palestine King Charles! Merry Christmas! Free Palestine!”

The King does not respond directly to the woman, instead continuing to greet other members of the crowd.

Police officers, and the security team created a human barrier between him and the woman, who continued to shout as he walked away.

Above: Post on X by Middle East Eye showing King Charles being confronted with a pro-Palestinian protestor