My guess is that he's trying to find his mobile phone so that he can take a picture.
Could be. He seems to be reaching in his pocket.
The royal couple's visible outrage and shock, captured by Matt Dunham
"outrage and shock?"
I'd say dawning fear.
Martin Rowson in the Guardian has a cartoon of the incident with Charles saying "For God's sake, Driver, get us back to Versailles"
2010-12-11 07:18 pm (UTC)
Let them eat free-range organic Duchy Originals cake!
Our man, our Breughel peasant, looks vaguely bothered, but he's not looking at what we're looking at, he may even be unaware of it. Instead he's looking a little to the right, with a long-distance gaze, at something behind our backs.
I love how you write about things. Thank you.
I saw that story and my first thought was, "How stupid were they to try to get to their destination in spite of a riot outside? What part of street violence do they not understand?"
I really wonder if it sank in.
Charles and Camilla's route took them nowhere near the official site of the demonstration- and should have been safe- but the police had lost control of the situation and bands of protesters we wandering at large through central London. It was one of these random, rag-tag groups that the royal motorcade encountered on Regent Street.
Ture, but it's exactly the nature of riots that they drift and flux and get out of control. I guess I still have such vivid memories of the Seattle 1999 WTO* that it seems obvious to me that nowhere within about a three mile radius is reliably safe.
*(I worked less than a mile from ground zero for the riots, some of the bursts of violence came within less than a quarter mile of the office, and we saw fugitives fleeing the police who ran right past our windows. It was a very tense week.)
London hasn't seen protests of this kind for a long time and the police are a little rusty, I think. I imagine they'll have plenty of opportunity to hone their techniques over the coming months.
Mmm, excellent point. I'm not as aware as I perhaps should be about the recent history of social protest in London. I know some areas of Britain are better honed for this sort of thing, but that doesn't make London fit to deal with it.
So long as they don't consult with the Seattle police! *wry grin*
London- with its medieval street plan- and all its little wynds and alleys- must be a difficult city to lock down.
Somebody said to me yesterday that he wouldn't be surprised if they found a modern Hausmann to redesign the centre with just this in mind. (For a moment I thought he'd said Houseman, which gave me quite the wrong idea.)
With vistas cunningly contrived to frame "blue remembered hills."
The Haussman option would be vigorously opposed by the heritage lobby- and a good thing too. I don't at all like what Haussman did to Paris.
It's the look on Camilla's face, that does it for me.
It's a perfect image. A great work of art created on the spur of the moment, by a happy conjunction of accidents.