Video: Queen Consort Camilla in hot water after seemingly ignoring pōwhiri at Westminster Abbey

  • 16/03/2023
"She cared more for her hat than for the people in the cold. Rude!"
"She cared more for her hat than for the people in the cold. Rude!" Photo credit: BBC

Queen Consort Camilla has been captured seemingly ignoring and walking past a pōwhiri outside Westminster Abbey earlier this week, sparking anger online. 

All eyes were on King Charles and the Queen Consort Camilla as they entered Westminster Abbey on Monday (local time) to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

As the royal pair exited their vehicle and entered through the gates of Westminster Abbey, Ngāti Rānana London Māori Club was there welcoming King Charles and Camilla with a pōwhiri. 

In footage captured by the BBC, the King is seen walking through the gates of Westminster Abbey, with Camilla not too far behind - tightly holding down her hat from being blown away by the wind.

Once the King and Camilla reach the cobblestone path of Westminster Abbey, King Charles stops in front of Ngāti Rānana to take in their pōwhiri, unlike the Queen Consort.

Camilla continues to walk towards the steps of the church, still clutching at her blue hat. She's seen glancing over her shoulder at Ngāti Rānana as their pōwhiri continues. 

The Queen Consort then reaches the steps of Westminster Abbey and gives one last look at the pōwhiri before making her way towards the entrance. 

The Queen Consort's apparent blasé attitude towards the pōwhiri has angered some Twitter users.

"Wow, I can't believe she did that! There need to be a bunch of Not My Queen signs out there too," tweeted one. 

"These beautiful people stood outside in the cold in bare feet to greet them and she does this????" tweeted another. 

Another shared the same concern tweeting: "She cared more for her hat than for the people in the cold. Rude!"

After Ngāti Rānana's pōwhiri, the King gave members a hongi before the two continued inside where King Charles delivered his first Commonwealth Day speech as monarch.

The King paid tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth. He said he draws "great strength from her example" and remembered her "particular pride" in the Commonwealth.

"The Commonwealth has been a constant in my own life, and yet its diversity continues to amaze and inspire me," he added. 

The King took a different approach to the late Queen Elizabeth and didn't pre-record his address, instead attending in person.