King Charles' first joint engagement with his queen consort sees him make a joke about his leaky pen

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  • Charles and Camilla carried out various engagements on Monday as king and queen consort.
  • Charles even addressed critics in a light-hearted moment when he joked about his previous mishap with a leaky pen.
  • The couple's first engagement with their new titles comes amid news of the king's first state visit, which will take place in November, when he welcomes President Cyril Ramaphosa to the UK.

Charles and Camilla carried out their first official joint engagements Monday after becoming king and queen consort.

The royals were in Dunfermline to celebrate its new city status.

They spoke to the crowds of people who lined the Dunfermline Abbey, which celebrates its 950th anniversary this year.

In a speech to dignitaries, the king said: "We gather to celebrate this great occasion but also to commemorate the life of Her late Majesty, whose deep love for Scotland was one of the foundations of her life."

Queen Elizabeth died on 8 September, marking Charles' ascension to the throne. Dunfermline, chosen for its historic status and because it is one of the fastest growing towns in Europe, is one of eight places which will become cities to mark the queen's #PlatinumJubilee – 70 years on the throne, celebrated in June, just three months before her death.

Monday also saw the king and queen welcome guests of British Indian, Pakistani, Bangladesh, Sri Lankan, Nepalese, Bhutanese and Maldivian heritage from across the UK to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh to recognise the contribution that these communities have made to the National Health Service, Arts, Media, Education, Business and the Armed Forces.

In November, Charles will host his first state visit when he welcomes South African president Cyril Ramaphosa to the UK.

READ MORE | King Charles III to host President Cyril Ramaphosa in first state visit of reign

Charles' ascension has not been without a few blunders along the way, however. Critics have pointed out the king's short-tempered and demanding behaviour in recent weeks – on one occasion, he appeared irritated as he gestured for aides to help when a pen holder on the table got in his way; on another, a leaky pen spilt all over a visitors' book he was signing on a visit to Hillsborough Castle.

"Oh god, I hate this [pen]!" he said, getting up as Camilla assisted him. "I can't bear this bloody thing... every stinking time."

While he signed a visitor's book at a council meeting in Dunfermline on Monday, he poked fun at the mishap.

A video shared on social media sees Charles hand Camilla the pen before commenting: "These things are so temperamental." 

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