A Cypriot woman who managed to kiss the newly-proclaimed King Charles III on the cheek as he greeted well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace has said she will “take that kiss with her forever.”
Jennifer Assiminios was among the crowd of people who gathered outside the royal residence on Friday, September 9th to greet the new monarch.
The bold Cypriot was caught on camera exchanging some words with the King of England before he leaned forward to greet her back in the most candid way possible.
Thousands of people had gathered outside Buckingham Palace to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II who died at the age of 96—among them Assiminios who is an admirer of the royal family.
The video footage captured from the scene and shared on Twitter by WPRI soon became viral.
Cypriot woman to King Charles: May I kiss you?
In a later interview with CNN, Assiminios said the King ‘looked sad,’ but she couldn’t believe he was right there in front of her.
“I [saw] him in front of me. I couldn’t believe it and I said ‘may I kiss you?’ He said ‘well, yes’ so I grabbed him,” she said, stressing that she did ask for permission before leaning in.
“I am very happy,” she revealed. “Thank you God for letting me see him and kiss him.”
When asked what it was like to kiss the King, she answered: “Oh, my God I nearly fell. I am going to take that kiss [with me] forever.”
When further questioned about the kiss, the woman stated that King Charles “was lovely about it and smiled.”
She said the King looked into her eyes and she understood that he was okay about it.” She also said, “I know people will support King Charles just like they have supported the Queen during her wonderful reign,” The Daily Mail reported.
However, she said that she is proud to have been the first member of the public to kiss the new King.
Charles III was formally proclaimed King of the United Kingdom and fourteen other Commonwealth realms at a historic ceremony at St. James’s Palace in London on Saturday morning.
Crowds of people gathered at the barriers ahead of the formal ceremony, known as the Accession Council, which began at 10 a.m. BST to proclaim the late Queen Elizabeth II’s first-born son, Charles, King.