King Charles Fingers: On Saturday (6 May), Charles III was crowned King in a grand coronation ceremony held in Westminster Abbey. After his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, the nation’s longest-reigning queen, passed away, he took the throne.

However, fans of the royal family have expressed concern over photos in which the King’s fingers appeared excessively red and swollen. Oedema is a disorder that has been theorized to be the source of swelling by several medical professionals.

In a letter to her former piano instructor, the late Queen Elizabeth II noted that the King’s hands have been a subject of conversation ever since the day of his birth. “The baby is very sweet, and we are so proud of him,” she added. He has an interesting pair of hands for a baby. They are rather large, but with fine long fingers quite unlike mine and certainly unlike his father’s. What they develop into will be intriguing to watch. It still seems surreal to me that I have my own child.”

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King Charles himself also referred to his hands in a letter to a friend after Prince William’s birth. He wrote: “I can’t tell you how excited and proud I am. He really does look surprisingly appetizing and has sausage fingers just like mine.”

Charles’ digits have drawn national attention in recent years. Photographs of his visibly swollen hands sparked concerns about his health. These included pictures of him pulling a pint of beer during a visit to Clapham Old Town in South London. He was celebrating the re-opening of non-essential stores in May 2021. Similar photos were taken during a 2019 trip to India.

In a speech honoring Prince Charles’s 70th birthday in 2018, Prince William joked about his father’s “sausage fingers” and urged him to stop sending so many letters so he could spend more time with his grandchildren.