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Photo Courtesy /The bodyguard (left) flanked the King as he greeted well-wishers queuing to see the Queen lying in state© Getty Images

King Charles III's bodyguard has become an unexpected internet sensation in recent days after many suspects he has a gun 'disguised' as an umbrella. People have taken to TikTok seemingly convinced that the bodyguard protecting the new monarch is a man from the secret service.

As one might expect, people's imaginations have run wild and many have compared him to Colin Firth's character in the popular film Kingsman. Firth's character uses an umbrella as a gun in the films, which also contains a ballistic shield within the fabric of the brolly, although it's unconfirmed if King Charles' bodyguard's accessory also has all of these gadgets.

One commenter on the video said: "That thing he's holding is a GUNbrella, not an umbrella", as the bodyguard shadowed Charles. The umbrella, black with a brown handle, was hooked over the bodyguard's arm as he watched over the King who shook hands with members of the public outside the gates of Buckingham Palace.

One TikTok user called him "The silent assassin", while another said: "I love him he needs to be the next James Bond ... such an amazing guy." Others have praised his slick appearance, with one person asking, "Does he give beard maintenance tips?" Another added: "He's so handsome! Complete gent". 


Not only are people suspecting the umbrella is fake, some TikTok users are convinced that other members of Charles' security team are using fake arms and hands. Users have zoomed in on moments over the last few days where the bodyguards surrounding the King appear to have hands that look slightly inanimate.

Their still, unmoving arms suggest that perhaps there could be a weapon hidden underneath their coat. Many rumours like this have sprung up over the years.

The Queen's state funeral is due to take place today, September 19 at 11am, with thousands of military personnel marching in a procession to walk the Queen's coffin from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey. A two-minute silence will also be held at 12pm, after which Her Majesty will be taken to Windsor Castle to be laid to rest. By Hannah Cottrell, My London



Turkish Ambassador to Uganda Fikret Kerem Alp on Sunday inaugurated an orphanage center for 200 children, built with technical assistance from Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and financial assistance from Türkiye's Care Foundation.

The orphanage will provide Ugandan orphans a secure learning environment and cozy shelter.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Alp said: “Türkiye displays true brotherhood in good times and bad times.

“The Turkish government has identified child welfare as one of the areas where we can help.

"(Türkiye's) Maarif Foundation visited Uganda and held talks with the government on provision of education services to Uganda. We hope this will be achieved," said the ambassador.

The orphanage center includes classroom blocks, an administrative center, an assembly and exhibition building, play fields, parks, a large green space, and a mosque.

“This Orphanage is proof that Türkiye cares for and treats the suffering and disadvantaged people in Uganda, particularly the children, who are often left to go on the streets when their parents die," Sheikh Abdallah Ssemambo, Uganda's deputy grand mufti (Muslim cleric) said.

Ssemambo conveyed his gratitude to TIKA for carrying out projects in the country.

According to UNICEF reports, it is estimated that there are about 400 million orphans across the world. - Hamza Kyeyune, Anadolu Agency


China expects to promote strategic cooperation and deepen its partnerships with Mozambique and Burundi, Wang Yang, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, said on Tuesday.

Wang made the remarks while speaking with Mozambican Assembly President Esperanca Bias and Burundian Senate President Emmanuel Sinzohagera, via video link.

China is willing to join hands with Mozambique to strengthen political trust and strategic communication, aiming to promote deeper partnership through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and international and regional affairs coordination, Wang said during his meeting with Bias.

Wang said the National Committee of the CPPCC desires to enhance friendly exchanges with the Assembly of Mozambique and expand communication and cooperation in the fields of culture, education, health, youth and women, laying a solid foundation of political, social and public opinion development.

Noting the unbreakable friendship, Bias thanked China's consistent support and help to Mozambique, adding that the Assembly hopes further cooperation with the National Committee of the CPPCC. 

During his meeting with Sinzohagera, Wang stated that, under the guidance of both leaders, China and Burundi should promote more practical cooperation to achieve political consensus.

China, alongside other African countries, expects to implement the Global Development Initiative and Global Security Initiative and safeguard the common interests of China, Africa and other developing countries.

China also wishes to strengthen exchanges with the Senate of Burundi, Wang said.

Sinzohagera attached great importance to the development of China-Burundi relations and adherence to the one-China principle, adding that the Senate would like to deepen exchanges to achieve wider cooperation. - CGTN

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