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King Charles' Sausage Fingers refers to the thick-looking fingers of King Charles III of the United Kingdom, which many find to be unusually and perhaps frighteningly large. While Charles has long been criticized for the size of his fingers, memes about them became especially prominent following the death of his mother Elizabeth II on September 8th, 2022, and Charles' subsequent accession to the throne, particularly a close-up image of his hands in a photo where he was wearing a grey suit.

Origin

In a 1948 letter to a former teacher, written shortly after Charles was born, then-Princess Elizabeth II reported that he had an "interesting pair of hands for a baby."[1] In a letter shortly after his son Prince William was born, Charles wrote to a friend that the boy had "sausage fingers just like mine," indicating that the source of the large fingers may be genetic. Other possibilities include a purported cardiovascular condition or arthritis.[2]

Charles has long been mocked for his large fingers online dating back to at least 2011. For example, various tweets and commentary from the early 2010s survive on Twitter, including one posted by user @JiggyJulie on April 6th, 2011 (shown below).[3]

Julie Dawn Bryant @JiggyJulie WWWHAT is goin on with Prince Charles' fingers in today's "OK"????? They look like jumbo sausages!!!!!!!!!!!!! 9:52 PM Apr 6, 2011. Twitter Web Client

Charles' fingers also were satirized by the British press and comedians, including by the Twitter account of the comedy show "Have I Got News For You," which joked about Charles' fingers on September 4th, 2015, earning over a hundred likes in roughly seven years.[4]

HAVE GOTNI Have I Got News For You @haveigotnews FOR YOU : 4-gun salute to celebrate Queen's longest reign almost drowned out by drumming of Prince Charles' fingers. 1:00 PM Sep 9, 2015 TweetDeck 116 Retweets 104 Likes

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Aside from sporadic discussions online about his abnormal fingers, a November 24th, 2019, photo taken of Charles during a state visit to the Solomon Islands later became a common point of reference for those joking about his fingers because it displayed them quite prominently.[5] For example, Twitter user @deYook commented (seen below) on the fingers on June 2nd, 2020, using the photograph, earning almost 170,000 likes in two years.[6]

palands SUNRISE FORGOTTEN SCOUSE HOUSE P otiveena CHAVE Forgotten Scouse House @ForgottenScouse Prince Charles' fingers have proper upset me Coco 10:28 AM Jun 13, 2020 Twitter for Android . 20.3K Retweets 12.8K Quote Tweets 169.9K Likes !!!

Following his mother Elizabeth's death in early September 2022, memes about the fingers of Charles III were posted widely online. For example, the Twitter account @knigcharles_III (a parody account of the monarch) posted a tweet about the fingers on September 11th, 2022, earning over 1,300 likes in a single day.[7]

Not King Charles @kingcharles_III Giving the throne to whoever can pull this ring outta my finger 9:40 PM Sep 11, 2022. Twitter for iPhone : 85 Retweets 15 Quote Tweets 1,339 Likes

Various Examples

$JCC @boomyoureout King Charles III fingers 12:16 AM Sep 10, 2022 Twitter for iPhone . 1 Retweet 25 Likes :
Cloudy (estrogen angel) @oncloud_e sticking my hand in a beehive before i finger her to give her that prince charles 8:25 PM Sep 12, 2022 Twitter for Android . 119 Retweets 10 Quote Tweets 2,769 Likes
Lily Simpson has blue hair + pronouns @LilySimpson1312 King Charles WILL see all your mean tweets about the monarchy and his fingers, he is reading them right now off a tablet held by a servant 3:05 PM Sep 12, 2022. Twitter for Android 15 Retweets 210 Likes

PRAISE P SE HELL RAISE H BURN D NMOO NI Kristi Yamaguccimane @wapplehouse I swear to god if I see Prince Charles fingers on this site one more time 6:10 AM Sep 10, 2022 Twitter for iPhone : 61 Retweets 5 Quote Tweets 1,106 Likes
ThelainDuncanSmiths @ThelDSmiths Sep 9 Whenever Charles fumbles with his big sausage fingers you dropped this King 2 10 76 : ST
joons boobs @jjkweeknd prince charles has no right to stop taking harrys calls when his fingers look like sausages 3:22 AM Mar 8, 2021 Twitter for iPhone . 21 Retweets 1 Quote Tweet 174 Likes :

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