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Cypriot woman breaches royal protocol with a kiss

Foreign media track down woman who leaned forward and kissed King Charles outside Buckingham

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A video of a Greek Cypriot woman kissing King Charles outside Buckingham Palace is going viral, with foreign media following the story to discover a big fan of the family who was overcome with emotions.

Jenny Assiminios from Cyprus was identified by foreign media this week as the woman who leaned forward and kissed King Charles on the cheek.

"I have seen him in front of me. I couldn't believe it and I said to him, 'May I kiss you?' He said 'Well, yes,' so I grabbed him and I was very happy," Assiminios told CNN.

At one point, as the King was approaching, Assiminios grabbed his hand and then leaned forward, giving him a quick kiss on the cheek

The incident took place on Friday when King Charles III took some time outside Buckingham Palace to greet mourners and well-wishers following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

At one point, as the King was approaching, Assiminios grabbed his hand and then leaned forward, giving him a quick kiss on the cheek, with the whole incident taking fewer than 5 seconds.

"Thank you, God, for letting me see him and kiss him,” said Assiminios, who had been unknown for the first couple of days as news networks set out to find her.

Assiminios, who was overcome with emotions when she leaned forward, later revealed she felt she had an affinity with King Charles, the firstborn son of the late Prince Philip.

The Cypriot royal fan told CNN that her late husband was from Greece, same as Philip’s birthplace.

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