King Charles makes unexpected appearance at Glastonbury in the form of famous 'sausage fingers'

King Charles's 'sausage fingers' made it to Glastonbury in a pretty surprising way

King Charles's sausage fingers Glastonbury
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King Charles's famous 'sausage fingers' were spotted at Glastonbury Festival over the weekend in a rather unexpected way. 

King Charles's 'sausage fingers' are often a topic of conversation among royal fans, especially when the new monarch's swollen hands are noticeable in photographs, sparking a wave of concerned questions on social media. 

Over the years, it's been noted that King Charles's hands and fingers are often particularly red and swollen when he steps out for royal engagements - and the King himself is said to have joked about the trait in the past, dubbing them his 'sausage fingers' himself. 

King Charles's sausage fingers Glastonbury

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According to royal biography Charles, The Man Who Will Be King, the King penned a letter to a close friend following the birth of his first son, Prince William, writing, "I can’t tell you how excited and proud I am. He really does look surprisingly appetising and has sausage fingers just like mine."

Over the weekend, King Charles's viral fingers even made an appearance in the form of a huge flag with a closeup of his hands printed on.

In a photograph shared by Glasto-goer @NickScottNolan on Twitter, Charles's fingers featuring his signature pinky ring can be seen billowing in the wind on the huge flag, with Charles's unexpected and unconventional appearance at the famous festival at Somerset's Worthy Farm no doubt prompting a few chuckles from onlookers. 

With Charles's hands having attracted lots of attention online, social media users often express concern over why the King's hands look the way they do. 

King Charles's 'sausage fingers' are thought to a result of a condition called dactylitis, which according to Healthline is a "severe inflammation of the finger and toe joints". 

Dactylitis can be caused by severe water retention or infections, although the most common cause of the swelling is psoriatic arthritis, a disease that causes the immune system to attack the tissue surrounding the joints. 

The NHS website explains that the condition can get 'progressively worse' in later life, adding, "If psoriatic arthritis is diagnosed and treated early, its progression can be slowed down and permanent joint damage can be prevented or minimized".

Caitlin Elliott
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Caitlin is News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Caitlin started on local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree. She also worked in Fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team. Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role.