Son of Pink Floyd star charged over royal riot

12th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

The son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has been charged over the attack on Prince Charles' convoy during a student riot, a London court heard Friday.

Charlie Gilmour, 21, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with violent disorder during the attack.

A car carrying the heir to the throne and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was attacked on December 9 last year as they made their way to a gala performance in London.

The incident happened after a major student protest outside parliament over university tuition fees.

Gilmour allegedly sat on the front of a car carrying royal protection officers which was in Charles and Camilla's three-car convoy.

He is also alleged to have thrown a rubbish bin at the convoy, hitting a car, but not the one containing the royals.

The Cambridge University history student did not enter a plea.

The case was adjourned until March 25.

Last December, as the government narrowly won a vote on plans to double the basic level of annual tuition fees at English universities, thousands of demonstrators protested and some went on the rampage.

Members of Parliament voted to raise the fees to 6,000 pounds (9,600 dollars, 7,100 euros), with an upper limit of 9,000 pounds, from next year.

David Gilmour married author and journalist Polly Samson in 1994, and adpoted her son Charlie.

© 2011 AFP

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