This is the hilarious moment a historical reenactment goes wrong after an actor playing a king loses control of his horse and is dumped in a lake.
The actor was dressed as King Charles II and was attempting to shoot a melon from horseback when his steed got spooked and bolted towards the lake.
He was playing the role of the King for a Horses Through History event atÂ Audley End House and Gardens outside Saffron Walden in Essex, which is renowned as one of the finest Jacobean houses in the country.
The actor, who was playing Charles II, was taking part in a Horses Through History event where he was performing a stuntÂ attempting to shoot a melon from horseback
However, his horse was spooked by the action and, as several people watched on in the Bank Holiday sun, the animal bolted for the lake in panic, with the man struggling to hold on
This was the moment that the panicked horse dived straight into the lake, with the actor playing Charles II unceremoniously dumped in a spray of water
The horse immediately bolted after it regained its bearings and the actor could be seen struggling to get back to his feet with his hair and clothes, an elaborate King outfit for the reenactment, completely drenched
As the actor clung to the back of his horse, the panic animal scrambled towards the lake before diving into it with a huge splash.
The actor was sent diving into the water and could be seen flailing momentarily.Â
The animal quickly regained its bearings and bolted from the scene, though the actor struggled for a few moments longer, his ceremonial clothing completely drenched.Â Â
A crowd of people enjoying the Bank Holiday sun looked on in amazement as the actor playing Charles II clambered back to his feet.
Thankfully, he smiled ruefully and waved at the crowd, seemingly none the worse for wear after getting dumped in the lake.Â
The description for the event reads: ‘Take a horse ride through history and enjoy a series of spectacular horse displays and activities, laid on to impress King Charles II for his royal visit to Audley End. Stand in line for the arrival of the merry monarch and his Queen, Catherine of Braganza.’Â
However, the actor sees the funny side of the entire event and can be seen smiling widely as he clambers to his feet while the audience look on rapt with interest
He eventually staggers out of the lake, smile and hair still plastered to his face, while the crowds snap photos of him and excited children ask whether it is part of the act
A fellow actor, also playing a kingly figure but with a much-less temperamental steed, trots up to the edge of the lake to check on his colleague who can be seen exiting the water