Police have released dramatic footage showing the moment a mob descended on a car carrying the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Senior officers hope the images will help them identify those responsible for the attack in Regent Street in London’s West End.
A crowd of thugs who split from student tuition fee protests outside the Houses of Parliament descended on the distinctive Rolls-Royce Phantom VI.
The council CCTV camera shows the royal convoy, led by several motorcycle police outriders, slowing down as it is impeded by people in the road.
The camera pans across the vehicles as several people can be seen surrounding the royal car, kicking and hitting it.
The footage showed one young woman following the royal car and hitting the back of it. The woman, wearing a black coat, grey top and glasses, is also caught on camera as she breaks the rear window of another vehicle in the convoy with a dustbin.
Another man was filmed running alongside the car and a third man grabbed the side of it before appearing to take a photograph.
At least three metal dustbins were also hurled at two other cars in the convoy which was travelling to the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium.
The Duchess was poked in the ribs with a stick, possibly part of a placard, through an open window and white paint thrown over the vehicle. She was pictured looking shocked and distressed and they were forced to leave afterwards in the back of a police van.
Senior officers have set up a specialist team of investigators responsible for identifying those involved in lawlessness during the student protests. The inquiry, known as Operation Malone, has led to the arrest of more than 180 people, most aged between 17 and 25.