One key moment struck a sour note with many observers.
The speech, which marks the formal opening of Parliament, is written by government officials. In it, Charles said the administration would work to “help ease the cost of living for families” amid economic uncertainties.
The comments struck critics as more than a little odd given the setting. Charles, who was decked out in full royal accoutrement, gave the speech while sitting on a gilded throne in a bejeweled setting at the House of Lords:
Needless to say, the comments and the setting did not go unnoticed on social media: