The nation watched with baited breath as the monarch arrived at Westminster yesterday to deliver the Queen’s speech – but one member of the audience looked a little distracted.
Sat next to his mother in place of the Duke of Edinburgh, who had been taken ill with an infection, Prince Charles gazed into the distance with what some onlookers suggested was a vacant look in his eyes.
And eagle-eyed royal watchers were quick to pick up on it, with one amused Reddit user quipping: ‘Some things change but state functions will always bore Charles.’
He posted an image of Wednesday’s televised speech alongside an archive photo of a bored-looking four-year-old Prince at Westminster Abbey during his mother’s 1953 coronation to illustrate his point.
And it seems that June day provided a flavour of what was to come, as the intervening years have seen the formalities of state functions apparently prove a little too much for Charles on more than one occasion…
Charles looks into the distance as the Queen delivers her speech in front of Parliament. One Redditor wrote: ‘Some things change but state functions will always bore Charles’
Zzzzz! Charles with the Queen Mother, left, and Princess Margaret, right, in the royal box at Westminster Abbey watching the Coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II
Charles takes 40 winks as he joins his mother at the annual Braemar Highland Games at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in September 2013
The royal looks less than impressed as he rests his face in his hands while his mother looks on. Charles is a regular face at the sidelines of the annual Braemar Highlands Games
Seated next to his parents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Charles doesn’t appear to be listening during the 2013 service to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation
Charles looks into the distance as he joins his parents and wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, during a speech in 2016