Prince Charles 'moaned' to Camilla he made a historic appearance at the State Opening of Parliament, a lip reader claims.
The Prince of Wales was in Westminster delivering the Queen's speech on her behalf today (Tuesday, May 10) after mobility issues forced her to pull out of the formal tradition.
According to top lip reader, Jeremy Freeman, as Charles stepped out of his car he gave his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall an honest assessment of their journey, the Mirror reports.
Dressed in his Admiral of the Fleet uniform, medals and honour insignia, Charles began walking through the Sovereign's entrance when he issued a complaint, Mr Freeman says.
He told the Mirror, says as they got out of the car, Charles told Camilla: "Oh my word that was uncomfortable".
Shortly afterwards, Charles could be seen gesturing to Camilla, appearing to tell her what side she should be standing on.
And according to Jeremy, as he points out where Camilla should stand, he says: "Your side."
Meanwhile a few minutes later as Charles greets officers lining the route to the throne room, he approaches the last one and says: "I hope you're well."
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The officer then leans forward as he didn't hear the remark and according to Jeremy says: "What, sorry?"
Charles the repeats what he said to the officer, who replies: "Well, yes I'm trying."
Charles and son Prince William jointly opened Parliament on the Queen’s behalf as Counsellors of State after the monarch delegated the important duty to them.
For the speech, the 73-year-old prince sat not on the sovereign’s throne, which had been removed, but on the consort’s throne, which used to be occupied by his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, and which Charles has used in recent years.
A space remained next to him, where the Queen’s missing throne is usually located, under the opulent canopy, with the monarch’s Imperial State Crown in front on a velvet cushion.
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The ceremony was also a first for second-in-line-to-the-throne William, 39, who will also one day be king.
Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, described the occasion as a “big moment in royal history”.
Mr Little said of Charles: “It must have been a hugely significant moment for him. It was rather telling the way that as the Imperial State Crown was placed on the table at the side of him, he looked at it for several seconds.
“You kind of wondered at the time what was going through his mind. As people have been saying today, we’re looking at the future.
“It was a duty that he would rather not have had to fulfil but nevertheless that’s what he and William were there for as Counsellors of State. It’s a big moment in royal history.”
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