Coronations are inherently morbid. They mean the last monarch has died, and the new king or queen is strapping in. But they're also supposed to signify the end of an extended mourning period (hence the months-long wait between a late sovereign's funeral and the next Coronation). They're a chance for the royals to flex what they're really good at—not only stability and continuity, but gold and glitter, pomp and pageantry, all at its precisely planned peak.
So why did King Charles III look so miserable at his own (estimated) £100 million party? Is it truly his party to cry at, if he wants to? Was it #SadBoi Saturday? The crowning of the Emo King? Hadn't he waited (*checks calendar*) 74 years for this moment? This was HIS (and love-of-his-life Camilla's) MOMENT. What gives?
To be fair, we would be just as thrown if he had glued a gigantic grin across his face. That would feel off-putting and insensitive as the cost of living crisis drags on, as many still mourn for the People's Princess and as another royal court congregates in the kingdom of California (with no obvious signs of reconciliation forthcoming).
Here, a look at all the reasons why Charles had every right to frown his way to the crown.