King’s Speech: Charles will have to announce measures we know he is bound to dislike
Sky News says Today is King Charles’s first King’s Speech as monarch.
This matters to him, not only because he knows the world will be looking to see if he does something differently (he won’t – continuity matters) – and not only because it could be an opportunity to say something about his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in a new setting.
The pressure will also be on because we all know he will have to announce – without flinching – measures we remember from his time as Prince of Wales that he is bound to dislike, rolling back some environmental protections close to his heart.
The cameras will be there to record any involuntary reactions and indications of dissent – yet he has practised all his life to ensure there won’t be. It will be one of the many moments he uses to show he understands what it means to be King.