At first glance, the picture above almost looks as if King Charles has stuck this poster to the window of his carriage in protest against his own reign.
He didn't do that, of course.
It's actually a republican protester holding a placard from the side of the road as the monarch made his way from Buckingham Palace for his first ever King's Speech on Tuesday morning.
The inaugural state opening of parliament, which sees the head of state read out a speech setting out the government's upcoming legislative agenda, is a practice steeped in traditions dating back centuries.
If there is one thing Royal Family know how to do well, it's pomp and pageantry, which is perhaps one of the things that makes Britain so fascinating to visitors.
However, with many people struggling with a cost of living crisis, and with popularity of the monarchy waning in general, some have asking if all the fanfare is really needed.
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Polling suggests that the Royal Family has a popularity problem, particularly among younger people.
While they still enjoy broad support, a YouGov poll from September found only 62% of Britons thought we should continue to have a monarchy. Which isn't that high considering we're talking about the country's head of state.
Only 59% of those surveyed thought Charles was doing a good job.
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, activists from protest group Republic were out in full force, waving placards reading "Not my King" - with a number of people controversially arrested on the day of the coronation and released without charge.
Sure enough, these protesters were back for the first King's Speech in 72 years, chanting “not my king”, “what a waste of money”, and “down with the crown” when Charles arrived at Whitehall in his carriage.
LGBTQ rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who was among the protesters, called the monarchy an “anachronism”.
He said: “It’s an absurd contradiction that an unelected monarch head of state is opening a democratic, elected parliament – that is not compatible with democracy."
Describing the Royal Family as a symbol of “elitism, privilege, snobbery, deference and huge social inequality”, he added: “The royals have 23 palaces and luxury residences, 700 servants and a combined personal wealth of £2bn on which they pay not a penny of inheritance tax – that’s outrageous.”
Republic chief executive Graham Smith called the King's Speech a "pantomime". Referring to the monarch, he said: “He’s not fit for office. I think if there was a free and fair election with other candidates, he would lose badly.”
Of course, many people still love the pageantry of the Royal Family and feel if Britain were to ditch it, it would lose something special.
Tuesday's ceremony saw Charles wear the Imperial State Crown, his lengthy crimson Robe of State and his naval uniform, while Queen Camilla wore the famous George IV State Diadem for the first time, and re-wore her coronation gown.
As thousands of admirers gathered to watch the Diamond State Coach make its way to parliament, members of the armed forces marched along the Mall to music. Other personnel carried out gun salutes in Green Park and the Tower of London to mark the occasion.
Perhaps one of the most distinctive and quirky aspects of the state opening, however, is Black Rod, a senior officer in the House of Lords who plays a centuries-old tradition.
As outlined on parliament's website, Black Rod is responsible for controlling access to and maintaining order within the House and its precincts. Lady Usher of the Black Rod Sarah Clarke is the first ever woman to hold the role.
During the state opening, Black Rod is sent from the Lords Chamber to the Commons Chamber to summon MPs to hear the King's Speech. Traditionally the door of the Commons is slammed in Black Rod's face to symbolise its independence.
He or she then bangs three times on the door with the rod. The door to the Commons is then opened and all MPs – talking loudly – follow Black Rod back to the Lords to hear the King's Speech.