On Wednesday, King Charles and Queen Camilla made a visit to Liverpool to unveil the stage for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. However, their less-than-smooth performance has become the target of social media ridicule.
The Theme of the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest
The theme of this year's Eurovision is "United by Music," with a competition logo depicting hearts beating together and a color scheme inspired by the flags of participating countries.
The event will be held in Liverpool, UK, as the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the winner of the 2022 competition, makes it too dangerous to host the event there. Great Britain, having placed second in 2022 thanks to Sam Ryder, will host the event on behalf of Ukraine.
An Awkward Unveiling
King Charles and Queen Camilla were given a private tour of the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, where they met the creative team preparing for the event. However, one moment in particular involving the royals sparked a backlash.
The couple was asked to reveal the stage by pressing a big pink button, but the task proved to be more challenging than expected.
As Nina, speaking to BBC viewers, counted down, "The countdown has begun," Charlie interjected, "Who doesn't enjoy a countdown?" He added, "He puts his finger on the button but he didn't actually push it.
He misses the button and it's the Queen Consort who pushes the button because he just missed it."Nina commented, "He had to rely on his wife to get it right. Easily done in the heat of the moment. Perhaps he's overwhelmed. They got there in the end." The couple's disagreement on how to proceed with the button-pressing task resulted in an awkward reaction that quickly became the subject of ridicule on social media, with comments such as, "He had a simple task," and "How hard can it be to press a button?" Despite the less-than-smooth unveiling, the stage is set and the countdown to the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest has officially begun.