The prime minister and the Labour leader endured what felt like the world’s longest walk as they exited the Commons for the House of Lords to hear the monarch.
The pair retained as much distance between them as the corridors of the Palace of Westminster would allow.
And while Boris Johnson and Emily Thornberry appeared to be having a lovely chinwag, the party leaders exchanged only a terse few words.
The neutral BBC left it to its viewers to decide what the body language meant.
But the awkwardness did not escape those watching.
HuffPost UK’s politics executive editor Paul Waugh also noticed this little gem:
We asked people to suggest what they thought the PM might have said...
We’ve yet to see any professional lipreaders comment on the clip.