Kate Middleton and Prince William body language shows ‘pain’ with ‘new royal dream team’
Kate Middleton and Prince William stepped out today with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 72, and Prince Charles, 71. The four royals took on a rare joint engagement where they visited The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Nottinghamshire.
Although they appeared strong as a group, their body language showed some “pain”.
Kate Middleton and Prince William seem to have taken on more royal duties since the official step back of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by William’s father, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
As they stepped out together, the group showed solidarity, body language expert Judi James claimed.
Kate Middleton: The Duchess and Prince William joined Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall
Kate Middleton: They stepped out together as the ‘new royal dream team’
She told Express.co.uk: “The smiles might have looked a little forced at times.
“However, the way this new royal dream team worked to register a public display of unity showed how keen the ‘firm’ is to be seen as strong, resilient and ongoing in the face of dramas, scandals and even the sad breakdown of Peter Philip’s marriage that was just the latest story to hit the headlines.
“It wouldn’t be an over-statement to suggest the future of the monarchy rests in these two couple’s hands and, with the Queen clearly keen to be reassured that her legacy is intact, we might expect more of this kind of jovial, relaxed and warm-looking outings in a bid to prove that it is.”
With many recent changes in the Royal Family, the group seemed determined to show some form of strength, Judi explained.
While Camilla’s body language revealed slight tension, Kate stayed comfortable during the appearance.
“Kate wore a military-style suit for the visit and it perfectly defined her current role of powerhouse in the royal firm,” she added.
“Whether she was engaging a rather tense and anxious-looking Camilla in conversation or laughing with her husband to make the group look a little more relaxed than they might do normally, Kate must now be seen as the bedrock of the royals in terms of positive PR.”
Kate Middleton: The Duchess appeared strong during the outing
While there have been rumours about Prince William’s tense relationship with his father, the royals appeared keen to squash these.
The four made an effort to show of their fun sides and genuine close relationship, Judi suggested.
She said: “There have been rumours that William and his father haven’t always seen eye to eye but Kate looks as determined to pull the happy poses together as she was while the rumours were swirling about rifts between herself and Meghan and William and Harry.
“With Camilla walking back with Kate and William, Charles is left to perform some ‘King-in-waiting’ style high-status body language here, interspersed with enough chuckling to ensure he also reveals his warmer, fun side.”
During the trip, the body language of the four also suggested they have been hurt by recent changes in the Royal Family.
She added: “Smiles like this can also have the effect of showing just how much pain might have gone on backstage, too.
“The message here is ‘business as usual’, but making this much effort to show group unity and happiness does hint at some private, behind-the-scenes anguish at all the dramas that have been ongoing over the past few months.”
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.
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