'Regal' Kate Middleton exudes 'confidence' sans any shyness at lunch for dignitaries, says body language expert
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Kate Middleton has been praised by body language experts following a special lunch at Buckingham Palace on September 17 for the dignitaries from the Commonwealth. As images from the luncheon surfaced, she could be seen greeting and chatting with the guests.
As per an article by the Daily Mail, one body language expert has pointed out that the new Princess of Wales looked particularly more "confident and regal" as she put her sorrowful guests at ease. Kate attended the event alongside the King, Queen Consort, Prince of Wales, Earl of Wessex and Princess Royal. The Governors-general of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu were among those present.
According to the body language expert, Judi James, Kate put her "guests at ease with active listening techniques, touch rituals and prolonged eye engagement." The 40-year-old was elegantly dressed in a black ankle-length dress with full sleeves. She let her hair loose, and paired her outfit with a long three-strand pearl necklace and matching bracelet.
James also noted that there was a stark difference in Kate's manner of conducting herself now, as opposed to her first Palace Luncheon as a royal straight after her honeymoon in 2011. Speaking of the dramatic change, she pointed out, "Back then she looked shy and inexperienced, performing anxiety hair-touches while she leaned backward slightly and held her bag up in a barrier gesture. Today we have a confident, very regal-looking woman who is clearly hosting and putting her guests at ease with her techniques of active listening and even touch rituals."
Now, Kate, uses "prolonged eye engagement that shows any shyness is a thing of the past." While the Princess of Wales has again been photographed touching her hair. "This time her hair-touching is practical. Aware of the cameras as she talks to Camilla, she pushes her hair back to make sure her expression and their shared, warm smiles are visible," added James.
The royal mother-of-three also no longer hides behind barriers such as bags. "Kate is now empty-handed, using her hands to use expressive and emphatic gesticulations that will usually be a sign of leadership in a conversation," the expert claimed, pointing out that Kate was "even confident enough to gauge exactly how and when to use touch to show empathy and sympathy, as she does with this arm-touch on the Saint Lucia governor-general."
However, in her path to becoming a truly confident leader, Kate still possesses one sign of shyness. "In full-length shots we can see her legs are crossed at the ankle in a gesture that suggests a sweetly self-effacing side beneath all the queen-in-waiting confidence," says James, describing it as the "only one small sign to suggest that shyer side is still lurking."