Daily Mail: Inside Prince Philip & Queen's Body Language in a Photo with Their Great-Grandkids
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a never-before-seen photo of the late Prince Philip and his wife, the Queen, surrounded by seven of their great-grandkids.
A recent article published on DailyMail has taken a deeper look into a photo shared by Prince William and Kate Middleton ahead of Prince Philip's funeral. Experts have analyzed the significance of the royal couple's body language.
The photo, captured by the Duchess of Cambridge at the Balmoral Castle in 2018, featured Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II, seated on a couch, surrounded by seven of their grandchildren.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on July 22, 2020 in Windsor, England | Photo: Getty Images
The Duke of Edinburgh could be seen putting his arm protectively around Isla, Peter Philips' daughter, while the Queen carried the then-baby prince Louise in her arms.
Body language expert Judi James tried to explain the significance of the family photo using their body language. James suggested the group pose was a happy occasion rather than a stressful one from the relaxed composure exuded by the Queen and her husband.
The photo also featured Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Savanna Philips, Lena Tindall, and Mia Tindall, spread around the couch. Charlotte took center stage on the couch, offering an exciting wave to the camera, a gesture James noted signified her love for attention.
George and Mia struck formal poses as they stood at each edge of the couch. James' deduction from their body language was that the duo was keen on looking grownup and well-behaved.
The Duchess would be unable to attend the funeral due to her physician's advice against traveling in her condition.
Each child in the picture appeared excited. The body language expert attributed their magical expressions to the fact that Kate Middleton was behind the camera rather than a strange photographer, which invariably meant they were responding to a mother or aunt figure.
Overall, the shot emerged as a loving, natural-looking family photograph with no tell-tale sign of how chaotic it must have been to get all the kids together in one shot with their great grandparents.
In total, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have ten great-grandchildren descending from their four children. The couple who tied the knot in 1947 are parents to Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew.
These four royal offspring welcomed the British monarch's eight grandchildren, including the future king of England, Prince William, and his brother, Prince Harry, who is set to give the Queen her eleventh great-grandchild.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle disclosed they were expecting a female child earlier this year. While the rest of the royals would join the family on Saturday to bid final farewells to Prince Philip at his funeral, Markle would sit out the occasion.
A royal source revealed that the Duchess would be unable to attend the funeral due to her physician's advice against traveling in her condition. The spokesperson noted that the Queen understood Markle's reasons and was glad she could extend her condolences.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry returned to the U.K last weekend and has remained in Isolation at his Windsor home in Frogmore Cottage ahead of the funeral.
The visit would mark the Duke of Sussex's first reunion with his family since he and his wife granted the explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey. The world awaits the outcome!