The Queen looked ‘anything but frail and was the unquestioning star of the show’ as she ‘animatedly chatted with Prince Louis’ – while Prince Charles and Camilla seemed ‘less assured and tense’ during today’s historic Trooping the Colour, a body language expert has claimed.
Her Majesty, 96, was joined by a slimmed-down version of the Royal Family as she stepped out onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Platinum Jubilee flypast in front of tens of thousands of cheering Britons following the Trooping the Colour parade.
Alongside The Prince of Wales, 73, and The Duchess of Cornwall, 74, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children also joined the nation’s longest reigning monarch during the balcony appearance.
The Queen, dressed in her Guards brooch and the blue Angela Kelly outfit used in her official Platinum Jubilee portrait, was captured ‘animatedly chatting’ with the youngest of the Cambridge children, Prince Louis, four, who was standing next to her on the balcony.
Charles stood on the Queen’s right-hand side and the pair could be seen chatting and smiling, however, Judi James told FEMAIL that while the monarch showed she was ‘very much in charge of the important moment’, her heir appeared to have some ‘tension and anxiety’, perhaps down to the huge importance of the event.
The Queen (left) looked ‘anything but frail and was the unquestioning star of the show’ as she ‘animatedly chatted with Prince Louis’ (right) – while Prince Charles and Camilla seemed ‘less assured and tense’ during today’s historic Trooping the Colour, a body language expert has claimed
Charles (pictured centre)stood on the Queen’s right-hand side and the pair could be seen chatting and smiling, however, Judi James told FEMAIL that while the monarch showed she was ‘very much in charge of the important moment’, her heir appeared to have some ‘tension and anxiety’, perhaps down to the huge importance of the event
Judi told FEMAIL that the 96-year-old monarch (pictured) showed she was ‘very much in charge of the important moment’
Tim Laurence, from left, Princess Anne, Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
Judi said: ‘Despite speculation that Harry and Meghan might upstage or outshine the key royal players with or without their Netflix entourage in tow, it was made clear from the Queen’s body language from the first time she stepped out onto the balcony that she is still the unquestioning star of the show.
‘Dressed like precious Wedgewood porcelain, her body language signals looked anything but frail. Frowning as she stepped alone into the sunlight, she stood watching the birthday salute that came first with a hawk-like stare that took everything in.
‘She might have used a stick but there was no rocking to suggest unsteadiness on her feet and nobody hovering to catch her if she had faltered. She looked chatty and animated and very much in charge of the important moment.’
She continued: ‘When the top-tier royals that make up the new, pared-back face of the Firm arrived around her for the second appearance her leadership and status still looked emphatic. Charles arrived using a sucking in of the lips to suggest some tension and anxiety while Camilla edged warily out behind him.
‘Even William wore an unsmiling, earnest look as he steered Kate and the children into position. He and Kate stood with a wide gap between them, presumably to share parental crowd control, but as a visual in the line-up the positioning showed the Queen central and all-powerful, with Kate upright, elegant and unusually serious-looking beside her.
Alongside The Prince of Wales, 73, and The Duchess of Cornwall, 74, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children also joined the nation’s longest reigning monarch during the balcony appearance. Pictured, The Queen, Prince Louis, Kate and Princess Charlotte
The Queen, dressed in her Guards brooch and the blue Angela Kelly outfit used in her official Platinum Jubilee portrait, was captured ‘animatedly chatting’ with the youngest of the Cambridge children, Prince Louis (pictured), four, who was standing next to her on the balcony
The Queen speaks to Prince Louis on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as they watch the Platinum Jubilee flypast, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations
(Left to right) The Duke of Gloucester, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence , the Princess Royal, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor, and the Earl of Wessex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
Judi said: ‘Despite speculation that Harry and Meghan might upstage or outshine the key royal players with or without their Netflix entourage in tow, it was made clear from the Queen’s body language from the first time she stepped out onto the balcony that she is still the unquestioning star of the show.’ Pictured, the Queen, Prince Louis, Kate, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William
Prince Louis puts his hands on his ears during the flypast at Buckingham Palace today, having earlier waved towards the sky
‘Charles and Camilla looked less assured and regal to her other side. Even Sophie looked rather low-key compared to Kate and the Queen, while Edward stood close to his daughter, creating some mirrored poses.
‘The Queen even threw some indulgent glances at little Louis, who almost stole the show by moving to stand in front of his great-grandmother and nearly combusting with a mix of what looked like impatience, boredom and excitement as he waited for the flypast,’ said Judi.
‘The Queen’s official photo might have shown a woman easing back slightly, looking less upright, formal and even regal as she sat in the window seat, but that was not the message she sent out from the balcony today.
‘The outfit might have been the same, but with the addition of a hat there was a total change of mood and dynamic. Standing upright, slightly solitary and totally regal to greet her public and hear the cheers she looked like a woman still firmly in control of the line-up.’
The body language expert also suggested that Camilla appeared ‘awkward and showed signs of inner anxiety’ while trying to ‘appear more regal’ by using a royal style of wave.
‘There seems to have been an attempt to present Camilla as a higher-ranking royal today. Arriving in the car she was far more active about leaning and waving to the crowd on both sides of the road, whereas she will normally allow Charles to do most of the waving and follow suit but with less energy,’ claimed Judi.
‘In the carriage with Kate and the three children that desire to appear more regal showed in her style of wave. Modern royals tend to have dropped the “royal” wave in favour of the more modest and low-status, “friendly” waves that Kate was doing.
‘Camilla though raised her hand to above head height and held it there for long periods of time, fluttering it slightly in a circular movement that looked very much like the kind of royal waves the Queen Mother used to perform.
The Duchess of Cornwall peaks out of the window to try and find a better view of something at Buckingham Palace while standing next to the Duchess of Cambridge with Lady Louise Windsor standing behind
The Duchess of Sussex put on a showstopping display as she made her first royal appearance in two years at Trooping the Colour
Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex were seen speaking to the Queen’s cousin the Duke of Kent during Trooping the Colour
Meghan Markle puts her finger to her lips next to Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall at Horse Guards Parade in London today
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis watch Trooping the Colour in London this afternoon
‘However her other signals suggested the usual levels of awkwardness. She seemed to be chatting to the children and using several pointing gestures but the children’s attention was much more focused on their mother, who had clearly briefed them well for the day.
‘Even stepping out onto the balcony, Camilla seemed to edge herself out warily behind Charles. This trait is probably his fault as he could use his own body language to be more attentive to her, rather than just stepping in front.
‘The intention then looked to be to present Camilla as the future Queen but some general signals of inner anxiety meant that visual role went to the very upright, elegant and ultimately regal-looking Kate who stood at the Queen’s side alone while William placed himself further down the line,’ concluded Judi.
The 96-year-old monarch exclaimed ‘incredible!’ when she took the salute after arriving from Windsor Castle.
The Queen then returned to the balcony around half an hour later to watch the RAF flypast featuring the Red Arrows along with senior royals including Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate and their children.
While Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all appeared, there was no place on the Palace balcony for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle or Prince Andrew given that none of them are no longer working royals.
Meghan did however join in the celebrations when she was seen putting her finger to her lips next to Mia Tindall and Savannah Phillips from a balcony at Horse Guards Parade in an apparent attempt to quieten the children. She was also seen speaking with Harry and the Duke of Kent, who joined his cousin the Queen on the balcony.
The Red Arrows perform a flypast over The Mall on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London today
Crowds look up from The Mall as the RAF Red Arrows fly overhead after the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London today
On the second trip, Charles stood on the Queen’s right-hand side and the pair could be seen chatting and smiling. Huge cheers of ‘hooray’ erupted outside and as aircraft the approached, the Queen could be seen looking ahead and smiling. Meanwhile, Louis waved towards the sky and could also be seen resting his chin in his hands.
The Queen could also be seen interacting with Louis, who was standing next to her on the balcony. And the young prince was photographed holding his hands over his ears as the aircraft soared overhead. The monarch smiled throughout the flypast and waved at the crowds before going back into the palace.
When the Queen made her appearance on the balcony there was a delayed reaction from the crowds in The Mall and spectators sat in the stands built for tomorrow’s Party at the Palace.
A cheer went up when they spotted her on screens and she smiled as the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment passed the gates of Buckingham Palace. he troopers took around five minutes to ride past and she could be seen chatting to the Duke of Kent.
Other Royal Family members had started off the Trooping the Colour festivities earlier today – with the Duchess of Cambridge and her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis waving for excited crowds.
Three carriages left the forecourt of Buckingham Palace carrying members of the Royal Family down The Mall this morning, with the Duchess of Cornwall riding alongside Kate Middleton and her children in the first carriage.
In her favourite Bruce Oldfield striped outfit, pearl necklace and earrings and a blue hat, the Duchess of Cornwall looked graceful and relaxed. Yet Judi suggested she appeared awkward and anxious
The Duchess was joined in her carriage by Kate Middleton and her three children George, Charlotte and Louis, all waving to the crowds and enjoying the atmosphere
The Duchess looks to be enjoying sharing the carriage with children George, Charlotte and Louis, and sitting opposite Charlotte pointing at something in the crowd
The Queen’s granddaughter, 18, looked elegant in a pink floral dress as she took her seat alongside Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and James, Viscount Severn, 14, for the procession down The Mall
Lady Louise Windsor was the picture of poise as she joined her parents and younger brother for The Queen’s Birthday Parade to kick off the Platinum Jubilee celebrations
The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall donned a Beulah London Darsha dress teamed with a Juliette Botterill ‘Floral Blossom Percher’ hat and her Rolex watch as she got ready to watch Trooping The Colour with her husband Mike
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L), in his role as Colonel of the Welsh Guards, Prince William (C), Duke of Cambridge, in his role as Colonel of the Irish Guards, and Princess Anne (2R), Princess Royal, in her role as Colonel of the Blues and Royals, ride their horses along The Mall during Trooping The Colour
George, eight, Charlotte, seven, and three-year-old Louis smiled and waved enthusiastically as they sat in a row in the carriage, known as a barouche, with Louis the youngest in the middle of his older siblings.
They were followed by the Earl and Countess of Wessex with children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn; then the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence in the third carriage.
The nation is embracing the special extended four-day bank holiday weekend of pomp, pageantry and star-studded festivities, which will see celebrities and the public gather in their millions in tribute to the monarch.
In order to avoid any awkwardness surrounding the presence of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew, the Queen decreed that only working members of the Royal Family would join her on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the flypast.
The balcony appearance, which is often seen as the centrepiece of major royal occasions, including Trooping the Colour and weddings, previously saw the Queen’s extended family gather to watch a flypast and is a rare chance for fans to see the entire extended family together.
In 2019, there were 40 members of the family present, including her grandchildren and their families, as well as more distant relatives like her cousins’ children.
But this year just 17 members of her family were present: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, The Princess Royal and Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.
The Royal Family have now finished this portion of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, although they will make other appearances over the course of the next four days.
It is a particularly significant trip for the Duchess of Sussex.
Meghan has not seen any of the family since she and her husband acrimoniously quit as working royals and moved to North America in early 2020, while Prince Harry only saw them very briefly at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last year.