Prince William and Kate Middleton sent a “powerful signal” in their new Christmas card photo surrounded by their children, according to a body language expert.
The photograph shows Prince William with his wife Kate Middleton, sons Prince George and Prince Louis, and daughter Princess Charlotte smiling as they look at the camera. They all wear black trousers and shoes, and black shirts. In the image, Catherine, William and George can be seen standing in the background, with the Princess standing between her husband and her eldest son. Louis stands in front of William, who puts his right hand on his shoulder.
But body language expert Judi James says the picture is showing a hidden “strength and confidence”. She told the Sun : “This monochrome photo might not suggest a typical Christmas look but it is a very powerful signal that the Prince and Princess of Wales, and their three children, would like to announce the fact they are a very cool and a very unbreachable family unit.
“The strong sense of tight, loving ‘uniformed’ grouping and the stark monochrome, plus the relaxed and confident body language looks like the emotional equivalent of them having a moat and drawbridge around them.
We’re being shown the strength and total confidence of the pared-down family brand here, without all the trimmings and trappings of their royal status, we know they look superb in formalwear and royal regalia but this is the casual and much more relatable version and if anything it proves they’ve got the charisma with or without the diamonds and medals.”
A statement on the photo released on behalf of Kate and William said: “The Prince and Princess of Wales are very pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The photograph, which features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year, was taken by the photographer Josh Shinner earlier this year and shows The Prince and Princess with their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in Windsor.”
The King and Queen chose a Coronation Day photo taken at Buckingham Palace for their Christmas card this year. The image shows Charles and Camilla in the palace throne room following the Coronation in May.
Taken by photographer Hugo Burnand, it captures the couple standing side-by-side, with Charles wearing the Imperial State Crown and Camilla wearing Queen Mary’s Crown. The King is also pictured wearing a coronation tunic and the robe of estate.
Made of purple silk velvet embroidered in gold, the robe was worn by King George VI in 1937. The Queen is wearing her robe of estate made by Ede and Ravenscroft and designed and hand embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. She also wears her coronation dress designed by Bruce Oldfield.