Kate Middleton makes two signature moves every time she steps out with Prince William, a body language expert has claimed.
The Duchess of Cambridge was all smiles with Prince William today as they viewed their first official portrait together at the University of Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum.
And according to expert Judi James, the mum-of-three displayed the same two signature moves she uses for public outings – the fig leaf pose and the adoring gaze – and they reveal a lot about the couple's marriage.
She told Fabulous: "In the years before he met Kate, William was often seen performing what is known as the fig-leaf pose, with his hands clasped in front of his torso at roughly the same place as a fig leaf would sit on a classical nude statue."
The gesture is a self-protective barrier ritual that tends to be adopted when a guy feels uncomfortable, shy or defensive."
"It made William look bashful and suggested he felt awkward in front of the press cameras."
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Marriage and fatherhood seem to have developed William’s social confidence but he still has his fig leaf moments during public visits."
And according to Judi, Kate uses mirroring or postural echo to copy this gesture when she is out with her husband, often standing with her own hands in an identical position.
"Mirroring signals like-minded thinking and in Kate’s case the way she mimics his pose and makes it look much more elegant and less anxious helps to make William look less defensive or barriered by proxy," Judi explains.
"It’s a sign of empathy as well as love and the frequent, subliminal mirroring traits the Cambridge’s use are a subtle but powerful sign of their closeness as partners and strong, like-minded bonds as future monarchs."
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The body language expert also notes how Kate frequently turns an "adoring gaze on her husband, connecting with her eyes and her smile."
She continues: "If her hand clasp is a mirroring gesture, this gazing seems to be a ‘leading’ ritual, aimed at bringing out William’s happier, fun side during their public appearances."
William hasn’t always had the happiest relationship with the cameras and he did have a reputation for being a bit moody a few years ago."
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"Kate’s smile acts as a state-changer as she teases him silently into smiling back."
"During a long day packed with royal visits it would be like a mini energy and mood-booster and it is nearly always met with a coy smile or a grin of pleasure from William."
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