Prince Charles body language shows ‘royal destiny weighs heavy on future king’s shoulders
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Prince Charles, 72, and Queen Elizabeth II, 94, posed for some off the cuff photos following a walk-in Windsor last month and the touching pictures were shared with the public ahead of Easter. While royal portraits are usually characterised by a kind of formality, the new snaps showed a more laid back side to the royal mother and son.
The Queen has mentored Charles in the ways of being a sovereign since childhood and he is prepared to take the crown when she can no longer serve.
But the weight of royal destiny has made Charles “isolated”, according to a body language expert who analysed photos of the prince over the years.
Reacting to the touching new photos of the Charles and the Queen, analyst and author Judi James told Express.co.uk: “It has looked as though the sense of responsibility and destiny has weighed so heavily on Charles’s shoulders that it has made him feel singled out and solitary throughout much of his life.
“Most of his poses with his sons when they were younger only looked like fun, family groupings because William and Harry instigated the playful touch rituals.”
Judi added: “Which is why the new Easter photo of the Queen smiling joyfully in her son’s company is so touching as it shows a side to the relationship that we are rarely if ever, allowed to glimpse.”
Judi examined several pictures of Prince Charles with the Royal Family as a boy and young man and claimed the future king often looks like the odd one out.
She said: “It was quite usual to see Charles looking rather separate from the family unit in poses, even as a small boy.
“Famously seen shaking hands with his mother on her return from a tour, he appears to have retained this air of distance and physical awkwardness from a very early age.”
Sharing her thoughts on Charles in a Royal Family portrait taken at Buckingham Palace in 1972, Judi said: “This look of being an ‘outsider’ plagued Charles through much of his life and it is really only when we see him posing with Camilla now, or on one very telling occasion with William recently, that we have seen him openly relaxing and taking a more actively affectionate role in public.
“This family photo shows Charles almost deliberately isolating himself physically and emotionally from the rest of the group.
“For them, it looks like a joyous pose that they have wanted to make as relaxed and as natural as possible despite the formality of the surroundings.”
Princess Anne makes a stark contrast to her brother, Judi claimed.
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She said: “Anne communicates directly with the camera with a smile that suggests she is chatting while The Queen and Philip wear besotted smiles to focus on Andrew as he chats to them.
“Even Edward joins in the fun but behind him, Charles sits with his back to the family group and his shoulders slightly slumped and his hands placed awkwardly on his legs.”
According to Judi, Prince Charles looks “melancholic” in the family snap.
She said: “He could easily have put a hand on his youngest brother’s shoulder to join in the visual bonding but the way he looks at the camera with an air of melancholy suggests that would not be an easy thing for him to do.”
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