A body language expert has said all the women in the royal family showed their grief in different ways as they attended Queen Elizabeth II’s state service on Wednesday.
On the saddest day since The Queen passed away, Kate, Princess of Wales, appeared silently sad as she followed the coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall by car.
She was joined by Sophie, Countess of Wessex – who ‘swallowed a tear’ – and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who adopted a ‘pitch-perfect expression’ to join her husband and other royals for service at the historic hall . ,
According to body language expert Judy James, the royal family ‘appeared to be choreographed as flying swans for this appearance, moving in a very formal formation’.
The Queen’s coffin was draped with the Royal Standard and decorated with the dazzling, priceless Royal State Crown on purple velvet cushions and garlands of white flowers for the procession to lie in state.
William, Prince of Wales, and Harry, Duke of Sussex, again put aside their ongoing feud and stand next to each other in the Houses of Parliament with their beloved grandmother.
A body language expert has said all the women in the royal family showed their grief in different ways as they attended Queen Elizabeth II’s state service on Wednesday. Pictured: Kate, Princess of Wales (left) and Harry and Meghan – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (right) – are seen at Westminster Hall on Wednesday
Ms James told MailOnline that the formality of the occasion was broken only for a brief moment when Prince Harry and his wife Meghan ‘clasp their arms to hold hands as they exit the service behind William and Kate.’
She said: ‘The gesture almost seemed extremely necessary to them and they were the only couple who really accepted each other and fell out of formation. We have seen how they are currently using this hand grip as an emotional lifeline.
‘Meghan was using it to gently rub Harry’s hand with her thumb in a gesture of reassurance at Windsor and was likely used as a mutual support system here today.’
As the procession progressed through the nation’s capital, Ms James said: ‘There were huge spatial gaps in between’ [the Royals]So there was no conversation of any kind, which means they all appeared solitary and lost in reflection.
‘Even the wives, who followed in their cars, seemed silent, both verbally and non-verbally. Kate sat beside Camilla in a gloomy posture and Sophie was lost in mournful reflection beside Meghan.
‘When Kate entered the halls of the palace, she, like Sophie, seemed silently stricken with grief, swallowing something heavy, shriveled lips and narrow looking eyes that showed she was close to tears.
‘There were no signs of socialization until they were ready to file in pairs.
‘While the other royals maintained their air of tacit formality, Harry and Meghan closed the gap between them. ‘Their hand and hand gestures suggested that they could not wait to return to literal touch again and instead waited until their torso was touching, before holding hands. They spread their arms to return to their signature ritual of closeness and comfort.’
late sovereign Arriving 38 minutes later at 3 p.m. at Westminster Hall – where she was placed on the catapult – her crown, orb and scepter were placed on top.
The monarch will lie in state for five nights until his state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday. The procession poignantly passed the statue of the Queen’s parents King George VI and the Queen Mother, which overlooks The Mall.
The Imperial State Crown, worn by the Queen on her way to Buckingham Palace after her coronation, lit up in broad daylight as crowds held up their phones to capture the scenery.
Prince Andrew (left), Duke of York, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, leave after paying their respects at Westminster Hall at Westminster Hall, where the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state on a catapult in London. on 14 september
Ms James said: ‘Harry and William were walking side by side behind the coffin this time, not with Peter Phillips between them, as was deemed necessary during Philip’s funeral. ‘The two remained like a poker face as they walked, especially William, who was in full uniform.
‘Harry’s body language was a little less formal and there was a moment when the coffin was lifted from the car that he did a small shoulder-roll, as if helping to carry it himself.
‘Wives walked to accompany their husbands inside the palace, although the formation was formal with large gaps between them.
‘Andrew, standing alone and not in uniform, used his height to stand rigidly for long periods of time, as if to seek permanent attention, his protruding chin and the clenching and barking of his mouth. From indicates a desire to appear dutiful.
“Anne still seemed unable to take her eyes off the coffin, as if watching and guarding her mother until the last minute,” said Ms James, adding that Charles was ‘absolutely saddened. B’ betrayed a sign.
“Charles was seen making a subtle gesture of extreme sadness, when his mouth suddenly spread to one side and his jaw opened slightly,” she said.
As the royals advanced, guns were fired every minute in Hyde Park, while Parliament’s famous Big Ben bell also rang at 60-second intervals.
From left, Britain’s Camilla, Queen Consort, Kate, Princess of Wales, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend a service to welcome Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin at Westminster Hall
Camilla Queen Consort, Catherine Princess of Wales, Sophie Countess of Wessex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex are brought to Westminster Hall as Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin
The crowd stood in a silence to watch the procession, but its passing erupted with thunderous applause. Some threw flowers.
Other senior royals, including Charles’ wife Camilla, now Queen’s consort, Kate, William’s wife and now Princess of Wales and Harry’s wife Meghan, traveled by car.
Of the Countess of Wessex, Ms James said: “Sophie arrived in the car with Meghan but Sophie still seems too unwilling to talk or politely talk.”
‘She is almost unrecognizable in her grief, and her mouth is closed, her head bowed and her eyes looking in a gesture of reflection.
Meanwhile, this is the ‘first time we’ve seen Kate properly,’ said Ms. James. Kate’s facial features suggested a battle of intense grief and tears.
‘Her eyes narrowed as if she was crying, and her lips were pursed in a gesture of self-restraint. Some deep swallowing suggests that the tears may be close, though.
Meanwhile, Meghan managed to give the ‘perfect expression’ for the occasion.
According to Ms James, “Meghan embodied the pitch-perfect expression of someone registering grief and sympathy for the family.”
‘She held her head up and had a polite but caring smile on her face, while her eyebrows were oddly raised to register sympathy for the sadness around her.’