Expert Judi James claims Kate Middleton put her “guests at ease with active listening techniques, touch rituals and prolonged eye-binding.”
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Kate Middleton was praised by body language experts after a special luncheon at Buckingham Palace September 17 for Commonwealth dignitaries. As pictures from the lunch emerged, she was seen greeting and chatting with guests.
According to an article in the Daily Mail, a body language expert has pointed out that the new Princess of Wales looked particularly “more confident and regal” while reassuring her saddened guests. Kate attended the event alongside the King, Queen consort, Prince of Wales, Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal. Among those in attendance were the Governors-General of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
According to body language expert Judi James, Kate reassured her “guests with techniques of active listening, touch rituals, and prolonged gaze engagement.” The 40-year-old was elegantly dressed in a black ankle-length dress with wide sleeves. She left her hair loose and paired her outfit with a long three-strand pearl necklace and matching bracelet.
James also noted that Kate’s way of acting has changed a lot now, in contrast to her first Palace Luncheon as a royal right after her honeymoon in 2011. Discussing the dramatic change, she pointed out: “Back then, you saw she is shy and inexperienced performing fearful hair touches while leaning back slightly and holding her bag up in a barrier gesture.Today we have a confident, very regal looking woman who is clearly entertaining and reassuring her guests with her active listening techniques and even touch rituals.”
Now Kate uses “prolonged eye contact that shows any shyness is a thing of the past.” While the Princess of Wales was again photographed touching her hair. “Her hair touch is handy this time. Aware of the cameras while speaking to Camilla, she pulls her hair back to ensure her facial expression and shared warm smile are visible,” James added.
The royal mother of three no longer hides behind barriers such as bags. “Kate is now empty-handed and uses her hands to use expressive and emphatic gestures, which are usually a sign of leadership in a conversation,” the expert claimed, pointing out that Kate “was even confident enough to be accurate.” gauge how and when Use touch to show empathy and sympathy, as she does with this arm touch from Saint Lucia’s governor general.
However, on her journey to becoming a truly confident leader, Kate still exhibits a sign of shyness. “In full-length shots, we can see her legs crossed at the ankles in a gesture that suggests a sweet, demure side beneath all the queen-on-hold confidence,” says James, describing it as “just a small sign to indicate that the shy side is still lurking.”