Kate Middleton and Prince William dropped their family Christmas card this weekend, causing some of us (me) to have harrowing flashbacks to the time we were forced to dress in matching outfits with our parents and drive to JCPenny.
And naturally body language analysts have wasted no time doing their thing, including expert Judi James who told The Sun that “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.”
As for the family's casual—by which I mean extremely 90s—outfit choices, Judi says it might have something to do with them wanting to show “the strength and total confidence of the pared-down family brand here, without all the trimmings and trappings of their royal status." As she notes, “We know they look superb in formalwear and royal regalia but this is the casual and much more relatable version."
Judi also claims that Prince William's head-tilt "suggests a desire to be liked" (good luck, friend!), while “Kate leans into William’s torso to make this a subtly romantic pose too."
Meanwhile, the position of Princess Charlotte right in the middle could be intentional according to Judi, who says “Charlotte looks so much like the late Queen and this central status-rich pose and beautiful smile are like echoes of Elizabeth when she was young. This effect doesn’t look deliberate but it is still a rather moving message from this family Christmas card.”
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