Camilla body language: Duchess wary as she watches Prince Charles in the spotlight

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 73, has been a working royal for 16 years but still struggles to look comfortable out in public, a body language expert has claimed. Prince Charles, 72, and Camilla visited The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate North Yorkshire on Thursday and photos of the Duchess at the event seemed to show her “relax more” when she wasn’t beside her husband.

The future king and consort joined thousands of visitors and met an array of farming experts at the agricultural show which was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

While there, they got to look at livestock and see some of the 2,000 stalls at the vast farming event.

Body language expert and author Judi James analysed pictures of Camilla during the outing and shared her insights with

According to the analyst, the Duchess appeared to be more at ease when she wasn’t “waiting for cues” from her husband.

Judi said: “With her dedication to providing a complimentary body language state for her husband when they attend royal visits together, Camilla will tend to use the kind of poses and behaviours that we can see in these shots of them together.

“She will mirror Charles’s posture so that they are slightly hunched together as they are here, or she will often stand to attention to one side, looking slightly awkward and a little wary as she watches Charles take the spotlight while she waits for her cues.”

Camilla looked more relaxed in pictures when she and Charles were apart, Judi claimed.

The analyst added: “It is also clear from this set of photos though that she is not averse to relaxing a little more and even sharing a joke or laugh when she is not being half of a royal double act.”

The Duchess takes a “down-to-earth” approach when interacting with members of the public, Judi explained.

She added: “She doesn’t actually do this in a regal way, these photos suggest she is sharing a laugh one-to-one in poses that look more naturally warm, down-to-earth and friendly.”

Referring to one photo in which Camilla is captured speaking to a woman who had a live chicken resting on her head, Judi said: “These more fun moments are often prompted by the people she is speaking to, like the wonderful woman who has, rather randomly, got a chicken on her head.”


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Judi added: “Camilla seems to be joining in the joke rather than instigating it, with her arms being held slightly away from her torso here and a more congruent smile in a look of heightened confidence and relaxation.”

When Charles takes the lead by making jokes, Camilla is prone to hanging back and “preferring to watch”, Judi said.

The expert added: “Charles is clearly the man who enjoys instigating the jokes, often using a pointed finger or cocked head to do so but Camilla appears to prefer to either watch or to have some quieter chuckles on her own.”

Clarence House shared a number of photos of the engagement on Twitter.

The first tweet read: “The Prince and The Duchess attended the Great Yorkshire Show today.

“The Show features the best of British farming and gives the public first-hand experience of agriculture and rural life through demonstrations, exhibitions and competitions from show jumping to sheep shearing!”

Another tweet accompanied a clip of Charles looking at rare sheep and added: “The Prince of Wales, Patron of @RBSTrarebreeds, toured the livestock area and saw sheep and rare breed cattle…”

Charles and Camilla have had a busy week and today’s outing took place just hours after they stepped out for glittering charity event in central London.

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