King Charles' subtle reaction at Remembrance Sunday service that showed his 'suppressed emotions'

King Charles' subtle reaction at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, revealed the new monarch's real emotions

King Charles' subtle reaction at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, revealed the new monarch's real emotions
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King Charles' subtle reaction to the events at the Remembrance Sunday service in London on November 13, revealed the monarch's pain when leading this memorial service for the first time as monarch.


King Charles III led the Remembrance Sunday service for the first time as monarch this Sunday, as members of the Royal Family watched on in support. This is the first time in 70 years that the ceremony has been led by a King, and the occasion was clearly highly emotive for Charles.

Judi James, a body language expert, revealed that despite trying to suppress his emotions, the King's real feelings were revealed at this event as he reflected on his mother's passing as well as the soldiers who had passed during their service to the Armed Forces.

"Charles stood at the Cenotaph as though totally alone and lost in his thoughts. His mouth was pulled down at the corners and his rapid blinking hinted he was close to tears as he remembered his mother as well as those fallen in action," the expert told The Mirror (opens in new tab).

"There was even a micro-gesture of a small spasm of the lips to show suppressed emotions as they played the Last Post," she added.

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The expert also revealed what the other members of the Royal Family were thinking about during this event, particularly the Princess of Wales and the Queen consort who watched from the balcony.

The expert revealed that Camilla displayed subtle signs of anxiety during the service. "Watching from the balcony Camilla combined signals of regal duty with some rituals of anxiety," revealed Judi. "Standing beside Kate, she performed a subtle smile of acknowledgment as her wreath was laid, and as she turned to Kate on their way from the balcony she threw a rather fond smile as Kate spoke to her."

"Camilla smiled at Kate for a second time before nodding, again in a gesture of acknowledgment as she walked ahead of Kate in her new role of Queen," said the expert.

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The expert continued to say that Camilla's inability to keep still was another sign of anxiety, and was a stark contrast to Kate's composed posture. "Otherwise though there were gestures of open anxiety from Camilla. She looked unable to keep totally still and spoke to Kate at one point but while looking straight ahead rather than turning to her," said the expert.

Judi concluded, "Kate turned her head quickly in a gesture of polite concern. Kate’s calm and very still body language was in contrast to Camilla’s nervous movements that showed the most in the fluttering of her hymn sheet as her two hands fiddled with it throughout."

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