Published On: Mon, Aug 26th, 2019

Kate Middleton the Queen’s new favourite? Duchess ‘makes monarch feel relaxed’ | Royal | News

The Queen showed admiration for Kate amid a difficult month of scandals for the Royal Family, body language expert Judi James suggested. The pair were spotted yesterday as they were being driven to Crathie Kirk, the church traditionally attended by the Queen when in Balmoral, for Sunday service.

Kate and the Queen were sitting in the rear seats together and looked relaxed as they chatted and smiled at each other.

Prince William was sitting in the front seat of the royal Bentley, and in one snap he seemed to be wholeheartedly smiling at a joke.

Ms James analysed the snaps of Kate and the Queen in the car and noticed happiness and relaxation.  

She told The Sun’s Fabulous Digital: “Given the criticism and rumoured scandals swirling around some of the other members of her family, it’s probably no surprise the Queen’s body language with Kate here suggests a rather relaxed looking sense of pride and pleasure. 

“Kate’s beaming smile with rounded cheeks and a symmetric display of her upper teeth suggests she is equally happy in the Queen’s company.

“Although her subtle, flat-palmed wave hints she’s keen to not upstage her grandmother-in-law.”

For their day out, the Queen donned a bright pink ensemble with pale blue details, and accessorised her outfit with her signature pearl earrings and necklace.

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Kate, on the other hand, donned a £225 midi green peacock-patterned shirt dress by designer Michael Kors, paired with a fascinator and a navy coat with gold buttons.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been a member of the Royal Family since 2011, when she married Prince William.

Kate, who will likely become the next Princess of Wales after Prince Charles is crowned King, has since learned the royal etiquette.


But she also seems to be getting more and more comfortable with the Queen, turning from the wife of William into a “companion” to the monarch, Ms James said.

She continued: “Kate looks more and more like a companion to the Queen.

“Her trait of using very active listening signals, including subtle eye checks to ensure her very elderly relative is comfortable and happy, never seem to stray into the realms of the kind of fussing the Queen is so allergic to.” 

Kate and William took flown with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, to Scotland from their Norwich home on August 22 and spent at Balmoral Castle the Bank Holiday weekend.

Their arrival to the Aberdeenshire by a low-cost airline was praised by royal commentators and members of the public, who compared the £73-per-person plane trip taken by the Cambridges with the four flights by private jet taken by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry earlier this month. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are yet to visit the Queen and Prince Philip at Balmoral Castle.

But when they will arrive in Scotland, they will sleep in a different building than the Cambridges, according to a source close to the palace.

They said: “The Queen has a lot of guests coming and to ease the pressure the Cambridges are likely to stay at the cottage.

“That could have added benefits for everyone as it means more space in the castle.”     

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