Queen and Prince Charles look ‘sweet’ but ‘awkward’ in latest Easter photos together

Queen and Prince Charles look ‘sweet’ but ‘awkward’ in latest Easter photos together

04/03/2021

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles were seen on a walk together in the grounds of Frogmore House, Windsor. The photos were posted on the Royal Family’s social media accounts early this morning and show the royals smiling at the camera while standing beside one another.

The images, which were taken on March 23 but released today, show the Queen and Prince Charles in the gardens of Frogmore House, Windsor.

Flowers are seen in bloom behind the two royals, including daffodils and cherry blossoms.

One of the portraits was posted on the Royal Family’s Twitter account, while the other was shared on Clarence House’s Twitter page.

Both posts’ captions said: “The Queen and The Prince of Wales enjoy a walk in the grounds of Frogmore House, Windsor.

“This image is one of two released to mark the Easter weekend.”

Although the Queen and her son are smiling in both images, there is an air of “awkwardness” about the monarchs’ poses, according to body language expert Judi James.

She said: “There’s something sweet and uniquely UK royal about the slight air of physical awkwardness in the two Easter poses between mother and son.

“The gap between them and the way that Charles looks straight into the camera rather than at his mother, plus the way that he has his hand stuffed into his pocket rather than performing any touch or mimed touch rituals places the Queen somewhere between ‘The Queen’, ‘The Boss’ and a more affectionate ‘Mummy’ for the next heir to the throne.”

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Judi continued: “Charles’ body language hints at deep respect for his mother, although the Queen’s body language is a lot more giving and relaxed in the second pose.”

The “second pose” referred to here is the photo posted on the Royal Family’s Twitter page, where the Queen is visibly laughing.

“In the first both Her Majesty and Charles greet the camera with hands stuffed into pockets and a facial expression that combines a frown with a slightly rigid mouth-smile,” Judi said.

“But in the second pose the Queen appears to have relaxed to produce a very wide and congruent smile of happiness and good humour.”

Royal style expert and author of the book HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style also shared her insight on the two images on her Instagram stories this morning.

Commenting on the Royals’ poses, Elizabeth said: “This family socially distanced long before the rest of us. They are naturals.”

Elizabeth noted how the Queen “got first dibs” on the “jollier shot” of the monarchs, as both royals are smiling in the photo posted to the Royal Family’s Twitter account, while the portrait shared on Clarence House’s page shows Her Majesty slightly frowning.

“A bit stiffer, but the flowers help,” Elizabeth said in her comment about the latter image.

These photos are the second time that royal fans have seen the Queen outdoors this year.

Her Majesty’s first outside appearance of 2021 took place last week, on March 31.

The Queen marked the centenary of the Australian Royal Air Force by visiting the Air Forces Memorial in Runnymeade, Surrey.

For the occasion, Her Majesty wore a lime green coat with a matching hat and her Australian wattle brooch.

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