Kate Middleton and Prince William tied the knot nearly nine years ago in April 2011. Since then, Kate has been a working member of the Royal Family and performed duties on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II. The Duchess and monarch seem to have a close relationship but their body language shows there was “tension” at the beginning.
She told Express.co.uk: “The body language signals between the Queen and Kate currently suggest a very relaxed, warm and relatively easy-going friendship with both women enjoying the other’s company.
“While the Queen always appears to affirm the fact that, despite her age, she is not in any need of support or aid, she often looks happiest when her granddaughter-in-law and future queen accompanies her or acts as co-host.
“Kate seems very adept at keeping a quiet eye on the Queen but without fussing.”
Although they have a good relationship now, their body language would suggest this was not always the case.
Shortly after she entered the Royal Family, fans soon saw Kate stepping out at events with the Queen.
However, the expert suggested there were some signs of “anxiety”.
Judi explained: “Her first outings with the Queen showed some clear signals of anxiety and tension from Kate in between the smiles and moments of conversation, resulting in some rather rigid poses and tense facial expressions.
“Clearly keen to do everything right she sits and stands in a way that looks elegant but very self-conscious and the signature dimpled smile is missing.”
Looking at pictures from their first appearances together, Judi explained the two royals kept their distance.
The royals have been spotted together many more times over the years and their relationship seems to have grown, which could be down to Kate’s growing confidence.
Judi added: “The close stage of their relationship only seems to have been achieved with time though and probably owes a lot to Kate’s visual signals of growing confidence.
“She seems happier to acknowledge that she is popular in her own right now and that she has earned the respect and possibly admiration of the Queen too.”
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.