King Charles’s body language shows he is ‘overwhelmed’ with outpouring of love
King Charles III is ‘overwhelmed’ by the outpouring of love outside Buckingham Palace as he greeted crowds with his wife Camilla, Queen Consort, a body language expert has said.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Judi James said the King’s walkabout represented a strong moment of ‘bonding and empathy’ and showcased the nation’s shared grief with the new Monarch.
Charles felt confident enough wit the British public to be open with his emotions and show his vulnerability, she added, and had particular attentions for his wife, with some rare PDA.
‘This is a complete change of body language behaviour from Charles, who looks both surprised and overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for both the Queen and himself,’ Judi told MailOnline.
Expert Judi James said the King’s walkabout in front of Buckingham Palace, where he was greeted with members of the public, shows a strong moment of ‘bonding and empathy’ and showcased the nation’s shared grief with the new Monarch
Judi also noted how King Charles, who was once guarded, threw himself at the crowd after being met with outpouring of love at Buckingham Palace
‘It signals a moment of strong bonding and empathy in terms of shared grief and it is a moment when Charles appeared to feel confident and comfortable enough to bare his emotions in public.’
She went on to say that the King is ‘not only appearing rather vulnerable and distraught but also showing a more tactile approach to his wife, who he clearly needs beside him to support him after the death of his mother.’
The Queen Consort’s also took a step back in order to let Charles bond with the crowds waiting for him in Buckingham Palace
‘Camilla walks away as they emerge from their car, allowing Charles a moment of very personal bonding with the crowds,’ she explained.
Charles also showed deep affection for his wife the Queen Consort Camilla who was by his side, by gently touching her back with his hand
‘He is seem throwing both arms up several times and the first time it is in an empty embrace gesture that seems to let the crowds know that he is sharing the pain with them at this time,’ she added.
The expert added the gesture also suggests that the new King is ‘bewildered’ at what has happened.’
‘The intimacy of the “embrace” gesture evicts a very powerful response from the crowds.
It was the new King’s first walkabout and encounter with the public since his historic accession and crowds lined up behind a barrier clamouring to greet him
Many in the crowd were visibly emotional, while others held their phones aloft to try to catch at glimpse of the King
This was a big change in body language for Charles, Judi noted, ‘who grew up looking isolated, melancholy and slightly distanced from the public.’
Instead, she said the King ‘was suddenly throwing himself out there in a sharing gesture.
‘As a result there were adoring, supportive facial expressions and even hand-kissing from the fans,’ she added.
She said the King’s body language towards his wife also showed his affection with a rare PDA moment, touching her back.
‘Charles’s signature anxiety, self-checking rituals were still there, like the tie-straightening and the clothing touches, but he also used a tactile gesture to signal affection for his wife, placing a hand on her back in a rare PDA,’ Judi said.
Onlookers shouted three cheers for Charles as he spoke to countless onlookers who had gathered to mourn his mother
Cheers rang out at Buckingham Palace as the King and Queen Consort arrived, along with shouts of ‘God save the King’
Huge crowds cheered the couple as they arrived at the palace before the King left his car. Several people kissed his hand as he passed
A visibly emotional Charles pauses to look at floral tributes to his mother that have been left outside the gates of Buckingham Palace
Charles embraces Camilla as they look at the floral tributes before making their way through the palace’s main gates
The new king thanked people for their good wishes, shaking countless hands after stepping from his state Bentley
Shouts of God Save the King went up, along with three cheers, for the new head of state, dressed in mourning black suit and tie, who smiled and waved at the mass of people
The King waves to crowds outside Buckingham Palace, where he arrived with Camilla after they travelled from Balmoral
King Charles III was greeted by kisses and shouts of ‘God Save the King’ at Buckingham Palace today as he received a rapturous welcome from thousands of well-wishers during the first royal walkaround of his reign.
Huge crowds cheered as the visibly emotional sovereign arrived in a vintage Rolls-Royce alongside Camilla, the Queen Consort, before he got out and began shaking hands with countless members of the public waiting behind a barrier.
In moving scenes less than 24 hours after the death of his mother the Queen, shouts of God Save the King broke out before an impromptu rendition of the National Anthem, with the words changed for the new monarch.
As the sun shone on an otherwise dull, damp day, the Royal Standard was raised above Buckingham Palace for the first time of his reign.
Onlookers shouted three cheers for Charles as one woman leaned over to kiss him on the hand and another asked ‘Can I kiss you?’ before pecking him on the cheek.
Others reached out holding red roses for the King as the Queen Consort followed behind at a distance before joining her husband at his side to view the floral tributes left outside the gates.
The King was heard telling well-wishers, ‘Thank you so much, it’s so kind, it really is’, ‘God bless you’ and ‘I’ve really dreaded this day’ during the 15-minute walkabout. One woman shouted to him, ‘We love you King Charles and we loved your mum’.
As a bugle sounded, Charles, dressed in mourning black suit and tie, walked side by side with Camilla – who seemed close to tears – through the main entrance of Buckingham Palace.
Elizabeth II, Charles’ mother and an icon instantly recognisable to billions of people around the world, died at her Scottish Highland retreat yesterday
Charles – pictured with Camilla – met Prime Minister Liz Truss today before giving a speech to the nation
The King must turn to his duties as monarch despite his grief, and has held his first in-person audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace
The King and Queen Consort view the flowers and messages left by members of the public outside Buckingham Palace this afternoon
The Queen Consort joined the King at his side to view the hundreds of floral tributes, notes and Union flags left outside the gates
The new King gives a final wave as he and his wife walk into Buckingham Palace under the watchful eye of armed policemen
As a bugler sounded, the couple – both dressed in black – walked side by side through the main entrance of Buckingham Palace
King Charles III and the Queen Consort drive down the Mall followed by several 4x4s before they got out at the gates of Buckingham Palace
Huge crowds cheered the couple as they arrived at the palace before the King left his car and began shaking hands with members of the public
Huge crowds cheered the couple as they arrived at the palace in a state Rolls-Royce, with the King visibly emotional
Camilla had joined Charles on the poignant journey from Balmoral, where the Queen died peacefully on Thursday at the age of 96, arriving at RAF Northolt in west London at around 1.35pm
Tributes continue to be paid to the woman described by the Prime Minister as the ‘rock on which modern Britain was built’, with the Dalai Lama expressing his ‘deep sadness’ over the death of the Queen in a letter to the King
Charles and Camilla wave to crowds outside Buckingham Palace. The bollard in the background bears his mother’s cypher
Charles – wearing a black mourning suit – joins his wife to inspect the flowers and Union flags laid outside the palace
Charles spent about 15 minutes greeting members of the public before joining his wife as they walked through the palace gates
The new King places his arm around Camilla as they walk pass photographers towards the gates of the palace