. . Prince Charles marked his 70th birthday by posing up with the royal family for a stunning portrait.
Two official images have been released of the heir to the throne with his wife Camilla, sons Prince William and Prince Harry, along with their wives Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, and his grandchildren Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.
In one picture, the royals are perfectly poised, and in the second more candid shot they’re laughing and looking off in all different directions.
But what do the pictures give away about what they’re really thinking?
Body language expert Judi James gives Mirror Online her analysis.
Here’s what Judi makes of the pictures . . .
These two official photos look as though they were taken within moments of one another with the royal family group breaking from a rather formal look into something more relaxed, but the body language in both tells a more intriguing story.
Charles is the only royal to have held the same pose between both shots, suggesting a sense of continuity and protocol, although whereas his royal status was being cutely upstaged by little Charlotte in the formal pose it seems she’s been budged along for the second to give the Prince and direct heir his rightful place in the group.
Royal hierarchy is traditionally signalled by space and Charlotte, who looks so much like the Queen when she was a child, clearly has the lion’s share of the bench in the first shot.
By the second Charles has been moved along with the future king on his knee so the bigger share of the space is down their end and the birthday boy looks more central to the family unit.
Charlotte is now squeezed in next to Camilla, while Charles still holds his grandson as though he is likely to take off like a rocket at any minute.
Camilla might look as though she’s silently signalling her love to the world via what looks like a heart-shaped gesture with her hands, but this is in fact a steepling ritual that she has been using to calm her visual nerves since she first married Charles.
Unlike her husband who is holding George rather awkwardly, Camilla looks totally comfortable with little Charlotte who in turn looks cosy with her doting granny.
With her three children posing in the group Kate looks supremely confident and genuinely happy here, beaming with pride as she clutches baby Louis.
At the other end of the back row Meghan slightly mirrors Camilla’s hand clasp only with her arms slightly to one side to emphasise a sense of regal elegance and glowing confidence.
This gesture also forms a stomach barrier that would soon be turning into a cradling ritual of her baby bump.
It’s Meghan who breaks the formality the most in the second pose, actually leaning forward and laughing as she appears to join in the fun with the children in front of her. — Mirror