Kate Middleton was ‘sweetly bashful with Prince William’ as she attended a Remembrance service with members of the Royal Family last night, a body language expert has said.
Kate wore a pearl necklace and matching earrings that belonged to Her Majesty alongside a brooch of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, to which she was appointed Colonel-in-Chief in August.
She said: ‘The pearls don’t look like Kate’s usual personal style but they are the ones worn by the late Queen as a signature statement piece that is immediately associated with her.’
Ms James added that the mother-of-three was ‘sweetly bashful’ with her husband Prince William, 41, with ‘the intense puckering around his mouth forming a suppressed and rather boyish smile, while Kate is almost hiding behind her newly-layered hair’.
The Princess of Wales and Camilla, wearing a Fiona Clare lace cocktail dress, were elegant in black, while Prince William and the King wore navy suits adorned with medals.
The Princess Royal gave a speech paying tribute to those who lost their lives in the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest military campaign of the Second World War, which saw around 65,000 seamen lose their lives.
The Royals then watched a performance from the Band of the Royal Marines and joined the crowd to sing Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind after the remembrance book, which contained the names of British war dead, was brought into the centre of the hall.
This was followed by a performance from 14-year-old opera sensation Malakai Bayoh, who sang the Latin hymn Pie Jesu.
The festival ended with the audience singing God Save The King followed by three cheers.
There was a poignant moment in the night when King Charles unveiled life-sized bronze statues of his late parents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
The statues, created by artist Poppy Field, ‘complete’ the building by filling the niches of its north porch, which have been empty since 1871, and its south porch, added in 2003.
Hosting the annual Royal British Legion event, Clare Balding said that servicemen and women who have lost their lives are ‘kept alive with our words, our memories, our tributes’.
There were performances from British soul singer Mica Paris, pop star Calum Scott, Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery and tenor Alfie Boe, who performed Bring Him Home.