Prince Charles, 72, is the oldest heir apparent in British history but is still expected to take over from Queen Elizabeth II, 94, when she can no longer serve. The Queen’s Christmas speech is an annual tradition that millions across Britain sit down to watch on Christmas Day. According to a body language expert, Charles’s latest video address “is delivered so closely to the formula of a royal Christmas Day speech that it gives us several clues of his style as a future king.”
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The video address is understood to have been filmed at Highgrove where the prince and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will spend Christmas.
Charles delivered the speech in his role as patron of Whiteley Homes Trust, a charity that runs Whiteley Village in Walton on Thames.
Whiteley Village is a unique retirement community providing care and housing to 450 Surrey’s most vulnerable older people who can’t afford to rent or buy their own homes.
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In the heartfelt message Prince Charles praised the “indomitable community spirit and resilience amongst residents” and “inspirational commitment from nursing and care staff.”
The video showed Charles sitting before a large decorated Christmas tree – a set up which seemed to echo how the Queen’s speeches are traditionally filmed.
Body language expert and author Judi James analysed the clip for Express.co.uk and shared her findings.
The analyst claimed a “tired-looking” Charles’s body language was mixed in the speech and was “an open blend of sadness bordering on despair; military-style motivation, and humour.”
Judi told Express.co.uk: “This address by Prince Charles is delivered so closely to the formula of a royal Christmas Day speech that it gives us several clues of his style as a future king.
“Unlike his mother, who tends to use stoic, upright and resilient body language tinged with very small but also rather powerful signals of underlying emotion, Charles’s body language is more of an open blend of sadness bordering on despair; military-style motivation, and humour.”
According to Judi, the future king showed “sadness and regret” at the havoc caused by the Covid-19 pandemic over the past year.
She added: “Thanks to the current pandemic, this video probably shows more signals of shared sadness and regret than we have seen from Charles before and his sadness looks personal as well as empathetic.”
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She said: “Charles intersperses this with more of a staccato style of body language movement that suggests someone from the military revving up the troops.
“He performs a small jaw-jut to endorse his message of resilience as he described his audience as ‘nothing if not resourceful’ or speaks of their ‘indomitable spirit.’”
Judi claimed the heir apparent “looks tired” in the new clip and has some “low-energy” moments.
She said: “These are his moments of energy in a very low-energy speech and it looks as though it took some effort from a tired-looking prince.
“His signature humour is there but only in micro-gestures, mainly a small stretching of one side of his mouth to form a small dimple as he shares a gentle joke with his audience.”