KATE MIDDLETON has delighted royal fans with regular public appearances since 2011. When speaking in public, a body language expert explains how she has made a key change to connect with her audiences.
Kate Middleton, 38, appears to have grown more confident in her role since joining the Royal Family. When attending royal engagements alone or with Prince William, 38, she has made a change to help her give more impactful speeches.
The Duchess of Cambridge joined the Royal Family after her wedding to Prince William in April 2011.
She soon joined the royal rota and has attended official engagements and started her own campaigns in the family.
At some events, she has made speeches and addressed her audience, body language expert Judi James said.
She claimed Kate is able to speak naturally now but this may not always have been the case.
Kate Middleton: She is married to Prince William (Image: GETTY)
Kate Middleton: The Duchess has made speeches over the years (Image: GETTY)
“Kate clearly has the natural ‘stardust’ factor that her husband lacks,” Judi told Express.co.uk.
“But her speech-making style has previously been over-cautious, led by what looks like a strong desire to get it right and avoid mistakes.
“The likability factor has always been dominant, meaning her delivery has been very ‘royal ribbon-cutter’, i.e. the kind of formal speech style royals use when they’re launching a ship or opening a building.
In the past, speeches made by Kate have focused on getting it right rather than fully letting her personality come across, Judi claimed.
Analysing one of Kate’s early speeches, she commented: “Kate’s talk was adept but too dependent on the avoidance of mistakes.
“Instead of cue-notes to act as prompts she read from an A4 script that was pinned at one corner and her careful head rotations smacked of over-training again.
“Her natural charisma was so obvious it was a shame she hadn’t been allowed to make some ad-libs.
Kate Middleton: She appears to have grown in confidence (Image: GETTY)
“She appeared to have more intrinsic confidence than her husband but Kate had clearly gone down the royal route of putting perfection over impact, even including the use of the same high-pitched vocal tone that the Queen uses.”
Over the years, the mother-of-three has looked increasingly relaxed when speaking in public.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the royal regularly made virtual visits and gave interviews where she spoke candidly about her lockdown experience.
The expert explained Kate could be leaving royal speaking styles behind to come across more authentically.
Kate Middleton: Kate appeared via video link throughout the pandemic (Image: GETTY)
Kate Middleton: She is the wife of Prince William (Image: EXPRESS)
She added: “Kate’s speech finally shows signs of a casting off of regal elegance and perfection and some hints of the kind of more relaxed, congruent passion and a desire to create bonds with her audience.
“With no lectern and reading less from her notes, Kate appeared to be developing her individual style and potential as a speaker rather than focusing on being flawless.
“If she does grow enough confidence to allow the passion for her causes to appear openly, she has the potential to be a memorable speaker on the world stage but only if she drops some of her understandable inhibitions and allows her competitive and more controversial qualities to shine through.”
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 became the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK