Kate Middleton’s ‘persuasive’ hand gesture is a sign of ‘inspirational leadership’


KATE MIDDLETON, the Duchess of Cambridge, joined the Royal Family in 2011 when she married Prince William. An expert has analysed Kate’s body language and explained that she is using more hand gestures in her speeches.

Kate Middleton, 38, is a working member of the Royal Family. The Duchess will often attend events and engagements alongside her husband, Prince William. An expert has told Express.co.uk what Kate’s body language signals.

The couple have various interests in charities as well as their own charity, The Royal Foundation.

As Kate’s confidence has grown, she has her own interests and is patron to 19 organisations including hospitals, galleries and museums.

Over the years, Kate has perfected the art of solo speeches and this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, has transferred her skills to online.

She has appeared in many virtual videos this year, including announcing the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and her 5 Big Questions campaign video.

Kate Middleton's ‘persuasive’ hand gesture is a sign of 'inspirational leadership'

Kate Middleton’s ‘persuasive’ hand gesture is a sign of ‘inspirational leadership’ (Image: Getty/The Royal Foundation)

“We rarely see Kate using hand gestures in her speeches,

“We rarely see Kate using hand gestures in her speeches,” said Judi (Image: The Royal Foundation)

Speaking to Express.co.uk, body language expert Judi James explained that Kate seems to be using more hand gestures in her piece to cameras.

After watching Kate’s Big 5 Questions on the Under Fives survey answers, which saw the Duchess speak about her interest in early years, the expert explained that Kate looked “relaxed and in control of body language”.

The Duchess and Prince William have spoken about parenting in the past and Kate regularly meets up with parents to discuss parenting.

Judi added: “We rarely see Kate using hand gestures in her speeches…the most telling hand gesture is a new one for Kate on screen.”

This could suggest that the royal has become more confident with her speeches.

The expert explained: “She employs her signature hand clasp but when she opens her hands she performs a whole rally of Precision Gestures, touching the tip of her index finger and her thumb together and aiming the gesture at the camera.

“This is a persuasive gesture of inspirational leadership.”

Kate can also be seen using hand gestures when attending the launch of her Hold Still photography campaign and when she announced the Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum.

Kate can be seen using hand gestures at the launch of her Hold Still campaign

Kate can be seen using hand gestures at the launch of her Hold Still campaign (Image: Getty)

Kate uses hand gestures quite often in speeches

Kate uses hand gestures quite often in speeches (Image: Getty)

Kate also speaks on topics she is really passionate about, so the hand gesture, although subtle, is another way Kate can get her point across.

The expert went on to explain that during the speech, Kate uses around 15 of the same gestures.

Judi said: “It tells us that she knows her subject, is confident about the detail and keen to inspire her audience.

“It illustrates her desire to get her messages across.”

Kate Middleton's and Prince William's romantic timeline

Kate Middleton’s and Prince William’s romantic timeline (Image: NC)

The campaign, which looks into finding out what Britons think on the topic of early childhood saw over 400,000 people provide answers to Kate’s questions.

The Duchess appeared to take “ownership of her script…giving the impression the words are her own and that she is speaking from the heart, while her gestures display an air of authority and precise thinking that we haven’t seen in the future queen before,” according to Judi.

Although the body language expert previously revealed that Kate may have possibly been coached, she explained: “Overall, Kate manages to signal good levels of performer confidence.

“Her shoulders and her breathing lack obvious signs of tension and her chin is raised to suggest authority and a lack of inhibitions in front of the camera.

 “Kate’s signature smile does put in an appearance but she also purses her lips together at the end of her sentences to imply authority. She uses her mouth in a variety of shapes to enunciate with emphasis and she even ‘bites’ into her words a few times.”


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