KATE Middleton and Prince William helped “shy” Princess Charlotte and Prince George during their royal visit today, according to a body language expert.
The Cambridges, including Charlotte, seven, and George, eight, travelled to Wales to meet entertainers staging a show at Cardiff Castle to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The royal youngsters delighted crowds at Trooping the Colour on Thursday as they waved from their carriage and the balcony.
According to Judi James, they appeared slightly more reserved on today’s appearance.
She told Fabulous: “Charlotte can show signs of growing independence but she can also appear to be quite understandably shy during some of these recent public appearances.
“On the one hand we have the little girl happy to root in her grandmother Camilla’s handbag during their carriage ride and to refuse the hand that dad William offers for a reassuring clasp.
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“On the other hand, we can see a girl who will need some gentle nudging from mum Kate to move forward and join in the royal meet and greets.
“Kate supplies what looks like exactly the right amount of body language cues of reassurance and approval to draw out her daughter’s more confident and playful side.
“She supplies anchoring touches at times, holding her hand when needed, but then there are those small nudges forward and reminders to smile that suggest she’s been doing some coaching behind the scenes.
“William might be George’s supplier of protective hugs and shoulder clamps but it looks very much as though it is Kate who is the anchor of confidence for Charlotte.”
Charlotte and George were certainly a hit on today’s visit, and an adorable clip showed seven-year-old Charlotte folding her hands in the exact same way as her elegant mother.
The sweet moment was noticed by eagle-eyed royal fans, who were quick to comment on social media.
One said: “Oh so cute. She truly looks up to her mother.”
Another added: “Princess in training.”
And a third commented: “This is beyond cute.”
As she stepped out of the car, royal watchers were also convinced they spotted Charlotte attempting a curtsey in front of a navy cadet before he shook her hand.
Taking to Twitter, royal reporter Rebecca English wrote: “I think #PrincessCharlotte went to do a little curtsey, bless her! #PlatinumJubilee.”