Prince Charles body language ‘shows up Queen’ as he ‘dominates’ in new video message01/27/2021
Prince Charles pays tribute to victims on Holocaust Memorial Day
Prince Charles, 72, led the Royal Family in marking Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday. The heir apparent acknowledged the poignant milestone in a moving message shared by Clarence House on Twitter. The Clarence House tweet quoted Prince Charles to say: “’This is our time when we can, each in our own way, be the light that ensures the darkness can never return.'”
The account added: “On #HolocaustMemorialDay, we remember all those who died during the Holocaust and other genocides.”
Body language expert and author Judi James analysed the clip for Express.co.uk and shared her findings.
According to the analyst, the future king showed his “dominant” side as he delivered the speech.
Judi told Express.co.uk: “This brief but impactful message is probably Charles at his regal best, speaking congruently but dramatically, placing the appropriate facial expressions and body movements to his words to create the sense of a man who is genuinely moved by the subject he is discussing.”
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Judi claimed Charles’s strong rhetoric and confident body language showed him dominate in a way his mother Queen Elizabeth II, 94, does not.
Judi said: “In performance terms this is a unique royal space that Charles really can dominate, communicating personally in a way that his mother doesn’t and regally in a way that his sons, so far, can’t.
“There is no attempt to be casual and chatty here or to use any status-lowering techniques.”
According to Judi, Charles appears to have embraced his role as Britain’s “king-in-waiting.”
She said: “In his smart suit and pocket hankie Charles looks every inch the king-in-waiting and even his framing, lighting and camera techniques have been carefully crafted to produce a very professional look.
“While William and Harry work to create empathy with their audiences Charles uses his royal status to add the sense of gravitas as his pauses, sighs and winces signal sorrow and pain at the history he is discussing.
“When they are choreographed to fit his subject-matter, Charles’s signature twitches and facial grimaces add value to his tone. His series of small nods as he speaks of the ‘last generation of living witnesses’ seem to emphasise the impact of that sentiment.”
According to Judi, Charles does not shy away from showing emotion as he addresses the harrowing topic of the holocaust.
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She said: “His pause after telling us they are ‘tragically passing from this world’ and his head-tilt and frown signal reflective regret before he comes back with the words ‘so..’ and his harder message about ‘the task of bearing witness’ is shared when he refers to it falling ‘to us’, with tonal emphasis on the ‘us’.”
Prince Charles is patron of The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and shows his support for the organisation in the message.
Judi said: “Charles tells us about being a proud patron of the charity using less formal body language that turns it into an aside but then he delivers the core words of ‘Be the light in the darkness’, following it by another but longer reflective pause as well as a sigh, an eye cut-off and a sideways slew of the lower jaw to suggest congruent sadness.”
According to Judi, Charles closes the message on a thoughtful note.
She said: “Charles’s next gesture is a signature one of pulling his shoulders back to correct his posture but following the moment of reflection here it suggests he is coming back from a thoughtful moment.”
Prince Charles is due to inherit the throne when the Queen can no longer serve.
Despite rumours he may abdicate in favour of his son Prince William, 38, Charles will automatically become king upon the Queen’s death.
At 72 Prince Charles is the oldest heair apparent in British history.
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