Camilla and Charles’ body language ‘jolly’ but ‘out-of-kilter with royal fans’ during trip

Royal commentator discusses Camilla's title when Charles is King

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were unveiling a plaque to commemorate the opening of Ballater Community & Heritage Hub on Tuesday afternoon. This new community hub is located in Ballater, where the royal couple are carrying out royal engagements as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, as they are known north of the border.

Tuesday was also the 24th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the first wife of Prince Charles.

However, the couple both seemed to be in jolly spirits despite the poignant anniversary.

Body language expert Judi James spoke to Express.co.uk about the royal couple and offered analysis on their public engagement.

Judi said: “Diana’s death was such a widely-felt tragedy that you could defy anyone to forget where they were and what they were doing when the news broke.

“Even 24 years later there is a poignancy to the day for anyone who was alive at the time and for William and Harry the memory must still be acutely painful.

“For Charles and Camilla it was business as usual yesterday as they went on a royal walkabout in Scotland, and both presented with the kind of body language that suggests good spirits and a very upbeat mood.

“Charles, in particular, has rarely been seen looking so jolly as he does here, which could be seen as out-of-kilter with the mood of royal fans.

“If this is a brave face and he is keeping moments of reflection private it is almost over-congruent.

“His face is wreathed in smiles as he chortles and chuckles his way through the visit, with a wave of creases and crinkles covering his entire face from chin to upper eyebrow.

“He tucks his thumb into his waistcoat in another gesture of good humour and he even bends to pet a dog that happens to go up for a sniff.

“Ironically, Charles’s eye-connect with the cameras and the crowd here creates the kind of signal of acknowledgement and rather personal ‘aside’ or tie-sign that Diana was famous for, so this subliminal mirroring might just throw out a hint of subconscious awareness.

“For Camilla, it is all about mirroring Charles’s good humour and wide smiles though as she poses cheerfully alongside her kilt-clad husband.”

Some royal fans were outraged on social media when the Clarence House Twitter and Instagram accounts persisted to post information about the Clarence House virtual tours, and not anything about the death anniversary of the Princess of Wales.

One commented saying: “The 31st? The day Princess Diana died, you post this? RIP the Queen of Hearts”.

Another added their thoughts: “On the 31st August, no less!”

At the Heritage Hub, the royal couple unveiled the plaque and looked around the newly renovated kitchen.

During their visit, they looked at the art exhibition which is taking place in the Hub.

Later Charles and Camilla strolled around the village, stopping to visit Cambus O’May Suspension Bridge which, following a repair project, is now back in action.

Charles and Camilla also enjoyed a royal walkabout around Ballater, chatting to locals, including a pet dog.

The Ballater centre supports the community and social outcomes for people living in the Royal Deeside region.

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