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Prince Charles, 73, is hardly known for his sartorial flair but the future king seemed to show a new flamboyant side to his personality as he donned a bold outfit to visit the Bank of England. A body language expert claimed Charles’ pinstripe suit and “City boy tie” hinted at his wish to fit in with the bankers he was visiting.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have carried out a string of face-to-face engagements since lockdown ended.
As future heads of the Royal Family, the couple carry out a lot of important work on behalf of the Queen and on Wednesday (October 28) this involved a trip to the Bank of England.
The couple visited the national body in order to witness the work being done to help support the UK’s economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The couple wore face masks throughout the social-distanced engagement during which they met staff and the body’s Governor Andrew Bailey.
Prince Charles carries out hundreds of engagements every year and is well-practised at putting those he meets at ease.
Clarence House shared a clip of the royal engagement on Twitter showing Charles and Camilla inspecting archive and unreleased banknotes.
Body language expert, Judi James analysed the video and claimed Charles displayed a “new extrovert side”.
Judi told Express.co.uk: “This outing to the Bank of England seems to have unleashed a new, extrovert side to Prince Charles’ personality and presentation.”
According to the expert, Charles mimicked a “City boy” style with his vibrant choice of outfit.
Judi said: “In his single-breasted pinstripe suit he seems to have adopted a ‘when in Rome’ approach, adding a lairy, zig-zag, ‘City boy’ tie and toning (but not matching) pocket hankie to add a financial flourish to his appearance.
“Add a pair of cartoon socks and the Square Mile would have embraced him as one of their own immediately.”
According to Judi, Charles seemed “at home” while Camilla was something of a fish out of water.
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The expert said: “His body language makes him look equally at home here and he sits back in his chair, relaxed and partly splayed as he sits down to discuss stock market trends with his hosts.
“You can see from the way that his eyes crinkle that he is grinning happily behind his mask and his air of good humour means he has also cracked open that classic royal gesture: the ‘pointless point’, that top-rank members of the Firm always use to suggest upbeat engagement in things around them while on a public appearance or visit.”
In contrast, Charles’ wife Camilla seemed positively meek and tried to “show that she is there in Charles’s shadow”.
Judi said: “The lockdown has meant we’ve seen more of Camilla than usual and more of Camilla in close-up, thanks to video chats and speeches.”
Judi added: “Her body language is known for its quiet warmth but despite getting good feedback she still continues to look deeply uncomfortable and nervous appearing in public.
“Here she stands waiting beside her husband with her arms straight down at her sides and when she sits her pose looks rigid and self-diminished, with her hands clasped awkwardly and her bag fallen on the floor by the side of her chair.
“She looks keen to show that she is there in Charles’ shadow, rather than stepping into the spotlight in her own right like Sophie, Kate and Meghan.
“We can still see Charles initiating a change of movement before Camilla mimics it, suggesting some tension about getting things right in the eyes of both the public and her husband.”
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