Queen’s ‘hunched’ appearance exposed royal’s ‘heartbreaking’ emotional state, says expert

Prince Philip funeral: Queen 'slightly unstable' claims expert

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The Queen’s “heartbreakingly devastating” image at Prince Philip’s funeral has been analysed by a body language expert. Dr Louise Maher joined Australia’s The Morning Show to dissect the appearances of members of the Royal Family at the Duke of Edinburgh’s ceremony. She claimed that the monarch’s physical presence matched how she would have been feeling on the inside.

Dr Maher told viewers: “I think the word for the Queen was ‘heartbreaking’.

“It’s for her that we had the tears during this funeral.

“She was hunched, she was slightly unstable on her feet.

“She seemed to be favouring one side.”

She continued: “She was covered and she had her head down.

“So we didn’t really see her face at all.

“But it was just heartbreakingly devastating.”

The expert went on to explain why the social distancing rules actually made it “easier” to analyse appearances.

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Dr Maher said: “We had the public stripped away so we had all of that movement and excitement taken away.

“We could just focus on what was important.

“Their role was just duty, discipline, respect.”

She added: “It was for them to walk straight ahead, look straight ahead.

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“So any little thing stood out dramatically.”

The expert went on to praise Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, for bringing Prince William and Prince Harry together.

She noted that Prince Andrew’s “swaying” could represent a “lifetime of indulgence”.

And she criticised Prince Charles for being “awkward” during the procession march.

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