Kate Middleton: We’ve realised how much we need each other
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Kate Middleton and Prince William attended a carol service last week, Together at Christmas, which will be broadcast on ITV this Christmas Eve. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by several other members of the Royal Family and enjoyed many performances and poignant readings from celebrities. During a pre-released clip, Kate and William were caught sharing a moment, and royal fans have compared the exchange to one on their wedding day, which took place in the same venue, Westminster Abbey, 10 years ago.
The carol service was nostalgic for the couple on many levels.
Not only were they in their wedding venue, but Ellie Goulding had been invited to perform.
The singer – who also happens to be best friends with Prince William’s cousin, Princess Eugenie – actually sang at the Cambridge’s wedding reception in 2011.
And as Ellie sang Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, the cameras cut to Kate and William who shared a romantic moment.
Many royal fans likened this to a moment that was also caught on camera during their wedding ceremony.
A Cambridge fan account shared the two clips and captioned the tweet: “Same place, Same people, Same stare.”
The clip has been viewed nearly 26,000 times.
Another fan shared a side-by-side still of the couple and commented: “The way they smile at each other is everything.”
Someone commented on the post: “10 years together, 10 years married, 3 children and still the same look…”
Express.co.uk also spoke to body language expert, Judi James about the similarities between the couple’s two interactions, which are a decade apart.
She said: “Ten years apart, but the body language of this moment between William and Kate is so similar in so many ways that it looks like a direct and identical echo of their past.
“If we look at the entire gesture at the carol concert this year though, there are some subtle changes and additions that make the non-verbal messaging more complex in a way that you would expect from a long-term relationship that has matured over time.
“At their wedding, we can see Kate sitting looking elegant but a little tense and William throws her a tender glance to catch her eye so that he can throw her an eye-to-eye tie-sign of approval, reassurance and love.
“Kate almost seems to ‘feel’ his stare and she responds to it quickly, turning her head to return the smile as the couple gave the world a very small glimpse into the strength of their feelings for one another.”
She continued: “In the current clip we can see a similar side-by-side pose and, again, Kate sits looking lost in thought with her facial expression suggesting the rather moving Christmas song might be making her nostalgic or even tearful.
“Yet again it is the intensity of William’s gaze that Kate seems to ‘feel’, and again her head snaps round to see it and to respond.”
As for William, Judi said: “[His] compressed smile, with the lips, clamped together and some puckering at the corners and above the upper lip looks very similar to the smile he threw Kate on their wedding day.
“Her response is a dimpling of her cheeks and a mirrored, closed-lip smile before she looks down and away in a rather coy and bashful gesture that is related to the sweetest, old-fashioned style of flirting.
“The intensity and complexity of William’s expression as he shares a thought with Kate does appear to have increased over the years.
“His eye-smile is softer and he performs an eye-flash, running his eyes down and up her face in a signal of approval to suggest he still finds her beautiful.”
The expert added: “Those lip compressions that work through two stages also make this a much more intimate signal between the couple.
“He then continues looking at Kate even when she has looked away, confident that she is still tuned into his response via her peripheral vision.”
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