During a lying-in-state ceremony held on at Westminster Hall, the Princess was seen in a state as mentioned above.
The newly appointed Prince and Princess of Wales made an appearance along with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle at the lying-in-state ceremony. While the ceremony was heartfelt and touching, there were some other signs that showed how the couples were during this event. A body language expert provided their expert advice on the matter, as Express.co.uk reported.
They mentioned, how mother-of-three Kate appeared "highly distressed" during the service standing next to Prince Willaims. The body language expert, Katia Loisel, shared some more details like this filling in the story from the ceremony. The expert mentioned how the Prince and Princess struggled to hold it together during the ceremony. Conversely, the Duke and Duchess exhibited a “desire to connect and be close to one another.” The newly-appointed Prince and Princess of Wales' lowered heads, furrowed brows and tightly compressed lips showed that the couple was trying to hold in tears throughout the service.
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II at her lying-in-state in Westminster Hall. pic.twitter.com/cUo9nOozXY— The Royal Family Channel (@RoyalFamilyITNP) September 18, 2022
Loisel said, “The more pronounced the lip compression, as is the case with Prince William - his lips pressed together, rolling inwards until they have completely disappeared - indicate extreme levels of discomfort and stress.” In comparison, Loisel mentioned the difference in the Duke and the Duchess. “Prince Harry and Meghan use both contact tie signs, such as holding hands, and non-contact tie signs, such as postural echoing, their bodies orientated inwards towards one another, and mutual gaze in a mutual display of support and reassurance,” she noted.
“In contrast, clearly grief-stricken and lost in their own thoughts, Prince William and Princess Kate keep a formal distance, in keeping with the formality and seriousness of the event, and Prince William's position as heir to the throne.” The distance between Kate and William, and the closeness between Harry and Meghan showed the differences between the two couples, Loisel pointed out. The position the Prince and Princess of Wales took in standing apart is “reflective of their roles and the seriousness of the occasion.” Prince Harry and Meghan were looking to move toward each other and hold hands, which is why Loisel described them as an “affectionate and tactile couple” while noting how they were “non-verbally seeking each other out” showcasing a “desire to connect and be close to one another.”
Having photographed the entire duration of Queen Elizabeth II lying in state in Westminster Hall - capturing the very first members of the public to the last to pay their respects - I turned off my cameras, gave a bow and walked out of the hall feeling very emotional. #Queue pic.twitter.com/5qDmSiDrir— Yui Mok (@YuiMok) September 19, 2022
The lying-in-state ceremony and the process to see the queen had people coming in droves and waiting for almost 30 hours to see the last of their longest-serving sovereign. The last person to see her, Chrissy Heerey a serving member of the RAF from Melton Mowbray, said it was “one of the highlights of my life.” Everyone with a wristband was allowed to visit the queen within the allowed window. Heerey mentioned, “I couldn't believe I was there,” she said. “I just felt very honored that I had the opportunity to be able to go in there and see her and say my farewell.”
An experience like this builds some rapport with the people around you. Sima Mansouri, the second last person to see the lying-in-state, mentioned how Heerey and her would be best friends now. This event created a very unique bonding experience for the pair. “Everybody just wanted to come together and be happy and peaceful and talk about memories,” said Mansouri, who is originally from Iran but lives in Croydon, south London. “[Chrissy] was a little nervous, being the last person, but I said, ‘Don't worry. I've got your back. I'm here.’”
The final person pays tribute to the Queen as her lying in state officially closes. And so ends the most epic queueing operation in British history. Genuinely one of the most heartwarming phenomenons I’ve witnessed. pic.twitter.com/m3qh8DLJrQ— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) September 19, 2022
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