Prince Louis’ Sweet Gesture Helped Queen Consort Camilla Relax After Christmas Day Church Service, Body Language Expert Says

Instinctively sensing her tension and nervousness, little Louis stepped in to cheer her up.

Prince Louis
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What would a royal family outing be without us analyzing, ad nauseum, their body language? But in this case, it’s incredibly sweet—Prince Louis, making his Christmas walk debut to St. Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham (a long held royal tradition), apparently helped Queen Consort Camilla relax and cheer up with a touching gesture, according to body language expert Judi James. Speaking to The Mirror, James says Camilla—in her first Christmas as Queen Consort—looked “awkward” following the morning church service, and that “Camilla’s body language signals suggest she is often in a state of tension or nervousness in public,” James says.

Prince Louis

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But then little four-year-old Louis stepped in: “When the royals emerged from the church, Charles appeared to be in high spirits, pointing to and laughing with the clergy, but leaving Camilla trailing in his wake,” James says. “Her repeated eye-dart rituals as she tried to position herself alongside her husband reflected inner tension or awkwardness, and the way Louis stepped away from his parents to join her and chat to her suggested he was keen to cheer her up with some company and help her relax.”

And just when we thought, after his Platinum Jubilee antics, we couldn’t love this little guy more.

“Louis’ body language is still very spontaneous, and small children can often feel or sense when someone needs company,” James says. “He was also busy later showing this side of his personality as he called for his picture of Paddington to be shown to a small girl and rushed up to Charlotte with a small bouquet of flowers.” (Seriously one of the cutest moments of the morning.)

Louis may have been one of the youngest members of the royal family at church that morning, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t touch the hearts of many—well-wishers and Queen Consorts, included.

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.