Prince William and Kate Middleton sing God Save the Queen
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Kate Middleton and Prince William stood in the crowds at Wembley Stadium on Sunday to watch England play Italy. During the game, body language expert Judi James commented on how the royals handled the event.
Last night saw the final of Euro 2020 take place at Wembley Stadium in London.
After going to penalties, Italy won the game with four goals against England’s three goals.
Kate and Prince William were seen watching the match with their eldest son Prince George.
By taking him to the football, Judi suggested they were helping Prince George understand that “sport can be tough”.
She told Express.co.uk: “Watching William with little George last night was like watching any other parent having to teach their children the simple fact of life that sport can be tough, especially English football, and that coping with the pain of losing is an important life skill if you’re going to be a fan.”
During an early goal from England, Prince George could be seen celebrating with his parents.
Judi said: “George’s look of uninhibited joy at the early goal was one of the best moments of the match.
“Like fans around the country, he threw his arms up in the air and roared in delight, celebrating with both parents, looking up at his dad first and then hugging his mum by throwing his arms around her neck as she crouched to cuddle him.
“Even then though, William must have been alert to the fact that English football is rarely a smooth ride in terms of emotion and after the penalties, it was, sadly, another story.”
As the football match went into penalties, there was disappointment among England fans as Italy won.
Looking at how the Cambridges reacted to the defeat may have given a look into how they handle the disappointment, Judi continued.
She said: “Kate’s hands-covering-her face gesture spoke for all the fans, but it was telling to see how the Cambridge family coped with the disappointment.
“George did of course look glum but he also stood facing the pitch with his hands on the rail, looking impressively mature and brave given the horrible change of mood.”
Kate and Prince William appeared to use their body language gestures to signal “unity and support”.
The expert added: “Kate moved in close to her husband to signal quiet unity and support, placing one hand on her waist in a gesture of empathy and fear.
“William placed two huge hands of parental support on his son’s shoulders and this was a gesture that we were probably all in need of at that moment, to supply silent strength and comfort.”
Kate, Prince William and Prince George showed “dignity” after the results of the game, Judi suggested.
She concluded: “The Cambridges managed to show body language signals of pure joy when we were winning.
“But they were also role models of dignity when we lost the game.
“George will probably be learning the skill of coping when people tell you ‘It’s only a game’ right now or ‘It wasn’t meant to be’ and hopefully emerging with all that seven-year-old optimism and enthusiasm still intact.”
The royal line of succession – who outranks who?
The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.
It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.
Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on March 26, 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.
Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.
The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.
Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 39, his oldest son.
Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.
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