The Queen’s signature: How Royal’s handwriting reveals ‘stoical and dignified’ personality

Queen Elizabeth II has had a lifetime of practice for projecting her poised, public image as she focuses on her duty to the British people. However, when the Queen writes her signature on any correspondence, the way she wields her pen can reveal what’s going on in her subconscious. Handwriting expert and author Tracey Trussell joined Express.co.uk to analyse the monarch’s penmanship and offer her insights into what this reveals about the Queen.

Tracey said: “You only have to compare your own handwriting with your friends and colleagues to know it’s hard to dispute that everyone’s penmanship is different and could uniquely be described as their own.

“The thing is, when we write, there is a complex interaction going on between the eye, the brain (hence, the central nervous system) and the hand.

“The pen we hold is merely the conduit. So, what you are getting is the unique pattern of the writer’s whole psychological profile expressed in symbols on the page.

“And, as a graphologist, I am the one who can decode these symbols.”

Turning her expert eye to notes from Queen Elizabeth II, Tracey analysed samples and deduced insights about both the Queen’s public persona and private self.

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Tracey said: “Our signature is a projection of identity – our public image, reflecting our inner desires.

“It represents how we think of ourselves and how we would like others to perceive us, but doesn’t always tell us what’s going on behind closed doors.

“Here, the Queen’s signature is a little different to her usual handwriting, showcasing how she wants to be perceived versus who she really is under wraps.

“The Queen’s tall, vertical, legible signature bears the hallmark of a woman who is remarkably composed and poised, stoical and dignified – someone who is keen to relay her desire for transparency, and to command respect.

“The large size reflects the Queen’s show of confidence, and the underlining is a display of self-reliance.

“The oversized, stylish capital E tells of the Queen’s personal pride and further highlights her regal, cultured position.

“Even the way the y stem (in February – seen below) flicks to the right is a clear sign of altruism.

“All in all, the Queen’s signature packs a prestigious image and transmits exactly what you would expect from royalty.”

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Describing how she approaches a piece of writing to look for clues about the person, Tracey said: “A piece of handwriting is a snapshot of the moment revealing the writer’s core personality, fluid behaviour, fleeting emotions, thinking patterns, underlying anxieties and stress levels, proclivities, skillsets, motivation and potential, and so much more…

“Sometimes I think it would be easier to tell what handwriting doesn’t uncover!

“The size, for example, reflects how a person wants to be seen, and how confidently someone comes across.

“The slant is the emotional barometer that tells you how the writer shows their feelings and emotions to other people.

“Pressure (how hard someone presses on the page) turns up (or down) the dial on intensity of emotion and energy levels.

“Spacing is interesting because it is done unconsciously – symbolically the page represents the writer’s environment and the writing patterns reflects ways of thinking and behaving.”

Analysing all of these features in the Queen’s mark helps us to understand how the monarch presents herself and protects her public image.

Tracey Trussell’s debut book Life Lines: What Your Handwriting Says About You published by Unicorn comes out on March 22 and is available for pre-order on Amazon, Waterstones and from local bookshops.

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