'Playful' Prince William 'steps out of character' with 'mischievous' gesture

The Princess Royal, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales arrive to attend the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle (Isabelle Infantes/PA)
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Prince William embraced a regal tradition, robed in finery and sporting a plumed hat, as he joined King Charles and Queen Camilla for the time-honoured Garter Day ceremony at Windsor Castle. Joining the eminent ranks of the Ladies and Knights of the Garter, the Prince of Wales was a prominent figure in the procession through Windsor Castle grounds during the Garter Day service, a salute to the nation's most ancient and esteemed order of chivalry.

As enthusiastic spectators thronged the route, many with hampers and camping chairs, the Prince shared an affable smile when he caught a glimpse of his aunt Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Princess Anne's husband, among the onlookers, reports the Mirror. Body language expert Darren Stanton observed that William's cheerful demeanour spoke volumes about his engagement with the ceremony.

Speaking on behalf of Betfair Slots, Darren said: "William was displaying genuine interest in the ceremony. He maintained strong eye contact and showed authentic smiles, with his whole face engaged. He also winked at the camera and gave a huge grin, which suggests he's in good spirits, but also not afraid to be in a playful and mischievous mood."

Darren said William's display of happiness hinted at personal well-being and self-assurance: "It reveals he's in a good place and feeling very confident about himself. It also means he wanted to step out of his usual character a bit.

"The fact he's able to do that so freely means he's really found his feet and feels completely relaxed during occasions like these. It's clear he was happy to see so many turn up to show their support at Windsor."

Darren also noted a difference in how Prince William and King Charles approached the ceremony, saying: "Straight away, the King and Queen are taking everything in their stride. They have displayed a mixture of emotions together. Charles on one hand comes across as solemn and focused, he's taking it very seriously and wants to show he's there to represent the firm.

"Although he's interacting with Camilla as they're walking in, he's concentrating very hard and doesn't want to feel distracted. His eye contact remained strong with few instances of him loosening up. He was very aware of how he was coming across. Camilla is seen smiling and is a lot more relaxed. These smiles are genuine and authentic, she doesn't feel forced in any way.

"It tells us she feels in her element and you can tell she enjoys attending these Royal engagements with Charles. It comes very naturally to her. She was seen walking with a purpose and lots of confidence, as her posture was held upright."

The King and Queen led the monarchy in celebrating the ancient Order of the Garter as the royal family’s summer season began in earnest (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)
The King and Queen led the monarchy in celebrating the ancient Order of the Garter as the royal family’s summer season began in earnest -Credit:Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA

The Garter Day marked the beginning of a busy week for the Royal Family, with Royal Ascot starting today. Charles and Camilla sent their best wishes to racegoers, hoping they experience the "thrill of a Royal Ascot winner" as the renowned event kicked off.

Charles and Camilla, known racing enthusiasts, are anticipated to make their entrance at the Berkshire racecourse in the customary carriage procession before the first race. Over the next five days, spectators clad in striking hats, summer frocks and dapper suits will be cheering on the jockeys at the Berkshire course.

The racecourse was established by Queen Anne in 1711 when she deemed Ascot perfect for "horses to gallop at full stretch". Today, it has evolved into a significant social occasion as well as a sporting spectacle.