Kate’s reassuring gesture to Princess Charlotte after she broke royal protocol

Prince George and Princess Charlotte paid a surprise visit to Wales with their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as the nation prepares for the Platinum Party at the Palace

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s visit to Wales was a special anniversary surprise for royal fans – as it was their first official trip to Wales.

The royal children joined their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at Cardiff Castle today.

But it seems Prince Louis, aged four, whose adorable appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace stole the show earlier this week, was not in attendance.

The couple and their two older children watched rehearsals and met some of the acts attending a concert at the castle to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler.

The Cambridges at Cardiff Castle


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Body language expert Judi James said Prince William and Kate showed their “shy” children the ropes – and helped them “anchor” them during public engagements.

Prince George, eight, and Charlotte, seven, appeared shy today as they took in their new surroundings and were encouraged to shake hands with members of the public.

Charlotte only reached out to shake her hand after a few words of encouragement from her mother, and firmly squeezed her mother’s hand during the outing.

Meanwhile, Prince George was eager to crouch behind his father while he posed for a photograph and similarly held Prince William’s hand.

Speak with MRSbody language expert Judi James told how Kate stepped in after Charlotte skipped normal protocol.

She said: “Charlotte often declines an offer of a handshake and shows a sense of confidence and independence, but she seemed happy to comply.

“When meeting and greeting the public, hands are dropped and both William and Kate use small touches and tie signs on their children to signal cues and timing.

“Kate was seen nudging Charlotte to step forward to shake her hand after initially jumping in too quickly and approaching before her brother and father had finished their greetings.

“William put both hands on George’s shoulders after making his greeting to let him know he was still behind him to steer and support him.

“Kate tends to use hair-raising gestures of comfort to help the kids feel safe and appreciated by her, and makes this as comfortable for them as possible.”

George could be seen working the controls on a tech desk while Charlotte grinned at her brother as she directed musicians with her hands.

When the future king and his sister went for a walk with their parents, the seven-year-old princess collected bouquets – as did her eight-year-old brother.

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