A body language expert has revealed the hidden signals in a photo of King Charles that showed his "utter anguish" during the Queen's funeral.
The King mourned his mother Queen Elizabeth II at her funeral service on Monday, with Body Language Expert and Connection Specialist Katia Loisel pointing out emotional details in a photo of the new monarch.
"Standing next to Princess Anne as the procession prepared to enter Westminster Abbey, King Charles' expression was one of utter grief. his mouth ajar, the inner corners of his eyebrows pulled up and together, upper lids droopy as he wiped away tears," she told Yahoo Lifestyle.
She added King Charles was emotionally overwhelmed and his furrowed brow, compressed lips, shallow breath, eyes moist with tears, a sharp intake of air, his jaw dropping and rapidly blinking away tears were all signs that pointed to a moment of "utter anguish".
Katia said King Charles and his sons Prince William and Prince Harry also used a number of pacifying behaviours in an attempt to self-soothe during the Queen's funeral.
She said King Charles' rocking while rhythmically rubbing the top of his sword with his thumb was an attempt to self-soothe and pacify, which indicated high levels of negative emotion.
"Likewise, both Prince William and Prince Harry use pacifying behaviours in an attempt to self-soothe, rocking rhythmically back and forth throughout much of the service," she said.
"Rocking is often seen in times of high psychological distress and is an effective way of reducing anxiety and tension, promoting a sense of calm through stimulation of the vestibular system or balance centre."
Prince William and Kate Middleton 'distressed'
It comes after Katia revealed Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton were "highly distressed" during the Queen's coffin procession to Westminster Hall ahead of her funeral.
A photo of a doleful William and Kate showed the prince with tightly compressed lips while Kate appeared strained as she held back emotion.
Katia told 7News there were hidden signals in the photo that showed the pair were "highly distressed".
"Their slightly lowered heads, use of protective arm barriers, furrowed brows, tension in the neck and mouth and tightly compressed lips [indicate] a couple who are trying to hold it all in," she said.
The expert added their compressed lips were a sign of negative emotions and the fact William is pressing his together so tightly they appear to disappear indicates "extreme levels of discomfort and stress".
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