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Expert says Queen made most ‘controversial’ gesture in her reign at memorial

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The Queen performed one of the most “controversial body language gestures of her entire reign” at Prince Philip’s memorial service, a body language expert has claimed.

The monarch used a walking stick as she entered the Abbey for the service on Monday and was arm-in-arm with her disgraced son Prince Andrew.

The 95-year-old made a last-minute final decision to attend the event on Monday morning, with special arrangements put in place for her comfort, reports the Mirror.

The service was limited to 40 minutes and the monarch sat in one of the Canada chairs but with an additional cushion.

And body language expert Judi James has said it was notable to see her accepting help for the first time – especially from her son Andrew.

Judi told the Mirror: “The Queen performed one of the most controversial body language gestures of her entire reign today when, after walking up the aisle with her hand linked into his arm, she paused in front of the eyes of the world to smile and nod in thanks to her second son Andrew before taking her seat at her husband’s memorial service.

“The Queen had four children to choose from for this emotional role.

“It was the first time she has been seen requiring and accepting help to walk and, after the service, it was a role of escort that would once have been her husband Philip’s.

“This ‘statement’ smile at her son showed a very different Queen from the isolated woman we saw at the funeral service.

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“Sitting upright and alert in her throne seat today, gazing round at the proceedings and standing for the hymns wearing a firm mouth-clamp expression, the Queen looked resolute and determined, despite her physical frailty.

“Andrew looked equally firm, standing upright and with a military foot-splay during the hymns, even turning to speak to his brother Edward and his wife Sophie and making them smile while the congregation sang.

“He was the man who stepped out from the pews to stand to attention in the aisle at the end of the service, waiting for his mother to take his arm again and to escort her to bid farewell to her hosts.

Prince Andrew

“As she stood talking to them it was also Andrew standing behind her, joining in the smiles and laughter in a role that would once have been taken by his father, Prince Philip.”

Judi added that the sight of Andrew helping his mother the Queen was too much to bear for Princess Beatrice.

She added: “After seeing her father back in the public eye and the Queen seated in front of her, Andrew’s daughter Beatrice appeared to fall into floods of tears.

“Visibly distressed and with her husband Edo smiling at her in concern, Beatrice tried dropping her head but also had to raise the large order of service right up over her face as she presumably tried to control herself.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among other royals at the service.

The couple have just returned from their Caribbean tour and they brought their eldest son Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte.

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Earl and Countess of Wessex were also there with their children Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn.

Others attending were the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Peter Phillips and his daughters Savannah and Isla and Zara and Mike Tindall and their eldest daughter Mia.

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Duke of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester made up the rest of the royal attendees.

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