Kate Middleton ‘not 100% confident’ but delivers ‘most professional speech yet’
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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 38, revealed she would be announcing the results of her early years ‘5 Big Questions on the Under Fives’ survey later this week in a new video clip. The post was shared on Kensington Palace’s social media channels and showed a new side to the Duchess.
Perching on a sofa at home, Kate addressed the camera energetically.
The Duchess said: “Earlier this year we asked you 5 Big Questions about raising our under-fives.
“We wanted to hear what you think about the importance of the earliest years of our children’s lives.
“More than half a million of you answered that call, so we’ve taken your input and combined it with even more public research to produce the UK’s biggest ever study on the early years.”
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Kate added: “This year has been a hugely challenging time for us all and there hasn’t been a more important time to talk about families.
“Later on this week we’ll share 5 Big Insights that we’ve discovered and I will take your questions.
“This is just the beginning and I want to thank you for starting a conversation because we’re all on this journey together.”
According to a body language expert who analysed the clip for Express.co.uk, Kate used a new signature “bounce” to convey her enthusiasm in the clip.
Body language expert and author Judi James told Express.co.uk: “Kate seems to have invented a new piece of royal body language that I’m calling ‘The Cambridge Bounce’.
“This series of small body-bounces as she speaks turns her sofa into a mini-trampoline and implies an energy, enthusiasm and urgency that seated video messages often lack.”
Judi claimed Kate’s “professional” body language mirrors that used by children’s TV presenters.
The analyst added: “It is also a professional-looking gesture that echoes the kind of technique used on TV shows like Blue Peter, which is so suitable for Kate’s theme here of research about children.”
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According to Judi, Kate’s gestures show she is keen “to sell” her message.
The expert said: “It helps her messages to leap out of the screen and it takes Kate’s video techniques into the level of effectively pitching and selling her messages rather than just delivering them.”
Judi claims Kate’s polished body language suggests she has had “training.”
Judi said: “The way Kate starts by sitting in what is called the Pole Position, (i.e. like a racing car waiting on the tracks), is another clue that she has been having training.
“She sits upright with her chin raised, looking straight to camera and with her hands touching lightly together on her legs, ready to open into some emphatic gesticulations.
“As she starts speaking she hits the ground running, splaying her hands in a gesture of enthusiastic inclusion.
“That theme of being part of a team she’s encouraging us to join is also there in her use of words.”
The Duchess also strives to make the message accessible by using personal pronouns.
Judi said: “Kate uses the words ‘we’ and ‘us’ eight times in this piece to camera and it is only at the end that she reverts to ‘I’ twice to show she will be taking our questions herself.
“This change of wording and the way her lips purse shut after she says them provides a bit of a trailer to intrigue us into the next steps in the campaign.”
According to Judi, Kate’s latest virtual appearance is “her most professional-looking to date” despite tell-tale signs she is “not 100 per cent confident.”
Judi said: “The techniques Kate uses here are probably her most professional-looking to date.
“These pieces to camera look simple but I’ve watched top professional presenters stumble over them on set and have to do several re-takes.
“Kate’s mouth drops very slightly at the left corner at the end of her talk in a denial gesture that hints she’s not yet 100 per cent confident but the way her thumbs are erect when she is speaking hints that she’s enjoying the experience of being a professional-looking presenter.”
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