Zara Tindall ‘childlike’ body language shows she has ‘indulgent’ relationship with Queen

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Zara Tindall is the eldest granddaughter of Prince Philip, 98, and Queen Elizabeth II. While many members of the Royal Family work for the Queen, Zara does not. A body language expert explained why this could make their relationship different from other royals.

Although they are part of the Royal Family, neither Zara or her brother, Peter Phillips, 42, were given titles when they were born.

This means they do not attend all royal outings or represent the monarch at events.

Instead of working in the Royal Family, Zara has a slightly less public career and she is an equestrian.

However, this hasn’t stopped Zara from attending some events with the Royal Family and being seen out with the Queen.

When the royal ladies are out together, their body language suggests they have a close relationship.

Speaking exclusively to, body language expert Judi James commented on their bond.

She said: “This looks like such a joyful and even indulgent relationship between the Queen and her grandchild Zara.

“It is perhaps made more relaxed because Zara is not an official member of ‘The Firm’ and so can see and treat the Queen purely as her grandmother, rather than also being her boss.”

Not working in the Royal Family could mean the relationship between Zara and the Queen is purely a family one and not business, Judi suggested.

Zara is known for being an affectionate royal and has close relationships with her family members.

The expert explained this can be seen clearly in her relationship with the monarch.

Judi added: “There are three key body language signals defining the strong bonds of affection here: their proximity, their touch rituals and their mirroring.

“Zara is probably the most openly tactile and spontaneous-looking member of the Royal Family as well as being the most good-humoured-looking one.

“Both those qualities seem to have a very positive effect on the Queen, allowing her to be more openly demonstrative than she is seen to be in public with most of her other relatives.”

Zara’s seemingly “spontaneous” and “playful” personality may encourage the Queen to mirror some of those traits, the expert claimed.

During one outing, the mother-of-two seems happy to take on a childlike role with the Queen which seemed to be well-received.

She added: “Zara’s body language looks more like that of a happy, playful child here as she leans back with both hands on the balcony in front of her.

“This, and the very affectionate-looking smile she aims at her grandmother, look like an invitation to share the fun.

“The Queen reciprocates, with a broad, eye-wrinkling smile that involves an upper and lower teeth display.”

During another occasion, Queen Elizabeth II again appears happy to revert into her role as a grandmother rather than the monarch.

Judi stated: “Zara seems to mimic the body language of a small child again here, holding her arms out in an intentional gesture to request a hug.

“Her over-long sleeves and her curled fingers look very childlike and her raised chin and adoring smile registers genuine pleasure at greeting her granny.

“The Queen’s out-stretched hand shows she’s reciprocating the greeting gesture and her rounded-cheek smile and eye contact suggest a strong, happy connection between the two women.”

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