As a working royal, Princess Anne has met with many people over the years. A body language expert suggested she always looks comfortable when carrying out such duties.

Judi stated: “Anne’s non-verbal signals of confidence are both powerful and rather old-school, defining her as the kind of alpha presence that would provide leadership in an emergency situation.

“Fear and anxiety don’t seem to feature in her body language repertoire.

“She uses none of the self-protective gesticulation that most of her male relatives are famous for, like her brother Charles’s ritual of cuff-fiddling and pocket-checking.”

The royal has shown her ease in her role when attending various occasions.


Earlier this year, Princess Anne appeared at London Fashion Week to make a speech.

During this time, Judi explained the royal looked comfortable speaking in public.

The expert said: “She makes her speech standing alone with her shoulders squared and using authoritative facial expressions like the raised brows, solid eye-contact with her audience and the puckered, asymmetric smile.”

Her confidence is something that has been obvious since she was young, Judi suggested.

“However their body language rituals together suggest a meeting of minds and complementary traits rather than any fond fussing or more tactile displays.

“Anne’s respect signals for her mother show in the way that she gives out no sense of being ‘on alert’ to offer help or support, despite the Queen’s ninety-odd years.

“Anne has a tendency to respond to any glances from her mother with a raised-brow smile to suggest a shared, possibly naughty sense of humour, and a backward lean to signal ‘the spotlight is all yours’.

“She appears to make the Queen laugh and most poses between the two women suggest a shared sense of humour, bringing out a side of the Queen that we rarely get to glimpse.”

The royal line of succession – who outranks who?

The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.

It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.

Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.

Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.

The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.

Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 38, his oldest son.

Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.

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