This year, she will be the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, meaning 70 years of service. Body language expert Judi James spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about the evolution of the Queen’s charisma.
Judi began: “When the Queen first took to the throne she used her body language and non-verbal signals to create the same aura of consistency, continuity and ongoing tradition as she does now. Those signals have barely, if at all, changed in the seventy years of her reign.
“In the 50’s they were vital for her survival as a powerful female leader on the world stage.”
And through the years, her unflappable demeanour has steered the country “through crises, scandals and rifts that could have brought the monarchy to its knees”.
“As a young woman in uniform it helped to create a sense of resilience during the war and now she is using it to help steer her public through the current pandemic.”
Unfazed and unwavering, she has been a calming, stable presence for seven decades, Judi suggested.
She continued: “Her protocol ‘rules’ have remained hewn out of rock.”
Hyperaware of her role and reputation, “she uses space and spatial pecking orders to project power and status”.
During her 73-year marriage to Prince Philip, “her husband walked behind her and was rarely, if ever, seen to touch her when she was appearing in public”.
“Her posture tends to be protocol-led, with limited movements that makes her style of speaking so distinct.”
Always composed and collected, she avoids most forms of excitable gesticulation when speaking.
Her one “signature gesture”, which she and many top-tier royals use, is something Judi refers to as ‘the pointless point’.
This is “a ritual to suggest and to direct interest when they are out and about on appearances”.
“The Queen has always avoided any displays of emotion, especially self-pity. The royal smile is wind-proof and as pitch-perfect, symmetric and enduring whatever the circumstances as it was when she first became Queen. Like the royal wave it is one of her non-negotiable rituals and she is passing the skill into safe hands with future Queen Kate.”
However, while her facial expressions rarely fluctuate, occasionally she does give her subjects a small glimpse into her inner world.
These are usually in “occasional moments of disapproval”, or moments of true joy.
There is the ‘scowl’ that the Queen is said to refer to as her ‘Miss Piggy Face’.
And in contrast, her wide smile, which was noticeable more in her younger years, makes an appearance more now that the Queen is in her nineties.
“The Queen has become slightly more animated in the past few years, almost as though she recognises she has achieved so much in terms of ‘getting it right’ and can afford to relax a little now and again and show her fun side.”
She has been spotted sharing playful moments with the Duchess of Cambridge at several engagements, one being the 2018 Trooping the Colour Parade, where they locked eyes and shared a giggle on the balcony.
Queen Elizabeth II was also pictured sharing moments of joy with her husband, as they shared sweet smiles and laughs together.