Princess Charlotte overwhelmed and intimidated by Philip service, expert says

Princess Charlotte was “overwhelmed” by the occasion as she attended her great-grandfather Prince Philip’s Service of Thanksgiving, according to a body language expert.

Prince William and Kate Middleton brought both Charlotte and Prince George to Tuesday's event, but their youngest child Prince Louis did not attend.

Charlotte was seen entering the memorial service at Westminster Abbey holding her mother’s hand, but was later seen looking like the occasion was getting a little bit too much for her.

Leading UK psychotherapist and body language expert Nick Davies believes the “amount of people” and “noise” caused her to be “intimidated” before taking her seat close to the front.

Nick said: "Charlotte looks down showing she is feeling a bit overwhelmed and slightly intimidated, likely from the amount of people and noise from the ringing bells, whilst scanning her eyes side to side in anticipation and then moves her right shoulder up seeking self comfort before meeting the clergymen."

Charlotte was not the only young royal to struggle with the attention on them during today’s memorial as Nick also saw her brother George need a reassuring hand from William.

The Queen joined close family, friends, foreign royals and hundreds of charity workers in remembrance of her beloved husband the Duke of Edinburgh at a poignant memorial service.

  • Queen’s touching comment at the end of moving memorial service for Prince Philip

Prince Andrew made his first public appearance since his US settlement as he escorted his mother into Westminster Abbey.

The monarch held onto Andrew’s elbow with her left hand as she moved slowly and gingerly to her place, using a walking stick in her right hand.

The Queen, 95, had been determined to make the appearance at the memorial to Philip with her attendance only just confirmed this morning.

Her Majesty listened as the Dean of Windsor paid tribute to Philip’s intellect, work ethic, sense of humour and devotion to his family.

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The Right Reverend David Conner described the duke as a “remarkable man” who was committed to “a host of down-to-earth enterprises”.

Princess Beatrice was seen to give a small chuckle as the Dean remarked: “He could be somewhat sharp in pricking what he thought to be bubbles of pomposity or sycophancy.”

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