Kate and William share ‘leadership’ now – unlike at start of married life

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been on tens of tours to various countries and are now much more used to royal engagements than they were a mere decade ago. Kate has become much more “relaxed” in her role, according to a body language expert, and now shares the “leadership” with her husband.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Judi James said: “One thing that William and Kate have learned in the decade since they toured in Canada is that they can take pretty much anything in their stride.

“Dramas crises and crises can be corrosive in many ways but they can also have the effect of testing someone’s mettle and, like the Cambridges, they can often emerge stronger and more confident as a result.

“During the Canadian tour we can see that Kate was still very much a new royal bride and her popularity as a royal in her own right was unconfirmed.

“Adding to that pressure was the fact that William was still wary of stirring up the same amount of interest in Kate as his mother Diana was exposed to from almost one day of her marriage.”

The Cambridges’ North American tour was a nine-day trip in Canada, visiting Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edwards Island, Quebec, and Ottawa.

Kate was pictured in short, brightly-colored dresses with her hair a bundle of waves.

Unlike now, she also wore more eye make-up, opting for a smokey eye and black eyeliner.

In more recent years, the Duchess seems to be more of a fan of minimal make-up, wearing only lashings of mascara and a subtle lip.

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Furthermore, during her more recent tours, Kate has been unfraid to opt for lengthier, more grandiose dresses.

As for her body language, she has seemed more relaxed.

Judi said: “During their recent tour we saw a very relaxed and much more spontaneous-looking couple whose exchanged smiles, touches and shared laughter made them look almost as though they were on their honeymoon.

“Kate and William share the ‘leadership’ role now, with Kate often looking more relaxed and even more daring or keen to try new things than her husband.

“Kate uses body language signals of reassurance and even flattery towards William and this leaves him free to take on a more fun and less adult role at times, with less of the need for any of the tension or anxiety that were visible during their first tour” .

“Their even-handed sharing of responsibility, the spotlight, and even the fun help to make the current challenging tour look enjoyable despite the headlines.”

Judi went on to say how Kate’s current confidence has come a long way. She said: “Back in Canada, Kate still has to come into her own as our future Queen.

“Her outfits look uncomfortable and over-stage-managed, with the inevitable wearing of the colors of the Canadian flag looking contrived.

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