Kate and William shared the picture on their social media channels as the UK counted down to 2022 – smiling as they lean into one another at the James Bond premiere earlier this year
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a new picture of themselves looking loved-up to celebrate the New Year.
Kate and William shared the picture on their social media channels as the UK counted down to 2022.
They captioned it: “Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!”
In it, the pair lean into one another in the perfect image of wedded bliss – after they celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary earlier in the year.
It was taken in September when the duo attended the James Bond premiere in central London, with both dressed up to the nines.
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Body Language Judi James said the couple present themselves as the “future of the monarchy” and appear “loving, strong and happy”
Judi James said: “This is more than just a smiling pose from the royal couple as they wish us all a happy new year, it is also a very significant and even unique choice in terms of what they are telling us about themselves, their relationship with us, and the future of the monarchy.
“With Prince Philip ’s death and the Queen’s moments of frailty in 2021, we are probably deliberately being shown a future King and Queen who, against the odds in royal terms, are as loving, strong, happy and even flirtatious a couple as they were when they married.
“The energy in this pose looks like an echo of those slightly naughty shots we used to see of them giggling and laughing together as they climbed into the backs of limos after partying during their dating days.
“It’s a much more relaxed depiction of their feelings for one another than usual, with both leaning in together grinning and with Kate not just holding William’s hand in her own but placing both her hands around his as though she thinks of him as something very precious.
“That top hand forms an affirmative gesture of affection and ownership that goes beyond any normal hand-holding.
“Their smiles are mirrored and they are more than just the traditional royal social smiles. These are very personal-looking grins aimed towards us, the viewer, with a sense of shared excitement in their eye expressions and authentic fun and joy in their grins.
“William has none of the usual puckering around his upper lip here to suggest a desire to suppress his smile, his teeth are edge-to-edge in a way that shows total good humour and happiness.
“The couple knocked the ball out of the court with this very glamorous appearance at the Bond premiere and they show they enjoyed the event just as much as the fans enjoyed watching them.
“There is also, subtly, one of the most unique non-verbal royal statements in this choice of photo. We’ve seen royals look happy or glamorous or loved-up before, but this is primarily a ‘behind the scenes’ photo, taken either before or after the pair had been performing their royal duty and that makes it more telling.
“This glimpse of what goes on when they’re not in the spotlight is like an outtake and therefore appears to show their real feelings rather than the posed or professional projected emotions.
“It might be easy to assume an air of relief as the smiles sink and they either arrive or drive off back to the comfort of their palaces but William and Kate not only seem to be signalling sustained and authentic levels of enjoyment and shared affection and closeness behind the scenes, the way they share those loving smiled straight into camera implies they want to let us know they like us (their public) too.
“It places us by implication in the front seat of that car, leaving or arriving at the glam event with them and that is a unique angle from a royal couple looking keen to prove that what you see with them is what you get.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.