Reading between the lines
When it comes to reading nonverbal cues, Patti Wood, is a pro. She holds advanced degrees in body language and nonverbal communication, is the author of several books on the topic, including SNAP: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language & Charisma, and is frequently called upon by law enforcement, hospitals, universities, government agencies, and the media to decipher what’s really going on in a tricky situation. Here, Wood chats with Reader’s Digest about what’s really going on in these photos of the future king and his long-time love and wife of nine years, Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Just a couple of kids in love
Long before they became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate were just a couple of college kids. OK, well maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration considering Prince William was born a future king. But you might not realise it looking at this adorable photo of the couple on the day of their graduation ceremony at St. Andrew’s University on June 23, 2005, in Scotland. “What I love about them in this photo is how spontaneous and unposed they are,” Wood says. “There’s so much joy, energy, and movement in this photo. She’s leaning her body into his, and he’s responding by creating a heart shape with his body and hers. I also love the intimacy of her hand on his belly and how he gently places his hand on her to show connection.”
Touching me, touching you
This photo was taken moments after William finished playing the Field Game in an “old boys match” at Eton College on March 18, 2006. The young couple appears to be sharing a sweet kiss (and perhaps even a secret?), but what really stands out to Wood is how the young couple’s bodies mirror one another. “Their matching touch shows they feel equal love and strength in the relationship,” she explains.