Kate Middleton rejects royal fashion and modifies monarchy with dressed-down look

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 39, is a royal fashion icon and every outfit she wears is carefully analysed by fans. On Tuesday the Duchess seemed to send a modernising message as she stepped out to meet children taking part in the Natural History Museum’s Urban Nature Project.

While Kate often dresses up for engagements, on this occasion she opted for a casual look, sporting jeans, a white t-shirt, pink blazer and trainers.

Kensington Palace shared a new clip of Kate chatting to children on Tuesday with the message: “Exploring the Natural History Museum’s Urban Nature Project.

“Designed to inspire the next generation to care for nature, the project forms part of @NHM_London’s work to transform their Wildlife Garden into an urban biodiversity hub.”

A follow-up tweet with several pictures of the Duchess during the engagement added: “Today The Duchess joined schoolchildren taking part in nature activities, before fixing an acoustic monitoring device to a cherry tree in the Wildlife Garden — which will record ambient sound to help @NHM_Londoninvestigate patterns of animal activity within the garden.”

Body language expert and author Judi James analysed the video for Express.co.uk and shared her insights.

According to the expert, Kate rejects traditional royal fashion and opts for a more modern look – adapting her body language to suit her style.

Judi said: “Casual-wear rarely sits well on the royals, unless it’s the ancient-tweeds-and-headscarf options loved by the older members of the family, but Kate manages to make her jeans, t-shirt and jacket combo look relevant and congruent here by modifying her body language to match the look.”

The Duchess seems more confident following the launch of her new Early Childhood Centre last week, Judi claimed.

She added: “Her smile here suggests genuine delight tinged with awe for the wildlife work she is being shown and her deportment has changed from the assertive elegance of the recent launch of her early learning project to a slightly heavier, bouncier gait that works so well with the trainers.”

The Duchess changes her body language to better connect with the children she is speaking to, the analyst explained.

Judi said: “Kate lowers her frame here, firstly to create rapport with the children by bringing herself down to their height so they receive level eye contact and maximum attention signals and also so they can feel more important and their thoughts more valued as they chat about their project.

“When one of the adults walk up to her group, Kate lowers herself even further, ducking her head and arching her back slightly to signal respect as well as placing herself temporarily in the same pack as the children.”


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Kate tries to encourage confidence in children by altering her gestures, Judi explained.

She said: “All this very natural-looking behaviour helps the Duchess to merge well to create heightened confidence in the children but I also love the way that whoever clipped or produced this brief video couldn’t pass on the chance to add that slo-mo moment when Kate tilts her head and looks upward, looking every bit as stunning as an ad for a hair product.”

The Duchess dedicates much of her royal work to helping children and last week launched a brand new project.

On Friday, Kate unveiled her  Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood which she hopes will have a transformative impact on society.

The Duchess has dedicated the best part of a decade into learning about how the early years of life can affect people as adults.

She hopes raising awareness around the importance of these first years will allow people to prevent issues like addiction from occurring later on.

Speaking about the project in a video, Kate said: “Working closely with others, the centre hopes to raise awareness of why the first five years of life are just so important for our future life outcomes, and what we can do as a society to embrace this golden opportunity to create a happier, more mentally healthy, more nurturing society.

“By working together, my hope is that we can change the way we think about early childhood, and transform lives for generations to come. Because I truly believe big change starts small.”

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