Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 55, and Prince Edward, 56, have been married since June 19, 1999. The couple have made many public appearances together over the last 20 years. Body language expert Judi James told Express.co.uk what this could show about their relationship.
While Prince Edward has more experience as a royal, Sophie seems confident in her position.
Judi commented: “Sophie’s superior levels of confidence and perhaps life experience shows but the duo looked as though they shared the same goals and thinking.
“The way Sophie holds onto Edward’s arm suggested she would be his anchor in life.”
The royal couple look happy to support each other when out in public.
While Sophie may see the pair as equals, the expert claimed Prince Edward is happy for his wife to take centre stage.
“Sophie’s body language suggests no active desire to scene-steal as she stands with one knee bent in and some modestly-placed hand gestures,” Judi continued.
“But it’s Edward who seems happy to suppress his own royal status to make her the focus of his attention.
“The way he face-watches his wife suggests she’s not only the centre of his attention, she’s also the one he is amused by and takes his lead from.”
“Both Edward and Sophie appeared to have matured into very different roles from their idealised wedding poses and this evolution seems to have worked well.
“Sophie appears to enjoy stepping into the royal limelight but we never see any signs of vanity from her.
“Edward’s non-verbal signals suggests he’s happily moved into a more low-key role in public, while Sophie’s confidence signals show her as being the more socially active one in the team dynamic.”
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The royal line of succession – who outranks who?
The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.
It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.
Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.
Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.
The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.
Prince Charles, 71, is currently second-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 38, his oldest son.
Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 35. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.