Kate Middleton and William send St Patrick's Day message
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Kate Middleton, 39, and Prince William, 38, appeared in a video today to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The couple joined other world leaders in wishing the people of Ireland, and others all over the world, a happy St. Patrick’s Day.
The British royal couple were the first to appear in the video, followed by US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan, Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
All world leaders filmed a short message each to mark Ireland’s national day, which is celebrated today, March 17, all over the world.
The holiday has been observed by Irish people for more than 1,000 years and, traditionally, Irish families would attend church in the morning and celebrate by dancing, drinking, and eating in the evening.
In the St. Patrick’s Day video on Twitter, put together by the Irish Foreign Ministry, Kate and William spoke in unison, saying: “Happy St. Patrick’s Day.”
However, in the longer version of the video, posted on YouTube, the royal pair extend their message, with William wishing viewers a happy St. Patrick’s Day in the Irish language.
After her husband’s message, Kate said: “We are delighted to wish you all a happy St. Patrick’s Day.”
“How come you got that easy bit,” William then joked, before adding: “We were so thrilled to be able to visit Ireland just over a year ago, a few short weeks before all our lives were turned upside down by the pandemic.”
Kate continued: “The warm welcome we received everywhere was a testament to the friendship between our two countries, and the strength of the relationship between the UK and Ireland.”
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The camera then zoomed in closer to the couple’s faces and William spoke again, saying: “We know that for Irish people all around the world, today won’t be the same as normal, but we hope you can celebrate safely in any case.”
To end their message, Kate and William wished Irish people a happy St. Patrick’s Day in unison.
Royal body language expert, Judi James, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about what this short clip may reveal about the royal pair.
She said: “There’s an air of re-bound resilience about Kate and William’s body language here as they literally bounce up and down on their toes to deliver an intentionally up-beat message for St. Patrick’s Day.”
The body language expert continued: “For some reason Kate is posed looking a lot shorter than William while he stands with his shoulders splayed and head tilted towards her to suggest a slightly protective presence.
“His one eyebrow-steeple is his signature gesture of humour as he speaks the greeting while Kate beams in pride, with her smile emphasised by one dimple,” Judi added.
“If there is any ongoing tension or pressure it is around the eye expression of both here, with some signs of tiredness underlying the smiles and sense of fun.
“There is the small, planned-looking side between William and Kate to suggest good humour though, and the continual bouncing suggests both are determined to provide a united and outwardly happy front.”
For the video, Kate gave a nod to Irish tradition by wearing a green ensemble.
Her bold green blazer had white stitching throughout and is reportedly from Zara, costing £59.99.
For jewellery, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a gold shamrock necklace and earring set.
The earrings appeared to be the Daniella Draper Gold Mini Cupid Hoops with Baby Shamrock Charms, while the necklace is the Daniella Draper Gold Baby Shamrock Necklace.
The earrings were originally on sale for £120 but is now sold out, while the necklace is still in stock and costs £250.
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