Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge might have only made a handful of appearances since giving birth to first child Prince George this summer but according to body language expert Judi James the royal is clearly enjoying her new role as mother of the future king and has been showing signs of growing in confidence since stepping back into the spotlight.
The Duchess' return to the spotlight following the birth of her first child was highly anticipated and took place at the Tusk Trust Awards in London earlier this month, just eight weeks since giving birth. Not only were watchers eager to see if the usually slender royal would ping back to her pre-pregnancy body, but also whether becoming a mum would change the 31-year-old.
According to Judi James, the new Kate is quite different to the one who married Prince William in 2011 and revealed she seems more confident in her new role as a royal mum, which has sealed her position in the royal family.
Judi told EntertainmentWise: "Emotionally and maybe mentally there's been a bit of change with her."
Prince William looked smart in black tie for the glittering event (Hewitt/)Splash News)
Explaining Kate appears more comfortable with her royal position, she went on: "[Kate] was royal because she'd married a royal, now she's more dominant because she's mother of a royal baby and I think that's reflected slightly in her body language."
"She's slightly more forceful, she still looks pleasantly low key she still uses her hands as a barrier," Judi said. "But if you notice she instigates a lot of the conversations, she's standing in the middle with her husband and who ever they're being greeted by and she's instigating the conversation."
Kate looked stunning in her floor length Jenny Packham gown (James Whatling/Splash News)
Judi also revealed that the new confident Kate could cause a change in how her and husband William interact together at events. While previously the Prince has been the one guiding the new royal as she gets used to life in the spotlight, it seems her boost in confidence will see the Duchess take more of the reigns when it comes to public appearances.
"I think this is going to be very comfortable for them as a couple," Judi speculated. "Because he can be a bit shy and I think he quite likes someone a little bit more confident to take the lime light off him."
While we're sure the new mum will be spending quality time with her mum, Judi went on to predict she'll be taking on more of a independent role from her husband in the future as she embraces her role as future queen.