I wonder what Albert Mehrabian would have thought of the Royal Wedding. Or more importantly, the news reports of the non-verbal behavior sightings at the Royal Wedding.

Mehrabian was the researcher that studied how much non-verbals impact our communication. Many people have mused and debated his findings that 93% of our communication is non-verbal. I’ve been known to say that 70% is non-verbal when teaching and coaching clients (Otherwise, why would we try so hard to help organize content and stories?!)

But rest assured. On Saturday, the scales would have tipped to 110% non-verbal. Here’s a quick snippet of how the guests of Harry and Megan responded, as reported by a wide-range of media.

Hard to dispute, non-verbals matter. A lot.

First, there is the bored look from Zora Tindall, the queen’s granddaughter (daughter of Princees Anne):

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Then the way the royal couple holds their hands, compared to the way William and Kate held their hands:

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Speaking of hands, here’s why the queen clasps her hands:

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So much commentary about the mother of the bride sitting alone:

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Kate’s sideways eyes during the sermon; not to mention many others. I wondered myself if they’d ever heard a black preacher:

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And then there’s why Victoria Beckham didn’t smile. (Do we care?)
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And how Elton John frowns:

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Did you notice other non-verbal communication? What would you add?

 

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