Queen struggled not to be overcome by tears at Platinum Jubilee crowd – expert

The Queen was seconds away from bursting into tears as she waved at thousands of dedicated royal fans from her Buckingham Palace balcony, a body language expert says.

Her Majesty appeared for three minutes to greet adoring Brits who had travelled to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee – and she is believed to have used “all her power” to stop herself from crying.

The 96-year-old monarch was surrounded by close family including Prince Charles, Camilla and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as she celebrated a miraculous 70 years on the throne.

She was seen “narrowing” her eyes and “sucked her lips” to avoid becoming upset in front of her nation, according to expert Judi James.

James told the Daily Mail: “Forget some of the rare occasions when the Queen has been judged to be crying in the past, they have often involved nothing more than moist eyes which can be prompted by the cold weather or even age.

“This balcony appearance produced more congruent signs that she might have been struggling not to be overcome by tears.

“Her eyes narrowed, with a lifting of the under-eye and she sucked her lips in to suggest she was using all her will power to avoid breaking down in public for the first time in her life.”

The huge royal celebrations to honour the UK’s longest serving monarch continued even after she announced she would be unable to attend the whole ceremony.

And the Queen still gushed at how she was “humbled and deeply touched” be her passionate fanbase.

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Her heart-warming statement read: “'I have been inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship that has been so evident in recent days, and I hope this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.

“While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.

“I thank you most sincerely for your good wishes and for the part you have all played in these happy celebrations.”

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