Kate Middleton has returned to her royal duties after a short break away from the spotlight and is looking 'healthy and relaxed' according to a body language expert.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been enjoying a well-earned two month summer break, last seen publicly in July at Euro 2020 and Wimbledon alongside husband Prince William and son Prince George.

The break seems to have served Kate well, according to body language expert Judi James. She returned to work on Wednesday with a visit to RAF Brize Norton to meet those who assisted the Afghanistan evacuation last month, reports the Express.

Kate Middleton 'healthy and relaxed' on return to royal duties says body language expert
Kate donned a beige blazer which she paired with a cream top

Body language expert Judi James told the Express: "Looking healthy and relaxed after her break, Kate’s body language does show the signs of a return to those signature barrier gestures she often used prior to some of her more assertive-looking appearances.

"Her smile registers genuine pleasure here to be returning to duties but both her hands and that small bag are being held in front of her torso here, while that unusually over-sized jacket does a lot to smother her famously slim frame.

"Even when Kate hasn’t got her hands clasped in front of her torso she has one raised in a cut-off ritual and when her hands are held higher they are folded and clasped rather firmly in front of her hips.

Kate Middleton 'healthy and relaxed' on return to royal duties says body language expert
She met those who helped more than 15,000 escape from Kabul

"Fans hoping for a pregnancy might love the look of the jacket being worn open in the way that both Kate and Meghan have masked their bumps in the past but this could of course just be a new bit of styling for the Duchess."

Kate is said to have expressed her "thanks and her pride" to those involved in Operation Pitting, which oversaw the evacuation of more than 15,000 people from the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Corporal Guy Watts, who did seven flights to Kabul to help with evacuations, said: "She appreciates that some of it wasn’t easy.

Kate Middleton 'healthy and relaxed' on return to royal duties says body language expert
Kate was in France last week for her brother's wedding

"And she appreciated how smoothly we managed to keep things running."

For the meeting at RAF Brize Norton, Kate donned a beige blazer which she paired with a cream top.

The family reportedly made the trip up to Scotland to visit the Queen who is staying at Balmoral. Last week, the Cambridges were in France to see Kate's brother, James Middleton, get married.

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