Typically, members of the world’s royal families are posed, gathered, and graceful – the definition of class. Typically...
But sometimes (not often) they give us a glimpse into the more “normal” side of royal life, and we see what they’re like everyone else. When Kate Middleton follows the five-second rule, Meghan Markle takes a minor fashion faux pas, or the royal kids are, well, kids, that makes them even nicer. In honor of those little moments of flawless authenticity, we’ve put together a collection of the most endearing ordinary royal moments, from drops and fumbles to bad hair days and rain catching.
Next, Princess Elizabeth plays the game of cat with the sailors aboard HMS Vanguard.
Queen Elizabeth enjoys a car ride with Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
The Queen Mother tries her hand at Press Club billiards on Fleet Street in London.
After colliding with a teammate, Prince Philip falls off his bike during a bicycle polo attempt.
Prince Philip is less than happy to be caught in the rain.
Queen Elizabeth II leads a losing battle against the wind during a visit to Muscat, Oman.
Princess Diana fell asleep at a gala at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The next day, the palace announced that Diana was pregnant with Prince William.
Sarah Ferguson is pictured pumping her own gas in Hampshire a month before getting engaged to Prince Andrew.
A young Prince Harry sticks his tongue out and leans his face against the car window after visiting the Duchess of York and little Princess Beatrice.
Princess Diana and Prince Harry can’t resist the thrill of a water ride at Thorpe Park in Chertsey.
Skiing is difficult. Princess Diana falls down the slopes of Lech, Austria.
This image of the queen’s face is worth a thousand words. She is shocked, disturbed, unhappy (all of this?) At the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Queen Sofia of Spain climbs the stairs of the White House as she arrives for a State Dinner. President Bill Clinton reaches out to help First Lady Hillary Clinton. Annoying steps.
Prince William is channeling his inner chef by making chicken paella while a student at Eton College.
He even wears an apron to keep that polka dot waistcoat spotless.
Who hasn’t tried to master the pizza toss? Prince Charles tries his luck at the Italian restaurant Benvenuti in Alnwick.
In classic mom fashion, Sarah Ferguson shows off a bag printed with a photo of her daughters, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, at the Cowdray Park Polo Club.
Prince Charles scours the headlines of a newsstand in Cumbria.
Even royals have bad hair days Prince Charles heads to a garden party on a visit to Northern Ireland.
Prince Harry seems baffled by a magazine cover featuring his brother and Kate Middleton. Maybe there are things you just don’t get used to.
Forget the royal title, William is a grill master! He helps out at a barbecue during an unofficial visit to Flowerdale, Australia.
Princess Mary of Denmark loses a shoe during a visit to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
The Queen appears frustrated after her horse (which had been favorite to win) placed third in the Epsom Derby at Epson Downs.
They are not always police escorts and luxury cars. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is no stranger to public transport. Here she takes the bus for a tour of London’s urban gardens.
Kate Middleton and Prince Charles show off their ironing skills by participating in an art project at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, clings to Prince William as she pulls her heel out of a grid he got stuck in.
Even Harry, Kate and William are the subject of a nerdy tourist photo on Harry Potter Diagon Alley located at Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios.
Even the world’s most powerful leaders are carpooling. Queen Elizabeth II and First Lady Michelle Obama sit in the backseat as Prince Philip drives, and President Barack Obama rides a shotgun en route to lunch.
Prince William stretches out to warm up for a polo match at Coworth Park Polo Club.
The Queen wanders the aisles of a Waitrose grocery store in Poundbury.
Who would have thought that even Kate Middleton abides by the five-second rule? She tastes a tomato that had briefly fallen to the ground during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London.
Strolling through Soho, drinking a green juice while wearing head-to-toe black sportswear. Princess Beatrice is all of us.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, struggles with another stuck heel as the Action On Addiction community treatment center opens in Essex.
Prince Charles literally stops to smell the roses on a trip to a flower market in Nice, France.
Savannah Phillips takes matters into her own hands when Prince George can’t help but laugh at Trooping the Color 2018.
Kate Middleton has a Marilyn Monroe moment at Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St. George’s Chapel.
Meghan Markle lets Prince Harry stand under his umbrella as he continues his speech after it starts to rain in Dubbo, Australia.
Meghan Markle forgot to remove a tag from her dress before she and Prince Harry arrived at Nuku’alofa Airport in Tonga.
Princess Beatrice dresses up as a unicorn for a Halloween party in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrate with a pint of St. Patrick’s Day.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte aren’t so sure about all the fuss at Trooping the Color in 2019.
The dynamics change when the children outnumber the adults. Prince George performs in the trunk of the car during the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at the Billingbear Polo Club.
Kate Middleton is entertained by her daughter, Princess Charlotte, at the King’s Cup regatta in Cowes, England.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, experiences the wild world of virtual reality at Prospect Hospice in Swindon.
Camilla and Prince Charles take a double-decker bus from Clarence House to the London Transportation Museum.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoy a good old-fashioned arcade game at Island Leisure Amusement Arcade on Barry Island in South Wales.
Prince Charles makes eye contact with a fish at the Bangor Open Air Market on a trip to Northern Ireland.
A protective mask makes the most of the Prince of Wales after delivering a speech in Oxford.
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