Most of the time, it seems that the royal family behave in a highly professional manner. They do represent an entire country, after all, so decorum is a must. However, every now and again the masks slip. And when they do, you can bet that some cameras will notice. So these 20 candid pictures of the royals demonstrate that they’re just like us – moments of goofiness and all.
20. Charles laughs at a phone
Who knew the royals had smartphones? Well, it seems like the younger ones, at least, carry them around. And during the Invictus Games in 2014, a woman in the royal party handed one to Prince William. He in turn showed it to his father, Prince Charles. Charles looked horrified at first – but then cracked up. What was on it? We may never know.
19. Kate plays cricket
During a visit to New Zealand in 2014, the Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a game of cricket. Unfortunately, it didn’t entirely go to plan. William accidentally tossed a ball right at her head, you see, and audiences were treated to some uncharacteristically hilarious faces from Kate. But to be fair, she was trying to play the game in three-inch heels, which is never a good idea.
18. William does some yoga
At the Audi Polo Challenge in 2016, William warmed up with some yoga – while wearing jeans. The cameras recorded every moment, however, and the duke looked like he was having fun. The guy behind him, though, got a sudden close-up of the royal rear.
17. Camilla holds a knife
There was a time when Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was deeply unpopular. Probably because of her relationship with Prince Charles, she was once even pelted with bread in a supermarket. Well, this photo looks like she’s decided to get her revenge. But actually she’s just looking at hand-made knives during a 2015 tour of Adelaide, Australia. She did jokingly shake one at Charles, though.
16. Prince George plays with Savannah Philips
Savannah Philips doesn’t have a royal title, but she’s related to Prince George by blood. And at seven years old, she’s the Queen’s oldest great-grandchild. Yet although technically she could be George’s subject one day, that didn’t stop her putting a hand over his mouth at the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 2018. He didn’t seem to mind, though.
15. Harry and Meghan joke around
It didn’t take long for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to establish themselves as the most adorable royal couple. After their engagement in November 2017, in fact, they did an interview with the BBC, and later the broadcaster released some outtakes. In the footage, the pair laugh with each other, pull silly poses and basically act like any other young couple in love.
14. William gets splashed with water
In 2017 William and Kate arrived at the London Marathon to hand out water to the runners. But no good deed goes unpunished, as they say. While giving out bottles, in fact, William was splashed in the face, and his expression was picture-perfect hilarious. Who splashed him? A prankster? Harry? No one’s ever admitted to it…
13. Camilla pinches food
You’d think Camilla would have more than enough food provided for her every day at her royal residence – but apparently not. While appearing on ITV’s This Morning with her husband in 2018, the duchess was caught on camera nicking an extra portion of food from the studio kitchen. Holly Willoughby noticed her too, and she doesn’t look very happy about it.
12. George sticks out his tongue
In 2015 George made his debut on the royal balcony for the Trooping the Colour ceremony, and all eyes were on him. Mostly he was on his best behavior, giving a little royal wave along with his parents and family. But as soon as he got inside Buckingham Palace, the cameras trained on the building saw him appear at the window in the arms of his nanny, sticking his tongue out. Ah well.
11. Kate and William perform a duel
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are heirs, parents, fashion icons – and apparently also huge nerds. While visiting the Warner Brothers Studios Tour London in 2013, William and Kate picked up a pair of Harry Potter wands and enthusiastically mimed duelling with them. William’s spell of choice? “Expelliarmus.” The man knows his Harry Potter, and that’s all a future king needs.
10. Meghan jokes with the Queen
Gossip sites and tabloid newspapers constantly fan the flames of speculation regarding Meghan’s relationship with the Queen. But the two appeared to get on very well during their first solo outing together in June 2018. As they sat together at the opening of a bridge in Widnes, England, they even seemed to be sharing a joke together and laughing. It was a rare but welcome unguarded moment from the Queen.
9. Harry meets a shark
In 2015 Harry travelled to South Africa and dropped by The Sharks rugby club, a.k.a. The Shark Tank. There, he met local children and chatted with officials. He then stuck his face into the mouth of the Sharks’ mascot, which is, of course, a giant shark. Whoever was inside the costume probably got a bit of a shock.
8. The Queen delights at her horse
The Queen is very fond of horses and horseracing. So when she witnessed her horse Sign Manual win a race during the Dubai Duty Free Raceday in April 2013, she cracked a big smile. The cameras caught the moment too, and although Her Majesty looks slightly different to how she usually looks, her joy is pretty evident. And yes, she does get to keep her winnings.
7. Harry entertains a child
When Harry was at the Invictus Games in 2017, the world got a glimpse of what he would be like as a dad. He sat next to the wife and young daughter of U.K. team captain Dave Henson, and the little girl kept stealing his popcorn. Far from being angry, though, Harry pulled some adorable silly faces with her.
6. Charles dances
Yes, even heir to the throne Charles indulges in a bit of dad dancing every now and again. While visiting Mexico in 2014, in fact, he tried the traditional Sarao Campechano. And he actually wasn’t bad at it. Carlos Javier Zamorano, who helped Charles with his handkerchief-waving dance, told the press that if Charles had more practice “he would be very good.”
5. Kate is shocked
Kate has a pretty face, which somehow makes it all the funnier when she pulls a funny expression. And while at London’s Natural History Museum viewing a new David Attenborough movie in 2013, it seems the person next to her must’ve said something deeply shocking. Why else would she look so surprised?
4. William pulls a big smile
William seems to be a pretty chilled-out guy. For example, when he attended an awards ceremony at the Royal United Services Institute in 2014, he was accidentally introduced as the Duke of Edinburgh. That’s actually the title of his grandfather, Prince Philip. But he didn’t appear to care at all and just laughed heartily.
3. George does a mini-dance
At the wedding of his mother’s friend Sophie Carter, George decided to steal the show. He even did a little marching dance while standing with the pageboys, and the cameras covering the wedding snapped away. “George is a real star, quite the little chap,” an anonymous source gushed to People about the young prince.
2. Charles and Camilla are scared by a bird
There are pictures that are excellently timed, and then there are pictures that are perfectly timed. This shot of Charles and Camilla is one of the latter. During a trip to the Sandringham Flower Show in 2015, they were introduced to Zephyr the bald eagle – who flapped his wings right in their faces. The rest, of course, is history.
1. Charles and the Queen share a moment
In 2006 the Queen and her oldest child went to watch the tug-of-war contest at the Braemar Gathering. And something made the two of them absolutely crack up laughing. People of the internet loved the resulting photo so much that they made it into a meme. So maybe that’s what Charles saw on William’s phone.