Amid the many millions of photographs taken of the royal family during weddings, galas and other important events are many others that have been taken during much less formal events or even just in everyday life. Many of these photos show a side of the royal family that maybe most people never imagined existed. The photos show that not only Prince William and Harry, but even Queen Elizabeth herself, can relax now and then and have a good time.
She’s Probably Not Hungry
Body language can be quite helpful in social situations, especially if you want to communicate non-verbally with another individual. Some people, like Queen Elizabeth, are very well versed in this form of communication, as you can see here.
Hopefully, the servants offering her food quickly got the message that she’s a somewhat finicky eater. The royal servants should know by now that they are to seen and not heard. What were they thinking to verbally offer the queen on England some food?
What A Photo Opp
Photo opportunities are a huge part of being in the royal family, as you’re constantly making appearances and meeting people. In this case, Prince Harry is wondering where he went wrong in life to have to take a photo with some third-rate Sesame Street wannabes. Couldn’t they at least get the actual characters from the show? You can even see the person inside the Oscar costume’s face! He actually looks a little embarrassed, too. That costume is a disgrace. The trash can is actually attached to the fabric.
Time For A Hat Change
You can look through all of the history books and see that members of the royal family are often required to wear hats at certain events. That’s when the ladies truly get to flex their fashion sense and show a bit of their personality while being fashion-forward. Unfortunately, these two ladies seem to have realized while looking at one another that their hats are rather ridiculous. Being on top of society, you want to look good and do things in a big way. These ladies took it just a little too far.
Just Go With It
That was definitely a day to remeber. You have to admire the way that Prince Harry just goes with whatever life throws at him. It seems that he gets sent on all the most awkward appearances and meetings, and he really seems to be perfectly fine with it. Here he is hamming it up in a very strange situation filled with cross-dressing maidens, hairy chests, balloons, and for some reason, a bunch of corded phones. We have got to know what party this was because it looks absolutely crazy.
Having A Laugh
Prince Charles is not exactly known for his laid-back manner, but here he is having a laugh with the Duchess of Cornwall while apparently wearing a kilt. This is Prince Charles like we had never seen the guy before. If they were going to be dressed so similarly, she at least could have given him a little advice on how to conduct himself when dressing so. Cross those legs, Prince Charles! She definitely looks like she is stuck in an awkward position.
In this photo, you can clearly see that Prince William and wife Kate are not quite on the same page all the time. This the side of the royal couple that we never see. He is definitely ready to leave, while she is quite content to mug for a few more photos. Fortunately for William, those lanyards they’re wearing make for a quite convenient way to lead your significant other around as needed. We wonder if Kate is smiling through a row of tears. Hopefully, he isn’t leading her by a lanyard every day.
Although the Queen tends to make her displeasure very clear when necessary, moments like this one are a little harder to decipher. She definitely looks displeased, but she also could just be listening intently to what the other woman has to say. In any case, it may benefit the speaker to choose her words carefully when being looked at like that! The Queen has been known to shoot electricity through her hands and use her magic to make people vanish. Hopefully, she is just listening with intent.
Here we have a man that looks to be Prince Charles saying something that is obviously pretty shocking to Sarah Ferguson. She is not usually that animated, so clearly she has been taken aback by whatever he said. What can this Prince be up to? Unfortunately, we will never know for sure, but it’s fun to imagine that he’s told her a particularly dirty joke. That Prince Charles has always been quite the joker. We wonder what’s really going on between these two royal family members.
Not The Best Look
Anybody who has ever stepped onto a production floor, walked into a warehouse, or worked in a factory knows that it’s hard to look cool with safety glasses on. Not even the Queen could manage to look cool and she usually always looks cool. It’s even harder to look cool with these boxy-looking ones that they give visitors to wear when they come around. Even members of the royal family look dorky when they have to wear them! This, of course, is really no big shock.
Most of us would be happy to have even one person in our lives that spent most of their time trying to attend to our every single need. Instead, the members of the royal family have a whole staff that exists to please them, and they still get frustrated with them from time to time. The Queen seems to be giving this fella a pretty stern talking to, but here’s hoping she occasionally cuts the help some slack. We can just hear her right now saying, “I told you before, you are not to ever make eye contact with me.”
Usually, when you think of the people that get to rub elbows with royalty, you imagine foreign dignitaries, government officials, or A-list celebrities. However, these two chaps got to meet Prince Charles simply by dressing up as a banana and carrot. You have to wonder what kind of small talk they made when this photo was taken. The proud looking guy in the carrot outfit likely started going on about how he chose the carrot for very specific reasons and such.
Anyone who has followed the royal family over the years is well aware of the type of relationship that brothers William and Harry have. They aren’t the gloomy distant types. The two brothers actually get along pretty well with one another. What’s best about it is that Harry is the quintessential little brother, always trying to get a rise out of his older counterpart. Here, Harry decides to point the business end of a snake toward William’s face and boy, is he unenthused about it.
Being royalty is pretty cool sometimes. Sure, you have to meet grown men dressed up as fruits and vegetables and other grown men dressed up as some weird alternate dimension Sesame Street cast, but you also get to do cool things like drive racing simulators. The royal family is so well-protected that this is probably the closest William will ever get to a real race car. Unlike the rest of us, when William plays video games, he attracts a crowd of onlookers who all like to get in his face and ask him a million questions.
He’s Not Impressed
Kate Middleton, like all members of the royal family, has really learned how to hob-nob with the general public. She can put on that nice public smile and deliver all of your weird request and messages directly to the Queen, or so she says. However, her son George has not learned how to handle such pleasantries yet and appears pretty disinterested in his mom’s current conversation. You have to hand it to young George though; he has that royal sneer down perfectly!
The Queen is much older than William, Harry, and the crew and as such, she’s a little less laid back than the younger generation is. Here, she doesn’t look entirely thrilled about the fact that a young man is taking the opportunity to get a sneaky selfie with her. By the looks of it, the man behind the boy is about to cut this photo opportunity short, so hopefully, the first pic is a keeper! The young man will need to live without a picture of the Queen actually smiling. She hasn’t done that naturally for years.
Of the two brothers, Harry is probably most known as a jokester, although both know how to have a laugh. The best thing about being a prince is that when you pull little pranks, absolutely no one is going to call you out on it, save maybe the Queen herself. Here, Harry enjoys his royal impunity as he blasts an air horn during what is certainly an improper time. It was likely at William’s wedding to Kate. We’re guessing that everyone gave Harry a very disapproving look at this very moment.
About To Crack
You be the judge: is this the face of a woman who is about to crack up out of laughter or the face of a woman who is literally about to crack after making yet another appearance and having dozens more polite conversations with random people? It can’t be easy marrying into royalty, except the whole never having to work thing, so we can sympathize with you, Kate. At least a little. It must be horrible for Kate not to spend eight hours in the office every day. What could she possibly do with all that free time?
Two Is Better Than One
This photo appears to show Harry at the same weird balloon-laden celebration as in the earlier picture, although fortunately there are no hairy cross-dressers to be seen in this one. With that, I suppose we can say that it isn’t as crazy of a party. Harry can’t take such things seriously for long, so it’s no surprise that before long he’s picked up multiple phones in an attempt to utterly ruin any photo the press tries to take of him. They can try and try, but they aren’t going to take a serious Harry photo.
Stand By Your Man
When you’re a prince, you’re invited to a lot of festivities and expected to play along by doing a demonstration or two at activities that you may not be any good at. And with a full social calendar, it’s not easy to be good at everything. Here, we see William attempting to give archery a go for the benefit of the onlookers, but Kate’s face is what makes this photo amazing. She looks like she knows this will go poorly and she can’t wait to see it. Hopefully, the guy didn’t shoot anyone by mistake.
Swing And A Miss
Okay, so when meeting people as royalty, you’re going to be expected to give out handshakes to the grownups and kisses to the babies. The problem is that babies are unpredictable. Sometimes a baby doesn’t want a kiss from anyone. Go to kiss the wrong one and you’ll have photos of you kissing a crying child all over, or worse yet, a photo like this one where the child is doing everything she can to get away. You’ve got to learn to read these kids’ body language better, William!
Sleeping On The Job
Being a member of the Royal Guard is considerably more demanding than being a part of the royal family. They’re alike in that both groups’ positions are pretty much pointless, but dissimilar in that while the royal family only has to make appearances and know when to curtsy or bow. The Royal Guard has to stand at attention for hours at a time and avoid a single mistake. Obviously, this guy couldn’t hack it. The Queen will have to take care of him later. She’ll use her powers to make it seems as if this guard never existed.
Having Some Fun
Harry seems to be a lot more of a natural when it comes to dealing with the public than William is. Here we see Harry meeting a group of school children and having some fun at their expense. The rain knows better to land on Harry even when he has no umbrella. These kids aren’t so fortunate. They’re all wet from being in the rain and he’s perfectly dry under an umbrella that probably cost more than their parents’ cars. To be fair, they seem pretty amused by it. They wouldn’t expect royalty to laugh at their misfortune right to their faces.
William and Harry, like most royalty, don’t get to partake in a lot of sports. The one exception seems to be polo, which is strange since it seems to be one of the most dangerous sports possible. Sadly, none of the players want to play too roughly with Harry. This usually results in Harry winning the game. In this case, Prince Harry has won a trophy in polo and decides to rub it in a little bit by spitting water at a competitor. Come on, Harry. That’s just gross. That poor guy knows he deserves that trophy.
The Royal Kingdom Meets The Animal Kingdom
Harry had only the best tutors while growing up, but apparently, when they handled science class, they forgot to tell him that porcupines are spiky. Here, he appears to have figured that out for himself, as the porcupine has tried to defend himself. Generally, people are on their best behavior when meeting Prince Harry, but animals are under no such order to do so, as you see here. We’re certain that the Queen found out about this and tracked that porcupine down. Nobody has seen this little animal since.
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Prince Harry was on the scene, which means that everybody should have been on alert. One can never tell what could happen when that guy’s around. Here, a pair of unsuspecting gentlemen have no idea that Prince Harry is photobombing them. You have to hand it to him; he looks pretty excited to be in the picture with these guys, so that’s always a plus. For all we know there could be a lot more to this picture. Perhaps this is a father and son reuniting for the first time and Prince Harry ruined their picture.
As mentioned earlier, when young bucks like Prince William and Prince Harry make appearances, they’re expected to participate in all kinds of shenanigans. It is common knowledge that Prince Harry is always up to a little more shenanigans. Here, it looks like the man in the middle is showing the twosome dance moves, and while William has given up on the exercise altogether, Harry looks like he’s completely up to the challenge. Nobody is going to out dance Prince Harry.
A Different Approach
Not too long ago, we discussed a photo of Prince William trying – and failing – to kiss an unreceptive baby. Well, Prince Harry knows better than to play those games. He’s sick of walking about and seeing a grumpy looking baby giving him the stare down. If he sees a baby that doesn’t look like he wants a kiss or a goochy-goo, he puts his dukes up instead and challenges the child to a brawl. Gotta hand it to Harry; not a single baby yet has accepted his challenge! These cowardly babies would be no match for him.
As mentioned before, polo is not the safest sport to play, as you’re riding a horse while attempting to hit a ball on the ground with a mallet. When you’re falling to the floor with a large mallet in your hand, anything can happen. Both William and his brother Harry have taken spills while playing the traditional sport. Here, we see Harry taking quite a fall during a match. Fortunately, he was all right, but the onlookers behind him don’t look too concerned!
Hello Up There
This photo looks as if Prince William and wife Kate are sarcastically waving upwards in mockery of all the waving they have to do on a daily basis. It is common knowledge that if you a member of the royal family, you’re going to be waving at the masses a lot. In reality, their faces are just probably stuck that way after hours of waving, and they’re saying hello to members of the paparazzi that are crammed into a low-flying helicopter or hot air balloon or something. That would be nightmarish for them.
You know when you’re a kid and you’re supposed to be on your best behavior, but you think of something funny (and inappropriate) and just can’t resist the urge to tell your sibling? At that very moment, you have to say it without moving your lips and your brother needs to concentrate to hear it. Prince William and Prince Harry clearly have that kind of relationship. The difference is that William has not mastered the ability to keep his snide comments discreet, as we see here. We wonder what the older brother said at that moment.
The Mother Look
This photo here proves that whether she’s a member of the royal family, a rich heiress, or a minimum-wage worker, every mother has the ability to make that face. You know the one. The one a mother gives when she absolutely needs the kid to be quiet right at that instant. It’s the one that lets you know that playtime is over and if you don’t fix your behavior very quickly, you’re going to be in for it. Poor George doesn’t realize what he’s done. The little man has turned his mother into an absolute monster.
One thing that’s always true of royal weddings is that they are absolutely filled with children. Yup, royal babies are being popped out every few months. These kids do make for some adorable photos, but it also makes for some hilarious moments like this one. Even royal children get bored with endless pageantry and events that drag on and on. This little girl has had it up to here with all the wedding stuff and just wants to play with her toys. She doesn’t really talk to Harry and Meghan so why does she need to be there?
Earlier we saw that even at a young age, Prince George has mastered the royal sneer. That sneer is something that is absolutely essential for the Royals. They even teach it to the kids in the schools and take them out in the public and have them test out the sneer. Well, here we see that this little girl has effortlessly learned how to taunt the general public about how they’re not riding around in a fancy limousine and have to do boring stuff like work and pay taxes. Ha! Sucks to be you, regular people!
They’re Over It
Prince William and Kate are finding out firsthand here that attending weddings is not nearly as fun as actually having a wedding. This is especially true when you have to lug two extremely bored children around with you. Just look at the expression on poor George’s face! He’s the most bored of all of them, to be sure. Poor little guy. Maybe they are actually having an argument during Harry’s wedding. William is likely telling Kate to be nice to Meghan and to let her hang out with her and her friends.
Is This How I Do It?
If you’re like most kids, you spent your childhood making mud pies, playing video games, or striking out on little league baseball fields. This chap, on the other hand, has spent much of his life so far learning how to wave perfectly to the press. You have to hand it to him, though, he has the whole royalty thing down so well that even Prince Harry there is having a good laugh at it. It has to be funny seeing your young kids get dressed up so formal and wave to the masses.
That’s Not Good
It’s only fitting that we get another photo of the Queen exhibiting pretty clear disapproval of something. It looks as if someone is about to be thrown in the royal dungeon for the rest of their lives. This expression on the Queen’s face says it all. Here, she seems almost bewildered at what she’s seeing, although you have to expect that her facial expression will morph toward disgust in just a brief moment. Whatever she’s looking at, she’s definitely not okay with it.