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The 13 Funniest Royal Family Moments in Pictures

Updated: Dec. 09, 2022

When members of the normally straight-laced royal family break character, hilarity ensues.

Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge Royal Tour, Prince Edward Island, Canada - 04 Jul 2011

Prince William catches Kate in a “shellfish” moment

The look on the face of Prince William as he catches sight of his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, a.k.a. Kate Middleton, sucking down a raw oyster straight from its shell—a barely concealed, knowing smirk—is priceless because the members of the royal family are not supposed to be eating shellfish, at least in public. Oops. Why so shellfish, Catherine?

Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex tour of New Zealand - 30 Oct 2018
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Winning at welly-wanging

Visiting New Zealand with her new hubby Prince Harry in October 2018, the former Ms. Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, tosses a Wellington boot in a classic “welly-wanging” contest at a charity event for Trees in Survival. Don’t miss these 17 photos that show Meghan Markle’s stunning transition since becoming a royal.

The wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, Carriage Procession, Windsor, Berkshire, UK - 12 Oct 2018
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His Royal Highness, the cheeky Prince George

At the October 2018 wedding of his first-cousin-once-removed Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank, Prince George shows an early disdain for such things as love and romance, or perhaps, his silly, multi-colored cummerbund. Find out 14 things you never knew about Princess Eugenie.

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Pre-Ceremony, Windsor, Berkshire, UK - 19 May 2018

But this was the original cheeky child

In May 2018, several months before Beatrice’s wedding, Princess Charlotte, the second child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, stuck out her tongue at her uncle Prince Harry’s wedding. It may be that Princess Charlotte had some issues with her bridal party attire—or it could simply be that she was acting like the average three-year-old.

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall visit to the Isle of Wight, UK - 24 Jul 2018
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Let’s “face” facts

Eating ice cream can be challenging, especially on a hot summer day. But the Duchess of Cornwall (a.k.a, Camilla Parker Bowles) demonstrates her talent for tackling the task in July 2018 during a visit to Osborne House, on the Isle of Wight. Find out why we don’t refer to Camilla as “Princess Camilla.”

The wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, Pre-Ceremony, Windsor, Berkshire, UK - 12 Oct 2018
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Oh no she didn’t…

Arriving at the October 2018 wedding of her daughter, Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank, Sarah, Duchess of York, the former wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, jokingly wags a finger at her fans. Discover 18 things you never knew about Sarah Ferguson.

Prince Charles visit to Gloucestershire, UK - 14 Dec 2018

Is it just us, or is it drafty in here?

On a December 2018 visit to the Fleece Inn, a community pub in Gloucestershire, England, Prince Charles pours himself a pint and can’t stifle a giggle, perhaps at the whimsically named beer immediately to his left.

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Never interrupt the Queen when she’s playing the ponies

Judging by this photo taken at the Investec Derby Festival at the Epsom Downs Racecourse on Race Day, June 2, 2018, it appears Her Majesty takes her racing quite seriously. Queen Elizabeth’s lifelong passion for horse racing is mined in the Netflix series, The Crown, but here’s what the show gets wrong about the royal family.

Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex visit to Sussex, UK - 03 Oct 2018

“They went thataway”

Seemingly in answer to the age-old question—”Which way did he go?”—the Duke and Duchess of Sussex point in no particular direction and look generally confused. What makes that even weirder is that this photo from the fall of 2018 was snapped in their very own duchy, Sussex.

ANZAC Day service at Westmister Abbey, London, Britain - 25 Apr 2015
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Prince Philip can be picky

Ah, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He’s as much a card as he is the handsome and elegant consort of Queen Elizabeth. While the Prince Consort appears to be, well, for lack of a better way of saying it, picking his nose, it may just be nothing more than a funny gesture in an act of Princely tomfoolery.

Prince Harry Visits the University Hospital Cardiff, Wales, Britain - 05 Jun 2008
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“You left me holding the baby!”

On a June 2008 visit to University Hospital in Cardiff, Wales, someone thought it would be funny to plop a five-month-old baby (Lexi Hailstone) in Prince Harry’s arms and watch the hilarity unfold. “You left me holding the baby,” the young Prince cried out helplessly. We hope that Prince Harry is more prepared for when his own baby arrives. Be sure to check out these 15 rarely seen photos of Prince Harry with his mum, Princess Diana.

Royal photocall at Duchy Home Farm, Gloucestersire, Britain - 29 May 2004
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How “ewe” doin’?

Here is a photo of Prince William holding up a Lleyn ewe (a female lamb who has not yet been weaned) to check for disease. No, it’s not one of his royal duties. He was merely helping out at the Duchy Home Farm in Gloucestershire on May 29, 2004. But ewe never know when such skills will come in handy. Find out the real jobs of the British royal family.

Prince William pinches his teacher's bottom whilst at his school games lesson in Richmond, London, Britain - Apr 1989
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Naughty Prince Wills

Back in April 1989, a wily photographer managed to snap a photo of naughty Prince William reaching out to pinch his teacher’s bottom! Next, don’t miss these 21 candid, rarely seen photos of the royal family.