32 times the Royal Family showed they can be just like a normal family

Despite their stature, the British Royal Family have their moments when they're just like everybody else

Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall attend day 3 'St Patrick's Thursday' of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 14, 2024 in Cheltenham, England
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The Royal Family are among the most photographed people in the world, being seen out and about at sporting events, high-society weddings and of course, royal engagements.

But when it comes to it, this vast family tree of individuals are just that - a family. And whether it's laughing with their siblings or cousins, spending quality time with parents or trying wangle wayward children, this family have their moments when they seem just like everybody else.

Among all of many events, weddings and engagements that they have attended, these are all the times fans have seen a peek of the royals' real family moments.

32 times the Royal Family showed they can be just like a normal family

1. Laughing among cousins

Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall attend day 3 'St Patrick's Thursday' of the Cheltenham Festival

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Despite having their own social circles and being involved in different types of royal engagements, the cousins of the family still seem to have a close bond that has lasted through to adulthood. Here, Zara Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne, and Prince Andrew's eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice, attend an engagement together with their respective husbands - and the quad seem to be very happy in each other's company!

2. Impatient kids

Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at King Charles III And Queen Camilla Coronation Day as the latter makes a funny face

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In any family, there will always be occasions when the younger members of the troop can find their patience wearing a little thin. It seems this very thing happened on King Charles III And Queen Camilla's Coronation Day, when Prince Louis got a little distracted and started to pull some funny faces at the camera...

3. Inside jokes between siblings

Princess Anne laughing with brother King Charles

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The eldest two children of the late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip seem to have always had a close relationship. Here, Princess Anne and her younger brother, King Charles III prove just that as they share a laugh together while attending a royal engagement.

4. Pizza takeout is an essential

Prince William and Kate Middleton visiting a pizza food truck

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We all love a bit of pizza, and it seems the Cambridges are right there with us, as here Prince William and Kate Middleton can be seen buying up a bunch of pizzas from a food truck. We wonder what their go-to topping is!

5. Father-daughter time

Lena Tindall and Mike Tindall ride on a Ferris wheel

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An adorable moment between Mike Tindall - husband of Princess Anne's daughter, Zara - and the couple's young daughter Lena, as they ride a ferris wheel together on a sunny day out with the family.

6. School run

Kate Middleton driving a car with Princess Charlotte in the back seat

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Okay, so, we might not actually know where they are off to in this picture, but here's your proof that the royals do drive! Here, Kate Middleton can be seen behind the wheel with a smile on her face, while daughter Princess Charlotte is happily accompanying her in the back seat.

7. Who wants an ice cream cone?

Zara Phillips and Mia Tindall attend the Gatcombe Horse Trials

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Most parents have been there - out on a sunny day out and you treat the kids to an ice cream cone, only to find they're not eating it fast enough to keep up with the melting. It looks like that's exactly what happened with Zara Tindall and daughter Mia, as the latter looks like she might be trying to be convinced to give it up...

8. Screaming tots

Mike Tindall walking around with son Lucas

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He might have a smile on his face, but it looks like Mike Tindall has his hands full there with son Lucas!

9. Food prep

Prince Andrew and Sophie Wessex peeling and chopping carrots

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It might have been for a royal visit, but it looks like Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex know their way around the kitchen with this carrot production line!

10. Long days for the kids

The Cambridge children watching Trooping the Colour making funny faces

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Any family event will likely end in the kids desperate to get out of there, and it looks like the Cambridge kids were getting to that point at this Trooping the Colour.

11. On the courts

Sophie Wessex playing tennis

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Sophie Wessex proves she likes to keep fit as she hits the courts to play a little game of doubles.

12. Behind the wheel

Queen Elizabeth II driving a car

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The late Queen Elizabeth II was known for her (not-so) secret love of driving around and she sure does look happy here as she gets behind the wheel for a quick cruise around the block.

13. Keep hold of the toddler!

Kate Middleton sitting on a grass verge with a baby Prince George

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Back when Prince George was only a couple of years old, this day out in nature saw Kate Middleton trying to keep him from running off. We've all been there!

14. A pint or two

Prince William and Kate Middleton drinking Guiness

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We all enjoy a tipple or two here and there, and Prince William and Kate Middleton proved they're just like the rest of us with on their trip to Dublin as they enjoyed a pint of Guinness together.

15. Comfort in the arms of those you love

Kate Middleton smiling at Prince William surrounded by a group of people

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At an engagement where they were squashed in and surrounded by people, Kate Middleton proved that things really are better when you're with those you who bring you comfort, as she smiled at husband Prince William with a look of love.

16. Toddler negotiations

Zara Tindall with some Lucas

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While Lucas Tindall enjoys his time playing on a trampoline, mum Zara tries to convince him away. Looks like she might not have picked his favourite toy...

17. Church on Christmas Day

The Cambridge family walking out of the Christmas Day service

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While everybody has their own customs and traditions, many of us who follow a faith do head to our respective institutions on special occasions. Like many families across the country, the Royal Family spend their Christmas morning at a local church service before heading home for a day of festivities.

18. Learning a new sport

Catherine, Princess of Wales takes part in a Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team abseiling training exercise

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So we don't know how much of her free time Catherine spends abseiling down cliffs, but here she's giving it her best shot!

19. Sibling playtime

Mia Tindall and Lucas Tindall playing outside

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Eldest daughter of Mike and Zara Tindall, Mia, shows that she really is the best big sister around as she picks up younger brother Lucas to spin him around and keep him entertained during a family day out.

20. Keeping the kids under control

Kate Middleton trying to calm a screaming Prince Louis

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Like the best of us, Catherine sure seemed to be testing her own patience here when trying to calm an excited Prince Louis.

21. Who doesn't love a bouncy slide

Mia Tindall plays going down a bouncy slide

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Proving that she's no different to any other child on a summer's day out, Mia Tindall, daughter of Mike and Zara Tindall, revelled in her time on the bouncy slide.

22. Giving up on the kids' outbursts

The Cambridges with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip watching Trooping the Colour

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Like any young ones during a family occasion, it seems the Cambridge were a bit fed up when it got to a certain point during this particular Trooping the Colour. However, it looks like parents Prince William and Kate Middleton, grandfather (now) King Charles III and great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, weren't about to let them dampen the festivities.

23. Embrace your inner child

Meghan Markle driving around on a toy car

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We all love to embrace our inner child now and then and Meghan Markle did just that when she hopped onto this toy Land Rover for a drive around this circuit.

24. Practising DIY

Kate Middleton trying her hand at woodwork

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DIY doesn't come naturally to all of us but Kate Middleton showed that she's not scared to get her hands dirty and give it a go as she tried her hand at woodwork during a royal engagement. 

25. Taking a quiet moment

Prince William, Prince of Wales laughs as he drinks some water backstage during the 2023 Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony

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Formal events can be trying for us all and sometimes we just need to take a moment to ourselves. Prince William did just that after the Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, when he enjoyed a drink of water backstage.

26. Can't control the wind...or tear ducts!

Kate Middleton wiping her eyes while at the beach

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A day on a windy beach saw the elements reign over Kate Middleton's tear ducts, as the wind left her sensitive and teary eyes. Definitely an occasion for keeping tissues in your pocket.

27. Parent piggyback

Peter Phillips playing with daughters Isla and Savannah

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A move that mosts dads will have done at some point, Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips entertains his daughters Isla and Savannah with a succession of piggybacks.

28. Christmas tree choices

Kate Middleton choosing Christmas trees

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A royal engagement saw the Duchess of Cambridge trawling through a selection of Christmas trees to appreciate her beauty - we wonder which was her favourite!

29. Half time = baby time

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smiling at a baby Archie

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Like most new dads, Prince Harry couldn't wait to take some time out of this Polo match to come and check in with baby son Archie who was spending a nice afternoon out with mum Meghan Markle.

30. Cousin love

Isla Phillips and Mia Tindall playing

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Here with the next generation of cousin love, Isla Phillips - daughter of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly - and Mia Tindall - daughter of Peter's younger sister Zara Tindall and her husband Mike - run around playing and tickling each other on a family day out.

31. Sports ready

Kate Middleton playing a sports game

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Proving that she's not afraid to break a sweat, the Duchess of Cambridge donned a sports t-shirt to have a little run around while on a royal engagement.

32. Family day at Easter

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh, James, Earl of Wessex, and other members of the Royal Family arrive to attend the Easter Sunday church service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

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Showing that they like to spend big occasions together, several member of the Royal Family headed out on Easter Sunday morning to attend a church service together. The group, which included Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, walked side by side smiling as they headed out on the lovely sunny Sunday morning.

Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie is the editor of woman&home (digital). For seven years previously she was editor of Future’s world-leading design title Creative Bloq, and has written for titles including T3, Coach and Fit&Well on a wide range of lifestyle topics.


After a decade of working in retail, Kerrie went back to education at the ripe old age of 27, graduating with a first-class honours degree in creative writing three years later. Her career in journalism began soon after, when she secured a job as a staff writer at Future Plc. In the 14 years since, she has worked her way up to editor level, gaining a wealth of digital experience along the way.

As a woman&home reader and a senior digital editor, Kerrie’s main purpose is to ensure the brand delivers high-quality, relevant content to help enrich and improve women’s lives – a responsibility she feels hugely passionate about.  

Outside of work, if she manages to find a spare minute around her three young children, geriatric dog and activity-obsessed fiance, you’ll find her either throwing a barbell about at Crossfit, with her head in a good thriller novel or building one of the latest Lego ideas sets.