20 Times Kate Middleton Wasn't Camera-Ready

20 Times Kate Middleton Wasn't Camera-Ready
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Kate Middleton
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When people picture this particular royal, they probably think of her gorgeous hair, her bright smile, and her perfect ensembles. But, in reality, there have been a few times when Kate Middleton looked less poised than we're accustomed to seeing her. And, of course, the cameras were ready to capture her priceless expressions because, let's be honest, when is this gorgeous lady not surrounded by photographers? If we really think about it, the Duchess of Cambridge's cheeks must ache from smiling by the end of the day. She does have one of the most enigmatic and heartwarming smiles in the world, after all. It's only natural that she'd want to take a break from appearing so delightfully good-natured at every moment.

We mean, she does make a lot of public appearances -- is it fair to expect her to look impeccable at every single one? Absolutely not. She is human, after all! Plus, we have to remember that dealing with a royal husband and three royal children is quite the handful. But honestly, even though we totally recognize that she is a mere mortal, it can still be pretty funny to see her looking less than perfectly poised. That's probably because 99% of the time she looks like a total ethereal beauty -- so it's kind of comforting to know even she has awkward moments.

Check out 15 times the Duchess of Cambridge was photographed letting her regal countenance relax, leaving us wondering what she was really thinking. And we have a feeling "Are we done yet?" has probably crossed this royal's mind more than a time or two. Whether it's her expression or a less than perfect hairstyle, from time to time the duchess has had enough already.

  • Can We Go Home?

    Kate Middleton in all white
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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended horse races at the Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey in 2011, but Kate looked like she was ready to head home for the day. Maybe that hat is heavier than it looks? Or is it just that Kate is just not that big a horse fan, unlike Prince William's cousin Zara Tindall, who is an Olympic equestrian? Kate only started learning how to ride in 2018, and we have yet to spot her on one of the beautiful beasts. 

  • Just Go Away

    Kate Middleton, Prince Louis
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    Kate was clearly not thrilled that photographers caught her and Prince Louis on camera when she attended Prince William's charity polo game in 2019. Kate frequently takes the kids along to William's polo matches. She plunks down on a picnic spot on the huge lawn and watches the kids as they roll around and chase each other (and she often joins in!). It's a great opportunity for the family to get some fresh air, but of course, that also means facing the long lens of photogs.

  • What's She Doing Here?

    Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle
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    While the rumored feud between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle may or may not be just gossip, this photo, taken at the 2019 Wimbledon tennis tournament -- when we now know Meghan and Harry were already negotiating an exit from the royal family -- sure isn't going to help matters. The two duchesses have never seemed particularly close, but then again, these are two grown women with very different lives, trajectories, and backgrounds, who didn't know each other a few years ago.

  • This Is Going to Be a Long Day

    Kate Middleton skinny jeans
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    The Duchess of Cambridge visited the America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth, England, but she looks like this outing is the last place she wants to be. Perhaps those skinny jeans are making her uncomfortable? Or maybe she was in early pregnancy during this outing, and, ugh, even the thought of looking at boats going up and down on waves and making sharp turns was enough for her to get nauseated. 

  • We're Spending Too Much Time Together

    Kate Middleton and Prince William
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    Don't pull out those gorgeous, perfectly blown-out chestnut locks, Kate. Things will get better. Will looks like he's trying to stifle a giggle, whereas his wife looks none too pleased. We don't know exactly what's going on here, but we gotta say that if we had to work with our husbands -- the same dudes who leave a trail of dirty clothes all over the floor and mansplain stuff while we roll our eyes -- we'd be over it pretty quickly.  

  • I'm Having What for Dinner?

    Kate Middleton red dress
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    Looks like something's shocked the duchess ... and not in a good way. We have confidence Kate Middleton will rebound and respond with grace, no matter what's going on. But, hmm, she's got a retro look going on here, so let's just imagine that she just spotted one of those nasty '60s shrimp and Spam Jello salads. (That wouldn't happen, right?) There's no way that the royals go to an event without letting the hosts know that Tofurky is a no-go.

  • Do Ya Want a Time-Out?

    Kate Middleton with Princess Charlotte
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    Kate looks like she's had it with the tiny Princess Charlotte. The family had to be jet-lagged, and knowing that the world is waiting to critique her parenting skills had to put quite a strain on both duchess and princess. As far as we can tell from pictures of Kate disciplining her kids, she's a nurturing but take-no-BS kind of mom, not afraid to grit her teeth and lay down the law to George, "Lottie," and probably little Louis.

  • That's Enough Waving, George

    Kate Middleton with kids
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    Kate literally has her hands full here, so it's no wonder she's dropped her usual beaming countenance for a moment. Corralling two tots in a foreign country is no easy feat -- especially in heels. But Kate is very hands-on, and she knows that the kids will be in the public limelight all their lives. So exposing them little by little is important, as George and Charlotte's first Christmas Day church walk in 2019 proved. 

  • What's on TV Tonight?

    Kate Middleton
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    Kate definitely looks like her mind is wandering far, far away. We can't blame her. When one attends as many events as she does, one can't help but space out a bit, we're sure. There are only so many speeches on the state of British forestry that she can listen to before she starts thinking about what kind of curry she'll order for the Game of Thrones binge-a-thon that she and Wills have planned for that night.  

  • Sure, Will

    Prince William, Kate Middleton
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    Kate Middleton may have married her Prince Charming, but she's clearly not feeling it in this picture, in which she looks like she's spacing out as he drones on and on about some amazing nonprofit organization or other. Is there really such a thing as the perfect man? Probably not, because that would involve more sensitivity and less crotch-scratching, but hey, we'll take it. We love Kate for reminding us!

  • Huh?

    Kate Middleton in the Netherlands
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    We wish we knew what Kate was reacting to in this shot taken during her solo trip to the Netherlands. Perhaps someone in the crowd was wearing a funny or obscene T-shirt. But maybe it's just that someone is pointing out, none too tactfully, that sometimes, when she wears this type of ultra-molded updo coupled with pale lipstick and an ultra-pale coatdress, she doesn't quite have her usual youthful glow. 

  • Hop to It!

    Kate Middleton jumping
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    A fabulously good sport who is up for just about anything (and is fit enough to pull if off!), she took part in a personal development training session that included a jumping exercise, when visiting cadets at the Royal Air Force's Wittering base. Her face seems to say, "Ah, the things I have to put up with for my prince! But at least my hair looks as lustrous and bouncy as a Shetland pony's, and my jacket is crazy chic!"

  • Say What, Now?

    Kate Middleton with kids in a garden
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    Kate looks like she just can't believe what she heard in this pic. Considering she was visiting with kids at a junior high school, what could it possibly be? We know that kids say the darnedest things. Like, perhaps she's correcting their notion that flowers come from the same storks that deliver babies. "Look, kid! It's right here in this book on garden flowers. Seeds, pollen, flowers." OK, m'am. 

    Whatever ya say!

  • What Is She Wearing?

    Kate Middleton in Paris
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    During an official visit to Paris, it seemed like the style icon was either getting tired (perhaps a bit too much champagne, oui?) or looking slightly amused by what she's witnessing. Whatever the case, we have to say that her make up look is totally on point -- and très French: Beautifully lined and shadowed top eyelids, set off by highlighted brow line, and subtle shades of everything else. 

    Vive la duchesse! 

  • We're Losing, Will ... Do Something!

    Kate Middleton and Prince William watching rugby
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    Kate is leaning in to Prince William as the royal duo watched the RBS Six Nations rugby match between France and Wales at Stade de France in Paris. Looks like Wales might not be doing so well based on Kate's expression. Since he's the heir to the title of Prince of Wales, maybe he can give the team a pep talk during halftime. Wait, is there a halftime in rugby? And why is everyone wearing suits and ties to a game? As Americans, we have so many questions.

  • Stay Awake, Kate ... Stay Awake!

    Kate Middleton
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    Another night in Paris, another reception in honor of something or someone important. It looks like Kate is doing her best to keep her eyes wide open for whatever yawner she's attending. The mom of two is most likely dying to head back to the hotel, put her feet up, and suck pinot through a straw, and is at least considering trotting in place to avoid nodding off. How do you say, "Where's the coffee?" in French, again?  

  • So Into the Game

    Kate Middleton Wimbledon
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    Look at those forearm muscles. She's so tense! At the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in 2019, Kate clearly wasn't having it with how the match she was watching was playing out. For a sports nut like Kate, who likes to play different sports and stay active, watching from the sidelines while someone else competes in a tight match can be nerve-wracking. Well, it's either that, or she's playing a very confused version of the "Here's the Church" children's finger rhyme game. 

  • I'm Sitting Where?

    Kate Middleton red dress
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    Kate arrived at opening night of 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal in London and doesn't look too thrilled with the situation (though her dress is so pretty!). Perhaps she didn't get an aisle seat? If we were her, we'd just be wondering why the palace didn't schedule us to go see Hamilton instead. It may take place in the 1700s and be about a Founding Father, but at least the music would be bumpin', and there'd be a diverse cast. 

  • 'Not So Well-Played'

    Kate Middleton
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    As an extremely expressive spectator, Kate doesn't seem to be loving what she's seeing on the playing field. Perhaps her team just lost the game? Something is going on here! Maybe she looked up at the Jumbotron and saw Lady So-and-So trying to snog Prince William. Kate may be royalty now, but this kind of look makes us think that she could hold her own in a scuffle. We'd hold her (diamond) earrings.

  • Are Ya Kiddin' Me?

    OMG, this is priceless! On an official trip to New York, Kate participated in wrapping Christmas presents for under-privileged children. When someone from the organization yelled to every one to keep wrapping, right over Kate's shoulder, the duchess, who had been talking to someone next to her, famously rolled her eyes. She's clearly ready to live in the city. 

    She can give as good as she takes!
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