20 Times Kate Middleton Wasn't Camera-Ready

20 Times Kate Middleton Wasn't Camera-Ready

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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 percent 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 the Epsom Derby Meeting at 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?

  • Just Go Away

    Kate Middleton, Prince Louis
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    Kate was clearly not thrilled that the paparazzi caught her and Prince Louis on camera when she attended Prince William's charity polo game in 2019. We can't blame her for feeling over it. 

  • What's She Doing Here?

    Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle
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    While we're pretty sure that the rumored "feud" between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle is just gossip, this photo sure isn't going to help anything. 

  • 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?

  • We're Spending Too Much Time Together

    Kate Middleton and Prince William
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    Don't pull out those gorgeous locks, Kate. Things will get better. Will looks like he's trying to stifle a giggle, whereas his wife looks none too pleased -- wish we knew what was really going on here. 

  • 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 will rebound and respond with grace, no matter what's going on. 

  • Do You 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 the duchess. 

  • 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 the moment. Corralling two tots in a foreign country is no easy feat -- especially in heels. 

  • What's on TV Tonight?

    Kate Middleton
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    Kate definitely looks like her mind is wandering. We can't blame her. When you attend this many events, you can't help but space out a bit, we're sure.  

  • 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 pic. Is there really such a thing as the perfect man? Probably not. 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. 

  • Hop to It!

    Kate Middleton jumping
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    A fabulously good sport, Kate visited air cadets at RAF Wittering and took part in a personal development training session. Her face seems to say, "Ah, the things I have to put up with for my prince!"

  • Say What Now?

    Kate Middleton
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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 school, who knows what she just heard? Kids say the darnedest things. 

  • What Is She Wearing?

    Kate Middleton in Paris
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    During a visit to Paris, it seemed like the style icon was either getting tired or looking surprised by what she's seeing. 

  • 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. Yikes!

  • Stay Awake, Kate. Stay Awake!

    Kate Middleton
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    Another night, another reception. It looks like Kate is doing her best to keep her eyes wide open. The mom of two is most likely dying to head home and put her feet up!

  • So Into the Game

    Kate Middleton Wimbleton
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    At the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in 2019, Kate clearly wasn't having it with how the match she was watching was playing out. At least her hair looks fantastic.

  • 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. Perhaps she didn't get an aisle seat? 

  • 'Not So Well-Played'

    Kate Middleton
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    An 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!

  • Are You Kiddin' Me?


    Who could ever forget Kate's famous eye roll when New Yorkers demanded that she wrap those presents faster?

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