20 Seriously Awkward Photos of the Royal Family

20 Seriously Awkward Photos of the Royal Family
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Sure, they've got makeup artists and hair stylists at their beck and call every minute of the day -- not to mention the world's best photographers -- but that doesn't mean members of the royal family (yes, even Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Queen Elizabeth) don't take awkward photos from time to time. For the most part everyone in the royal family looks picture-perfect in every shot, but when you're getting your photo taken as often as they do, there's bound to be an awkward shot now and again. 

Whether the timing was just off, the weather wasn't cooperating, or they just weren't in the mood, believe it or not, awkward photos of every member of the royal family exist and will live on forever, thanks to the Internet. (We're sure the Cambridges and the Sussexes just love that.) 

Given that Prince William, Prince Harry, and the rest of the gang are only human --  sure, royal humans -- it's just not possible for them to be ready for the camera every minute of their lives. Do they look good even in their awkward photos? Of course they do. But, nevertheless, there are awkward photos of them out there. 

From hair being in their faces to their eyes being closed, here are 20 times members of the royal family took flat-out awkward photos. Who knew they had it in them?!

  • Gang's All Here

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    Where do we even begin with this gem? The queen's look of irritation? Prince Philip covering his ears? Kate Middleton cracking up when no one else is? This is a revelation, period. 

  • All Ears

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    Looks like Prince Philip isn't the only one who values peace and quiet. Sometimes Kate Middleton isn't in the mood either!

  • Windy City 

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    Oopsie! Looks like this photo was taken before Kate reportedly started having weights sewn into the bottom of her dresses, so they'd stay put. 

  • Windy City 2

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    Even though her hair is shiny and gorgeous, that doesn't mean it doesn't get messed up by the wind like everyone else's. 

  • Windy City 3  

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    In all fairness, it is extra windy on balconies. Hang in there, Kate! Nothing a stylist can't fix for you in a pinch. 

  • Annoyed Much?

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    Did the photographer catch Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in an intimate moment here? One where Meghan was annoyed by something and Harry was checking in with her?

  • Adjustments 

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    Just what every pregnant woman wants in life -- a shot of herself holding her belly and adjusting her pants. 

  • Sweating

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    meghan markle
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    Obviously Meghan was over the heat at Wimbledon last summer. She looks gorgeous and dewy, but her body language is screaming: Get me out of here!

  • Construction Kate 

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    Is Kate in the mood here? Judging from this picture, that would be a big fat "no." And at seven months pregnant with Prince Louis, who could blame her?

  • Not Today 

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    meghan markle
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    To be honest, Meghan doesn't really appear to be in the mood for fans and photography here either. But alas, the life of a duchess. 

  • Busted

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    kate middleton
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    Unfortunately for Kate, photographers managed to capture her in a seriously unflattering pose here. Hey, it happens!

  • Oof!

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    prince william
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    Hey, if there's one way to catch an unflattering photo of someone, it's to snap away at them while they're watching a sporting event. Busted, Wills!

  • Too Sunny

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    prince charles
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    Hey, Prince Charles. Maybe next time wear your shades to Trooping the Color. It's always sunny on the Buckingham Palace balcony. 

  • Nice Tongue

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    prince harry
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    Sometimes the camera catches people with their tongues hanging out of their mouths. And sometimes that happens to Prince Harry. 

  • Duchess of WINDsor

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    meghan markle
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    Even Meghan Markle gets blown away by the wind sometimes. Somehow, though, she manages to keep smiling throughout. 

  • Ohhhhh!

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    Is it just us or is everyone making the exact same face in this photo? What happened, guys? Looks pretty disappointing!

  • What's That Now?

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    It's rare that we see Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth chatting with each other in public, so to us, it looks kind of awkward. They're human!

  • Yum!

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    Either Kate just heard something totally shocking or she realllly likes whatever she's eating. Prince William seems pretty into it, too!

  • Yassss!

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    Even Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice are caught looking a little awkward from time to time. At least they're happy, though!

  • Ouch!

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    When a little kid pulls your beard, yep, there's going to be an awkward photo. If anyone can take it, though, it's Harry. 

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