20 Times the Royal Family Rocked Denim Like a Bunch of Commoners

Madison Breaux | Oct 10, 2019 Celebrities
20 Times the Royal Family Rocked Denim Like a Bunch of Commoners
Image: Splash News

Kate Middleton Prince William
Splash News

When we think of the royal family, we automatically think of crowns, gowns, red carpets, and posh British accents, right? Well, while all of this is pretty much true (except for our fellow American, Meghan Markle), there are times when the members of the royal family do perhaps the most humble thing someone can do in this life ... wear a pair of jeans. Even though Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle practically live in designer dresses and heels, there are times when they are allowed to get a little crazy and wear something infinitely more casual. And let's not forget about their husbands! Prince William and Prince Harry live a life of dressing up too, so getting to wear jeans is a treat for them, too.

There was a time when the core four of the royal family didn't have to think twice before they reached for their most trusty pair of denim. These four were young adults during the age of super boot-cut jeans and low-rise waists, and luckily for us, it was all captured on camera for posterity. So yes, it most certainly is fun to look back at how the royals have evolved on their denim journey, and we have to say, our favorite royals are definitely sporting some more polished looks nowadays. 

Even though they live in a world that revolves around suits, dresses, and priceless jewelry, the royals are here to remind us that they are human, too. It's a rare occurrence to see some of our favorite royal highnesses in a pair of jeans -- except for maybe the Duchess of Cambridge -- so it's important to appreciate the moments we do get. Here are 20 times the royals rocked a pair of jeans like the best of them.

  • The Old Acid Wash

    1
    Prince Harry
    Splash News

    Oh, the days when those subtle acid wash denim jeans were in style. A young Prince Harry was nothing but stylish in these jeans, and we're starting to wonder what would have happened if Meghan met the prince earlier.

  • Hiking Ensemble

    2
    Kate Middleton
    Splash News

    Kate usually breaks out her best denim when her engagements call for more casual ensembles, and what better way to wear a pair of jeans than with some stylish hiking boots. And honestly, only this duchess could make clunky boots like fashionable.

  • Um ... Giddy Up?

    3
    Prince William Kate Middleton
    Splash News

    OK, so if Queen Elizabeth isn't the biggest fan of jeans ... how in the world did this get approved? No only were Kate and Will wearing denim worth of a country music video, but they were also sporting cowboy hats. File this one under things we should never ever forget.

  • A More Polished Look

    4
    Prince Harry
    Splash News

    Now this look is still a far cry from the sleek and classic outfits that Prince Harry rocks nowadays, but this certainly was a bit more polished than he past clubbing outfits that he used to wear. Everyone deserves an upgrade ... even royal princes!

  • Ready for Manual Labor

    5
    Meghan Markle
    Splash News

    Yes, Meghan can do some yard work in super skinny black jeans and heeled boots! This duchess has worn denim quite a lot since she began a member of the royal family, and we think this could start paving the way for royalty to be completely jeans-friendly.

  • So Much Swagger

    6
    Prince Harry
    Splash News

    Oh, we think Prince Harry was definitely feeling himself in this outfit. He always loves going to the Invictus Games events, and luckily for him, he's able to be a little bit more casual ... which explains the denim and the big belt.

  • Basking in the Sun

    7
    Meghan Markle
    Splash News

    Meghan had no problem fighting the African heat in a perfect pair of dark wash blue jeans. Honestly, with her white tank top, we'd consider this one of the best transition weather outfits we've ever seen. Break this one out again, Meg!

  • Definitely Not Slim Fit

    8
    Prince Harry
    Splash News

    Skinny and slim fit jeans haven't always been in style. Prince Harry used to rock these straight-leg jeans pretty often. So much so that we almost feel a little bit nostalgic for this time ... almost. 

  • Playing Sports in Jeans

    9
    Kate Middleton
    Splash News

    Not only was Kate wearing wedges while spiking the volleyball, but she was also wearing some super tight skinny jeans. Most of us can barely put on our skinny jeans, much less run around and play sports in them ... so yeah, Kate is amazing. No surprise there.

  • Another Throwback

    10
    Prince Harry
    Splash News

    Okay -- we will probably never get enough these old photos of Prince Harry in slightly distressed denim. This prince really knew what was fashionable, and now that he has Meghan as his wife, he's probably even more in with what the fads of the moment are.

  • The Classic Low-Rise

    11
    Kate Middleton Prince William
    Splash News

    High-waisted jeans weren't always the status quo in denim. Back in the early days of their marriage, Kate rocked low-rise jeans like the best of them, and she even accessorized with the chunky belts that were popular at the time as well.

  • The Forbidden Denim

    12
    Meghan Markle
    Splash News

    We don't know if Meghan just wasn't informed or if she was openly defying the rules, but jeans are strictly forbidden at the Wimbledon tennis tournament. This duchess didn't care and wore her dark wash denim proudly.

  • Looking Fresh for the Club

    13
    Prince Harry
    Splash News

    Prince Harry used to bring his A-game when he would get dressed to go out on the town, and from the looks of it, this often included super light wash, baggy jeans ... and we've never been the same since. Those were certainly the days, weren't they?

  • Going Green

    14
    Kate Middleton
    Splash News

    One of Kate's go-to denim looks is an all-green ensemble. Whenever she has an outdoorsy engagement to attend, she usually breaks out these army green jeans and pairs them with an army-style jacket. Why fix something that isn't broken, right??

  • Keeping Things Casual

    15
    Prince Harry
    Splash News

    Nowadays, Prince Harry is usually wearing his now-signature gray suit jacket and dress pants, but there was a time that the royal lad was much more comfortable in just a simple pair of jeans and a casual pullover. 

  • The Perfect Outdoors Look

    16
    Kate Middleton
    Splash News

    Kate always seems to know how to dress perfectly for her more one-with-nature royal outings. I mean ... a duchess really can't go wrong with a crisp pair of dark blue skinny jeans, right? Well, at least if the queen isn't there.

  • Beating the Heat

    17
    Meghan Markle
    Splash News

    It's pretty hard to rock a pair of jeans when the sun just won't quit, but our dear Meghan Markle seemed to have no issue sporting these black skinnies. At just about eight months pregnant, we can only hope these were her most comfortable pair.

  • Clubbing Days

    18
    Prince William
    Splash News

    We won't be seeing this look from Prince William again anytime soon. Gone are his partying days (that we know of), and gone are the days that he would wear baggy jeans in such a dark wash. Those were the days.

  • On Mom Duty

    19
    Kate Middleton Prince George
    Splash News

    Every mom needs a trusty pair of jeans that can survive a full day of being on mom duty. Kate especially needs a good pair, because she has royal protocol to live up to as well. It's not easy being a mom, and it certainly isn't easy being a royal mom.

  • Denim on Denim

    20
    Meghan Markle
    Splash News

    Has a member of the royal family ever dared?? We don't think so. Meghan broke out the denim on denim during her and Harry's trip to Africa, and this might be her most subtly bold outfit yet. It doesn't take much to pave the royal way!

More Slideshows