18 times the royal children acted just like regular kids

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Just a regular family. The Duchess of Cambridge via Reuters
  • Prince George turns 8 on July 22.
  • He and his siblings may be royals, but they’re also just regular kids.
  • Candid photos show the royal children playing with toys, getting messy, and looking fed up.
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Prince George loved stuffed animals when he was a baby.
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Prince George with a stuffed animal. Chris Jackson/Getty Images
He reached for a stuffed bilby, a type of Australian marsupial, on a royal engagement with his parents at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, in 2014.
He was also known to chew on his mother’s hair.
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Prince George eats Kate Middleton’s hair. AP/Marty Melville
Babies love putting everything in their mouths, and royal babies are no different.
When Princess Charlotte was born, he stood on his tiptoes to get a good look at her.
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Prince George at Princess Charlotte’s christening. Chris Jackson / Getty
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are one year and 10 months apart.
Royal duties can be a lot for a toddler.
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Prince George rubbing his eyes. POOL New/Reuters
Sitting still while adults talk about adult things probably gets old.
But being a young prince does come with perks, like when Prince William showed Prince George around a Royal Air Force station.
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Prince William and Prince George admire Royal Air Force planes. Richard Pohle – WPA Pool/Getty Images
During the Royal International Air Tattoo military airshow in 2016, Prince George got an up-close look at real airplanes.
At a football match with his parents, he was just tall enough to look over the railing.
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Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince George at a football game. JOHN SIBLEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Prince George accompanied his parents to a Euro 2020 football match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium in London in June. Fans called him England’s “lucky royal charm” after his team won the game, 2-0.
Princess Charlotte was a fan of balloon animals when she was little.
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Princess Charlotte holds a balloon animal. Chris Jackson/Getty Images
At a children’s party for military families during their royal tour of Canada in 2016, Princess Charlotte received her very own balloon animal.
As a toddler, she took time to stop and smell the roses.
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Princess Charlotte arrives in Germany in 2017. Chris Jackson/Getty Images
When her family visited Poland and Germany in 2017, she held a bouquet of flowers upon their arrival at Berlin Tegel Airport.
Even when they made her sneeze.
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Princess Charlotte at Prince Harry’s wedding. WPA Pool/Getty Images
Princess Charlotte was photographed mid-sneeze at her uncle Harry’s wedding. It was just one of many candid photos from the royal wedding.
When she trips and falls, Middleton is always there to scoop her up.
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Kate Middleton and Charlotte depart from Hamburg Airport in 2017. Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Princess Charlotte started crying after falling over on the tarmac of Hamburg Airport. Nothing a hug and kiss can’t fix.
She’s steadier on her feet now.
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Princess Charlotte swings from a tree. Matt Porteous/ Reuters
At the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, she explored the garden co-designed by Adam White and Andree Davies.
She still enjoys hugs from her mom.
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Kate Middleton with Prince George and Princess Charlotte. AARON CHOWN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Charlotte leaned in for a hug at an event thanking frontline workers in December 2020.
Prince Louis, the youngest of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children, is a spunky addition to the bunch.
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Prince Louis plays with paints. The Duchess of Cambridge via Kensington Palace
For his 2nd birthday, Kensington Palace shared photos taken by Middleton showing the young prince getting messy with colorful paints.
Like most babies, he was often passed between his parents.
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Prince Louis with Prince William and Kate Middleton. Mark Cuthbert/ UK Press via Getty Images.
At Trooping the Colour in 2019, he reached for Prince William while Middleton was holding him.
He enjoyed sitting on the grass with Middleton as his siblings ate snacks.
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Kate Middleton with Prince Louis, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
Middleton attended a charity polo match in July 2019 with all three kids.
He loves his grandpa.
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Prince Charles with Prince Louis. Clarence House
Kensington Palace released this photo of Prince Charles holding Prince Louis for Father’s Day.
Together, the three siblings take in all of the royal events around them.
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Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte at Buckingham Palace. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte looked out of a window of Buckingham Palace at Trooping the Colour in 2019.
They may be growing up in one of the most famous, historic families in the world, but at the end of the day, they’re just regular kids.
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Prince William’s kids pile on top of him. The Duchess of Cambridge via Reuters
Middleton took this photo of their brood piling on top of Prince William.