23 photos of Prince Charles doing commoner things that will make you chuckle

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Even princes laugh at memes. Chris Jackson/Getty Images
  • Prince Charles turned 71 on Thursday.
  • Even royals do mundane things sometimes.
  • Here are 23 amusing photos of him doing commoner things like riding a bike and going grocery shopping.
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It’s a little bit comical to see a member of the royal family out of context in the “real world.” But when they’re not waving to crowds on walkabouts or participating in formal ceremonies,royals are just like us.

In honour of Prince Charles’ 71st birthday, here are 23 amusing photos of him doing commoner things.


He rides bikes.

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Riding a bike in London. Chris Jackson/Getty Images for The Earth Awards Exhibition

Prince Charles rode an eco-bike at a preview of an exhibit at Clarence House in 2011.


He goes skiing.

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Like a pro. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Prince Charles went skiing in the Swiss village of Klosters in 2004.


And wears warm hats on the slopes.

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Keeping warm. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The pom pom was a nice touch.


He vacuums.

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Vacuuming. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince Charles had a laugh while testing a new Dyson V8 Absolute vacuum cleaner in 2017 in Singapore.


He goes grocery shopping.

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In a grocery store. Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles visited Waitrose supermarket in 2011 in Poundbury, Dorset.


And picks up new pairs of socks.

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Shopping. Chris Harris – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles visited Marks and Spencer in the Westfield shopping centre in London in 2009.


He rides the tube.

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On the tube. Arthur Edwards – WPA Rota /Getty Images

Prince Charles toured facilities and met employees working on London Underground tube trains in 2012.


And the bus.

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Charles and Camilla ride the bus. Peter Morrisn/AP

Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall take a trip on a bus during a visit to the Wrightbus company in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, in 2013.


He goes to museums and studio tours.

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Prince Charles on set. KGC-375/STAR MAX/IPx 2019/AP

He toured Pinewood Studios, where the new “James Bond” movie is being filmed, in 2019.


He eats cake with his hands.

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Digging in. Dan Kitwood – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles and Camilla cut a cake in the gardens of Clarence House in 2013.


And he eats ice cream cones.

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Ice cream. Chris Jackson – Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles ate ice cream from Brostræde Fløde-IS, the oldest ice cream shop in Denmark, in 2012.


He enjoys a nice cup of tea.

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Tea time. Ben Birchall-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles drank tea at the Prince’s Trust centre in 2016.


And pulling a pint.

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Pulling a pint. Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles drank beer in Talgarreg, Wales, in 2015.


He jokes around with his mother.

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Prince Charles with Queen Elizabeth. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince Charles sat with Queen Elizabeth to watch the Braemar Highland Games in 2010.


And laughs at things his sons show him on their phones.

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Laughing at a meme, maybe. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince William, Prince Harry, and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, shared a laugh at the Invictus Games in 2014.


He knows his way around a pool table.

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Playing ‘snooker.’ Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles played “snooker” in Wales in 2015.


He stops to smell the roses.

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Smelling flowers. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince Charles smelled a flower at Milton’s Cottage in Chalfont in 2008.


He serves up cafeteria food.

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Lunch time. Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles served rhubarb crumble during a visit to Carshalton Boys Sports College in 2012.


He sports sunglasses.

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Sporting sunnies. Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles laughed with guests at Clarence House Gardens in 2018.


He holds his own umbrella.

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A rainy day. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince Charles walked outside on a rainy day in Norway.


He dotes on his grandchildren.

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With Prince George. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince Charles talked to Prince George with Kate Middleton at a charity polo match in 2015.


He’s also good with other people’s kids.

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Got your nose. Paul Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles joked around with 12-month-old twins Kayla and Lara in Tottenham in 2014.


He loves dogs.

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Petting a dog. Matt Cardy – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles greeted Sophie, a three year old Jack Russell Terrier, in Porthleven in 2017.