15 hilarious photos of royals taken at the perfect time

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesPrince Charles and Camilla meet a bald eagle.

Members of the royal family often pose for pictures on engagements and walkabouts, but some of the best photos are unplanned.

Here are 15 hilariously candid pictures of the royal family that were taken at the perfect time.


An aerial photo of Queen Elizabeth walking diagonally on a checkered floor is reminiscent of how the queen game piece moves in chess.

TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty ImagesQueen Elizabeth in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

The Queen was attending a national service of thanksgiving for her 90th birthday in 2016.


Prince Charles and Camilla got a little too close for comfort to a bald eagle.

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesPrince Charles and Camilla in King’s Lynn, England.

Charles and Camilla were getting acquainted with Zephyr, the mascot of the Army Air Corps, at the Sandringham Flower Show when he showed off his impressive wingspan.


Prince William and Prince Harry befriended an African rock python in Botswana.

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesPrince Harry and Prince William in Botswana.

During a visit to an education center they support in Gaborone, Botswana, the princes laughed as the python slithered across their shoulders.

Read more: 19 photos that showcase Prince Harry and Prince William’s best moments together


When Prince William and Kate Middleton shared their first kiss as a married couple on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, bridesmaid Grace Van Cutsem was not amused.

Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty ImagesPrince William and Kate Middleton on their wedding day in 2011.

Van Cutsem (left) covered her ears as the crowd cheered the newlywed couple’s first kiss.


Judging by their reactions while watching Wimbledon, William and Middleton are big tennis fans.

Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty ImagesPrince William and Kate Middleton at Wimbledon.

The duke and duchess watched the Wimbledon men’s singles final in 2014 and got into the game.


William played it super cool when talking to Nicole Kidman.

Mark Large/Pool/Getty ImagesPrince William meets Nicole Kidman.

Cameras captured William’s starstruck expression upon meeting Kidman at the 2011 BAFTA Brits To Watch event in Los Angeles.

Read more: 13 photos of celebrities meeting royals – and we can’t tell who’s more starstruck


Harry bested his brother in a lightsaber battle on the set of “Star Wars.”

Photo by Adrian Dennis/WPA Pool/Getty ImagesPrince Harry and Prince William in a lightsaber duel.

They filmed a cameo for the movie as Stormtroopers, but the scene was cut because they were too tall.


When a young spectator tried to steal Harry’s popcorn at the 2017 Invictus Games, he let her have some.

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesHayley and Emily Henson with Prince Harry.

Hayley Henson and daughter Emily sat with Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada.


Harry playfully wagged his finger at a 3-year-old child who pulled Markle’s hair while they were on a walkabout in Ireland.

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry in Ireland.

When a 3-year-old boy in Dublin, Ireland, tugged at Markle’s hair during a visit to Croke Park stadium, Harry stepped in to good-naturedly tell him off.

Read more: A 3-year-old boy pulled Meghan Markle’s hair during a royal visit in Ireland – and Prince Harry had the best reaction


Harry, in turn, allowed a young fan to rub his beard during the last leg of his and Markle’s tour of Australia.

Phil Noble / GettyPrince Harry and Meghan Markle in Australia.

Touching members of the royal family is generally prohibited, but Harry didn’t seem to mind one bit as the young fan rubbed his beard.

Luke’s favourite person in the world is Santa Claus, who has a beard. So he rubbed Harry’s beard,” Vincent’s school principal, Anne Van Darrel, told 7 News Sydney.

Read more: A 5-year-old boy broke royal protocol to rub Prince Harry’s beard because his favourite person is Santa Claus


On Harry and Markle’s first royal tour in Australia, a young member of the K’gari tribe was ecstatic to meet the prince.

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesPrince Harry in Fraser Island, Australia.

Prince Harry greeted members of the K’gari tribe on Fraser Island when he and Markle stopped in Australia on their first royal tour in 2018. K’gari means “paradise.”

Read more: Commoners’ most hilarious reactions when meeting royals


Princess Charlotte was photographed mid-sneeze at her uncle Harry’s wedding.

WPA Pool/Getty ImagesPrince Charlotte at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

It was just one of many candid photos from the royal wedding.


Markle let her pet name for Harry slip while taking a photo with the cast of “Hamilton,” eliciting a chorus of “awwws.”

Dan Charity – WPA Pool/Getty ImagesPrince Harry and Meghan Markle with the cast of ‘Hamilton.’

The royal couple posed for photos with the cast when Markle turned to Harry and appeared to say, “Can you see, my love?”

Read more: Meghan Markle used a pet name for Prince Harry in public – and people can’t handle how adorable it was


Prince Charles gleefully prepared a mojito on a visit to Cuba.

Chris Jackson/ Pool/Getty ImagesPrince Charles and Camilla in Havana, Cuba.

Prince Charles and Camilla were the first members of the royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity.


A young royal fan holding a cardboard cutout of the queen looked confused upon meeting the real Queen Elizabeth.

Daniel Berehulak/Getty ImagesQueen Elizabeth accepts a card from a fan.

The boy gave Queen Elizabeth the card while she passed by on her traditional birthday walk, celebrating her 80th birthday in 2006.

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