These Royal Family Pictures Captured Some of the Most Real Family Moments

Most people think the royal family tree must have it all. However, royal family pictures can sometimes show a different tale completely, especially if you look back at Princess Diana. There are good moments, sad moments, and everything in between. Join us as we explore the most touching royal family pictures and learn about the moments that humanize them beyond the guise of living in a palace.

Royal family pictures can be amusing, as seen here with Prince Harry sticking out his tongue.
Princess Diana holding Prince Harry | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

The Princess Diana Christmas photo wasn’t quite as dramatic as ‘The Crown’ made it seem

Diana, Princess of Wales, may have died in a car crash on August 31, 1997, but she will forever remain in the hearts of millions. Her story is very sad once you realize that she was perhaps the most “alone” person in the world. Photographs keep her memory alive and remind us just how much we could learn about her through them.

In rare royal family photos, you can learn a lot about the life of Princess Diana. From holding a young Prince Harry as he photo-bombs a picture by sticking out his tongue, to the princess smiling beautifully as she switches on the Christmas lights on Bond Street.

Princess Diana in a Christmas photo, looking up and smiling while she switches on Christmas lights
Princess Diana | Kent Gavin/Getty Images

True to Princess Diana’s “heart on her sleeve” personality, you can even see her unhappiness. It is visible in many royal pictures that have been taken throughout the years, and tends to grow in frequency in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The Crown takes some liberties with its recreation of a 1990 royal family Christmas photo; in fact, Diana remains smiling in most of the real Christmas photos the family takes together.

In a somewhat grainy video on YouTube, you can see the recording of the real family photo that took place that year, compared to the more dramatized version from The Crown. Diana smiles for the photo and even seems congenial with some members of the royal family, but clearly stands at a distance from Queen Elizabeth and puts herself on the far side of the photo when the family arranges themselves.

Rumors are that this photo was taken during a time when she knew her marriage was over. In the infamous Diana Christmas photo from The Crown, her loneliness is obvious, even in the crowded room.

Prince William and Kate Middleton offer the cutest modern royals pictures

Prince William has been very public about his relationship with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Indeed, they do seem like the perfect pair. When on tour, the photos captured of this happy couple involve her looking at him, smiling and laughing in Ireland

Prince William and Kate Middleton walking though a farm
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Karwai Tang/Getty Images

When visiting Dundee, standing on the waterfront in 2019 greeting the public, the look they share is pure adoration for one another. Their travels and loving looks continue as they visited India and Bhutan while riding on safari in the back of a Jeep.

Prince William and Kate Middleton laughing in front of a blurred background in this royals picture
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Samir Hussein/Getty Images

Prince William is second in line to be the next King of the British Throne. It is rumored that Queen Elizabeth will pass off the throne to her son, Prince Charles. When this happens, likely sometime within the next couple of years, the Duchess of Cambridge will become the Princess of Wales in honor of Prince William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. If Prince Charles decides to pass on the throne to Prince William, Kate’s title will become Queen Consort.

Queen Elizabeth heads the royal family tree today

The royal family tree does tend to be confusing, as does the title exchanges that take place amid the royal family. However, their tale begins with much less confusion and what some royal fans believe is the most romantic love story ever. It is a story that spans more than 70 years to the summer of 1939 when Princess Elizabeth, at just 13 years old, first saw the Prince of Greece.

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth smiling at each other, 1947, black and white.
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth in 1947 | Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

The prince, just five years older, was about to join the Royal Navy. Elizabeth and her family were on a trip to Dartmouth’s Britannia Royal Naval College. Though smitten with the young prince, it took eight years for an engagement to be announced.

The wedding would come much sooner. They were married that same year, in November 1947. Sadly, Philip died on April 9, 2021. If biopics and drama on The Crown are to be believed, the pair had a somewhat tumultuous start to their marriage, but the drama subsided over the years as they grew more fully int their roles as the heads of the royal family. They traveled the world, shared duties, and a love that is timeless.

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth smiling at each other in front of blurred trees, 2007
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth in 2007. | Tim Graham/Getty Images

The pair were distant cousins. They were both grandchildren of Queen Victoria, making them third cousins. Although odd for today’s standards, it was at one time fairly common among royals, because it ensured the succession of the throne would stay in the family. 

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