Life can be glamorous for princesses and queens, that part is certain. They arrive to galas in regal tiaras or attend charity events in floor-sweeping designer dresses. It may seem like the ladies are always dressed to royal perfection, but sometimes even they need a fashion break from their Manolo Blahniks and Alexander McQueen coat dresses. When royals such as Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle want something casual, they simply turn to black skinny jeans or Nike sneakers. Others, like the late Princess Diana, favored orange biker shorts. Though royals are not often photographed in their laidback looks, when they are, we do the most glorious of double takes (like the time the Duchess of Sussex wore sneakers!). Curious to see which royal lady has dressed down on more than one occasion? Read ahead.
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Princess Diana couldn't have predicted biker shorts would become a trend in 2018 when she was photographed in this neon orange pair in 1995. The late princess paired hers with a Virgin Atlantic sweatshirt, long socks, and chunky sneakers for a "I just left my Zumba class" outfit. Unlike Meghan Markle or Kate Middleton, who we likely won't ever see in biker shorts, Princess Di rocked hers without a care in the world.
The Duchess of Sussex's version of dressing down consisted of a billowy Reformation striped dress and lace-up brown sandals from Sarah Flint. This summertime ensemble was one of the more comfortable pregnancy looks Meghan packed for her 16-day royal tour back in October 2018.
Princess Beatrice blended right in with all the mall shoppers back in 2010. The then 22-year-old royal wore a graphic top with baggy blue jeans and a pair of beat up green Converse sneakers. If we didn't know better, we'd mistake her for one of our friends who loved to frequent Journeys.
Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece, who is 22 years old, is one of the few royals who can wear whatever she likes. For a trip to New York City in 2016, the princess explored the big apple in a black T-shirt, denim shorts, and gray booties. This is one of the most laidback outfits we've seen on a royal to date!
Before Kate became the Duchess of Cambridge, she was just another student waiting to graduate from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Taken in 2005, this photo showed Kate in a tiny white cami and low-rise blue jeans with that classic early 2000s wide belt as an accessory. Though the Duchess of Cambridge would never be caught in such a look now, we fully appreciate this good throwback outfit.
While walking around Portofino, Italy in 2013, Princess Charlene of Monaco swapped her fancy ballgowns for a plain, body-hugging knit dress and silver sandals. This vacation look was effortless to wear and an easy outfit everyone should pack into their travel carry ons.
The first time we saw Meghan in sneakers was during the Invictus Games on the royal tour. She wore a pair from Veja, a French brand focused on fair trade and sustainability. Prince Harry matched his wife in an equally casual Invictus jacket and denim look, though he wore a pair of Adidas sneakers.
Queen Rania of Jordan went incognito at LAX with an all-black outfit in 2017. This was one of the rare instances where we saw the royal not dressed to impress in public. Though, this outfit was still slightly more dressy compared to my usual sweatpants and leather jacket airport look.
For a visit to Luanda, Angola in 1997, Princess Diana stayed comfortable in the heat with a denim sleeveless top and olive-colored capris. She wore a pair of woven espadrille flats. The royal was ahead of her time, even in such a casual look, as her entire outfit is something we'd gladly still wear today.
Like her sister Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie's casual footwear of choice is a pair of Converse. In 2009, she wore them with black tights, a belted dress, and a cardigan on her first day at Newcastle University. Did she master a laidback yet comfy college outfit? I vote yes.
Crown princess Mette-Marit of Norway participated in a waste clean up in 2016 and looked almost unrecognizable in a gray hoodie, top, jeans, and brown boots (with a neon yellow sanitation vest). For reference, this is what the princess looks like when she's in a royal tiara, gown...the whole nine yards. I know.
In 2011, Kate and Prince Williams, newly married, embarked on their first royal tour together in Canada. The two donned matching red hoodies after being made honorary members of the Canadian Rangers. Both Kate and William more closely resembled college students on summer break in these looks than the stately royals they are now.
In 2010, Queen Letizia flew under the radar while Christmas shopping in Madrid, Spain. The royal blended in with shoppers by wearing sunglasses, a puffer coat, jeans, and buckled booties. Though I'm sure she was trailed by security detail, the royal looked like any other person you'd pass on the street.
An iconic look if there ever was one: Diana looked casual and straight out of a magazine in this jeans and oversized blazer look.