When you’re a member of the Royal Family, you have someone on call to do just about everything. From private chefs to housekeepers and chauffeurs, they rarely need to drive their own cars, cook their own meals or clean their own rooms (must be nice).
While their relatability level is usually pretty low, now and again they’ll do something that proves they’re really just humans, at the end of the day. These moments may not come very often, but when they do, we take great joy in it. One of our favourites? Watching the Royal Family hold their own umbrella on a rainy day.
It’s one of those very basic, very relatable things that everyone is forced to endure, so when the royals hold their own brollies is like watching a dog walk on its hind legs — rare but fascinating.
Below, 25 of our favourite (and humbling) moments when members of the Royal Family have held their own umbrellas.
Princess Anne attends the Westmorland County Show on a drizzly September day in 2021.
Kate Middleton lit up the gloomy sky with her rainbow umbrella while launching the Royal Foundation Centre For Early Childhood in June 2021.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall took cover while visiting the Ebony Horse Club in October 2020.
Prince Charles met with workers from Britain’s NHS (National Health Service) one rainy day in July 2020, wielding his very large brolly.
This iconic photo of Meghan and Harry was taken at The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in March 2020.
Queen Elizabeth II shelters under an umbrella as she attends day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in June 2019.
Princess Anne keeps her regal outfit under an umbrella as she attends day two of Royal Ascot in June 2019.
Camilla shelters from the icy wind and rain as she arrives to attend the official commissioning ceremony of HMS Prince of Wales in December 2019.
Kate Middleton visits Blackpool Tower and greets members of the public on the Comedy Carpet in March 2019.
Kate Middleton and Prince William take joint-cover under an umbrella as they attend day one of Royal Ascot in June 2019.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle look adorable in their wellington boots as they dedicate a 20-hectare area of native bush to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy in New Zealand back in October 2018.
Kate Middleton visits Kings College under a striking red umbrella in January 2018.
Meghan Markle gives a rainy, but sweet wave to well-wishers during a walkabout in Belfast in March 2018.
We were blessed with the royal trio, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry, as they all visited The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in August 2017.
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York attends the King George VI racing meet at Ascot Racecourse in July 2017.
Queen Elizabeth II attends the Sunday service at the church of St Mary the Virgin in January 2017.
Queen Elizabeth II proves that she’s an expert in matching her umbrella to her outfit during a visit to a Royal Garden Party in May 2016.
The late Prince Philip shelters from the rain under an umbrella during the same Royal Garden Party in May 2016.
Kate Middleton arrives at the London 2012 Paralympic Games looking chic in athleisure-wear in September 2012.
Queen Elizabeth II ducks from a rain shower as she visits Cyfarthfa High School in April 2012.
A very young (and very cute) Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the UK Premiere of ‘African Cats’ in April 2012.
The Queen’s colour-coordination strikes again while hosting a garden party at Buckingham Palace in July 2011.
Queen Elizabeth keeps herself dry under yet another matching umbrella as she visits the new National Tennis Centre in March 2007.
The late Princess Diana lights up the gloomy sky after arriving at an event for Edward’s Trust in Edgbaston in October 1993.
Late Princess Diana visits Pupuke School in New Zealand during April 1983.