Joining the British royal family is undoubtedly a rather daunting affair, as Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle found to varying degrees. If anyone understood the pressures of life in the public eye, though, it was the late Queen Elizabeth II. And these poignant photos show that the monarch took it upon herself to show a softer side with her granddaughters-in-law.
40. The Queen and Kate share a giggle
It’s sometimes said that families that play together stay together – and the royals do seem to be a playful bunch. In this scene from 2012 the Queen and the Princess of Wales can't contain their giggles. Although it’s not known exactly what the pair found funny, they were attending a sports event in a park in Nottingham, England, at the time.
39. Kate curtsies to the Queen on her wedding day
While the bride is usually the most important person at her wedding, it’s a little different if you have the Queen in attendance. As a result, then, when Kate married Prince William in 2011, she paid her respects to the monarch with a quick curtsy as she left the church with her new husband.
38. Kate greets the Queen with a kiss
When the royals attend official engagements, they are basically at work – meaning we usually only get to see them acting with the utmost professionalism. So, when Kate leaned in to greet her grandmother-in-law with a kiss on Christmas Day 2013, it reminded us all that the royals are just people after all.
37. The Queen and Meghan share a joke
When the Queen and Meghan Markle attended their first official engagement together just weeks after the actress married Prince Harry, the pair seemingly got on like a house on fire. Certainly, neither woman could contain their laughs as they attended the unveiling of the Mersey Gateway Bridge near Widnes, England, in June 2018.