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28 of the Royals' best off-duty looks

The royals have proven time and time again they don't need the crowns and tiaras to look stylish

The Royal Family know how to dress up, and there's been plenty of gowns we just can't get over throughout the years. They never disappoint.

But what does a Princess or a Duchess wear when they've hung up their tiaras for the evening? These looks prove the likes of Catherine, Princess of Wales, the late Princess Diana and Meghan Markle can look just as stylish dressed down.

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Queen Elizabeth's Hermès headscarves

The late Queen Elizabeth II was famous for her silk scarves.

When she was at Balmoral, her Scottish getaway where she was said to be most at peace, she'd wrap her head in the iconic scarves and be seen trekking about the highlands.

When it came to her vast collection of scarves, she had a particular affinity for Hermès. The brand was founded by harness-maker Thierry Hermès in 1837 and continued specialising in equestrian gear for decades, while the late Queen herself had been a lifelong lover of horses and riding.

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Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson skiing

In keeping with the neon-bright hues that were all the rage in the late ’80s, Diana and Fergie kept their fashion game up as they went skiing down the slopes.

The one-time sisters-in-law were pictured play-fighting on the ski slopes of Klosters in Switzerland where they were enjoying a trip away with Prince Andrew and Prince Charles.

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Princess Diana's countryside chic

Before their royal wedding, Princess Diana posed for a photo with the then Prince Charles at Balmoral wearing a pink patterned V-neck with trousers and Hunter Wellington boots.

It's a classic Diana look. Her way of fitting in with the uniform of the royals when out and about in Balmoral, but still finding a way to add a touch of personality.

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Kate Middleton's sailing attire

Nautical has never looked as nice as when the now Princess of Wales got casual and sporty in a light blue and white striped top for a competitive ride against Prince William in 2017.

Thousands had lined the River Neckar in Heidelberg, Germany to see the royal couple cox rival boats.

Before they set off, Kate told her crew, which included German Olympic rowing champ Filip Adamski, "No pressure, but I do want to beat my husband!" Alas, Kate didn't beat her husband this time.

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Princess Diana does double denim

It's a trend which is in one year and blacklisted the next. But Princess Diana certainly made a strong argument for the double denim look when she was out and about with her young children.

Proof that Princess Diana wasn't afraid of trying a controversial look? She paired the already divisive double-denim with a pair of white boots.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton's matching hoodies

On their honeymoon tour of Canada in 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton were presented with matching hoodies.

The couple's cosy red hoodies were symbolic of a gift they were bestowed by the Canadian Rangers. William and Kate were both made honorary Rangers and turns out it was a great colour for the now Prince and Princess of Wales.

It's thought Kate made red a more recurrent colour in her wardrobe once she took on the Princess of Wales title, as the colour is central to the Welsh flag. It's thought Diana would wear red to important occasions for the same reason.

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Queen Elizabeth's highland fashion

Queen Elizabeth II served for a historic 70 years and saw a lot in that time. Travelling the world, meeting titans of history and serving as the head of state for seven decades, the late Queen certainly earned her days off.

And that time off would usually see Her Majesty swap colourful palettes and rainbow dressing for tartans, checks and other traditional patterns.

Equally at home giving a toast wearing a dazzling tiara as she was traipsing through the muddy hills of Balmoral, we love Her Majesty's way of still looking stylish and distinct while enjoying being off-duty.

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Cowgirl Kate

The saying might be 'when in Rome', but for Kate in 2005, she was following the adage of 'when it Gatcombe'.

The future Princess of Wales joined her future family at the Festival of British Eventing at Princess Anne's Gatcombe Park estate. She committed to the look with a brown suede cowboy hat and relaxed V-neck.

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Princess Diana's puff-sleeved shirt

Nobody channelled 80s trends quite like the late Princess Diana.

For the Cirencester Polo Match in 1983, Diana looked stunning in a puffed-sleeve shirt, which really captured the oversized-shoulder silhouette.

Diana's fun blouse included a black-and-white print, and she cinched herself in at the waist with a chic black belt.

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Diana's casual school drop-off look

The likes of supermodel Kendall Jenner was photographed wearing joggers and cowboy boots in 2019, but Diana did it first.

Proving that she could always make a difficult style work for her, the late Princess of Wales was seen doing the school run at Wetherby in 1989, wearing a relaxed pair of grey jogging bottoms tucked into a pair of brown cowboy boots.

A chic, fitted blazer added a sophisticated balance to her relaxed look.

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Meghan Markle's high-low look

While supporting Prince Harry's Invictus Games in 2022, Meghan Markle proved the power of mixing some casual items with some high-fashion statement pieces.

The Duchess of Sussex wore a pair of faded Moussy Vintage jeans with a simple white t-shirt underneath a black tweed Celine jacket and chain-handled Triomphe bag, also from Celine.

She finished off the look with cap-toed Chanel ballet flats.

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Kate Middleton's country girl look

For a trip to County Durham, Kate kept it clean, classic countryside, wearing a Fair Isle knit sweater over a pie-crust collar blouse and dark-wash denim.

Proving she's just as happy in the mud, Kate was all smiles in her Wellington boots as she enjoyed the fresh outdoors.

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Princess Anne's go-to Gatcombe look

Princess Anne's off-duty look has stayed consistent for years. She is famous for her no-nonsense, tried-and-tested style.

From her iconic, sporty sunglasses, Barbour jackets and walking boots, the Princess Royal is the definitive country girl whenever she's at home in Gatcombe Park or enjoying the great outdoors, something she most definitely inherited from her parents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

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Princess Diana’s iconic Fly Atlantic sweatshirt, 1995

The Fly Virgin Atlantic sweatshirt that Princess Diana wore became so well known partly because she was pictured in it so many times - and this wasn't a coincidence.

According to the royal's personal trainer, Jenni Rivett, Diana wore it to every single gym session so that photographers were less interested in following her.

Of course, the athleisure look became one of her most memorable off-duty ensembles, and the jumper - which was a personal gift from Richard Branson - eventually ended up selling at auction for over £40,000.

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Sarah Ferguson's 1990's polka dot and denim

If anyone ever needed a snapshot of what was popular in the 90s, this photo of Sarah Ferguson pretty much captures it all.

Denim jean jacket? Check. Polka dots? Yep. The small, oval sunglasses? Present and accounted for. The Duchess of York's look is a great inspiration for achieving a simple look that still looks well thought out.

A patterned skirt with a simple top and a staple piece of outerwear will keep you looking stylish, even if you're caught on the school run or popping to the shops in a rush.

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Kate Middleton's white jeans

The now Princess of Wales is a huge fan of powerful dressing, sporting a series of tailored pantsuits in a rainbow of colours. But back when she was just Kate from Berkshire, she'd offer up a look very on-trend with her contemporaries, while watching Prince Harry and Prince William play in a charity polo match at the Beaufort Polo Club.

In the early 2000s, Kate's white jeans and light cardigan was an easy look to emulate, and would look suitable hanging out with friends or heading to work - and we know Kate held down some "normal" jobs like waitressing and fashion buying before she'd go on to secure her place in royal history.

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Kate Middleton's red puffer

Kate's red puffer jacket is the perfect pop of colour to quickly and easily elevate any outfit. She's worn the colourful jacket on many occasions, often pairing it with an all-black outfit.

Kate’s red puffer could also have been an early sign that she was studying the likes of the late Queen Elizabeth II. Red has the longest wavelength of all the colours in the visible spectrum, meaning it hits our eyes before we process any other colours.

Kate could’ve been taking style cues from the late Queen Elizabeth with this comfy-looking puffer, understanding as Her Majesty did, that wearing brighter colours meant more fans could catch a glimpse of her.

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Princess Diana's honeymoon suit

After her grand spectacle of a wedding to Prince Charles, one of the next sightings people got of Princess Diana was a much more relaxed look.

Enjoying their honeymoon in Balmoral, Diana looked every inch the Princess she became in a matching suit designed By Bill Pashley.

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Princess Diana's black sheep jumper

Diana turned a simple jumper into a piece of history. Perhaps only her infamous "Revenge Dress" and her opulent wedding dress are more iconic.

The late Princess of Wales was first seen wearing the red and white jumper with a singular black sheep motif when she was 19 years old at one of the now King Charles's polo matches, just a month before they were to wed.

The jumper came from Warm & Wonderful - who were more than happy to replace Diana's jumper when it got damaged. In 1983, the two designers received a letter from Buckingham Palace explaining that Princess Diana had ruined her original sheep sweater, and requested for it to be repaired or replaced.

In 2023, the now legendary jumper sold for $1.14 million at a Sotheby's New York auction.

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Meghan Markle's shades of blue shirt-dress

Meghan Markle's appearance at the 2023 Invictus Games was one of her first major appearances since choosing to eschew the spotlight following bombshell headlines around her and Prince Harry's Netflix series and memoirs.

For the 2023 volleyball, Meghan was courtside in a denim Carolina Herrera shirt-dress, Dior shoes and Pippa Small earrings.

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Princess Diana's seersucker trousers

Diana, the late Princess of Wales looked effortlessly elegant while still keeping things less formal for a charity polo match.

Diana co-ordinated a pair of high-waisted, pleat-front trousers with an ivory blouse, brown aviator sunglasses, a stack of bracelets, gold earrings, and a floral quilted purse on her second wedding anniversary at a polo match in 1983.

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Princess Diana's yellow dungarees

Princess Diana sported a floral shirt and yellow overalls while attending a polo match in July 1981.

Her yellow overalls were teamed with a printed yellow and pink floral top, for a springy look which positively radiated joy.

The look became such a signature that it was recreated in Netflix's The Crown.

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Duchess Sophie's 90s brown leather jacket

Before she married Prince Edward, the now Duchess of Edinburgh was a stylish and powerful PR official for Capital Radio.

Being a career woman in the city, it's no surprise her wardrobe was full of chic outfits like this brown leather jacket and black trousers.

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Meghan's full-length coat and black jeans

Meghan joined her then-future husband at the 2018 Invictus Games and kept things typically laid-back.

Meghan wore an olive military jacket with wide-leg trousers and an Invictus Games polo, repping the charity dear to her husband.

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Kate Middleton's school drop-off dress

Back-to-school season has never looked better than when Kate Middleton accompanied Prince George and Princess Charlotte for their first day of the new term.

On the warm September morning, the Princess of Wales wore the perfect between-seasons outfit, opting for a red and white floral dress from Michael Kors.

Kate finished her look with a thin black leather belt that cinched in her waist.

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Princess Anne's 1970's glamour

Princess Anne is full-on 1970s here with her blowout hairstyle, bulky coat, and delicate neck scarf, photographed as she walks the Badminton Horse Trials in South Gloucestershire.

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Queen Camilla’s Barbour jacket and hat

The waxed Barbour jackets are favourites of the royals and the upper classes, and it's no surprise - these jackets can be worn for a lifetime.

Inspired by a mix of country heritage and contemporary designs, the now Queen Camilla sported the popular trend of rocking the timeless jacket with a pair of jeans and Hunter wellies.

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Meghan Markle's denim dress and aviators

In September 2019, the Duchess of Sussex attended the U.S. Open in New York City to support her close friend, Serena Williams.

Meghan opted for an affordable and casual denim J. Crew shirt dress. She paired the look with a grey jacket draped casually over her shoulders and cool, aviator sunglasses from Victoria Beckham.

A masterclass in effortless dressing for the unpredictable September weather.

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The royals have proven time and time again they don't need the crowns and tiaras to look stylish