12 Life Lessons We Can All Learn From the Royal Family

There's more to it than wearing fancy hats — although that's pretty important, too.

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Over the years, the royal family has won us over with their perfect poise and philanthropic endeavors. But in a lot of ways, they experience the same things we do (getting married, having kids, becoming grandparents) except on a much more public level. And that's where we've noticed they shine the most. Here are a few pretty important life lessons we could all learn from this regal bunch.

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1 Marry someone who makes you laugh.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philp laughing, Prince William and Kate Middleton laughing
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It's worked for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip for ! And Prince William and Kate Middleton are . Sounds like a pretty solid plan to us.

2 Keep calm and ignore your hemline.
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When you wear a dress for most official events and get your picture taken at nearly all of them, mishaps are bound to happen. The trick is to stay as gracefully unruffled as the Duchess of Cambridge.

3 Negotiating with a toddler is futile.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge leave the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England.
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On the way into his , we spotted Prince George wiping away tears. We also spotted his royal parents trying to have a reasoned discussion with the tot before the ceremony started — with, um, .

4 Corgis are a queen's best friend.
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Queen Elizabeth has surrounded herself with the petite canines since her childhood. But she's also a fan of other breeds: As of 2007, Her Royal Highness owned five corgis, five cocker spaniels, and four dorgis (dachshund-corgi crossbreeds). She's clearly passed on her love of dogs, too: Prince William and Duchess Catherine own an English cocker spaniel, Lupo.

5 Giving back is its own reward.
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was known for her humanitarian work, which took her places like Neves Bendinha Orthopaedic workshop in 1997, where she met 13-year-old Sandra Thijika who lost her leg to a land mine. Today, carry on that legacy.

6 Mom takes the best pictures.
In this undated handout photo provided by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is seen at Anmer Hall earlier this month taken by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Sandringham, England.
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Need proof? Just look at the adorable of Princess Charlotte, taken at the family's home at Amner Hall in November. The duchess frequently plays family photographer, capturing moments like the of Prince George holding his little sister.

7 Always trust your partner.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge abseils as she visits the Towers Residential Outdoor Education Centre on November 20, 2015 in Capel Curig, United Kingdom. The Towers is an outdoor education centre run by Wolverhampton Council providing adventure activities for children.
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On a recent trip to North Wales, the Duke and Duchess rappelled off a wall — and for each other's turn. When Will went first, he asked Kate, "Are you holding me?"

"I've got you," she laughed, adding, "William, how much do you love me? ... I'm quite enjoying this actually. For once I'm in control."

8 Everybody loves a silly video.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend The Athletics at The Invictus Games on September 11, 2014 in London, England.
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A family that laughs together stays together. At least, that's the lesson we're taking away. Here, Prince William cracks up his father, Prince Charles, and brother with something on his iPhone at the 2014 Invictus Games in London.

9 It's okay to be a super fan.
Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge raise their wands on the set used to depict Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter Films during the Inauguration Of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden on April 26, 2013 in London, England.
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Prince Harry, Duchess Kate, and Prince William geeked out at Harry Potter's Diagon Alley at the London opening of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in April 2013. And Kate recently gushed over the cast on her regal visit to the . Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall even made a trip of their own — to the set of BBC's Dr. Who.

10 Sometimes, you've got to kick up your heels.
JUNE 29: Prince Harry dances with children at the Fundacion Amigos de Jesus day care centre on June 29, 2014 in Santiago, Chile. Prince Harry is on the final day of a three day tour of Chile after visiting Brazil. (Photo by Niall Carson - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
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Okay, fine, Prince Harry exhibits this the best. The young royal on his travels, like during this June 2014 visit to the Fundacion Amigos de Jesus day care in Santiago, Chile, where he happily danced with the children.

11 Invest in a few key pieces.
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Kate Middleton is known for — and for recycling it! Her most favorite accessory is a pair of nude , but she's also fond of a few other wardrobe staples, from Orla Kiely coats to Seraphine maternity dresses. And, of course, .

12 Make nice with your in-laws.
Prince William talks with Kate Middleton and her sister Pippa Middleton after playing the Field Game in an old boys match at Eton College on March 18, 2006 in Eton, England.
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Prince William is famously close to the Middleton clan — attending their annual ski trips and Mustique vacation for years. (He hung out with his then-girlfriend's sister Pippa at a 2006 polo match, pictured.) Kate's parents, Michael and Carole, hosted the couple for several weeks immediately after George's birth. And last year, Will even to the royal family's traditional Christmas service at Sandringham. This holiday promises to be even better: they'll have to dote on!

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