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.
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.
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.
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, .
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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, .
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!