Ever wondered what sunglasses the royals wear? From Kate Middleton's go-to Ray-Bans to Meghan Markle's Stella McCartney's, we've rounded up the best royal-approved sunglasses - and they're more affordable than you might think
It’s not often that we see the royals wearing a pair of sunglasses - but when they do, they’re sporting styles to be envious of. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect new pair of sunnies for the summer - why not try a pair that have been given the royal seal of approval?
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From Kate Middleton’s Ray-Bans to Meghan Markle’s Stella McCartney shades and Sophie Wessex's signature Illesteva's, we’ve rounded up the best royal sunglasses that are available to shop now - and some are more affordable than you may think.
Best royal sunglasses
Kate Middleton’s Ray-Ban sunglasses
Ray-Ban Wayferer II Classic, £184, Ray-Ban
The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted at Wimbledon in 2019 sporting the Ray-Ban 'Wayferer Classics'. Made with a sleek glossy black frame, the 'Wayfarer II' shades feature round frames with the choice of a green or brown tint.
Ray-Ban Wayferer folding classic, £146, Ray-Ban
Kate doesn’t just have one pair of the Ray-Ban Wayferers in her collection. The wife of Prince William has also been seen in the folding classics in the tortoise shell shade. The sunnies fold into the smallest size - so the Duchess could even pop a pair in her signature Aspinal of London Mayfair bag!
Ray-Ban Original Wayferer sunglasses, was £101.14, now £94, Amazon
If you're keen to grab a saving on your Ray-Bans, these Original Wayferer sunglasses are almost identical to Duchess Kate's pair - and they're reduced in the Amazon sale.
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Meghan Markle's Linda Farrow sunglasses
Linda Farrow Newman aviator sunglasses in yellow gold, £655, Linda Farrow
Royal fans went crazy for Meghan's effortlessly glam look at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands earlier this year. She wore a pair of Linda Farrow aviators, which are crafted with 22 carat gold-plated titanium. Stunning!
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Ray-Ban aviator gradient, £146, Ray-Ban
If the Linda Farrow sunglasses are out of your budget, these Ray-Bans are so similar to the Duchess's designer shades.
Meghan Markle's Le Specs sunglasses
Le Specs Air Heart sunglasses, £57.03, Shopbop
When Meghan Markle wore her Le Specs sunglasses, they sold out almost immediately. Coming in at £57.03, the affordable shades feature an oversized glossy cat-eye frame with a gorgeous gold trim - and at this price, we’re not surprised at how quickly they fly off the shelves.
Meghan's Stella McCartney sunglasses
Stella McCartney aviator sunglasses, £180, MyTheresa
The Duchess of Sussex looked stunning wearing her Stella McCartney aviators as she held her son Archie Harrison back in 2019. The gold sunnies are subtly perforated with Stella McCartney’s signature logo across the brow, detailed onto the slender metal frame. We love the square silhouette and the light brown tinted lenses.
Zara Tindall's Illesteva sunglasses
Illesteva Leonard sunglasses, £161.17, ShopBop
Zara Tindall is often spotted out and about in the same pair of sunglasses, and her signature shades are the Illesteva 'Leonard' sunglasses in tortoise. Featuring round frames and a keyhole bridge, the sunglasses also come with a hard and soft case to ensure they maintain their pristine condition.
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Meghan's Finlay & Co sunglasses
Percy light tortoise sunglasses, £150, Finlay & Co
During her first appearance alongside Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in 2017, Meghan was spotted in the Finlay & Co Percy sunglasses in the light tortoise shade. We can see why she would opt for these stunning frames, they're timeless.
Vans Rise and Shine tortoiseshell sunglasses, £12, ASOS
If Meghan's Finlay & Co sunglasses are out of your budget, why not try these £12 lookalikes from ASOS.
Princess Eugenie's Mr Boho sunglasses
Mr Boho Jordaan sunglasses, £54.56, Amazon
Princess Eugenie's go-to pair of statement sunglasses are the Mr Boho 'Jordaan' shades. Although the exact design is not currently available, you can shop the similar colours on Amazon - and for £54.56, the royal-approved sunnies are not to be missed.
Beatrice Borromeo of Monaco Saint Laurent heart-shaped sunglasses
Saint Laurent LouLou heart-shaped sunglasses, £355, MATCHESFASHION
Beatrice Borromeo, who is married to Pierre Casiraghi, the son of Princess Caroline of Monaco, is known as one of the most stylish European royals, and we can see why. We love the heart-shaped frame on these Saint Laurent sunglasses, which she wore to the Monaco F1 Grand Prix in 2019.
Zerototens heart-shaped sunglasses, £5.99, Amazon
If the Saint Laurent sunnies are out of your budget, these heart-shaped glasses from Amazon are almost identical - and they're just £5.99!
The Queen's Silhouette sunglasses
The Queen has been a devout fan of Silhouette frames since 1982 and generally opts for tinted pairs and a vintage style. The Austrian brand's new range is a worthwhile investment if you're keen to copy Her Majesty.
Silhouette Rimless Shades, £339, silhouette.com
Innovatively combining minimalist, ultra-thin titanium with oversized lenses, the Rimless Shades collection offers exquisitely elegant frames in bold butterfly lenses and squared aviators.
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