Ainhoa BarcelonaSee the best photos of members of the royal family, including Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, off-duty and out of work mode
Fans are used to seeing members of the royal family on official engagements, looking immaculate as they carry out their duties and represent Her Majesty the Queen. But on occasion, royals like the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex are spotted off-duty, enjoying family days out or going incognito as they pop to the shops. Fans love seeing their more casual looks and surprise appearances, which are a far cry to their normal working days. See the best photos of Kate, Meghan and other royals off-duty, starting with the Duchess of Sussex…
In February, Prince Harry's wife hosted an intimate baby shower at The Mark hotel in New York. Meghan was pictured arriving and leaving the swish Upper East Side hotel over the course of a few days, showing off her chic style.
For her first surprise appearance, the mum-to-be dressed her growing baby bump in an all-black ensemble. We loved her vintage silk trapeze coat by Courrèges, which she is believed to have sourced from William Vintage. Meghan hid behind her black shades but flashed a smile as she swiftly got into her car.
Preparing to head back to London, Meghan dressed comfortably for her eight-hour plane journey. She chose head-to-toe athleisure for her flight, wearing adidas trainers, Lulu Lemon sports leggings and an Ingrid and Isabel jacket zipped up over her bump, layering a chic camel coat over the top. She carried a Cuyana leather weekend bag, which featured a small monogrammed 'H', most likely belonging to Prince Harry. Sweetly, Meghan also wore a cap in support of her friend Abigail Spencer, which is a promo product for the actress' new TV show, Rectify.
It's not always easy to keep the kids entertained! Sarah, Duchess of York found herself playing a game of hide and seek with her daughter Beatrice, then two, at a polo event back in 1991.
Long before she was a royal, Kate was snapped hanging out with her boyfriend William, her future brother-in-law Harry and their close-knit circle of friends. The Duchess is pictured in 2008, tucking into a sandwich at William's birthday picnic.
We rarely see Her Majesty off-duty, let alone dine out in a restaurant. But on occasion, the Queen does step out for some din dins with her friends. Here, the monarch is pictured arriving at The Ivy for a pal's birthday in 2017.
Fans hardly ever see royals in swimwear, but here Diana was spotted on holiday in St Tropez, lapping up the sun in a neon swimsuit and matching cover-up.
Kate loves a Breton-striped top for her mummy outings. Her go-to look when she's running after the kids seems to be a pair of skinny jeans, her Sebago boat shoes and a striped long-sleeve top.
She sported a similar look back in June 2014 when George was a tiny tot.
The Countess of Wessex is also a fan of a striped tee. She enjoyed the British sunshine during an outing to the Festival of British Eventing with her daughter Louise, who also dressed down in a T-shirt and purple jeans.
A month after her royal wedding, Meghan looked carefree and relaxed as she enjoyed a day out with her friends at Coworth Park, including Serena Williams.
Diana almost managed to fly under the radar during a skiing holiday in Lech, covering up with sunglasses and a baseball cap.
We usually see the York sisters at big family events such as Easter, Christmas, Royal Ascot and Trooping the Colour. They normally pull out the stops with their most extravagant headwear and dresses, but when they aren't representing the royal family, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie like to show off their unique individual style. We love Eugenie's one-shouldered frock here, and Beatrice's leather jacket and metallic skirt combo.
Princess Beatrice rocking her athleisure look, with a green juice in hand of course.
At the polo in June 2018, William and Kate enjoyed a family day out with their two elder children Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The mum-of-three, who was on maternity leave with Prince Louis, looked totally carefree as she played with her kids away from the cameras.
Princess Beatrice arrives for her first day of university back in 2008, ready to start her course on History and History of Ideas at Goldsmith's.
Prince William and Kate were snapped attending the wedding of their friends Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mark Tomlinson in Arosa, Switzerland in March 2013, just four months before they welcomed Prince George.
When the Cambridges attend church with the Queen, they are not strictly in working mode, but they do dress to the nines wearing smart coats and hats. In contrast, when Kate goes to church back home in Berkshire with the Middletons, she still opts for an elegant coat and dress, but foregoes the headgear.