Ainhoa BarcelonaRoyals usually hold it together when they're out on public engagements, but sometimes it all gets a bit much for them - see the pics
The British royal family are known for their cool, calm exteriors and traditional stiff upper lip. And in general, they're a family with a lot to celebrate. Here at HELLO! we like to focus on all the happy occasions, but there are of course, as in all of our lives, more trying times. Take a look at the touching moments when our favourite royals, including European ones, showed they're just like the rest of us, and they couldn't help let their emotions get the better of them.
The royal sisters were visibly moved as they heard from a grandmother who has kept the memory of her grandson alive by fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust during a joint Zoom call.
The pair listened as Enid Waterfall, 85, from Wrexham spoke about how she had been fundraising tirelessly for the charity, carrying on the work of her grandson Richard, who died in 2018 after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that affects the bones or the tissues around them.
An emotional Eugenie said she was choked up while listening to Enid's story, while Beatrice was spotted dabbing at her eyes, as Enid wiped away a tear.
Her Majesty appeared to have been overcome with emotion at the Remembrance Sunday 2019 service, as she wiped away a tear, while paying tribute to war heroes. She watched the ceremony from the balcony of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office building, alongside the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Princess Martha Louise of Norway's eldest daughter Maud Angelica Behn delivered an emotional eulogy at her father Ari Behn's funeral in January 2019. The 16-year-old and her younger sisters, Leah Isadora Behn, 14, and Emma Tallulah Behn, 11, placed flowers on the casket. Mr Behn died by suicide, aged 47, on Christmas Day 2019. He married King Harald and Queen Sonja's eldest daughter Princess Martha Louise in 2002, but they later divorced in 2017.
In October 2019, the Duke of Sussex carried out a very poignant engagement – attending the WellChild Awards, which celebrates the inspirational qualities of seriously ill children and young people. Harry welled up as he gave a speech, reminiscing on how this time last year he and his wife Meghan were the only people to know that the Duchess was pregnant. Demonstrating how strong a parent's love is, Harry said: "Last year when my wife and I attended we knew we were expecting our first child - no one else did at the time, but we did…"
Harry, overcome with emotion, trailed off, bent his head down and cleared his throat before continuing. Gaby Roslin was on hand to comfort the Duke, as he continued: "I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tight during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time. And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heart strings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own."
Proud mother Queen Mathilde fought back a tear as she watched her daughter Crown Princess Elisabeth deliver a speech in an official ceremony to mark her 18th birthday in Brussels. Elisabeth will become Belgium's first Queen by birth when she ascends the throne.
During the 2018 Trooping the Colour ceremony to celebrate the Queen's birthday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's daughter Princess Charlotte had a teary moment. The young royal slipped and fell, banging her head on the balcony railing. Kate, who was standing behind her then three-year-old, scooped her up into her arms and snuggled her close.
Meghan Markle has only been a member of the royal family since 2018, but already she's been caught a little teary. For Meghan though, it was joy and not sadness that caused her to well up. During her visit to Tonga a newly-pregnant Meghan got the giggles when a group of school children sang a funny song to her and husband Prince Harry, about mosquitos.
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The Duchess of Cambridge
When the Duchess of Cambridge attended a launch event for East Anglia Children's Hospices charity in November 2014, she was seen welling up as she drove away from the engagement. Kate, who was four months pregnant with Princess Charlotte, had spoken to one attendee, Leigh Smith. The pair had corresponded after Leigh sadly lost her three-month-old baby Beatrice from a rare heart condition.
Kate replied to her letter and sought Leigh out during the launch event. Physiotherapist Leigh revealed: "Kate gave me a hug just before she left. I was getting quite teary-eyed, she had tears in her eyes and she just said to me, 'You're a very brave lady and again, I'm just so, so sorry.'"
Some 22 years earlier, Princess Diana found herself in a similar situation when she visited Ashworth Hospice in Liverpool. The People's Princess, who was known for her incredible empathy, burst into tears as she left the emotional engagement.
The Duchess of Cornwall
Prince Charles' wife Camilla welled up during a visit to the Safelives Centre in London in January 2016. The Duchess spoke to victims of domestic abuse and heard from Diana Parkes, whose daughter Joanna Brown was murdered by husband Robert.
Remembrance Sunday is always a poignant event in the royal calendar, and in 2002, the Queen was overcome with emotion as she visited the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.
The first time Her Majesty cried in public was in December 1997 when her beloved HMY Britannia was decommissioned. It was a rare sight for fans to see the normally stoic royal shed a tear. The Queen was saying goodbye to her luxury yacht, whose costs were too great to maintain. The ship had faithfully served the royal family for over 40 years.
Senior royals attended the decommissioning ceremony, including the Queen's daughter Princess Anne who also wiped away a tear.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
It was an emotional day for Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, as she attended King Harald and Queen Sonja's 75th birthday celebrations at the Oslo Opera House. Harald was born on 21 February and his wife on 4 July, but the couple had chosen to celebrate on 31 May together.
Queen Silvia of Sweden
An emotional mother-of-the-bride Queen Silvia of Sweden was brought to tears as she celebrated her beautiful daughter Crown Princess Victoria's wedding in June 2010.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands broke down in tears as she attended a memorial service in Apeldoorn to pay tribute to those killed or injured in the horrific Queen's Day attack, which happened there the year before in April 2009.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
The mother-of-three, who is never shy to show her emotions in public, attended a heartbreaking service in Eindhoven in July 2014. The bodies of the victims of the MH17 plane crash were being brought back to the Netherlands.
Queen Mathilde of Belgium
Queen Mathilde of Belgium paid her respects to Queen Fabiola at the funeral in 2014. She was joined by her husband King Phillipe and their four children at the service in Brussels. Fabiola was the queen consort of King Baudouin of Belgium for 33 years.
Princess Martha Louise of Norway
Princess Martha Louise of Norway was reduced to tears as her country marked one year since the horrific 2011 Norway attacks. Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian right-wing extremist, killed 77 people in two attacks – a car bomb explosion in Oslo that killed eight people and the massacre of 69 people who were attending a summer camp on the island of Utøya. Among the dead was Princess Mette-Marit of Norway's stepbrother.
Prince George was comforted by his mum Kate during a family day out at the polo in summer 2018. The little Prince was four at the time.
And in scenes similar to Kate and George, Prince William was comforted by his mum Princess Diana during a sports day in Richmond back in 1990.
A young Princess Beatrice burst into tears after her friend was refused entry to the Royal Box at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club in 1991.
Princess Josephine of Denmark
During the family's summer photocall in 2013, Crown Princess Mary again comforted her daughter Princess Josephine when it all got a bit too much for the two-year-old.
Princess Isabella of Denmark
Prince Frederik's wife Princess Mary comforted their daughter Princess Isabella as they attended the funeral of ASOS founder Anders Holch Povlsen's three children. Anders and his wife Anne tragically lost their son Alfred and daughters Alma and Agnes in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka in 2019. The emotional funeral service, which was attended by the Danish royal family, was held in Aarhus, Denmark.