Everyone deserves a little fun in the sun, and that includes the British royal family. Whether they’re flying over to their favorite island for some R&R, meeting with foreign diplomats on business, or even trying out “land yachting” in the Scottish sands, it’s clear that—just like most of us—everything is better when the royals are on the edge. beach. No matter whether they hit the beach for work or play, royals always provide style inspiration, from Princess Diana’s casual cheetah look to Meghan Markle’s polished fall ensemble.
With summer bustling and beach trips on the *horizon*, we take another look at the royals’ favorite photos on the beach. Find them all below.
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26 May 2021
Love (and laughter) was in the air as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in a “land yachting” event on St Andrews’ famous West Sands beach, where the couple had first met 20 years earlier.
20 September 2020
Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex don’t have to veer too far from home for their latest public beach trip. The royals and their two children, James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor took to the foreshore Southsea in Portsmouth, England, to participate in the Great British Beach Clean.
October 19, 2018
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are fully committed to the beach scene during their visit to Bondi Beach, a stop on their 16-day tour through Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. The couple wore lei as they participated in a number of activities with mental health awareness groups.
18 October 2018
Beaches are aplenty on Meghan and Harry’s royal tour of Australia, and even in the cooler weather the couple hit the Melbourne beaches in formal yet beach-fitting outfits.
November 23, 2016
Here, Prince Harry is seen at one with nature—in this case, baby turtles—as he travels to a turtle conservation project at St. Lover’s Beach. Kitts. The prince’s visit to the Caribbean marked the 35th Anniversary of Independence in Antigua and Barbuda and the 50th Anniversary of Independence in Barbados and Guyana.
April 18, 2014
The Duchess of Cambridge looks relaxed as she runs along Manly beach in Sydney, Australia during her royal tour with Prince William. The couple also brought baby Prince George with him, although he was not seen by the public for this part of their trip.
March 17, 2009
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall stay shaded as they walk along the beach on North Seymour Island in the Galapagos. The couple wore matching colors and materials, keeping (as) cool (as possible) with loose, breezy fabrics.
July 28, 2003
Princess Beatrice enjoys jet-set life at St. Tropez, where he was seen enjoying some fun in the sun at Club 55 of the iconic French Riviera beach town.
May 29, 2003
On a break from his studies at St Andrews, Prince William disengaged while playing rugby on the beach near his university home.
11 April 1990
Princess Diana embodied seaside charm in matching and discreet outfits while enjoying a day at the beach with her sons along the shores of Necker Island.
During a more formal beach trip, the Princess of Wales met with the coast guard as part of her royal tour of Australia. While on Terrigal beach along the country’s central coast, Princess Diana opted for a flowy and summery Paul Costelloe gown.
27 July 1984
Even while playing with her corgis on the beach near Sandringham, the Queen wore her usual light coat and veil.
March 28, 1984
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip land on the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan, where they meet King Hussein.
July 28, 1982
Mother like daughter: The Queen Mother is seen walking her corgi on the beach in Norfolk.
February 1, 1976
For Princess Margaret, Mustique’s private island was a place of solace, and a destination where she could let go and feel free. Here, Ratu’s sister is seen chatting with a friend during a vacation trip in the 1970s.
Prince Charles stepped out on the shores of Australia, proving, once again, that he too is a fashion icon.
March 18, 1970
Queen Elizabeth is seen disembarking from the Britannia, the royal cruise ship, during her royal tour of New Zealand. The king opted to wear his signature hood and casual white shoes to walk across the shores of Ship Cove.
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