What the British Royal Family Is Really Like at Home

Must-see photos of the royals enjoying time at home.

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The British royal family knows how to make a public appearance. From royal weddings to christenings and everything in between, it's pretty clear to us how they live their lives publicly. That being said, there's no better way to get to know a family than by getting an inside peek into their lives at home.

We break down some of our favorite photographs of the royals enjoying time in their own personal quarters (and when "home" is Kensington Palace, the photos speak for themselves).

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Prince William And Prince Harry

Prince William and Prince Harry play together on rocking horses in the Kensington Palace play room.

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Princess Margaret (left) and Queen Elizabeth II

The sisters admire an old cot at an Exhibition of Royal Treasures in their old home in Piccadilly.

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Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Prince William

The family sits on a bench for a photo in the garden at Kensington Palace.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles

The two read over one of the first copies of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, The Official Biography in the living room of the Balmoral Estate.

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Prince Harry

Prince Harry makes toast in the kitchen of his home in Eton.

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The Royal Family, 1969

The Royal family—including (clockwise) Prince Edward, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince Andrew—hang out in the drawing room of Sandringham Palace.

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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II (princess at the time) poses for a photo during her engagement to Prince Philip in 1947.

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Prince Charles and Prince Harry

The father and son are seen hanging by the swimming pool in the garden of their Highgrove house.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles

The two chat as they watch The Royal Windsor Horse Show, which took place on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales
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Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry

The family, including their dog, pose for a photo in Kensington Palace.

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Prince William

The prince walks his pony, Smokey, at his home in Gloucestershire.

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Princess Diana

The princess of Wales is seen with fashion designer Catherine Walker, inside Kensington Palace.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Princess Anne (left), Prince Andrew (center), and Prince Charles

The family enjoys a picnic outside Balmoral Castle in Scotland, 1960.

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Princess Diana and Prince Charles sit at their dining room table in Kensington Palace, for a planning meeting to coordinate diary arrangements. Princess Diana's Lady-in-waiting, Anne Beckwith-Smith, sits to her right.

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Zara Phillips Age 3
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Zara Phillips

Zara Phillips—daughter of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips—hangs out at Guards Polo Club in Windsor.

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Prince William and Prince Harry at Kensington Palace

Prince William chuckles alongside his baby brother, Prince Harry, as they both pretend to play the piano for a private photo session at Kensington Palace.

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Princess Margaret (left) and Queen Elizabeth II (right)

The sisters read at Windsor Castle while their corgi peers out of a window in 1940.

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Princess Diana With Designers David & Elizabeth Emanuel

The Princess is photographed looking at fabrics in the sitting room of Kensington Palace, planning her outfits for a tour of the Gulf States.

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Prince William

The young Prince poses for members of the press at Kensington Palace.

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Sarah Ferguson, Duchess Of York

Sarah Ferguson is photographed by Prince Andrew at home with her daughter, Princess Beatrice.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana

The two pose with Prince William.

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Nanny Alison Wardley Holding Princess Beatrice

The two watch the Battle of Britain Parade from the window of Buckingham Palace.

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Prince Charles, Prince Harry, and The Queen's Mother

The family is celebrating the Queen's mother's 95th birthday at her home in Clarence House, London.

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The Duchess of York with her daughters Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret

The family and their dogs pose in the garden of the Royal Lodge at Windsor.

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Princess Diana and Prince William

The Princess laughs with her young son in Kensington Palace.

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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth with their children Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and Margaret

The family relaxes at the Royal Lodge in Windsor in April of 1942.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret

The two are seen wearing matching outfits at Buckingham Palace in 1942.

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Prince Charles

He posed in a window of the little Welsh cottage at the Royal Lodge in Windsor in England in 1954.

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Princess Diana With Her Sons Prince William And Prince Harry

The Princess and her sons play on a slide in the gardens of Highgrove House. The boys are both wearing uniforms of the first Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, where their father is the Colonel-in-Chief.

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Princess Margaret (left) with her older sister Queen Elizabeth II (right)

The photo was taken in 1933.

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