As far as the royal families go, they’re never short on fun outfits and costumes. The world loves watching as they dress up with crazy hats for weddings and horse races, not to mention all of the traditional garb they wear during special events.
This time, we’re taking a stroll through some of the most fantastic costumes some of our favorite royals have worn throughout the years. Who knows, maybe you’ll get some costume inspiration!
Prince Harry Dressed As A Red Goblin For The Christmas Play At School
We all know him as Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, the royal that married the American actress, but the Prince used to dress-up as this adorable little red goblin for his preschool’s Nativity play.
We’re really not sure how we’re getting “goblin” out of the costume, but we really don’t care. Maybe it’s the mysterious black patches on the hat that are part of the goblins face? The world may never know!
Prince Harry Dressed As A Shepherd For The Christmas Play At School
We’re not sure which one is cuter, Prince Harry as the little red goblin in the school play or as a shepherd! Personally, we think he rocks the blue a bit more than the red, but it might just be because of his lovely red hair peeking out from underneath his blue headscarf looks better than a red cap.
Can we also talk about how our hearts are melting at his little hand holding on to his fellow shepherds? Transport us back to this play!
That Other Time Prince Harry Was In His School Play
Who doesn’t love a young co-ed Prince Harry? Especially one who takes part in Eton College’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing?” The Prince looks very much excited about his role in the play, that is, he looks more excited then he did about playing the little red goblin.
We only wish we were there to witness his college stage career! Because is it just us, or does Prince Harry look oddly handsome in that mustard-colored jacked and cape?
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden Turns Into A Candle Stick
So, it is up for debate on whether or not Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is laughing or screaming as her mom tries to help her put on her costume. Honestly, we’d probably be screaming if someone was trying to dress us up like a chandelier. Or maybe she’s supposed to be a candelabra?
In either case, we wish we could teleport back to 1984 and ask the little princess what is going on in the picture!
The Winner Is Angel-Candle-Chandelier-Thing
At least we have a picture of the complete ensemble and can kind of gauge what Princess Victoria and her brother Prince Carl Philip were going for with their costumes. If we had to make an educated guess, due to the Princess’s hand placement and the Princes’ wand, we’re going to say they’re angels.
Granted, that could be completely inaccurate, and they could very well be dressed up like a candelabra and wizard. At least now we know that the candlesticks were going on her head and no around her neck!
Former King Peter of Yugoslavia and his son Prince Alexander As Space Cadets
This photo is from December of 1953 and features King Peter of Yugoslavia and his son Prince Alexander. The good news is that there is a reason why they are wearing space suits, it was part of the little Prince’s school exhibition at the Horticulture Hall in Westminster, London, called “Wheel of Time.”
Historically speaking, the Space Race between the US and the Soviet Union started during 1955, so the King and Prince are a bit ahead of the times with their costume selection!
Prince Harry Dressed As An Edwardian-Style Pageboy
Nothing says “uncle, I love you,” than dressing up as a page-boy for his wedding. Prince Harry is sporting an interesting Edwardian-style pageboy costume while he watched his uncle get married at the Church of St. Mary The Virgin.
The good news is that the Prince was not alone in his outfit. His cousins Eleanor and Alexander were also chosen to wear the fun getup for the nuptials. At least it looks comfortable enough for a small kid.
Princess Beatrice And Princess Eugenie As Ballerinas
The Duchess of York looks lovely with her two daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. The two Princess’ are dressed up as beautiful ballerinas for Santa’s Starry Night Show at The Theatre Royal, Dury Lane, in London.
We’re not sure if the two performed in the show, but it sure looks like they’re up for the challenge! Even if they weren’t part of the performance, their tutus and makeup are giving us serious Halloween inspiration.
Prince William In Traditional Emperor Of Japan Costume
You know what they say, “when in Rome”. Or, in this case, when in Japan. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, wore a traditional Samuari outfit custom to the Emperor of Japan while visiting the set of a historical television drama at NHK Public Broadcasting Studios.
The Prince looks overly happy to be wearing the ceremonial costume! Can’t say we blame him, the headdress is actually quite beautiful, and not to mention he gets to hold a cool sword.
Danish Crown Prince Frederik and his son Prince Vincent In Traditional Costumes
As much as we would like to think so, the hats the Danish Crown Prince Frederik and his son Prince Vincent are wearing are not chefs hats. They are part of the folk costume both Prince’s wore during their arrival to Klaksvig, a town in the Faroe Islands.
The Islands are situated between Scotland and Iceland and happen to be part of Denmark. Which makes sense considering the Crown Prince decided to make a visit wearing the traditional outfit of the country!
Prince William And Prince Harry Are Ready For Their Military Careers
Per tradition, the British Royal Family has long since served in the military. By the looks of this picture, it seems as though Princess Diana had Prince William and Prince Harry starting their military careers early!
Not that they seem to care. Prince Harry seems content on his mother’s lap while Prince William is running around the backyard playing in the plastic house most young kids had lying around the yard somewhere.
Norwegian Royal Family Is All Smiles During A Parade
The Norwegian Prince Sverre Magnus, Princess Mette Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Crown Prince Haakon all pose in their national costumes with their two dogs, Muffins Krakebolle and Milly Kakao. We want to take this time to thank the royal family for including the royal pooches in the family photo.
The royals are dressed up for the children’s parade in Asker outside of Skaugum estate. And we love that they thought to dress the dogs up as well. Their bow-ties are dashing.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah Duchess of York in Klondike Costumes
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York dressed-up in “Klondike costumes” for their visit to Fort Edmonton, Canada. We know what you’re thinking, they look nothing like ice cream sandwiches. Well, you’d be right. “Klondike costumes” are a reflection of the nineteenth-century expectation of women.
The Dutchess is definitely owning the electric blue color of that ruffled dress but we will never understand the need for a cane. Why have a prop if you don’t actually need to use it?
Prince Charles and Princess Diana Go Klondike
Prince Charles and Princess Diana attended the barbeque at For Edmonton, Canada, dressed in traditional Klondike attire, too. Considering it’s a BBQ, we’re curious as to why everyone is dressed up to their nines. Are shorts and blouses too casual for an outdoor picnic? Dress codes are definitely different when you’re a royal.
Alas, if Princess Di thought it was okay to dress up like Little Bo Peep, then who are we to question the fashionista.
Queen Margareta And Prince Henrik In Their Renaissance Costumes
The renaissance vibe we’re getting from Denmark’s Queen Margareta and Prince Henrik is strong! The couple wore the costumes to an evening event, which was part of a two-day celebration to mark the 25th wedding anniversary of the King and Queen of Sweden.
If these two aren’t the talk of the party we’re fairly certain we’ll need to see pictures of the rest of the attendees. Also, can someone please tell us if her dress is made with real gold thread?!
Crown Princess Victoria And Princess Madeleine Are Fairies
King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden’s 25th wedding anniversary celebration must have been renaissance themed because there is no other reason for Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine to look like fairies.
We can’t help but admire the intricacy of each of their dresses. Low key, they look a bit more comfortable than Queen Margareta’s! That being said, I don’t think the Queen would be caught dead wearing either one of the Princess’ costumes.
Crown Prince Willem of Holland Or Captain Hook?
It looks like Maxima Zorroquieta missed the renaissance-dress memo for the 25th wedding anniversary! Her fiance, Crown Prince Willem of Holland, must have kept the invitation dress-code from her because he brought out all the stops with this bright red and yellow feathered hat!
We’ll let his mother, Queen Beatrix of Hollands’ outfit slide, only because it reminds us of something that Elizabeth Swan from Pirates of the Caribbean would wear. Before she turned into a pirate, that is.
Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Martha Louise Of Norway (A.K.A. Three Witches)
These three look like they’re on their way to brew a potion with the Sanderson Sisters. Too bad, we know better. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Martha Louise of Norway are following the renaissance crowd on their way to King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden’s 25th Wedding Anniversary!
We’re not sure about your taste in fabrics, but we can’t help but love the princess’ velvet capes. They’re the perfect addition to any and all costumes.
King Harald & Queen Sonja Of Norway
King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway look every bit royal on their way to a performance at Gripsholm Castle during the celebrations for King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia Of Sweden’s 25th Wedding Anniversary. We wish the Queen didn’t have her coat on because that dress looks like a true wonder.
Her headpiece is also something to be admired, as in, how in the world was she able to keep that thing pinned to her hair? Fifty boxes of bobby pins are our guess.
Prince Edward, The Original Demogorgon
Nothing says royalty quite like Prince Edward dressing up as Lord Zalburg in an undergraduate play at Cambridge University called, “Captain Curious & His Incredible Quest.”
But we’re going to say what Stranger Things fans are thinking: Prince Edward, the Upside Down called and they would like their Demogorgon monster back. Granted, the Prince definitely was in the play before the show aired, but we still can’t get the resemblance out of our heads.
Princess Beatrice Is The First Royal To Complete A Marathon
Princess Beatrice and ex-boyfriend Dave Clark ran the London Marathon while tied together with 34 of their friends — a human caterpillar. Each of the runners wore a lime green tutu and hats with their names. If we had to guess, it was just in case one of them collapsed during the 26.2-mile race.
The group ended up setting a new world record for most people to finish a race while tied together, completing the race in five hours, 13 minutes, and four seconds.
Prince Albert II Of Monaco In Vacation Mode
Prince Albert II of Monaco is definitely in vacation mode with his Hawaiian outfit. The Prince was posing for this picture right before taking a dip in the Mediterranean Sea on December 18, 2011.
He was in Monaco as part of an operation for the benefit of an association in Thailand. Good thing, too, because the 2011 floods in Thailand were devastating, and they could use all the help they could get. We forgive the Hawaiian shirt on account of humanitarian work.
Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit Are Colorful In Ghana
Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit are all colorful and cheerful after dressing in traditional attire in the small village in the Mfantsiman District, Central Region of Ghana. You can’t really blame them for the huge smiles they’re wearing either.
They were greeted with open arms by the village chief and elders. Not to mention the colors they’re wearing are absolutely gorgeous! Their visit was to educate the villagers on malaria prevention, as the area has a problem with the disease.
Hubert Tannar leads Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret
Is anyone else getting a horror movie vibe from this photo? Maybe it’s the black and white, but if Charlie Chaplain made a thriller, this would be one of the opening scenes.
Too bad it’s just Hubert Tannar leading Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret in a rehearsal for the pantomime “Aladdin” at Windsor Castle in 1943. They performed the number “The Ladies Wot Oblige.” If anyone stumbles across footage of the performance, we would very much like to see it.
Future Queen Elizabeth with her brother, Lord David Bowes-Lyon
Does anyone believe the little girl on the left is Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, future Queen Elizabeth, consort of King George VI? The future queen is playing dress-up with her brother at Glamis castle, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t getting ghost children vibes from the old-timey photograph.
As much as we like our iPhone’s black and white portrait mode, maybe we should have stuck with oil paintings until colored film was invented. Pictures would have been a bit less nightmarish.
Prince Albert of Liege Playing On The Palace Grounds
Not that it’s his fault, but Prince Albert of Liege could have at least looked at the camera. Or maybe that would make this scene a bit creepier. This photo was taken in 1938, while the little Prince was playing “Red Indian” on the grounds of the royal palace in Brussels.
The name of that game didn’t age too well, but at least you have some Native American inspiration for your next costume or Halloween party!
Sarah, Duchess Of York And Princess Beatrice Masquerading
Finally, royal costumes that don’t scream horror! Sarah, Duchess of York and her daughter Princess Beatrice attended a masquerade ball at the Cafe Royal in London to help The Children In Crisis Charity.
Do you think anyone told them that it would be a bit easier on their arms if they tied the masks around their heads? Not that we’re judging. Maybe they had a good reason to hold the weirdly shaped masks instead. Who knows!
Lady Gabriella Windsor And Lord Frederick Windsor
There are some people who dress up for parties, and then there is Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lord Frederick Windsor who somehow find the most authentic 18th-century costumes for a ball.
We can feel the polyester of Lord Frederick’s jacket and the weight of Lady Gabriella’s dress through this picture. Hopefully, the costumes aren’t as uncomfortable as the picture makes them out to be! Even if they are, at least they both have cool accent feathers.
Princess Madeline Of Sweden Or Princess Ariel Of Atlantis
This outfit might not be a costume per se, but we can’t help but stare at Princess Madeline of Sweden’s dress. She looks like a mermaid that felt like attending the wedding of Prince Nikolaos and Miss Tatiana Blatnik at the Cathedral of Agios Nikolaos in Spetses, Greece.
The seafoam green color does wonders for her coloring, and the top bodice looks like it’s replicating scallop seashells. Well done, princess! Your inner Ariel applauds you.
King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
The King and Queen of the 25th-wedding-anniversary hour! King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden dress to impress during their celebration! Just at first glance of this picture, we’re going to take an educated guess and say that it was the King’s idea for everyone to dress up as if they were going to a renaissance fair — that hat is something!
We hope that they had spectacular entertainment and all the turkey legs they could eat!