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The Traditional Pastimes of an Off-Duty Royal



Throughout 2018, the British royal family have been busy with two fabulous royal weddings gracing the world this year. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedded on 19th May, becoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex they revealed later on in the year that they are expecting. Then, on 12th October, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank married. When it comes to the royal family, this year has been a joyous one, to say the least.

It has been a whirlwind year for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they have flown to Australia and been spotted across the world, meeting people and speaking with the public. Plus, with the announcement of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex being pregnant, there’s more joy to come!

The life of a royal is a turbulent one, leaving us wondering how they could find the time to relax. There is pressing paperwork and meetings to be held, as well as appearances. Flying from one destination to another can be a tiring experience. How could they ever find time for themselves?

Well, for all you royalists out there, here are the traditional pastimes of an off-duty royal.

The Queen

Although the Queen is in her nineties, she is still quite the busy bee. Her Majesty is woken up around half seven in the morning (reportedly to bagpipe music) before starting her paperwork. The Queen spends her days answering letters and fulfilling her role by meeting with diplomats. But what does she do when she isn’t on the clock?

Once she has completed her paperwork, the Queen takes her dogs for a walk. Her beloved corgis are, after all, a prized possession of hers. It’s also believed that she has a love of photography – similar to her granddaughter-in-law, Kate. Both of them can bond over their love for photography as well as the photos they have taken.

Prince Charles

The Prince is head of numerous charities, so presumably, this takes up a lot of this time. He also represents the Queen, expected to accept gifts from important people. After all, the Queen is a rather busy lady!

However, Prince Charles is known for his gardening, with his passion resulting in two ecology books – Harmony: A New Way of Looking at the World, and On the Future of Food. He also has a love for painting, especially watercolours, with some of his paintings going for around £2500.

One of his other major loves is, however, fighting climate change. Prince Charles’ commitment to the environment is outstanding, saying that as a grandfather, he has no intention of failing his grandchildren. He wants there to be a planet for his grandchildren to live on.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Other the past few years, Prince William has focused on his parental duties as well as royal commitments. This resulted in his quitting his part-time job for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The Prince has been vocal in his duties and responsibilities in being a great father to his children, however, outside of such duties, Prince William is an avid skier. The royal family’s favourite skiing location is Lech, Austria, as well as The French Alps, and Switzerland. Regarding The French Alps, Prince William took Kate and Prince George and Princess Charlotte to the glamorous Courchevel during their trip together – absolutely stunning!

Kate Middleton is a full-time mother and can be spotted doing the school run and taking her children to the pool. However, outside of her motherly duties, Kate is a keen photographer, with her efforts gaining her a lifetime membership to the Royal Photographic Society.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Prince Harry’s life has been well-documented throughout the years. We all remember his party boy years, and how the newspapers would record his relationships. Prince Harry has been to Las Vegas, perhaps spending his time playing real money Blackjack online or in the casinos, completed a gap year in Australia, where he spent his time on a cattle station. He has also had a military career, where he enrolled at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, but also did a tour of duty in Afghanistan, which began in September 2012.

In their spare time, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoy exercising, and sources have reported that the two of them regularly watch Netflix box sets and are lovers of the BBC show McMafia. Meghan Markle is also a notorious foodie, and can, apparently, be found eating out in SoHo quite frequently.

Prince Harry exercises at the KX Health Club in Chelsea (alongside actors Harry Redmayne and Hugh Grant), whereas Meghan Markle enjoys running circuits around Kensington Gardens a few times a week.

The royal family have many duties and commitments, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need time to unwind about an intense day of being a royal. Just like the everyday person, Royals also need time to breathe.