Queen greeted with royal kiss – sweet photos of Kate Middleton, Prince William and more

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When out and about, royals tend to keep their public expressions of affection within bounds. queenher children and grandchildren tend to make only the most subtle gestures.

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The rationale is that royals are in a strict working model when they go on dates, representing Her Majesty the Queen and the British monarchy, so holding hands or hugging all the time is unprofessional and impractical.

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But behind closed doors, the royals, like other families, greeted them with kisses on more light-hearted dates; Prince Charles has been known to kiss on his mother’s hand more than once.

Let’s take a look at the Queen’s sweetest PDA moments…

Queen and Duchess of Cambridge

May 2019, Kate Her grandmother was welcomed to the Chelsea Flower Show, where she took her on a tour of the garden she helped co-design, the Back to Nature Show. Kate greets the Queen, Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, Cheek kisses and curtsiesPrince William also bent down and gave his grandmother a light peck on the cheek.

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Queen and Duchess of Cambridge

Photos where fans are almost never treated Kate The Queen was greeted informally, but on Christmas Day 2013, the Duchess was photographed bending down and kissing her grandmother.

Queen and Prince Charles

We love this throwback photo of Prince Charles kissing his mother’s hand on the polo field in 1985. The Queen just presented an award to her son.

Queen and Prince Charles

In June 2012, Prince Charles publicly greeted his mum after a spectacular Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace, where Tom Jones, Paul McCartney and other singers took to the stage.

Queen and Duchess of Cornwall

Daughter-in-law Camilla greets the monarch at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 2015.

The Queen and Zara Tindall

Zara Tindall is known to have a very close bond with her grandmother. The two share a passion for horses, with equestrian Zara winning a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

The Queen and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones

The Queen is greeted by Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Princess Margaret’s only granddaughter and daughter of David Armstrong-Jones.

queen and prince william

This Duke of Cambridge After she opened the new East Anglia air ambulance base at Cambridge Airport in July 2016, she was photographed kissing his grandmother as the Queen said goodbye.

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Queen and Countess of Wessex

Queen’s close relationship with daughter-in-law Countess of WessexSophie hugged her mother-in-law’s cheek when they met at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor in 2015.

In October 2019, Sophie revealed her affectionate nickname for the Queen – calling her “Mum” during a speech at a Buckingham Palace reception.

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Queen and Prince Edward

During her visit to Australia in March 2006, the Queen officially opened the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. She was joined by her husband Prince Philip and her youngest son, Prince Edward, who kissed her outside St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney.

Queen and Prince Harry

Prince Harry happily greeted his grandmother after Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly’s wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in May 2008. Today, nearly a decade later, Prince Harry married his wife Meghan at the same location.

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Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen and her husband Prince Philip rarely show affection publicly. So it was heartwarming to see this couple, married for 73 years, kissing each other on the cheek on the eve of the 1999 millennium. The Duke tragically passed away in April 2021 at the age of 99.

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queen and princess anne

This vintage photo, taken in 1970, shows the Queen meeting her only daughter, Princess Anne.

queen and prince william

Her Majesty the Queen receives a kiss from her grandson Prince William after William’s polo match in July 2004. Prince Charles was also involved and was pictured greeting his mother.

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