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The royal family’s best sunglasses moments: photos

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From the Queen to Prince William and everyone in between, the British royals love rocking sunglasses. Princess Diana might have been the undisputed royal shades star with her fun ’80s-style aviators and chic skiing styles, but these days, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and company regularly stun in fun oversized pairs as well as classic Ray-Bans.

Here, see 20 photos of our favorite royal sunglass moments, from the 1950s to today.

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Princess Margaret shaded her eyes as she watched a Royal Air Force display in July 1950.

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The Queen rocked some sunglasses while watching Prince Philip play cricket in 1958.

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Prince Philip looked debonair in aviators as he attended a 1951 polo match in Rome.

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A young Prince Charles modeled his father’s sunglasses style at a 1975 polo match.

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Princess Diana visited Australia in 1983, showing off her trademark ‘do and oversized shades.

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The princess went for a black-and-white look at a 1986 polo match in Windsor.

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Young princes William and Harry got in on the sunnies action while skiing with their mother, Princess Diana, in 1991.

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The Queen pulled a funny face as she attended the 1997 Royal Windsor Horse Show in one of her favorite pairs of tan sunglasses.

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Prince Charles rocked Ray-Bans as he visited South Africa with Prince Harry in 1997.

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Prince Harry sported orange mirrored shades in 2003 as he worked on a farm in Australia during his gap year.

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Prince William adjusted his sunglasses while skiing with his family in 2004.

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Princess Beatrice relaxed in square sunnies as she watched a 2005 polo match.

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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, wore cat-eye shades while visiting India with Prince Charles in 2006.

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Princess Anne and her daughter, Zara Tindall (then Phillips) wore sensible shades for a chilly day at the races in 2013.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wore his-and-hers Ray-Ban Wayfarers (from $161) on a 2016 tour of India.

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Princess Eugenie, pictured here at a friend’s 2018 wedding, is frequently spotted in these funky Mr. Boho “Jordaan” shades.

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The Countess of Wessex wore chic shades while grimacing over the action during the 2021 Wimbledon championships.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked stylish in their shades as they attended the Invictus Games in April 2022. Markle wore Linda Farrow “Newman” aviators ($1,040), which are plated in 22k gold.

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