Much has been written of the royal mothers. Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Queen Elizabeth herself. They've been scrutinized and discussed, fawned over and criticized. But what about their parenting partners? In these
photos of royal dads with their kids from over the years, it's pretty apparent that they have their own style going on totally separate from the moms and it's totally adorable.
The royal family consists of several different branches, but perhaps the best known
members are Prince Charles and his children, Prince William and Prince Harry. Both of Prince Charles' sons are fathers themselves at this point. Prince William has three children with wife Kate Middleton while Prince Harry is dad to 1-year-old Archie with wife Meghan Markle.
As some of the most photographed people on the planet, there are loads of moments to be captured between the royal dads and their kids. Some more formal and other sweet candid times that are obviously everyone's favorites. As far back as when Prince Charles himself was just a little
royal boy wearing short pants and hanging out with his own dad, the venerable Prince Philip.
The familial bond between royal dads and their kids is always a real treat to catch. Thankfully (for us) it seems like there's always a camera close by to catch them.
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Matching kilts for Princes Philip and Charles and Princess Anne are a real family look.
Just Two Future Kings Holding Hands David Levenson/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Prince Charles looked like he was having a great time hanging out with
2-year-old Prince William after their family holiday at Balmoral in Scotland in 1984. Prince Harry Holding On Tight To Dad Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images
In 1986, Prince Charles carried
1-year-old Prince Harry around Highgrove Estate and the little boy looked like he was holding on for dear life. Lichtenstein It Up Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images
Prince Charles and Princess Anne were still happy to hang out with his dad Prince Philip on New Year's Eve in 1965 as teenagers, perhaps because they were
all hanging out in Lichtenstein. Splendor In The Grass
Queen Elizabeth was still Princess Elizabeth back in 1949 when she and Prince Philip laid in the grass with their 1-year-old
son Prince Charles at Windlesham Moor in Surrey. And they all look so happy. History Repeats Itself Princess Diana Archive/Hulton Royals Collection/Getty Images
Prince Charles also looked at his oldest son when he was 1 year old as the
two curled up in the grass in Aukland, New Zealand in 1983. Wild About Harry Colin Davey/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
In 1999, Prince Harry looked like he was trying to be cool when his
dad gave him a hug, but Prince Charles didn't care. More Kisses For Harry Anwar Hussein/Getty Images News/Getty Images The Lads At Polo James Whatling/Justin Goff/UK Press/Getty Images
Prince William, Prince Harry, and Prince Charles all looked cool together at
Cirencester Park Polo Club. It's the matching uniforms I think. Prince Charles Bonds With Harry In Africa Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty Images
After the death of Princess Diana in 1997, Prince Charles wanted to take his sons away from the United Kingdom to heal. They went to Africa, where they
visited a Zulu village and bonded. The Prodigal Son Returns Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Standing Behind Their Dad Tim Graham/Corbis Historical/Getty Images
When Prince Charles
married Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005 his sons were right there to support him. Second marriages can be tricky with kids, especially after they lost their own mom in 1997, but Prince Harry and Prince William were all smiles for their dad. A New Dad Is Made Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images/Getty Images
When Prince William became a dad for the first time in July 2013 to Prince George, a new age of royal dads started.
The Invention Of The Royal Crouch Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images Cuddling Sweet Charlotte Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images Hugs For Prince George Too Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
On that same day Prince William had lots of hugs for Prince George, too.
Still Hugging After All These Years Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Prince Louis made Prince William a dad of three in 2018, he took over the spot in his dad's arms at the Trooping The Colours in 2019. And he looked pretty relaxed there, too. He Gets A Kick Out Of Her WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
When Princess Charlotte joined her family at her baby brother's christening in July 2018, she famously told the
reporters standing close by "You're not coming." Her dad didn't laugh, but he sure looked like he wanted to. He Can't Resist George Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images Schoolyard Dad WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Prince William and Kate Middleton are both reportedly devoted to doing the school drop off, but Prince William did it solo on
Prince George's first day of school at St. Thomas's Battersea in September 2017. The Family That Claps Together Comic Relief/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Walking The Christmas Walk Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty Images
On Christmas Day 2019 Prince William joined the rest of the royal family on their annual walk to church at St. Mary Magdalene. This time, the kids joined in their fancy coat finest.
Three Cheers For A Soccer Dad Stephen Pond/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images Prince Harry Joins The Dad Club WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Prince Harry looked truly ecstatic to become a dad for the
first time in May 2019. He and wife Meghan Markle made it clear from the outset they were all about baby boy Archie. Showing Archie The Ropes Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Proud As Punch Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
Archie joined his parents on a tour of Africa in October 2019, he was seen in public for the first time in ages when he met Archbishop Desmond Tutu. And let's face it, he was so adorable he was worth the wait. A Dad First, A Royal Second
In January 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were stepping back from their senior royal roles. After a lifetime in the spotlight, Prince Harry looked ready to try something new in this
photo taken in British Columbia. He looked ready to just be a dad first, and a royal second.