Ainhoa BarcelonaSee all the times the Queen has received a kiss from members of her royal family, including Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Charles and more
When out and about, members of the royal family tend to keep their public displays of affection to a limit. The Queen, her children and grandchildren only tend to make the most subtle of gestures.
The reasoning is that when royals are carrying out engagements, they are strictly in work mode, representing Her Majesty and the British monarchy, so it would be unprofessional and impractical to always hold hands or embrace.
But behind closed doors, the royals are just like any other family and during more light-hearted engagements, they greet each other with kisses; Prince Charles has been known to plant a kiss on his mother's hand on more than one occasion. Let's take a look at some of the Queen's sweetest PDA moments...
In May 2019, Kate welcomed her grandmother-in-law to the Chelsea Flower Show, where she gave her a guided tour of the garden she had helped co-design, the Back to Nature display. Kate greeted the Queen, who is patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, with a kiss on both cheeks as well as a curtsy. Prince William also stooped down to give his grandmother a peck on each cheek.
The Queen and her husband Prince Philip rarely engaged in public displays of affection. So it was endearing to see the couple, who were married for over 73 years, kiss each other on the cheek in 1999 on the eve of the Millennium. The Duke sadly passed away at the age of 99 in April 2021.
Prince Harry said a cheery hello to his grandmother after Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly's wedding at St George's Chapel in Windsor in May 2008. Almost ten years later to the day, Harry married his wife Meghan in the same venue.
Zara Tindall is known to have a very close bond with her grandmother. The pair share the same passion for horses, with equestrian Zara winning a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics.
The Queen and Prince Edward
During a 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 greeted her with a kiss outside St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney.
The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge
Fans are hardly ever treated to photos of Kate informally greeting the Queen, but on Christmas Day in 2013, the Duchess was snapped bending down to kiss her grandmother-in-law.