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We’re used to seeing the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge at formal engagements, but every so often we see their maternal sides in rare off-duty photographs.

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Although royal mums tend to keep much of their family lives private, many have been snapped cuddling and playing with their children in public – and their little girls and boys pull the cutest expressions!

Take a look at some of the sweetest royal mum moments in history…

In the picture above, we see an adorable Prince Louis cuddling up to his mum Duchess Kate Trooping The Colour in 2019 – what a sweet bond the mother and son have together. Take a look at more sweet royal mum moments below…

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Princess Eugenie

Is there a more precious moment than when a new mum introduces her newborn baby to the world? Princess Eugenie was all smiles as she posed with her husband Jack Brooksbank and their baby boy August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, shortly after he was born in February.

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Zara Tindall

The Queen's granddaughter Zara enjoys a sweet bonding moment with her youngest child Lena Tindall at Gatcombe Park in August. Cute Lena holds onto mum's top as the pair walk along.

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Princess Diana

This gorgeous photo snapped in 1987 shows Prince Harry as a sunkissed toddler cuddling up to mum Princess Diana as they soak up the sun on holiday in Majorca. We can’t get enough of those red dungarees!

The Duchess of Sussex

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie Harrison made a surprise appearance during his parents' interview with Oprah Winfrey. In black-and-white footage, the one-year-old gives his mum a big hug before taking the ball-thrower from her hand and running along the beach.

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The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate laughed as her young daughter Princess Charlotte played with a musical instrument at a party military families during their 2016 royal tour of Canada.

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Queen Letizia

Queen Letizia of Spain cuddled up to her daughters Princesses Leonor and Sofia at Madrid's Zarzuela Palace in 2012.

 

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Princess Madeleine

Princess Madeleine had fun in the sun while on holiday with her son Prince Nicolas at the beach.

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Princess Sofia

Princess Sofia of Sweden doted on her newborn son, Prince Alexander, in a tender mother-son portrait released in 2016.

Photo Erika Gerdemark, The Royal Court, Sweden

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The Duchess of Sussex

Duchess Meghan held her son Archie Harrison close during her and Prince Harry’s royal tour of South Africa in. We’re still in love with those blue dungarees.

 

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Queen Maxima

Queen Maxima made her daghter Princess Ariane laugh with a silly face while at the Dutch embassy in Buenos Aires in 2007.

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Queen Rania

Queen Rania snuggled between two of her children in a throwback Instagram photo, which she captioned: "Grateful for all the moments I’ve shared with these two – With Salma and Hashem back in 2005."

 

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Crown Princess Victoria

Victoria sweetly placed a kiss on her daughter Princess Estelle's foot during her 35th birthday in 2012.

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The Duchess of Cambridge

Duchess Kate shared a tender hug with her son Prince George, while at a Plunkett's Parent's Group in 2014 during their royal tour of New Zealand.

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Crown Princess Mary

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark snapped a selfie with her oldest daughter Princess Isabella during their 2017 ski holiday in Verbier, Switzerland.

 

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Princess Charlene

Like mother, like son! Princess Charlene of Monaco gave a wave with her son Prince Jacques at the annual Christmas gifts distribution held at the Monaco Palace in 2016.

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Queen Rania

The Jordanian monarch shared a sweet moment with her oldest daughter Princess Iman back in 1999.

 

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Queen Maxima

Safe in mum's arms! Queen Maxima of the Netherlands gave her daughter Princess Alexia a hand skiing during their annual Austrian ski holiday in 2009.

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Crown Princess Mary

Mary was in her element posing for a 2016 family photo with her husband Crown Prince Frederik and their kids, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine, Prince Christian and Princess Isabella.

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Duchess of Cambridge

Kate chased after her toddler son Prince George as they played during the 2015 Gigaset Charity Polo Match in Tetbury, England.

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Princess Madeleine

Pink ladies! Princess Madeleine posed in front of pink roses with her little girl Princess Leonore in 2015.

Photo: Brigitte Grenfeldt, The Royal Court, Sweden

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Queen Rania

It was nothing but "sun and fun in the garden" for Queen Rania and her children son Hisham and daughter Salma back in 2007.

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Crown Princess Victoria

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden cuddled close to her baby boy, Prince Oscar, during her 2016 birthday celebration in Oland, Sweden.

Photo: Luca Teuchmann/WireImage

 

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Queen Maxima

Queen Maxima stole a quick kiss from her daughter Ariane while in the stands at the 2012 Olympics.

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Princess Charlene

Princess Charlene cradled her daughter Princess Gabriella during the 2017 Sainte Devote Rugby Tournament in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

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