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We love our royals no matter what they’re wearing (and adore picking out couture gowns we’d like to see them in), but there’s something decidedly fascinating about queens and princesses when they’re dressed down. And let’s be real: When it comes to off-duty style, there’s nothing more laid-back than denim.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden
The princess’s style veers toward tailored, far-from-sloppy pieces, and even in jeans, she’s pulled together. For a casual-but-chic outing, she topped an optic white pair with a fitted down jacket and flats. A Givenchy bag added an extra-luxe touch.
Princess Sofia of Sweden
This princess (née Sofia Hellqvist) is one of the newest royals—she was hitched this summer, becoming Princess Madeleine’s sister-in-law. Her style has a lot of similarities with off-duty items Kate Middleton favors, including a uniform heavy on deep indigo skinnies and blazers.
Princess Marie of Denmark
For an official engagement that involved visiting a school and playing with kids, Princess Marie opted for something a bit more practical than a tailored dress and pumps. Her silk blouse, open cardigan, and nude wedges were polished and proper enough for a princess, but also totally cool for the playground.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
At this point, Kate has pretty much made a public declaration of love to her denim, staying true to a dark, ankle-cropped style. While she used to wear them predominantly with wedges, it seems like maybe she heard the queen’s wishes. Her favorite pair has recently taken a backseat to boat shoes.
Princess Marie Chantal of Greece
The stylish royal is a constant presence on the international fashion circle (she designs a luxurious children’s line, along with sitting front row at runways around the globe). When she wears jeans, it’s to make a statement, not just a quickie throwaway. Here they were part of a layered look, tucked into tall boots and covered by a cozy sweater.
Princess Olympia of Greece
Princess Olympia has a stylish role model in mom Marie-Chantal. Now she’s almost 20 and starting to make more appearances where we can crush on her cool-girl style (ripped jeans included). To take in Dior’s couture show with Mom, she dressed down a printed blouse and killer heels with a pair of rock-star skinnies.
Princess Mary of Denmark
For a casual look, Mary pulled on classic boot-cut jeans and cap-toe ballet flats. She upped the ante with a top and sweater also in soft, yummy-to-wear knits (though a peek of her lacy blouse’s neckline kept things from feeling too casual).
Princess Victoria of Sweden
For further proof that royals are relatable, check out the outfit that Victoria picked to drop her daughter off at school. The simple combo of dark jeans and a navy blazer is a lot like something you’ve likely worn before, no?
Princess Charlene of Monaco
To celebrate her husband spending 10 years on the throne, the statuesque blond opted for something super simple, finishing her denim off with a basic white tank. The one nod to her princess status? Her cropped jeans showed off intricately designed flat sandals.
Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
Like many a royal, Mette-Marit pulls out her jeans when official engagements call for some heavy lifting. To work on the beach in northern Norway, she pulled on a pair of medium-rinse jeans, tucked them into wellies, and covered up with a mackintosh.
Bonus Royal: Queen Letizia of Spain
For a day spent boating with her young family, the polished royal slipped out of her perfectly tailored sheaths and pencil skirts and into something a bit more comfortable. By doing her denim in bright white rather than typical indigo (and wearing heeled sandals), the look felt very regal.