Toddlers to Tiaras: 25 Adorable Photos of Young Royals

Royal childhoods are like no other. But any service that awaits is not visible on the happy faces of young princes and princesses.

Queen Elizabeth II and her family got to enjoy growing up in palaces and castles with picturesque gardens.

The queen and her immediate family spend holidays on her 50,000 acre Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, each August and September, and ordinarily spend Christmas at Sandringham, in Norfolk, in the east of England.

Here are some adorable photos of young royals finding their way in the world.

Prince William and Prince Harry

The royal brothers relationship may have been blown apart by a royal rift in adult life but they grew up side by side, raised in the nursery at Kensington Palace in London.

They enjoyed skiing holidays with their mother, Princess Diana, often in Scotland.

Diana—a former kindergarten assistant—played a very hands on role in their upbringing, compared to the Queen's role in raising Prince Charles, according to the heir himself.

Baby Prince William with Princess Diana
Princess Diana poses with her son Prince William at Kensington Palace, 22nd December 1982, when he was six months old. Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Prince William recently told of his affection for Scotland, built in part during summer holidays.

He said: "My childhood was full of holidays having fun in the fresh air and swimming in lochs, family barbeques with my grandfather in command, and yes—the odd midge."

Prince William and Princess Diana
Prince William on his pony at Highgrove, Prince Charles' Gloucestershire home, with Princess Diana. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

However, Prince Harry paints a different picture of their upbringing, also remembering harassment by the paparazzi.

He told Oprah Winfrey in March he preferred the relative freedom of California, despite a series of run ins with U.S. picture agencies, when raising his own son, Archie.

He said: "I guess the highlight for me is sticking him on the back of a bicycle in his little baby seat and taking him on bike rides, which is something I was never able to do when I was young."

Princess Diana Takes William, Harry to School
Princess Diana outside Wetherby School, in London, with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry, April 1990. Harry carries a see through folder with his birth name, Henry, visible on the page. Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

In May, Harry told The Me You Can't See,his Apple TV docuseries: "Unfortunately, when I think about my mum, the first thing that comes to mind is always the same one, over and over again.

"Strapped in the car, seatbelt across, with my brother in the car as well, and my mother driving, being chased by 3, 4, 5 mopeds with paparazzi on, and she was always unable to drive because of tears. There was no protection."

Prince Harry in Military Uniform
Prince Harry wearing the uniform of the Parachute Regiment of the British Army in the garden of Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, 18th July 1986, with his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The Duke of Sussex went on to serve on the frontline in Afghanistan, though not for the Paras. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images
Princess Diana with Prince William, Prince Harry
Princess Diana With Prince William And Prince Harry In Lech, Austria, in 30 March, 1993, when they aged eight and 11. Sitting Behind Is Their Nanny Olga Powell. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images
Princess Diana With Harry and William
Prince Harry, already a royal rebel, sticks his tongue out much to the surprise of his mother, Princess Diana at Trooping The Colour with Prince William, Lady Gabriella Windsor And Lady Rose Windsor at Buckingham Palace on 11 June, 1988. He was three at the time. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth was not originally destined to be queen and for the first 10 years of her life was brought up as though she would be on the royal substitutes bench.

Her parents were the Duke and Duchess of York, her father was the "spare" whose role was merely to be on standby should the unthinkable happen and Britain lose a king.

Queen Elizabeth II Photographed by George VI
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) picking flowers in a photograph taken by her father, King George VI in circa 1930. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

However, the unthinkable did happen in 1936 when Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee.

Princess Elizabeth had been living in a house in the upmarket Mayfair area of London but would instead spend the rest of her life in palaces and castles.

Queen Elizabeth II's Christening
Queen Elizabeth II as a baby at her christening when she was Princess Elizabeth and not yet destined for the throne. She is with her parents, future King George VI and his wife Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, when they were the Duke and Duchess of York. Central Press/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II Aged 4
Queen Elizabeth II, then known as Princess Elizabeth, wearing a party frock in around 1930, the year she turned four. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Just three years before the world slid into war, her father became king amid turmoil the likes of which the royal family has not seen since.

And the young princess was ultimately told that she too would one day take the throne when her father passed away.

Queen Elizabeth II as a Toddler
Queen Elizabeth II aged around two in 1928, when she was still Princess Elizabeth. Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

When World War Two broke out the future monarch, together with sister Princess Margaret, was taken from Buckingham Palace in central London, where her parents continued to live during the week, to the relative safety of Windsor Castle, in the Berkshire countryside.

Queen Elizabeth II in Childhood
Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, on the platform at King's Cross station, in London, about to depart with her Royal grandparents for Christmas holidays at Sandringham on 21st December 1929. She was three at the time. Edward G. Malindine/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Elizabeth made her first public speech over the radio aged just 14. It was broadcast across the world, including in America, in October 1940.

Then-Princess Elizabeth said: "Thousands of you in this country have had to leave your homes and be separated from your fathers and mothers.

Queen Elizabeth II With Parents
Queen Elizabeth II and cousin Diana with her parents, then the Duke and Duchess of York but later King George VI and Queen Consort Elizabeth, at Glamis Castle in Angus, Scotland, for the Golden Wedding celebrations of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore. Central Press/Getty Images

"My sister—Margaret Rose—and I feel so much for you, as we know from experience what it means to be away from those we love most of all.

"To you, living in new surroundings, we send a message of true sympathy; and at the same time we would like to thank the kind people who have welcomed you to their homes in the country."

Queen Elizabeth II in Winter Coat
Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, in an elegant winter coat in around 1935, the year she turned nine. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth With Mother and Sister
Queen Elizabeth II with her mother Elizabeth, who at the time was Queen Consort to King George VI, and Princess Margaret in around 1930. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

Kate Middleton gave birth to her first child, Prince George, in July 2013, and as a direct heir to the throne he immediately flew up the line of succession, bumping Prince Andrew and Prince Harry out of the way.

The third-in-line attends Thomas' school, in Battersea, South London, which costs £17,604 ($24,606) a year.

Prince George at Middleton Family Christmas
Prince George attends Church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire, where his mother Kate Middleton's family live. Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
Prince George in Sailor Outfit
Prince George watches Kate Middleton at the helm competing on behalf of The Royal Foundation in the inaugural King's Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Students at the school are reportedly encouraged not to have best friends in order to help boost inclusivity.

"It's a really great little school actually for the reasons I think that it really focuses on kindness, it's a really big thing in that school and the pastoral care is amazing," journalist Jane Moore told British TV show Loose Women in 2017.

"There's a policy that if your child is having a party, unless every child in the class is invited you don't give out the invites in class, which I think is quite a good thing as you don't feel excluded."

Princess Charlotte at the Polo
Princess Charlotte attends the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

However, during the pandemic the Cambridge children were taken out of school and nursery just like every other child in Britain.

They spent lockdown at their parents' country retreat, Anmer Hall, where they helped deliver food parcels and took part in "Clap for Carers."

The tradition saw Brits lean out of windows or stand on doorsteps to applaud the NHS during the U.K.'s first lockdown.

Prince William, Kate Middleton Clap for Carers
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis clap for NHS carers from their Anmer Hall home as part of the BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief 'Big Night In' on April 23, 2020, in Norfolk. BBC Children in Need/Comic Relief via Getty Images

Archie Mountbatten-Windsor

Meghan Markle gave birth to son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in May 2019, while she and Prince Harry were living in Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor.

In September that year, the young family embarked upon their first royal tour of southern Africa, on which Archie met Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Not long afterwards the family went out to Canada for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year before announcing plans to quit royal duties in January 2020.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Archie
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. Toby Melville/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

From April that year, Archie lived his life in California, initially in Los Angeles, at Tyler Perry's mansion.

The now 2-year-old has already had his first taste of his parents' celebrity lifestyle when he was the star guest on the festive special of their Archewell podcast for Spotify.

Archie now has a little sister, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, though the world is yet to see the first photograph of the baby, born on June 4.

Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward

Elizabeth was famously the first British monarch to breastfeed, taking after her own mother who, while a queen, was never head of state, The Guardian reported.

Prior to that, most royal mothers relied on a wet nurse to breast feed their babies on their behalf.

Queen Elizabeth Holds Baby Princess Anne
Princess Elizabeth with her baby daughter Princess Anne who is wearing the Royal christening robe made of Honiton lace at Buckingham Palace on October 21, 1950. Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Her first two children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, were born while she was still a princess herself and while her father George VI was king.

Queen with Margaret and Princess Anne
Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Princess Margaret and baby daughter Princess Anne in the grounds of Balmoral Castle in Scotland, 21st August 1951. Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Then in 1960, eight years after she took the throne and ten years after her last child, she gave birth to Prince Andrew.

Prince Edward was born four years later in 1964 as Elizabeth and husband Prince Philip finally completed their family, 16 years after she became a mother for the first time.

Prince Charles was not entirely positive about his upbringing, however, in interviews with journalist Jonathan Dimbleby for book The Prince of Wales: A Biography.

Dimbleby wrote: "Indeed, he [Philip] often seemed intent not merely on correcting the prince but even mocking him as well, so that he seemed to be foolish and tongue-tied in front of friends as well as family.

Queen Elizabeth II and Baby Prince Edward
Queen Elizabeth II holds Prince Andrew when he was a baby alongside Prince Philip and Prince Edward at the balcony of Buckingham Palace during her official birthday parade, Trooping of the Colour. Fox Photos/Getty Images

"To their distress and embarrassment, the small boy was frequently brought to tears by the banter to which he was subjected and to which he could find no retort."

He added: "Observing friends were also frustrated by the failure of the child's mother to intervene by protective word or gesture.

Queen Elizabeth and Family at Balmoral
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with their children, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Charles on a picnic rug outside Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, purchased Balmoral Castle in 1846, and the small castle which stood in the 7,000 hectare wooded estate was redeveloped in the 1850s. Keystone/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II and Baby Prince Charles
Prince Charles just before his first birthday with his mother Queen Elizabeth II. Bettmann/Corbis/Getty Images

"She was not indifferent so much as detached, deciding that in domestic matters she would submit entirely to the father's will.

"It was the more perplexing because they otherwise had every reason to believe that both parents had a deep if inarticulate love for their son, and that this love was reciprocated."

Queen Elizabeth II and Children
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with their children Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne celebrating the Queen's 39th birthday at Windsor. Keystone/Getty Images