Royals with surprising tattoos: from Kate Middleton to the Duchess of Cornwall and more


Alice Howarth

Think royals and tattoos aren’t necessarily what come to mind. They tend to have a strict protocol when it comes to appearance, from makeup and jewelry to the color of nail polish and even the shade of their tights. So it’s a huge surprise when the royals show off inking, whether permanent or temporary.

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Lady Amelia Windsor has multiple tattoos on her ribcage, left hand and wrists, and Princess Sofia showed off the sun tattoo between her shoulder blades on her wedding day. Even the duchesses kate, Megane and Camilla have experimented with body art in the past.

Although they usually cover their tattoos well, members of the royal family are certainly a little fond of a small design. Find out who has been tempted by tattoos…

Lady Amelia Windsor


Something of an it-girl, Lady Amelia Windsor is the granddaughter of the Queen’s cousin, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and is not shy about expressing her personal style. Inked in more than one place, the elegant royal showed off her ribcage tattoo while attending the Serpentine Summer Party. She also has tattoos on each of her wrists and a tiger on her left shoulder blade.

Duchess of Cornwall


Yes it is Camille with a tattoo! While in Zanzibar in 2011 with husband Prince Charles, the Duchess visited a henna tattoo artist and had her own creation painted in ink on her hand. The royal couple were on a four-day trip to Tanzania to highlight environmental issues in Africa.

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Prince Frederik of Denmark


Denmark’s Prince Frederik keeps his tattoos well hidden but they were seen in photos taken of the royal on the beach

The heir to the Danish throne, Prince Frederick will become king with two tattoos but this is something not unusual in his family. Her grandfather, King Frederik IX, who ruled Denmark from 1947 until his death in 1972, had tattoos of dragons and birds on his chest. Why? Because, just like Prince Frederickwho has a shark on his calf and a tattoo on his arm that means “pingu”, the chosen symbols are used to represent their time in the Danish Navy.

Princess Sofia of Sweden


Princess Sofia with her ankle tattoo (left) and a tattoo on her back (right)

Before marrying Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland, fourth in line to the Swedish throne, Princess Sofia worked as a glamor model and reality TV star. After meeting her future husband, she wasn’t just going to erase her tattoos because she was going royal. Very well too.

On her wedding day, a sun between her shoulder blades was visible and while on vacation a few years ago, she revealed a large tattoo of a flying butterfly on her ribcage. She also has a minute of inking on her ankle and would have already had a design on her arm.

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Princess Stephanie of Monaco


Princess Stephanie loves tattoos

The youngest daughter of American actress Grace Kelly and Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, Princess Stephanie was affectionately called “wild child” by her mother when she was growing up. After her mother was killed in a car accident in 1982, while Stephanie was riding with her, she reportedly became more rebellious and opted for several tattoos including a floral bracelet, two dolphins jumping on her foot and a pattern on his back. “I realized how lucky I was to have life,” Stephanie later said in an interview. “I had my arms open to the future and I thought, ‘This could all be over tomorrow. No one really tried to understand me or my behavior, which was just a reflection of my decision to live life to the fullest.”

Pauline Ducruet

Pauline Ducruet

Pauline Ducruet showed off her daisy tattoo at an amfAR event

Pauline Ducruet is the daughter of Princess Stephanie of Monaco and is 14th on the Monegasque throne. As a mother, as a daughter, she also likes to visit the tattoo parlor and also has a floral pattern on her wrist. A daisy to be precise.

Charlotte Casiragui


When Monaco is Charlotte Casiragui arriving to attend a Gucci event, she wore a crop top that showed off the star tattoo on her stomach.

The Duchess of Sussex


During the royal couple’s trip to Morocco in 2019, Meghan had a henna tattoo done by teenager Samira who has lived in Asni for six years – the henna flower was created on Meghan’s right hand to celebrate her pregnancy according to Moroccan tradition. Samira explained, “It’s a traditional practice for pregnant women in Morocco. It’s to bring luck to the baby.”

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After the artwork was completed, Meghan said: ‘It’s really adorable’ and proudly showed it off to her husband, Prince Harry, who was seated next to her. Meghan added: “It will dry out a bit and then we can cross.”

Here’s a close-up photo of Meghan with her stunning henna tattoo…


The Duchess of Cambridge


Shocked? Do not be. We’re not about to tell you kate has a constellation of stars in the spine, but it’s been partial to semi-permanent inking. In February 2018, when she was seven months pregnant with Louis, the Duchess received a small henna tattoo at the opening of a new artist residency in Sunderland. Wondering how it faded so quickly? Henna is a natural dye that only lasts about one to four weeks.

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