Paparazzi pictures, scandals, fan clubs, the Royals impact today goes beyond the political sphere. They are now considered trendsetters, fashion icons, and activists the whole world is following closely. The hype is even bigger when they are common citizens who married into royalty, giving some people hope for a princess/prince-like wedding, and for some others gossip material.
Let’s rewind a little bit, and discover the lives of former common citizens who caught the gaze of royalty. We’ve got early photos of Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Grace Kelly, Masako Owada, Sofia Hellqvist, Marie-Chantal Miller and Daniel Westling. Some of these pictures of royals before they were royal can come as a shock to many of us!
At a roller disco, 2008 Shiny clothes, bright smile, disco groove. Who’d of thought Kate would be so disco ready given the more conservative mom-role she’s taken on today.
Seeing such a causal disco outfit reminds us that these Royals were once upon a time real life people, not just the political figures of today.
Rocking a see-through dress and black underwear, Kate Middleton is confidently strolling the catwalk in her university’s fashion show. It’s supposedly at that moment that Prince William first noticed her.
Rocking this 80’s number we’re once again reminded this could have been us! Right?! We could easily have won over the heart of Prince William. The next gorgeous bachelor Prince, you got this right?
Meghan Markle was a model at one of America’s most popular game shows: Deal or No Deal.
This wasn’t that long ago — pretty sure that dress breaks all the Royal rules.
Confident and gorgeous, this picture was taken in 2016, the same year it has been reported Meghan and Prince Harry have started dating.
Megan is one of a kind, just like this outfit. Did you know all the key parts of her wedding that she made a little different?…
Is Kate a fan of equitation? We can guess the answer is yes based on the many events she attended involving horses!
I’d say she’s also quite the queen of prep — we’ve seen a lot of cables out of this woman.
A black-and-white cute puffy dress for the cutest actress on the Golden Globes.
Gorgeous as always, I don’t think she’s aged a bit in 11 years.
Kate joined the Sisterhood, a rocking group of female athletes becoming the first all-women crew to cross the Channel in a Chinese dragon boat. Fierce!
How on earth someone can look this good rowing a boat I’ll never understand.
Jeans on, swag on!
In just 13 years, this woman next door was going to be a Royal.
Comfy above everything else, Kate Middleton looks like any regular 2007 woman would.
Who didn’t love their Uggs? I wonder if the Queen would approve of her wearing these today…
This dress is a real showstopper! We hope Kate had a great time in her night’s out with the ladies.
I don’t think this outfit passes the rules Kate has to follow now…
This portrait of Grace Kelly is giving us major Old School Cool vibes, with her innocent smile and captivating gaze.
The limited make up, and crew neck knit shirt — she’s just a regular woman right?
A proud Kate Middleton is shown at her graduation in the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland, where she first met Prince William.
Kate now holds a Master’s degree in art history, with honors. The coolest thing ever? She’s now the UK’s first royal bride with a uni degree!
Meghan Markle showing off her sporty side with Nina Dobrev at the Beach Bowl.
Gorgeous, athletic, inspiring — is there anything she can’t do?
Denim and high boots, for a chill princess-to-be.
I wonder if we can find any recent pictures of Kate in jeans…
Before becoming a princess, Sofia was a model for men’s magazines and a contestant in the reality TV series Paradise Hotel.
Another flawless Royal — she hasn’t aged in 10 years.
Black in black, dark panther prints, sober look. She hasn’t aged a bit in 10 years!
Would Kate wear a black leopard print dress today? Let us know in the comments below.
PDA alert everybody!
Kate and Prince William breaking all the rules again.
Conservative clothing and a reserved smile, Masako Owada didn’t change much from her maiden days.
Her natural beauty shines through with her conservative clothing!
A promising acting career and a hopeful big bright smile.
Could she look more like the regular girl next door?
Classy and stylish! Lace lace and more lace! Such an elegant look in 2005 for Kate.
I wonder what she’d look like in this skirt today?…
Meghan Markle earned her place at the Rising Stars Producers Ball on 2012, as a rising star herself.
Her elegance is just another reason we knew she was meant to be a Royal.
We can see major princess vibes starting to appear on this picture, this is the Kate Middleton the public has come to know and love — the confidence, the hair, the outfit.
At a wedding in 2008, Kate’s getting the stare down from blondy in the back… I wonder if it’s a jealous old girlfriend?
Striped and dolled up, we love the sweet colors of this dress.
Just like Kate, Meghan isn’t capable of aging!
Meghan Markle sported a white dress on the Much Music Awards on 2013. Who could have predicted that she would rock a white dress at her royal wedding 5 years later?
Unlike her wedding dress, I really hope she wears those shoes again!
Sporty look with a big black belt and wide sunglasses, Kate is ready to ace the play. At polo in 2008 she can even make a large belt buckle look good.
Dressed down, I wonder what she’d wear today to a game of polo?
This beautiful long sunset dress is a treat to the eyes.
Worn to the Entertainment Weekly Pre-SAG Party just five years ago, I wonder if she knew what was headed her way?
13 years ago, Meghan was still making her debut in Hollywood.
She may look pretty innocent, but don’t be mistaken — Megan will always speak up for others.
Another snap from a Deal Or No Deal episode, with a bright-looking Meghan.
The actress went on to so many amazing projects from here! What a neat experience.
Meghan is showing her chill Californian vibes at an event for the National Kidney Foundation.
Does she wear jeans now, as a Royal?…
Kate Middleton attended the horse races at the Cheltenham World Cup, with a big bright smile. How a person always looks this cheerful is a miracle…
Then again when you have such a great stylist, is it really hard to look this good?
Talk about a statement! This formal short dress with a metallic feel was perfect for the Vogue Fashion Fun Awards 3 years ago.
Despite this modern dress, Megan was all about the traditions and sentiments at her wedding.
Sofia Hellqvist and Prince Carl Philip met in a refreshingly normal fashion. They met at a restaurant and had mutual friends, started talking, and everything followed through.
Her style in this photo is perfect — such a clean, elegant dress!
Meghan took the Spark & Light screening quite literally, and we think it’s brilliant.
Just two years later she’d meet the love of her life.
Sofia had also volunteered on several occasions in South Africa, Ghana, and Senegal.
Grace Kelly, award-winning actress with her Oscar for Best Actress in The Country Girl in 1955. A picture showing talent and pride.
A natural beauty, the dress complements her perfectly.
Grace Kelly on a family vacation in Ocean City. We now know where her good looks come from.
We also know that good looks kept running in the family!
Grace Kelly with her younger sister, Margaret. The family members seem to love spending their vacations in Ocean City.
A summer family spot, the tradition kept alive for the family despite the Royal connections…
Even as a baby, Grace Kelly knew how to take dashing pics.
I could just pinch those cheeks!
The daughter of American duty-free billionaire Robert W Miller lived the royal life before officially joining it on 1995.
The blonde went on to finish college!
Kate Middleton seems to be having a knack for sports, we can see her skiing with Prince William. A typical family winter trip, you can’t quite tell that these two are more than an attractive couple from the picture.
I wonder if she hit up the ski shanties in her teens — I bet the two curl up with a cup of hot cocoa after a day on the slopes.
After her high school graduation, Masako joined Harvard and worked in a diplomatic career, which she gave up after marrying Japanese Crown Prince Naruhitoa.
Did her high school teachers know what was coming for her?
We might not know much about the pre-empress era of Masako, but it seems like she was a fan of skiing when she was younger.
I wonder if we can find that perfect hat today?…
Now, that’s a happy child!
She also became a yoga instructor, and eventually opened her own yoga studio and even clothing line. More than just a pretty face, right?
Those boots are perfection — Sofia can we borrow them?
Did you spot the green hairband? It was the touch of green Sofia wore on this St Patrick’s party on 2008.
The couple announced their engagement in 2014.
One year later, they wed in a stunning ceremony in Stockholm.
As opposed to many royals, Marie-Chantal continued her studies after her marriage, in art history.
If you thought these commoner-turned-royal stories were for women only, think again.
Daniel Westling joined royalty after marrying the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria after he became her personal trainer.
Daniel Westling in a busy city look and denim jacket.
Who knew he’d become a Royal?
A confident smile from such a young age.
What do you think of these pictures of royals before they were royal? Would you like joining the ranks of royalty or do you think it’s too much of a hassle? To help you decide, read our next articles about the rules Meghan Markle has now to follow after marrying Prince Harry.