18 Times Queen Elizabeth II Let Her Royal Guard Down and Was Incredibly Cute With Kids

Queen Elizabeth II is typically pretty serious during royal engagements. While she may flash a smile here and there, for the most part, the 92-year-old British monarch keeps to herself and is strict about following royal protocol. However, there is one exception: whenever the Queen is around kids, she immediately lights up and protocol seems to go out the door. Given that she is a grandmother to eight grandchildren and a great-grandmother to seven great-grandchildren (with another one on the way!), it makes sense that the Queen has a soft spot for kids. Where do you think Prince William and Prince Harry's love of children comes from? Check out some of the Queen's cutest moments with kids ahead!

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When She Broke Royal Protocol and Delighted Her Fans With an Autograph
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When She Broke Royal Protocol and Delighted Her Fans With an Autograph

We wonder if she signed it "Her Majesty The Queen."

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When This Little Boy Couldn't Handle Being in Her Presence
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When This Little Boy Couldn't Handle Being in Her Presence

Honestly, same.

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When She Spread Holiday Cheer by Helping Kids Decorate a Christmas Tree
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When She Spread Holiday Cheer by Helping Kids Decorate a Christmas Tree

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When This Boy Was So Overwhelmed Meeting Her, He Instantly Dropped to the Floor and Crawled Away
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When This Boy Was So Overwhelmed Meeting Her, He Instantly Dropped to the Floor and Crawled Away

In his defence, the idea of meeting a royal does seem a little intimidating.

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When This Boy Straight-Up Avoided Eye Contact at All Costs
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When This Boy Straight-Up Avoided Eye Contact at All Costs

We totally get it.

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When This Student Totally Nailed His Bow
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When This Student Totally Nailed His Bow

"You can lift your head up now, sweetie," the Queen (probably).

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When This Girl Delivered Her Curtsy Like She'd Been Waiting Her Whole Life For This Moment
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When This Girl Delivered Her Curtsy Like She'd Been Waiting Her Whole Life For This Moment

All while presenting the Queen with flowers, no less.

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And This Little Girl Did, Too!
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And This Little Girl Did, Too!

A true pro!

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When This Fan Dared to Address the Queen by Her First Name
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When This Fan Dared to Address the Queen by Her First Name

Luckily, she didn't seem to mind.

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When This Boy Proudly Showed the Queen His Boxing Helmet
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When This Boy Proudly Showed the Queen His Boxing Helmet

Aww!

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When She Put a Smile on This Little Girl's Face During a Hospital Visit
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When She Put a Smile on This Little Girl's Face During a Hospital Visit

The Queen even took a second to read her letter.

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When These Children Presented Her With the Cutest Sign
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When These Children Presented Her With the Cutest Sign

What a great photo choice!

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When This Little Girl Gave the Queen a Stuffed Toy
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When This Little Girl Gave the Queen a Stuffed Toy

And they also colour-coordinated their outfits!

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When She Couldn't Resist Holding This Baby's Hands
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When She Couldn't Resist Holding This Baby's Hands

The Queen certainly seems to have a soft spot for kids.

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When This Little Girl Greeted Her With a Gorgeous Bouquet of Flowers in Fiji
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When This Little Girl Greeted Her With a Gorgeous Bouquet of Flowers in Fiji

Anybody else getting flashbacks of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal tour?

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When This Student Had the Courage to Recite His Poem in Front of Her
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When This Student Had the Courage to Recite His Poem in Front of Her

That smile says it all, though!