The Royal Family's Future Is So Bright, They Have to Wear Shades

When both the queen and Princess Anne made memorable recent appearances wearing sunglasses, it got us thinking about the royal family's history of wearing eyewear. Though they do tend to avoid wearing sunglasses for major public appearances in the UK, there have been many times over the years that the royals have needed a little extra protection from the sun. Both the queen and her sister Princess Margaret wore iconic frames during the early years of the queen's reign, and younger generations of royals have followed in their footsteps.

Princess Anne is devoted to sporty, wraparound designs by Adidas, Princess Diana tried just about every standout style in the '80s and early '90s, and her sons William and Harry now wear Ray-Ban Wayfarers on the regular (as does Kate Middleton). Meanwhile, Meghan Markle's tortoiseshell Finlay & Co. Percy sunglasses sold out after she wore them on her first public engagement with Harry. Perhaps the biggest sunglasses addict, though, is Zara Tindall, who is rarely spotted without a pair of cool designer frames. Take a look at the huge collection of sunglasses the royal family owns now . . . plus a little peek at the queen's very special custom-made crystal-studded 3D glasses!

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Queen Elizabeth II
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Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Charles
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Prince Charles

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Princess Diana (With Prince William)
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Princess Diana (With Prince William)

Princess Eugenie
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Princess Eugenie

Queen Elizabeth II
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Queen Elizabeth II

Prince William
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Prince William

Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson
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Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson

Prince Harry
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Prince Harry

Queen Elizabeth II
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Queen Elizabeth II

Wearing her special crystal-embellished 3D glasses!

Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon
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Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon

Queen Elizabeth II
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Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Charles
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Prince Charles

Princess Anne and Prince Philip
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Princess Anne and Prince Philip

Prince Edward and James, Viscount Severn
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Prince Edward and James, Viscount Severn

Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips
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Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips

Queen Elizabeth II
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Queen Elizabeth II

The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles
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The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Kate Middleton
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Kate Middleton

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Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Charles
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Prince Charles

Kate Middleton
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Kate Middleton

Queen Elizabeth II
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Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Beatrice
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Princess Beatrice

Kate Middleton
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Kate Middleton

Prince Charles
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Prince Charles

Kate Middleton
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Kate Middleton

Prince William
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Prince William

Princess Diana
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Princess Diana

Prince William and Prince Harry
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Prince William and Prince Harry

Princess Diana
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Princess Diana

Prince William
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Prince William

Princess Diana
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Princess Diana

Queen Elizabeth II
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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II
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Queen Elizabeth II