We LOVE keeping up with the British Royal family. Between the Queen’s age-defying abilities, Kate Middleton‘s stylistic dominance and little George‘s royal cuteness, they’re constantly providing us with entertainment and inspiration.
This year we even saw William, Kate and their brood visit our western shores (srsly, how lucky are we?!). Looking back, we actually learned quite a bit from the royal family in 2016, including but not limited to: how to rock cowboy hats and boots, how to execute the double-handed royal wave, that shopping in the frozen food section is totally ok (even for a prince), and that high fives are optional.
Take a stroll through our collection of life lessons and relive some of our favourite royal moments of 2016 while you’re at it.
14 things the Royals taught us this year
It's ok to shop in the frozen food sectionEven princes crave deeply discounted meals from the frozen food section. No judgement here, Harry. We love ourselves a Deep 'n Delicious.twitter/DailyMailUK
Nobody is immune to Justin Trudeau's charmOur Prime Minister is a verified dreamboat, and his smizing can melt even the most royal of hearts. Kate never stood a chance.Getty Images
Sometimes the Royal Wave is executed with both handsLittle Prince George brought some serious new flare to the classic Royal Wave, getting both little hands in on the action. Double the hands, double the cute.Getty Images
High fives are optionalEver been snubbed by a Prince? Justin Trudeau has. It was still super cute, tho, even if we did cringe a bit.Getty Images
Like, always optionalEven someone closer to his age couldn't get young prince George to slap hands. Maybe if he had gone in for a hug...then again, probably not.Getty Images
Boys will ALWAYS be boysYou're never too old for play. Royal bros Harry and William may be all grown up, but they still appreciate a good lightsaber battle and some Star Wars toys.Kensington Palace/Twitter
Not all content on the Internet is good contentKate guest edited the January 20th edition of Huffington Post UK, highlighting content on #YoungMindsMatter, a movement that brings to light kids' mental health.Kensington Royal/Instagram
Cowboy boots are super cute, even if you're not at the StampedeKate rocked a pair of cowboy boots during her trip to BC this summer, and in doing so, prompted us to go digging in the backs of our closet for our classic leather pair. Can we wear these with tights, Kate?Getty Images
Flying first class is overratedThe Duchess of Smiles won our hearts at every turn this year, including when she boarded a commercial flight from the Netherlands to London. Hey, we fly coach, too! That means we're like her, right!?KateMiddletonMania/Instagram
Death metal can look super chicThe Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant in this Alexander McQueen dress that featured a pattern of skulls and knife-like lipsticks. It's the perfect touch of Brit punk rock in an entirely charming outfit.Getty Images
And so can hairnetsKate can't stop, won't stop defining trends. This year she made hairnets a thing, much to the delight of everyone in the food service industry.Getty Images
Embrace the brows you've gotFact: Kate has beautiful big brows. And while we don't all have a stylist on hand 24/7 to pluck and primp our strands into perfection, we did get a bit of insight into how the Duchess maintains hers.Getty Images
Not all seniors are dangerous behind the wheelQueen Elizabeth defied stereotypes and proved to all that your age does not determine your driving ability. Kate doesn't look even the least bit scared, and we don't see any scratches on that bumper. We'll yield to the Queen, for sure.Getty Images
It's OK to post your trips to the doctor on socialWondering if your annual checkup is TMI for your social following? If Prince Harry can live stream his HIV test, then we reckon we can too. But maybe we'll wait to see the results first.The British Monarchy/Facebook