They are action stations! The Royals who like to roll up their sleeves every chance they get…
- Is it military training that teaches them to do it, or do they just warm up?
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Whether flying rescue helicopters or rappelling down cliffs on official visits, William has long been a man of action.
So it’s no wonder he likes to literally roll up his sleeves and get caught up.
In fact, it’s something of a family trait, even with his late mother, Diana, choosing the bare-arms look.
The exeption? Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth, whom she was rarely seen without gloves, let alone without a sleeve.
Here, we take a look at the royals who like to roll up their sleeves as they prepare for duty…
Prince William rolled up his sleeves while flipping sausages over a steaming barbecue in Australia in 2010
A good look for the Pacific heat: William stripped to a pink shirt when Kate joined him on the island of Tuvanipupu in 2012
Fresh off a regatta in the Bahamas, William rolled up his sleeves to prepare for the elements as part of Cambridge’s 2022 Caribbean tour.
The Prince laughed while attending the official opening of the Oak Cancer Center in Sutton earlier this month.
William arrives at Harrow College to mark World Mental Health Day at an event organized by Mind in 2015
William went for a bold choice of white trousers, red tennis shoes and a blue shirt when he arrived to play polo at Ascot in 2013.
William comments to singer Joss Stone before the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium in 2007
Ready for action, William is shown during his two months of training with the Royal Navy at Dartmouth, 2008.
Barefoot and with bare arms, Harry is pictured with his sleeves rolled up as the Sussexes visit Bondi Beach, Sydney in 2018.
The Duke and Duchess displayed their forearms when they visited the Redwoods Tree Walk in New Zealand in 2018.
Prince Harry appears in a relaxed khaki shirt while visiting the Southern African Wildlife College during a tour of South Africa.
Harry and his brother, William, were paired in white jerseys as they watched Wales’s hockey game against Scotland during the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Prince Philip was a pioneer of the bare-armed approach, pictured here refereeing a polo match on Ham Common, Richmond
The Duke of Edinburgh rolled up his sleeves while practicing bowling at the NCO Training Center in Wiltshire in 1947.
Diana, Princess of Wales
Maybe William got it from his mother? Diana also liked to roll up her sleeves. She is pictured here with troops on a visit to Bosnia.
Diana’s sleeves were firmly rolled up in this famous image taken in Angola to publicize the devastating impact of landmines.
King Charles is another who likes to roll them up. Here it is in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal.
Prince Charles braced himself for the heat by rolling up his safari jacket while in the Masai Game Reserve in Kenya, 1971.
Charles watched a commemorative parachute drop in his role as Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment in Ranville, France, in June 2000.
The king was photographed with his two sons, William and Harry, all with their forearms on display, while at Balmoral.