Kate Middleton, aka the Duchess of Cambridge, has charmed the English-speaking world in a way no member of the royal family has since her husband’s mother, Princess Diana, did back in the 1980s. It’s probably because Middleton was born a commoner and so we relate to her more than we do a cradle-to-grave royal. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s incredibly likeable, photogenic, and stylish. However, winning, attractive, well-dressed people — particularly ones at the top of the social strata — tend to get photographed a lot, which means any and all clothing mishaps they experience will get captured on film and instantly be spread around the world. 

In 2014, such a thing happened to Middleton. Along with her husband, Prince William, she toured Australia and met with victims of the devastating Blue Mountain bush fires of late 2013. On the way to that appointment, Middleton emerged from a helicopter, and all that rapidly moving air went right up under the skirt portion of her blue and white Diane von Furstenberg dress. These natural elements quickly exposed her highness’s royal bottom — which happened to be free of underpants.

In an interesting twist, the photographer who snapped the embarrassing photo of Middleton’s backside sold it to a German publication, but then decided to donate the money to fire relief organization.

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