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The Queen and Camilla loosen up on the lippy at Commonwealth Games

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Jenna Clarke

The Queen and Camilla were both photographed applying their respective lipstick and lip gloss during the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Queen and Camilla were both photographed applying their respective lipstick and lip gloss during the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty

The royal family’s quest to be perceived as down-to-earth folk continued when both the Queen and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were photographed touching up their make-up in public last week.

While the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, has been recycling outfits from three years ago for recent official functions, the Queen and her  daughter-in-law, Camilla, were both snapped reapplying their lipstick at the Commonwealth Games' opening ceremony in Glasgow.

This is not the first time the Queen has been caught freshening up on the job. In 1985, she was snapped popping on some bright pink lippy in the royal box while waiting for hubby Prince Philip to participate in a dressage event at the Windsor Horse Show.

The Queen prepping her pout at an equestrian event at Windsor in 1985.

The Queen prepping her pout at an equestrian event at Windsor in 1985. Photo: David Levenson

Twenty-six years later, in 2011, her majesty was photographed again doing what many of her subjects usually do in the bathroom, or the car, while attending the Highland Games' Braemar Gathering in Braemar, near Aberdeen.  

Unlike us amateurs, however, her majesty expertly applied a rose-hued, matte lip colour last week without the need to blot, or the help of a compact mirror, which she reportedly carries in her $2675 hard-frame Launer bag, along with mints, reading glasses and money when attending  church mass on Sunday.

Her colour palette usually doesn’t stray far from the soft pinks and reds made by made by Elizabeth Arden and Clarins, the only cosmetic houses to have received a royal warrant in her 62-year-reign.

The Queen applying her lippie without a mirror at another sporting event in Scotland in 2011.

The Queen applying her lippie without a mirror at another sporting event in Scotland in 2011. Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty

The Duchess of Cornwall, who has only been an official member of the royal family for nine years, has also learned how to freshen up her make-up unaided. At 67, Camilla is 21 years younger than the Queen and thus takes a more youthful approach to beauty than her mother-in-law, favouring a natural-looking lip gloss rather than lipstick's bold colour.

Kate, a commoner before she married Prince William in 2011, made the headlines for her beauty habits after it was discovered that she had done her own make-up for the big day. 

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