What a year it’s been for the royal family!
While 2018 has been a mean old year for us mere mortals, those whose blood runs blue have had a festive year with not one but two weddings and some pretty major announcements.
Now that the year is coming to an end, it’s time to look back at the most memorable royal family moments from 2018.
1. *The* wedding
Two different royals may have tied the knot in 2018, but the first wedding of the year was also the most spectacular.
The whole world (or at least 29 million people, per Nielsen figures) watched Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle tie the knot in St George’s Chapel on May 19th. Not only was the ceremony quite the showstopper, the guest list was out. of. this. world. In attendance was the Queen of England *AND* the Queen of the Universe, Oprah.
Come on, just look at the two of them.
The entire ceremony was just one moving scene after another.
Like when Prince Charles walked Meghan Markle down the aisle, as her own father could not attend.
Serena Williams was also there. NBD.
2. The baby announcement
Five mere months after their wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) rocked our world once more.
On Oct. 15 Kensington Palace made the announcement that the Duchess is expecting a baby in the spring of next year.
3. Prince Charles turned 70 and revealed his favourite dish
On November 14th Prince Charles celebrated his 70th birthday and we all learned a new word; “groussaka”. In a birthday interview with Country Life, His Royal Highness revealed that he prefers the classic Greek dish moussaka with grouse, not lamb, giving us the groussaka. Thanks for sharing, your highness.
Clarence House also released some lovely family photos in celebration of the Prince’s big day.
4. Prince Louis was born
Prince William and Kate Middleton (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) welcomed their third child, Louis Arthur Charles in April.
A lot of people people thought Kate Middleton paid tribute to Princess Diana when she introduced Louis to the world. The Duchess wore a red dress with a white collar, much like the red and white outfit worn by Diana when she left the hospital after giving birth to her second son, Harry.
5. Meghan Markle released a cookbook
One of Meghan Markle’s first solo projects as a Duchess was the charity cookbook Together: Our Community Cookbook. The Duchess came up with the idea of the cookbook after a visit to the Hubb Community Kitchen, a community kitchen that helped feed survivors in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017.
The proceeds from the cookbook, the foreword of which is penned by the Duchess herself, all go to the Hubb Community Kitchen, to help keep it open.
6. Princess Eugenie got married
Prince Harry was not the only young royal who got married this year.
His cousin, Princess Eugenie, tied the knot with wine merchant Jack Brooksbank in October. Their wedding, also in St. George’s Chapel, was quite the star-studded affair with Kate Moss, Liv Tyler, Demi Moore, and Naomi Campbell in attendance, to name a few.
When Cara Delevingne showed up to the ceremony in a suit and top hat, she pretty much stole the show.
7. Princess Charlotte started school
Three-year-old Princess Charlotte started school and we’re mostly including this because of how unbelievably darling she is in this photo.
8. Meghan Markle bonded with the Queen
Everyone knows that hanging out one-on-one with your in-laws can be a tad strenuous, but Meghan Markle sure makes it look easy.
The Duchess had her first solo outing with Queen Elizabeth in June, when the two attended the opening of the Mersey Gateway bridge in Cheshire.
Even though looking at a bridge all day might not sound all that interesting to a lot of people, these two managed to make it look like a hoot.
9. The first same-sex wedding in the Royal Family’s history
Lord Ivar Mountbatten, the Queen’s third cousin, made history when he married his partner, James Coyle, in September. Mountbatten is the first member of the royal family to be openly gay and marry a same-sex partner.
The wedding was held privately, but Mountbatten shared a photo of the two on Instagram.
10. The Queen met President Trump
Brits weren’t too fussed when U.S. President Donald Trump visited the UK in July. Neither was the Queen when the president reportedly showed up 15 minutes late to their meeting.
Donald Trump denied being late, and actually claimed that the pair got along brilliantly.
11. Harry and Meghan’s first royal tour
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first royal tour overseas was a trip to Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand (in fact, they made their aforementioned pregnancy announcement right as they landed in Sydney.)
During their trip they experienced a lot of local culture and also served up so. much. cuteness.
12. Prince William spoke his mind about social media
Let’s face it; it’s the tech bros’ world and we’re all just living in it. Well, Prince William will not accept that.
The Duke of Cambridge spoke candidly at an event at the BBC about how Big Tech and social media companies have failed to live up to the responsibilities that come with their immense power.
“Their self-image is so grounded in their positive power for good that they seem unable to engage in constructive discussion about the social problems they are creating,” the Prince said as he urged social media companies to “reject the false choice of profits over values.”
13. Kate Middleton received the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II
One of Kate Middleton’s most-talked about looks this year was at a Buckingham Palace state dinner, where the Duchess of Cambridge wore a tiara formerly worn by Princess Diana along with what is probably the most beautiful 19th century pearl and diamond necklace you’ll ever see.
But, noticeably, the Duchess also wore a brand new order; the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II, given to members of the Royal Family for their service (that’s the yellow ribbon with the Queen’s face, in case there was any doubt.)
14. Prince Harry and Megan Markle released a never-before-seen photo from their wedding
As the year drew to an end, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex got one more moment in the spotlight as they released an unseen photo from their wedding reception.
The photo, which is featured on the couple’s official 2018 Christmas card, is a black and white shot of the couple watching fireworks while holding hands.
What’s more romantic than that?
Thanks for all the memories, your royal highnesses. May 2019 be as full of glitz, glamour and royal grandeur.