15 biggest and best royal moments of the year

2018-12-20 00:00
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With three beautiful royal wedding, two royal births and one big baby announcement, 2018 was a major year for the British royal family. 

We take a look back at the biggest and best royal moments of the past year:

1.     The fab four's first appearance

Duchess Meghan made her debut appearance as a royal in London alongside her then-fiancé Prince Harry and almost in-laws the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in February.

It was their first time stepping out as a foursome for a public engagement and it definitely set the tone for what would become known as the “fabulous foursome”.

They laid out their vision for the future of their Royal Foundation. Meghan and the royals spoke passionately about the causes close to their hearts under the umbrella of the theme “Making a Difference Together”.

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2.     Birth of a new royal

Kate Middleton gave birth to her and Prince William's third child on 23 April.

In typical royal tradition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge debuted their new baby boy on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London where the duchess made a sweet tribute to Princess Diana.

But royal fans didn't get a good glimpse of little Prince Louis until he made an appearance in Prince Charles’ 70th birthday portrait in November.

Charlotte also made history by not losing her place in line to the throne to her little bro!

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3.     Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding

According to Harper’s Bazaar, an estimated 29,2 million people tuned in to witness Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding on 19 May.

And it could easily be deemed one of the biggest royal weddings to date! 

From Meghan's stunning Givenchy gown and the royal couple’s first kiss to several sweet little moments throughout the day, the long-awaited nuptials were a major moment for the royal family. 

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4.     Meghan’s solo outing with the queen

Meghan's first solo outing with the queen has to be one of the sweetest moments of the year!

Dazzling in another elegant Givenchy dress, Meghan spent a day out with her husband's grandmother in Cheshire in June, where they showed off their quickly growing bond and shared more than a few laughs.

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5.     Zara and Mike Tindall welcome another bundle of joy

Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara and her husband, former English rugby player Mike Tindall, welcomed a baby girl in June, just two months after Kate and Wills had little Prince Louis.

Lena Elizabeth is the queen's youngest great-grandchild and her parents decided to honour the queen by naming her after the monarch.

Lena is Zara and Mike’s second child. She has an older sister, four-year-old Mia.

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6.     Prince Louis’ christening

The Cambridge clan stepped out for the first time with all five of its members for Prince Louis' christening at St James’s Palace in July.

Prince Harry and Meghan were also in attendance and later posed alongside the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles in the gorgeous christening portraits.

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7.     Meghan and Kate step out for a little tennis in Wimbledon

The duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex left their husbands at home to step out for their first joint appearance in July.

Dazzling in their individual styles the two had a wonderful time together at Wimbledon, clapping and cheering for Meghan's close friend and tennis champ, Serena Williams.

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8.     The first same-sex royal marriage takes place

In a historical moment, Queen Elizabeth's cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten became the first royal to have a same-sex wedding when he married James Coyle in September.

While the intimate nuptials took place out of the public eye, Lord Ivar shared sweet photos of the ceremony on Instagram.

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9.     Meghan closing her own car door

In September, the world was left rather shocked to learn the Duchess of Sussex had closed her own car door!

It sent many royal fans into a frenzy and had them debating for days whether or not doing so broke royal protocol.

It actually didn't!

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10. Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank's royal wedding

Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor on 12 October. Eugenie wore an emerald tiara, which she borrowed from her grandmother, that dates back to 1919.

From the star-studded guest list to the beautiful ceremony, it was another royal wedding for the books.

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11.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce their pregnancy

Just five months after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot, the couple announced they were expecting their first child together.

Harry and Megs had just arrived in Sydney for the first day of their royal tour when the happy tweet went out from Kensington Palace stating that Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the spring of 2019”.

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12.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour

The pair embarked on their first major royal tour and it seems it was a fun-filled one. They did a 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in October. 

From loved-up PDA on Bondi Beach to romantic moments caught in the rain, there was no shortage of adorable moments from the soon-to-be parents.

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13.Prince Charles 70th Birthday

Prince Charles rang in his 70th birthday this year surrounded by his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, his adorable grandchildren and several close family members.

To commemorate the milestone Clarence House released a handful of family portraits taken on the grounds of his home, showing off the sweet bond between Camilla and Charlotte, as well as Charles, Prince George and the family's adorable newest member, Prince Louis.

14.The little princess with a personality

Princess Charlotte has certainly made a big impression on royal fans everywhere this year.

Showing off her winning personality while heading into the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital to meet her baby brother, Prince Louis, Charlotte made sure to wave at reporters multiple times while grinning sweetly.

She also had several silly moments throughout the year at various events and made sure to leave everyone aahing whenever she stepped out of the house!

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15. Savannah Phillips and Prince George’s balcony antics

Savannah Phillips and Prince George's relationship has to be the cutest thing we saw this year! And they were the stars in what is easily one of the funniest royal moments of the year.

At the Trooping the Colour ceremony in June, Peter and Autumn Phillips's eldest daughter decided to get a little goofy with her cousin, silencing the future king by putting her hand over his mouth.

That little gesture had everyone oohing at the pair’s special relationship.

According to Hello Magazine, they were back at it as bridesmaid and page boy at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding and had each other in stitches before walking down the aisle.

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Sources: Marie Claire, Hello Magazine,Harper’s Bazaar

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