What the Roy­als got up to in 2018 The year’s high­lights for the wind­sors

With that wed­ding, two new great-grand­chil­dren for the Queen and a visit from Don­ald Trump, it’s been a mem­o­rable year for the Wind­sors. Royal writer In­grid Se­ward looks back at the key mo­ments

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The Queen is re­ported to say of her­self that if she stops, she drops – and 2018 was cer­tainly the year she never stopped

There’s noth­ing like a Royal wed­ding or baby to lift the spir­its – and 2018 pro­vided us with both. an ex­tra­or­di­nary 2.5 bil­lion were es­ti­mated to have watched the wed­ding cer­e­mony of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, broad­cast from st Ge­orge’s Chapel, Wind­sor, on 19 May. the 97-year-old Duke of Ed­in­burgh at­tended in spite of hav­ing had a hip oper­a­tion only weeks be­fore­hand, as did the Duchess of Cam­bridge, who had stunned us all by mak­ing a glam­orous exit from hospi­tal only seven hours after giv­ing birth to Prince louis on 23 april.

the Queen is 92, but her royal du­ties were so tightly packed that when she missed a ser­vice at st

Paul’s Cathe­dral in late June, it was sug­gested she was do­ing too much. Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous 10 days, she had at­tended the Garter Day events at Wind­sor Cas­tle, five days of rac­ing at Royal as­cot and, at the height of the sum­mer heat­wave, she re­ceived guests at buck­ing­ham Palace for the Queen’s young lead­ers awards cer­e­mony. the Queen is re­ported to say of her­self that if she stops, she drops – and in 2018 she never stopped. Mean­while the rest of the fam­ily were busy too… >>

1 The launch of the “Fab Four” brand

in Fe­bru­ary, Prince Wil­liam and kate, Duchess of cam­bridge, to­gether with Prince harry and his fi­ancée meghan markle, shared a stage to­gether for the first time. they were show­cas­ing the royal Foun­da­tion Fo­rum, de­signed to help tackle men­tal health is­sues. harry re­vealed their heads to­gether ideas had orig­i­nally been put to­gether on the “back of a fag packet”. and meghan wasted no time in bring­ing up the time’s up and me too move­ments, say­ing firmly, “there is no bet­ter time to shine a light on women feel­ing em­pow­ered.” to good-na­tured laugh­ter, harry ad­mit­ted there were healthy dis­agree­ments be­tween the four of them. “it’s re­ally good that we’ve got four dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties, and we’ve all got the same pas­sion to want to make a dif­fer­ence.”

2 Princess Char­lotte waves for the crowds

on 23 april, kens­ing­ton Palace an­nounced that the Duchess of cam­bridge had given birth to a son weigh­ing 8lb 7oz at st mary’s hospi­tal, Padding­ton. the same af­ter­noon Prince ge­orge and Princess char­lotte ar­rived at the hospi­tal with their fa­ther to meet their baby brother. While ge­orge looked ap­pre­hen­sive, char­lotte waved and smiled at the crowds. steal­ing the show, she turned on the hospi­tal steps to give a lit­tle ex­tra wave.

3 Prince Charles leads Meghan up the aisle

the wed­ding or­der of ser­vice stated that thomas markle, meghan’s fa­ther, would walk his daugh­ter up the aisle at her wed­ding to Prince harry on 19 may. how­ever, after he suf­fered a heart at­tack, the Prince of Wales stepped in. the bride made her en­trance to a fan­fare, walk­ing serenely be­hind the Dean of Wind­sor to han­del’s

Ode for the birth­day of Queen Anne, per­formed by so­prano elin man­a­han thomas. she reached the or­gan screen and there, meghan was joined by the Prince of Wales. he whis­pered to her, “you look lovely. are you ok?” as meghan walked up the aisle Prince harry, who had been wait­ing ner­vously with best man, Wil­liam, caught sight of her and his face lit up. “you look amaz­ing,” he said as they drew level. then,

“thank you, Pa,” to Prince charles.

4 Harry lifts Meghan’s veil

it was one of the most ro­man­tic mo­ments of the royal wed­ding, as Prince harry lifted meghan’s veil. at Prince Wil­liam’s wed­ding, cather­ine mid­dle­ton had her veil lifted by her fa­ther, michael. With thomas markle ab­sent, meghan and harry had clearly de­cided he should do it – the ul­ti­mate ro­man­tic ges­ture. af­ter­wards they faced each other and linked hands, gaz­ing into each other’s eyes as they made their vows – and a cheer from the crowds out­side re­ver­ber­ated around the 14th-cen­tury chapel.

The Queen is a mas­ter at mak­ing new­com­ers feel at home and wel­comed Meghan into the Firm

5 Sa­van­nah si­lences Prince Ge­orge

at this year’s troop­ing the colour in June, the royal Fam­ily as­sem­bled on the buck­ing­ham Palace bal­cony to see the fly-past. at one stage, seven-yearold sa­van­nah (Peter and au­tumn Phillips’ daugh­ter, the Queen’s great­grand­daugh­ter) clapped her hand over Prince ge­orge’s mouth, as he was start­ing to gig­gle dur­ing the play­ing of the na­tional an­them.

6 The Queen and Meghan’s work­ing re­la­tion­ship

the Queen is a mas­ter at mak­ing new­com­ers feel at home and, judg­ing by the spon­ta­neous laugh­ter and whis­pered asides when the Duchess of sus­sex ac­com­pa­nied the Queen to cheshire, it was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for the two women to es­tab­lish an all-im­por­tant rap­port.

7 New baby ar­rives for Zara and Mike Tin­dall

the ar­rival of Zara and mike tin­dall’s sec­ond child, lena, just be­fore the start of royal as­cot, was a big cause for fam­ily re­joic­ing. “mrs mike tin­dall safely de­liv­ered a baby girl on 18 June, at stroud ma­ter­nity unit,” the an­nounce­ment from buck­ing­ham Palace stated. Zara suf­fered a mis­car­riage in De­cem­ber 2016 but a year later, dur­ing a work­ing hol­i­day in aus­tralia, re­vealed she was preg­nant again.

8 Baby Louis laughs his way through his chris­ten­ing pho­to­call

Prince louis – the first bri­tish Prince to be ranked be­hind an older sis­ter in the line of suc­ces­sion – was bliss­fully unaware of the fuss that sur­rounded his chris­ten­ing on 9 July at the chapel royal, st James’s Palace. the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of corn­wall were present, to­gether with michael and ca­r­ole mid­dle­ton, the Duke and Duchess of sus­sex, James mid­dle­ton, his sis­ter Pippa and her hus­band James matthews. Fol­low­ing the ser­vice, 11-week-old louis squealed in de­light at the an­tics of his sib­lings.

9 The RAF’s 100th an­niver­sary fly-past

the royal Fam­ily gath­ered on 10 July to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the raF. after the ser­vice at West­min­ster abbey, an es­ti­mated 75,000 spec­ta­tors in cen­tral lon­don looked sky­wards as

100 air­craft per­formed a fly-past.

10 Pres­i­dent Trump comes to town

her majesty met the us Pres­i­dent on 13 July. there were re­ports that trump had kept the Queen wait­ing, but she was sup­posed to be there with the guard of hon­our well be­fore him. much was made, how­ever, of the Pres­i­dent walk­ing in front of the Queen dur­ing the in­spec­tion of the guards.

The Fab Four all share the same pas­sion to make a dif­fer­ence

The “Fab Four” show­case their Royal Foun­da­tion Fo­rum, de­signed to help tackle men­tal health is­sues

Prince Harry raises Meghan’s veil, to the de­light of the 2.5 bil­lion view­ers watch­ing their wed­ding

On her first en­gage­ment with the Queen, Meghan and Her Majesty es­tab­lish a close rap­port

The Duchess of Cam­bridge with a laugh­ing Prince Louis at his chris­ten­ing

Prince Ge­orge’s cousin Sa­van­nah si­lences his gig­gles at this year’s Troop­ing the Colour

Prince Wil­liam takes Ge­orge and Char­lotte to meet their new brother

Prince Charles leads his daugh­ter-in-law up the aisle

Mike and Zara’s sec­ond daugh­ter was born in June

Camilla ad­justs Prince Charles’ gloves at the RAF an­niver­sary ser­vice

The Queen meets the Pres­i­dent and First Lady of the US

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