15 Royal Family Milestones You Might Have Missed This Year
You know about Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle and their subsequent baby news, the birth of Prince Louis, and maybe even Princess Eugenie’s nuptials. But 2018 saw other notable royal occasions, too: a banner year for the Windsors!
Meghan’s first charity initiative
Yes, the royals do work—and this fall marked Meghan Markle’s first solo charity initiative with the fundraising project Together: Our Community Cookbook. The book’s proceeds support the Hubb Community Kitchen in London, which provides food to the community and to victims of the city’s Grenfell Tower fire of 2017. The book was an instant bestseller, and Meghan continues to make regular visits to the Hubb in support of the initiative. She also wrote the foreword to the cookbook. Here are the ways Meghan Markle has broken royal protocol.
The end of the Queen’s line of corgis
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Not all of 2018’s royal milestones were happy ones. The last of Queen Elizabeth’s beloved corgis, named Willow, died last spring. The Queen’s dogs were descended from her first pup, Susan, which she received as a gift from her father on her 18th birthday. Over the years the Queen has become known for her love of the breed, and the monarch was reportedly hit “extremely hard” by Willow’s death. But, Queen Elizabeth does still have a couple of other dogs: Two corgi-dachshund mixes and a corgi who had belonged to one of her gamekeepers. Happily, the Queen’s corgis won’t be forgotten, as there’s an animated movie about them in the works. Check out these vintage photos and paintings of royal dogs throughout history.
Kate became the first royal patron of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Although it’s named for two of the most beloved British royals in history, Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, their museum has never had an official royal patron—until now. Duchess Catherine, an avid photographer who has a degree in art history, took up the patronage for the V&A, regarded as the world’s greatest collection of decorative arts and design, in March. Following her maternity leave, she made her first official visit to the museum as patron to open its new photography center in October. Her patronage is also not surprising given the job Kate had before royal life—here’s what she did.
Princess Charlotte started nursery school
Back in January the adorable two-year-old (now three) began attending Willcocks Nursery School in London. The announcement was accompanied by pictures of the young princess in a red coat, shoes, and hair bow, and pink scarf and backpack snapped by her mother Kate at Kensington Palace before heading off to school. No sign of the first-day-of-school jitters here! But, the public shouldn’t expect to see such pictures every year—the goal is to limit the royal children’s overexposure. Here are the strict rules royal children need to follow.
The 100th anniversaries of the Royal Air Force and Armistice Day
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These milestones weren’t just celebrated by the royal family, but by all of England—and the world. The royal family, though, did mark the occasions with the tradition and ceremony the British monarchy is known for. For Armistice Day—also known as Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom, it commemorates the end of World War I on November 11, 1918—the royal family attended the reverent and solemn Festival of Remembrance, church services, and laying of wreaths. To honor the creation of the RAF 100 years ago in July, the royal family enjoyed an impressive fly-by and the presentation of new “colors,” or flags, by the Queen in a massive celebration outside Buckingham Palace. Next, check out these candid, rarely seen photos of the royal family.