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RESULTS: The Most Anticipated Royal Event of 2021

2020 was a strange year for the Royal Family, but what future event for next year did you pick and the most anticipated? See the results below!

DECEMBER 31st, 2020

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020 hasn’t been the most active year for The Royal Family. With a lockdown forcing new ways of working, the monarchy have adapted exceptionally well a new normal, but will 2021 allow the Royals to get back to doing what they do best – meeting people?

Next year, there are many landmark events taking place. From Prince William’s Earthshot Prize having its first award ceremony in London, the statue of Princess Diana finally being revealed to the public, the Cambridge’s 10th wedding anniversary and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday, 2021 has the potential of being much brighter than 2020. But what did our readers think was the most anticipated event in 2021? Find out below…

9. Prince Louis starting nursery - (135 votes, 2%)

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He’s the little prince with a huge following, and next year Prince Louis takes his next step in life – starting nursery. Depending on the ongoing pandemic, the Prince will likely begin in January, similar to when Prince George and Princess Charlotte started.

The youngest Cambridge is said to be extremely social and although confident, it is claimed Louis is very much a “mummy’s boy” but will most likely excel in nursery.

If, like planned, Louis does begin attending nursery then we will almost certainly see some sweet photographs taken by his mother The Duchess of Cambridge to mark the event. This has become a tradition for the children of the heirs to the Throne throughout the years, and it will continue with Louis.

8. The unveiling of Princess Diana's memorial statue - (222 votes, 3%)

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Next year Princess Diana would’ve turned 60-years-old. It is hard to imagine the “People’s Princess” at this age, and whilst there has been constant speculation on what she would have or wouldn’t have thought about her son’s life choices, etc, 2021 will hopefully see the brothers reunite to unveil a statue commissioned in her honour.

Situated in the Sunken Garden on the grounds of Kensington Palace, the statue has been made by Ian Rank-Broadley and will serve as a poignant reminder of her life and legacy.

The statues reveal will take place on 1st July, 2021, the same day as her when she would’ve turned 60. Here’s hoping William and Harry can put aside whatever differences have occurred this year and both be present when their beloved mother is honoured.

7. Future Early Years initiative by the Duchess of Cambridge - (275 votes, 5%)

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She’s released the findings and now the real work begins. 2021 looks to a year of continuation for the Duchess of Cambridge, who will begin to enact the next phases of her Early Years work. Using the results from her landmark survey – the biggest children survey ever – Catherine will look at ways to ensure that the mental health of children is of paramount importance and focus on society.

The work will see the Duchess potentially taking the results globally, after interest was shown across the world at the survey’s findings. Catherine herself has stated she hopes to roll out any future initiatives to anyone from anywhere who needs them.

2021 will be a big year for the Duchess’ work and we can expect to see many surprises from her passionate commitment to the Early Years.

6. Trooping the colour 2021 (if social distancing allows) - (280 votes, 6%)

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It is the staple royal event of the year – Trooping the Colour. It is the moment when royal fans swoon over the youngest royals (who can forget scene-stealing Prince Louis in 2019) and the fashionable choices by the royal Duchesses and Queen. 2020 however was a much more scaled back event.

With the national lockdown forcing the Queen to celebrate within the quadrangle of Windsor Castle, there will be much hope that 2021 can return some semblance of normality to proceedings.

Whilst no official announcements on any future plans have been made public, if Trooping the Colour does go ahead in the traditional way, it will be interesting to see who will make it on to the balcony. In 2019 there was some questioning whether there were too many members of the Royal Family on Buckingham Palace’s balcony for the flypast.

Could we see a drastic change for 2021? Will the Queen opt to only include the “Magnificent Seven” – meaning Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Princess Anne and the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children? Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle return to make an appearance with their son Archie?

One thing that is almost certain is the absence of Prince Andrew will be maintained, which I doubt any will argue is a bad thing.

5. The first Earthshot Awards ceremony - (301 votes, 7%)

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Regarded as the most prestigious environmental award in history, Prince William’s Earthshot Prize will have its first ceremony in 2021 in London. The impressive awards initiative will gift five winners with a £1m grant to further establish their ideas into the future.

Anyone from anywhere can be nominated, and a star-studded and expert council will choose the lucky award winners. The award is the brainchild of the Prince and is designed to inspire and reverse the damaging effects of climate change in a decade.

Across the world, activists have praised the Earthshot Prize’s message, including the Obama’s, Hilary Clinton, Bill Gates, Greta Thunberg and Prince Charles. There is also rumours that William and his father may partner up with a side initiative in the future.

4. Potential Royal Tours - (454 votes, 9%)

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It’s fair to say that Royal Tours are one of the most exciting aspects of royal life. Fans love the fashion choices, the differing engagements and the promotion of different cultures across the globe. 2020 has been more than lacking royal tours. The Cambridges visited Ireland earlier this year, and then took a royal train tour across the UK to thank key workers for the commitment throughout the pandemic. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Germany in November to attend the country’s National Day of Mourning – the first royals to ever do so.

2021 could potentially be different if normality begins to return. The Cambridge’s were planning on visiting Australia earlier this year after the devastating bush fires. As Australia have almost returned to normality after enforcing a stringent lockdown policy, could a royal tour be planned in the future? It is also believed that if one was to go ahead, all five of the Cambridges would attend, marking Prince Louis’ first royal tour abroad.

We could also see more mainstream tours by the Earl and Countess of Wessex in the future, as well as Princess Anne too. As Sophie has focused much of her work on Women’s rights, specifically in disadvantaged parts of the world, it would be interesting to see where her work would take her next.

3. Arrival of Princess Eugenie's and Jack Brooksbank's first child - (563 votes, 11%)

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A new baby is an exciting time for any family, and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will welcome their first in 2021. After what must’ve been a difficult year for the Princess, what with the continuing allegations spiralling against her father Prince Andrew, some good news will be welcomed.

The date of the baby’s arrival is unknown, though it is expected early next year. The birth means another great-grandchild for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and Eugenie and Jack join Zara and Mike Tindall in welcoming a new arrival next year too. 2021 is well on its way to being the year of the royal baby boom.

2. The 10th wedding anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - (1090 votes, 21%)

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It was the wedding of the decade. Over 2 billion people watched worldwide, millions lined the streets, and that dress became one of history’s most talked about fashion moments ever, and yet it is incredible to believe that the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was ten years ago!

2021 will mark the tenth anniversary and with two documentaries planned, one expected to include never-before-seen footage from the big day, you can expect the couple will mark the event in style.

There is also expected to be interviews with those who worked behind-the-scenes, to tell the story of the wedding, including dress maker Sarah Burton, who created Catherine’s stunning Alexander McQueen wedding gown. There is also the rumours of a programme whereby the Cambridges watch parts of their wedding day (think a royal Gogglebox) too.

Whatever happens, we’re sure the Duke and Duchess will mark the occasion in the way they wish to, as well as thanking the public for a decade of unwavering support.

1. The Duke of Edinburgh's 100th birthday - (1829 votes, 36%)

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It isn’t everyday a member of the Royal Family turns 100-years-old, and 2021 will make the Duke of Edinburgh one of a rare breed. Following in the footsteps of his late mother-in-law, The Queen Mother, the Duke turns a century old next year.

Plans are already underway to celebrate the landmark event, though, as is expected, Prince Philip is said to be against any plans and wishes to spend the day privately. Although this isn’t a surprise, for someone who has served his country for most of his life, it seems fitting to celebrate his birthday in style.

Ultimately, if the Duke doesn’t wish to celebrate, according to our poll, it is obvious royal fans and the public do, as Prince Philip’s 100th birthday takes our No.1 spot for the Royal Event our readers are most looking forward to next year.

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