TOP 10 ROYAL MOMENTS OF 2019

We've counted down the top 10 moments for the Royal Family in 2019.

By Jonathan Reed |

28 December 2019

It has been one hell of a year for The Royal Family, from the birth of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Prince Louis’ debut at Trooping the Colour to the downfall of Prince Andrew. We’ve seen two major Royal Tours and enough scandal to accuse 2019 of being another Annus Horribilis for the Queen. Though before we head into 2020, let’s take a look over the past year…

10. DUKE OF EDINBURGH CRASH

The Duke's Land Rover after the crash © PA

2019 started out with a bang for the Royal Family when the Duke of Edinburgh crashed his car near the Royal’s Sandringham Estate.

The Duke was unharmed though the passengers in the other vehicle did suffer minor injuries. The crash resulted in Prince Phillip deciding to hand over his driving license for good.

Phillip had retired from public life in August 2018 and had been staying at Sandringham full time when the crash occurred.


9. MEGHAN'S VOGUE ISSUE

'Forces for Change' was the Duchess' debut magazine editorial © British Vogue


Numerous Royals have appeared on the front cover of glossy magazines. Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge both featured on the cover of Vogue, though the Duchess of Sussex strived to do something different.

Instead of featuring on the cover, Meghan decided to guest edit British Vogue instead, calling the issue “Forces for Change”.

The Duchess nominated a collection of women who she believed were leading the conversation of change across a plethora of issues. She included Greta Thunberg, Jameela Jamil and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The magazine was warmly received by most, though there were some Royal Watchers who questioned whether the issue was too political for a publication edited by a member of the Royal Family.


8. PRINCE CHARLES' 50 YEARS AS PRINCE OF WALES

The Prince of Wales with his mother, The Queen at his investiture at Caernarfon Castle © PA


He is the longest serving Heir Apparent in history and this year Prince Charles marked a giant milestone by celebrating 50 years as the Prince of Wales.

A special documentary was released with the Prince reminiscing over his investiture at Caernarfon Castle. It also touched on all the amazing work Charles’ does in Wales and his commitment to ensuring that he remains connected to the country.

Another documentary was also released focusing on the Prince’s work for the Duchy of Cornwall, a vast estate of land which Charles owns and his son Prince William will one day inherit.


7. PRINCESS CHARLOTTE'S FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL

Princess Charlotte attends her first day at shcool © The Rumble Online/Getty Images


It a milestone for every young child when they start school for the first time, and for a Princess it’s no different.

2019 saw Princess Charlotte begin her first day at school. Accompanied by her parents and brother, Prince George, the four-year-old looked slightly nervous, clinging onto her mother’s hand.

Charlotte followed in her big brother’s footsteps and was enrolled at Thomas Battersea school nearby Kensington Palace.

A small collection of photographers were given permission to photograph the event, with many fans grateful that the Duchess of Cambridge could attend this time. With her eldest son, Kate was pregnant with Prince Louis and was suffering from severe morning sickness so was unable to attend.


6. PAKISTAN ROYAL TOUR

William and Kate were pictured outside of the Pakistan Monument © Getty Images


It was advertised as the most ambitious Royal Tour the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had ever done. For five days, William and Kate would journey across the country of Pakistan in an attempt to change the image of the troubled country. To say they exceeded in their endeavour would be an understatement.

Spending time in an orphanage with young Pakistani children, or experiencing a dramatic flight when their RAF plane was forced to land after flying into a storm, the Cambridge’s captured the heart of the Pakistan.

And whilst usually all eyes are on the Duchess’ choice of fashion, this time the Duke outshone his wife, wearing a fashionable traditional sherwani – becoming the first Royal to do so.

The result of the tour had a profound effect on Pakistan’s image and culture, with many royal fans falling in love with the fashion, people and stunning architecture.


5. SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR DOCUMENTARY FALLOUT

Harry and Meghan spent 10 days touring South Africa © Getty Images


It was arguably one of the most anticipated Royal documentaries of 2019 and caused a ginormous debate over the future of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The Tom Bradby documentary of Harry and Meghan’s Royal Tour of South Africa was supposed to solely focus on the couples charitable work, but instead quickly began to hone in on the Sussex’s relationship with the Press.

The result of the documentary ended with a polarised opinion, with some fans sympathising with the couple and others less supportive. There was much to discuss after the program aired on ITV, but it was the Duke of Sussex effectively admitting a ‘rift’ with his brother Prince William which garnered most of the media’s attention.

The fallout from the documentary has resulted in Harry and Meghan taking a six-week break from the public life and spending Christmas in Canada.


4. US STATE VISIT

President Donald Trump toasts with the Queen at the State Banquet © PA


It had been a long time coming, but finally President Donald Trump received his State Visit to the UK.

The President was greeted by the Queen on the gardens of Buckingham Palace and was bestowed a lavish State Banquet which included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and other senior members of the Royal Family.

The First Family were also given a tour of some prized possessions from the Royal Collection Trust in the Picture Gallery, with Prince Harry joining in with the greetings. The Duchess of Sussex was absent from the visit due to being on maternity leave with baby Archie.


3. BIRTH OF ARCHIE HARRISON MOUNTBATTEN-WINDSOR

The Sussex's introduced baby Archie in the St George's Hall at Windsor Castle © Getty Images


Some good news from the Royal’s this year was the birth a new great-grandchild for the Queen and Prince Phillip. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born 6th May and the breaking news caused somewhat of a media backlash.

Archie’s parents, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, has chosen to keep the birth private, refusing to release any details on where their son was born or who his godparents were. Whilst some were perplexed by this decision, the couple’s fans came out in support asking the media to leave them alone.

After a few days getting to know their new arrival, Harry and Meghan showed off the youngest royal to the world with a photoshoot in St George’s Hall inside of Windsor Castle.


2. PRINCE LOUIS - TROOPING THE COLOUR

Prince Louis joins his parents, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace © PA


He’s the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and 2019 was the year Prince Louis became the biggest star of the Royal Family at the Trooping the Colour celebrations.

The toddler melted hearts as he enthusiastically waved to crowds from the iconic balcony of Buckingham Palace, as well as amusing his parents.

His appearance prompted a huge reaction from fans, leading to the nickname ‘Boss Baby’ and the public quickly describing Louis as their “favourite royal”.

We have a feeling Louis will be entertaining the Royal’s for a long time to come.


1. PRINCE ANDREW INTERVIEW

Prince Andrew speaks to Emily Maitlis inside of Buckingham Palace © BBC


It was the biggest Royal story this year and plunged the institution into its biggest scandal in decades. The interview between Emily Maitlis and Prince Andrew for BBC’s Newsnight program was expected to clear the air on the growing Jeffery Epstein scandal – it didn’t work.

Viewers watched aghast as the Prince stumbled his way through the forensic questioning by Maitlis, resorting to ridiculous answers to extremely serious questions.

The fallout from the interview has seen Andrew removed from all public life and left his reputation in tatters. He has been dropped from every patronage and could also be subpoenaed by the FBI for questioning.

This was the biggest Royal story this year, though it looks very likely it’ll carry on into 2020.