Year In Review

A Year In Review: 2018

Extraordinary is the word that I would use to describe this Royal year! It was one filled with weddings, babies, and so many family moments. So, take a break from your busy New Years festivities, grab a blanket and some tea or coffee and join me in reviewing all the Highlights of the Year of 2018!

Gone was the usual slow month of January as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had immediately begun filling up their schedule. We got our first glimpse of the royals in 2018 when on the 7th, William and Catherine were spotted walking to St. Mary’s Church, on the Sandringham Estate, where the royal family spend Christmas, with The Duke of Edinburgh.

 

Then the next day, the 8th, we were in for the best little treat as we got 2 photographs of Princess Charlotte as she began nursery school at Willcocks Nursery. The photographs were our first good look at the not-so little princess since July of 2017. Needless to say she had completely grown and I was a little shocked and emotional haha. Some more information on Charlotte’s school:

  • She reportedly attends the morning school so from around 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • The Duke ad Duchess take turns walking Charlotte to school as it is a short distance from Kensington Palace
  • This school year will be her last at the nursery as she is getting ready to move up to pre-preparatory school! (September 2019)

 

One of the highlights of the year for me was William and Catherine’s semi Scandinavia Tour in the beginning of the year! On January 30th-31st, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Sweden and did many of their engagements with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. I’ve mentioned this before but The Cambridges are my favorite royals while The Swedish Royal Family as a whole are my favorite Royal Family so it was lovely to see them all interact!

 

Of course who could forget that the Swedish leg the of tour brought us this monstrosity of a dress…

 

But it did bring us one of the cutest moments in royal history! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were able to meet Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar who are the two children of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel! Moments like these is when I wished George and Charlotte were on tour with their parents!

 

From February 1st-2nd saw The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their second leg of their Scandinavia tour in Norway. They were welcomed at the Airport by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

 

Before heading off to a plethora of engagements with the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a stop at the Royal palace, where they would stay the night, to have some lunch with other members of the Royal Family including King Harald and Queen Sonja.

 

King Harald is one of my favorite monarchs as he is super sweet and loving so this picture of him completely embracing Kate warms my heart!

 

The most memorable thing from the tour for me is the image of The Duchess of Cambridge literally floating down the Palace hall on the arm of the King to a dinner in her and her husband’s honor! The Alexander McQueen cape dress was stunning and the only thing that could have  made it better was a tiara!

You can find my blog posts on the tour here!

 

At the end of February, the 28th, The Royal Foundation held its first annual forum, which The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part of with the Prince Harry and the then Meghan Markle. Although the household of Kensington Palace will be splitting sometime in 2019, The Royal Foundation will stay in tact for the meantime and we can probably expect to see another event like this one in February!

Special mention for the month of February goes to this sweet moment when Catherine recognizes one of the midwives who assisted the team during George and Charlotte’s birth during a visit Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists!

 

March was the last month we would see the Duchess consistently until her return from maternity leave in October. Catherine did an abundance of engagements and took advantage of the fact that both of her eldest children were in School. On the 12th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined other members of the Royal Family to commemorate Commonwealth Day.

 

Then on the 17th was of one my favorite engagements of the Year: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The Duke of Cambridge is the colonel of the Irish Guards so he took up this event because of that. But Catherine was the first of the two to attend when she went solo in 2012. They’ve attended together almost every year since then except in 2016 when The Duke went solo!

 

The star of this event every year is always Domhnall, an Irish Wolfhound who is the mascot of  1st Battalion’s base in Hounslow.

 

One of my favorite pre-maternity leave engagements of Catherine’s was when she convened a symposium on Early interventions, on the 21st. The Duchess of Cambridge met with many experts and leaders on perinatal, maternal, and infant mental health. We would later find out that this that this was just the start of her first solo project on Early Years. We should find out more about this project in the new year!

 

Her amazing speech at the symposium:

 

The next day, on the 22nd,  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a wheelchair basketball game with SportsAid and visited St. Luke’s Community Center where they prepared a lunch with Commonwealth Big Lunch. These engagements would be Catherine’s last for awhile as she went on Maternity Leave.

 

And that very end of the month, the 27th, The Duke of Cambridge made a private visit to Poundbury, Dorset. Poundbury is a village on the Duchy of Cornwall, which Prince Charles currently runs but The Duke of Cambridge will eventually inherit it as he becomes heir. It is amazing to see him going in and preparing for this role he will one day maintain!

 

We didn’t expect to see The Duchess in April until the birth of Baby Cambrigde 3.0 but her and Prince William made an unexpected appearance at The Queen’s traditional Easter service at Windsor Castle. This was the second time, the first being in 2017, they have attended the service so I hope this becomes an annual thing!

 

They arrived fashionably late to the service and we found out later on it was because they were commuting back from Bucklebury, where the Middletons live, with George and Charlotte in tow!

 

We then saw her again a few days later shopping at Waitrose near The Cambridges county home, Anmer Hall, in Norkolk.

 

The Duke of Cambridge on the other hand was keeping busy with his public engagements before his 2 week paternity leave. In mid-April, London hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and The Duke of Cambridge was heavily involved The Duke hosted a reception to Welcome dignitaries to the UK, attended a Commonwealth Business and Youth Forum, and an Illegal Wildlife Trade meeting with African Ministers.  He greeted and held meetings with lots of heads of states including, Her Excellency Ms. Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania, President of the Republic of Kenya, President Akufo-Addo of Ghana, President Hage Geingob of Namibia, Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua & Barbuda, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, and the Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga of Tuvalu. He also attended The Queen’s formal opening and dinner!

 

On April 21st, The Queen held a concert at The Royal Albert Hall in honor of her 92nd birthday and The Duke of Cambridge attended (sans Duchess for obvious reasons) and he sat right beside his grandmother!

 

I just love this photo of Her Majesty with her two future Kings by her side! The Future is strong!

 

2 days after The Queen’s birthday concert the moment we had all been waiting for happened! Baby Cambridge 3.0, a boy which I predicted haha, arrived at 1101 hours weighing 8 pounds and 7 ounces!

 

The Duke of Cambridge left the hospital smiling the afternoon and returned a few minutes later with Prince George and Princess Charlotte! George was quite shy but Charlotte pulled out her famous wave and showed everyone how its done!

 

While walking into the hospital Charlotte turned around and waved to the press and made all of their hearts melt!

 

Then a few moments later, the new 3 time parents, William and Catherine, appeared out of those doors and onto those famous steps of the Lindo Wing for the third time! They looked so overjoyed and happy with their baby boy (even though Catherine had given birth 7 hours before…)! The Duchess wore a Jenny Packham dress to present the little prince just like she had worn it with George and Charlotte’s births!

 

Of course the new Prince of Cambridge was just adorable and just like his siblings, extremly chubby! He was the heaviest royal baby in over 100 years behind older brother’s record! Chubby babies are the best!

 

We would find out a few days later that his names is Louis Arthur Charles and he is known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge! I was a little shocked because it was not what I expected at all but it has grown on me and I now love it! Here is his name break down:

  • Louis: Name of Louis Mountbatten, the beloved uncle of The Prince of Wales. Middle name of Princes William and George.
  • Arthur: Family Name. The middle-name of Princes Charles and William.
  • Charles: Tribute to the little Prince’s paternal grandfather, The Prince of Wales

Below is his birth certificate! I love seeing these things especially the part where William and Catherine’s occupations are listed as “Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom”. I wish that was my occupation!

You can check out my full post on the birth here and the live blogging I did here!

P.S. I am so sorry some of my older posts have the worst image quality. Those were from before I switched from Blogspot to WordPress and when I did switch, it messed up the quality! 

 

The same week Prince Louis was born, the Duke of Cambridge attended two engagements which he was most likely scheduled for but never announced because they did not know when the baby would arrive! The first engagement,  a service at Westminster Abbey marking Anzac Day, became famous as a video of The Duke of Cambridge trying to not fall asleep emerged. Looked like someone was on the night shift!

 

The next one was a day later to open Greenhouse Sports with his younger brother, Prince Harry, on the day it was announced that William would be his best man for his wedding in May!

 

On May 2nd, Princess Charlotte celebrated her 3rd birthday and we were all quite disappointed that we did not get new picture of the princess. But, as I said on my Instagram and maybe even on here, I will never criticize the decisions that William and Catherine make as parents because they are their children. They know what is best for the kids and knew we would see the kids, particularly George and Charlotte, many times this year (and boy did we see them a lot!).

Surely enough, on May 5th we got a very sweet picture of Princess Charlotte giving her little brother, Prince Louis, a kiss on the head. the photo mirrored one that was released in 2015 of Prince George kissing Princess Charlotte’s head! This photo was actually taken on the day of Charlotte’s birthday!

 

And another one of the little Prince solo at just 3 days old! Both photos were taken by proud mum, The Duchess of Cambridge!

 

About a week later we got this little photo of Catherine, Charlotte, Louis (in the pram), and Nanny Maria who remains the only nanny for all three Cambridge kiddos!

 

On May 15th, The Duke of Cambridge participated in the filming a special episode of the show DIY SOS where he helped construction workers and painters build a boxing club for the community of Grenfell, which had suffered an extreme tragedy in 2017 when a tower caught on fire causing 72 deaths. Prince William first visited Grenfell, shortly after the fire, with The Queen and was clearly emotional about the whole thing. he promised the people he would return and sure enough, he has many times since.  Here is an unofficial clip of the episode:

 

And of course on May 19th was the wedding of Prince Henry of Wales to Ms. Meghan Markle (The Duke and Duchess of Sussex). The Duke of Cambridge served as best-man to his younger brother:

 

While Prince George and Princess Charlotte had starring roles as Pageboy and Bridesmaid, respectively, at their Uncle Harry’s Wedding:

 

The wedding was the first time The Duchess of Cambridge was seen in public officially since the birth of Prince Louis. She had an unofficial role in the wedding and helped out with the kids. She sat front row next to her mother-in-law and father-in-law as she watched her brother-in-law get married:

 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte appeared in two official photographs from the wedding. One alongside the rest of the bridal party and the other alongside their parents, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for the traditional family snap:

 

In May, The Duke of Cambridge was back to regular duties after his 2-week paternity leave. On the 15th, he attended a National Service of Commemoration to mark a year since the bombings at an Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena. He gave a reading at the service:

 

At the end of the month, we got a little glimpse of what life in Norfolk is like for the Cambridges as The Duchess was spotted having some down time with Prince George and Princess Charlotte. They were at the Houghton Horse Trials which takes place every year at Houghton Hall, which is the home of William and Catherine’s friends, the Marquess and Marchioness Cholmondeley.

 

June was a month filled with Family moments and a historic tour. On June 9th, the whole entire British Royal Family came out in full force for Trooping The Color, The Queen’s official birthday.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore an icy blue ensemble by her go to designer, Alexander McQueen. Tellingly, Catherine, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Queen were the only senior royal woman wearing icy blue.

 

The Duke of Cambridge participated in the parade by riding horseback by his father, The Prince of Wales.

 

I love this photo of The Queen looking at her two future Kings.

 

But of course, the stars of the show was the kids! It’s always lovely to be able to see them and especially see George so happy and free when he can’t see the cameras on him.

 

It was also lovely to see the evolution of their relationship with their cousins Savanah and Isla Philips (children of Peter Philips, Princess Anne’s son). I always knew they would be kind of close considering how close William is to Peter (and Zara) but we really got to see these little relationships shine through this year!

 

Princess Charlotte took a little tumble on the balcony and was comforted by her mother but she was fine a few moments later

And the moment everyone was talking about….Prince George seemed to have been talking during the national anthem or mock singing and Cousin Savannah was not here for it haha!

 

On June 10th, the day after Trooping the Color, we saw the cousins back in action as they enjoyed a day of Polo. The Cambridge kids were out in force to cheer on their PaPa! Charlotte seems like a great cheerleader!

 

I love seeing them in this relaxed environment where they are more comfortable! Catherine is such a loving mum and the kids clearly love her so much!

There are so many more adorable pictures from that day. Some of which you can find on my full blog post from that week! Click here!

 

Next, on June 18th, The Duke of Cambridge attended the annual Order of the Garter service that takes place a Windsor Castle.

 

The Order of the Garter is “oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain.” The Duke of Cambridge was the 1000th knight inducted into the order in 2008 which his then girlfriend, Catherine Middleton, was present for. It was her first extremely high profile event alongside other senior members of the royal family.

At the end of June (from the 24th-28th), The Duke of Cambridge embarked on a history making tour to the Middle East. His first stop and the more lightweight part of the tour was to Jordan. He was welcomed at the airport by Crown Prince Hussein who was at the time serving as Regent of Jordan since his father, King Abdullah, was out of the country.

 

One of the most memorable moments of his stop in Jordan was of course the picture released by Kensington Palace of the The Duke and Crown Prince watching an England football (soccer) match from the World Cup. Prince William had asked people to please not tell him the score as he wanted to watch the match later and in a nice gesture from the Crown Prince, he had already recorded it!

 

On day 2 of his stop in Jordan, The Duke of Cambridge had a plethora of engagements with Crown Prince Hussein, one of which was to visit the sight where a young Kate Middleton had taken a picture with her father and sister when the family lived in Jordan.

 

The Duke of Cambridge expressed how saddened his wife was that she could not accompany him on this and said she loved her tie in Jordan as a young girl.

 

Next up was the more nerve-wracking part of the tour where The Duke of Cambridge would find himself in the middle of political ground. Upon stepping off his plane in Israel, he became the first member of the British Royal Family to make an official visit to the country. I still get chills looking at this Image!

The Duke of Cambridge also visited the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He met with leader from both Palestine and Israel and shared a message of peace and hope between them. Prince William did an amazing job during what was described as one of the hardest and most politically sensitive tour a British Royal has undertaken in awhile.

 

Prince William also got to pay tribute to all the Jews who lost their lives during the Holocaust.

My two favorite parts of the tour both were in Israel when The Duke of Cambridge visited the western wall and placed a prayer in it:

 

And when he went to visit the grave of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice. Alice was the mother of Prince Philip and she had specifically requested to be buried in Israel. She is highly praised in the country because she hid many Jews during the Holocaust.

 

July was when things started to slow down on the royal front but we still got some amazing moments!

On July 6th, The Duke of Cambridge joined his grandmother, The Queen, and his aunt, The Princess Royal, in Scotland for the Order of Thistle service. The Order of Thistle is the equivalent of the Order of Garter but in Scotland. Prince William has been a knight since 2012.

 

 

July 9th was the day we all had been waiting for since Prince Louis’ birth. He was christened at the Chapel Royal in St. James’ Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

 

The little Prince was sleeping for his big day while his glowing mum held him. The Duchess of Cambridge was wearing an Alexander McQueen dress. Catherine is clearly very sentimental as she wore Jenny Packham when presenting all three of her kids on the Lindo Wing steps and she wore Alexander McQueen for all of their christenings!

 

Prince Louis’ christening was the first time we have seen the family of five all together! Prince George and Princess Charlotte were cute as always and amazingly behaved!

Upon leaving the chapel, Princess Charlotte showed her sassy side as she turned to the photographers and said “You’re not coming” haha!

 

A video of the family and guests arriving at the christening:

 

And one of all of their departures:

 

Days later, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge initially released four official portraits from the christening which were all taken by Matt Holyoak.

The first two were the traditional family shots. One with everyone including the Middletons:

And the other with just the royals (featuring Princess Charlotte holding her little brother’s hand:

 

The 3rd photo was of the Cambridges all together:

 

And the last photo taken by Matt Holyoak was one of The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis together:

 

A day later, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided to release an additional photo taken by Matt Porteous. It was taken for their private family album but they loves it so much they decided to release it and I am so glad that they did because it turned out to be my favorite shot from the day!

You can view my full christening post here which included the godparents chosen and the service.

 

On July 10th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended events with the rest of the royal family to celebrate RAF100. These events were important for bot The Duke and Duchess as he was an RAF Pilot for many years and she was an RAF wife/girlfriend.

 

They first attended a service at Westminster Abbey:

 

After the service, Th Royal Family headed to the courtyards of Buckingham Palace where The Queen presented the RAF with a new color:

 

Then, they all viewed a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace:

 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte made an appearance through the window as they watched the flypast with their Nanny Maria and their mother’s private secretary, Catherine Quinn.

 

Prince Louis even made an appearance!

 

After the flypast, The Duke of Cambridge went solo to a reception:

 

On July 15th, The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by her Sister-in-law, The Duchess of Sussex, to watch the Women’s Single’s Final at Wimbledon. Catherine attends every year and she is the patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club which is where Wimbledon takes place.

 

A day later on the 16th, it was a date day for Mummy and PaPa Cambridge as they watched the Men’s Singles Final at Wimbledon together.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a gorgeous Dolce and Gabbana dress and it was definitely one of my favorite outfits this year!

 

On July 22nd Prince George celebrated his 5th birthday! Can you believe it?! Or are you in denial like I am haha! The Duke and Duchess released a gorgeous snap of the prince grinning from ear to ear!

 

August  was an extremely slow month because the whole Royal Family had gone on vacation and decamped to the Balmoral Estate in Scotland.

On August 8th, The Duke of Cambridge traveled to Amiens, France to commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of Amiens.

 

He was joined by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May.

 

The Duke of Cambridge also gave a speech at the ceremony:

 

On August 26th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were spotted arriving at church with Her Majesty The Queen on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland. They usually spend a week or two up their with the family before school resumes for the kids. The Duchess was also spotted driving around the estate with Prince George, Savannah Philips, and Zara Tindall.

 

As classes resumed for Prince George and Princess Charlotte, it was back to work in September for The Duke of Cambridge.

September 12th, saw the end of an era as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received Miguel Head as he officially stepped down from his position as Prince William’s private secretary. Miguel had been working for the royal family for over a decade but was made William’s secretary in December 2012.

 

On September 16th, The Duke of Cambridge was back up in Scotland when he was spotted on his way to a Sunday morning church service with his grandmother, The Queen. William was at Balmoral solo presumably to attend the Ghillies Ball, which is a ball The Queen throws for the staff at Balmoral. The Duke first attended last year so maybe this will now be an annual event for him!

 

On September 18th he had a day of engagements and it was so much fun to follow them!

He first attended the first Prince William Award Graduation. The Prince William Award is a “character and resilience award program for children aged 6–14”. The five key themes of the program are Personal Development (building a foundation of inner strength), Relationships (looking at how individuals can be more effective by connecting with other people), Working Together (bringing people together to achieve a result that requires mental or physical strength), Community (helping young people to make a contribution to those around them), and Enviroment (enabling young people to appreciate the world around them, so they can see a link with something beyond themselves).

 

Next, he visited Acorns Hospice to help them commemorate 30 years since their grand opening. In 1988, The Duke of Cambridge’s late mother, Diana, opened the hospital.

 

And finally, he unveiled a new statue of Major Frank Foley. Major Frank Foley was “British Secret Intelligence Service officer. As a passport control officer for the British embassy in Berlin, Foley “bent the rules” and helped thousands of Jewish families escape from Nazi Germany after Kristallnacht and before the outbreak of the Second World War.”

 

It was a family day out on September 22nd as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, attended the wedding of one of Catherine’s best friends, Sophie Carter. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were pageboy and bridesmaid respectively while The Duchess had an unofficial role in the wedding as child-wrangler/matron-of-honor. You can view my full post on the wedding here.

 

From September 24th-30th, The Duke of Cambridge was on a working trip to Tanzania, Namibia, and Kenya. The focus was on learning more about conservation in Africa but Prince William also had a few engagements on behalf of the Queen. Below are my favorite photos from the trip:

 

 

October was one of, if not the, the most eventful months as a royal watcher. On October 2nd, The Duchess of Cambridge made long awaited return to engagements after a 6 month maternity leave. She was in her element in the outdoors with young children as she visited Sayers Croft Trust School.

 

Engagements like these are some of my favorites because kids are so unpredictable haha. Like this little girl making silly faces while drinking water!

As she departed her engagement she got a plethora of hugs from the little ones! Read my full post on her comeback here!

 

A week later the dynamic duo that is The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their official return when on October 9th they attended the Ministerial Global Mental Health Summit. It was lovely to see the two of them together again!

 

On October 10th, The Duchess of Cambridge made a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum for the first time since she was announced as patron in March 2018.

 

On October 11th, The Duke of Cambridge attended the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London where he gave the keynote speech.

 

You can see his powerful speech below:

 

On October 12th, Princess Eugenie of York, youngest daughter of The Duke of York, got married to her long-time love Jack Brooksbank at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte, along with 3 of their cousins, were pageboy and bridesmaid respectively. 5 of The Queen’s great-grandchildren (Savannah Philips, Isla Philips, Prince George, Mia Tindall, and Princess Charlotte) all participated in the wedding.

 

Savannah Philips, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte playing around together:

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the wedding. The Duchess turned heads wearing a gorgeous magenta outfit by Alexander McQueen.

 

The talk of the day was of course that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were caught holding hands (although it is not as rare as some love to make it seem haha)!

 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte appeared in two official wedding portraits. One with the bridal party and the other with the families of the bride and groom.

 

Days later Princess Eugenie released this another photo on her instagram to thank everyone for their well-wishes. The photo features Eugenie and Jack sitting on the floor with their bridal part and a laughing Princess Charlotte in the center.

Read my full post on that whole week here.

 

On October 15th, Pippa Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister, gave birth to a healthy baby boy weighing 8 pounds and 9 ounces. Arthur Michael William, his name which was later revealed, was Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis’ first cousin as well as both William and Catherine’s first nephew.

[Insert recent photo of Pippa and Arthur]

Prince George and Princess Charlotte had half-term break from the 18th-26th so The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toned back their work schedule so they can spend as much time with them.

On October 23rd The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew in from Anmer Hall to London with Prince Louis to attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honor of the Dutch State Visit. The Duchess wore a dress that had fans divided and I personally did not care because she was finally seen with the Royal Family Order. The order is the highest order a female royal can be given by the Queen’s choice. She received it some time between July-December 2017 and first wore it in December (although we did not see it).

 

Full post here.

Here is  video of The Duke and Duchess leaving Kensington Palace on October 24th, the day after the banquet, with Prince Louis:

 

On October 30th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Coach Core in Essex. Coach Core is “an apprenticeship program that helps young people (16-24 years old) who are not in education, employment or training to build a career”. Coach Core was started by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in 2012 and it operates under The Royal Foundation.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showed off their sporty sides as they played with the people there:

 

The Duchess of Cambridge played tennis:

 

While The Duke threw around foam rockets with young children:

 

They met and talked to people who took part in the program:

 

 

And of course The Duchess of Cambridge got her customary flowers she gets almost every engagement:

 

On October 31st, The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise visit to the Imperial War Museum ahead, of the Remembrance events that would take place in November, to learn about her 3 great-uncles who fought and perished during World War I.

 

 

She viewed a beautiful poppy display:

You can read more about her visit here along with some history about her ancestors.

 

November was a month of Remembrance in more ways than one! On November 4th, The Duke of Cambridge led the way in beginning Remembrance events for this years Armistice centenary anniversary. He attended the Submariners’ Service and Parade.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge pulled out a dress we had all been hoping she would re-wear, on November 8th when her and The Duke of Cambridge attended the Tusk Conservation Awards.

 

The Duchess first wore this teal Jenny Packham dress in 2012 before she had any kids! That is pretty impressive to say the least! The back of the dress always makes me swoon!

November 10th marked the beginning of a weekend of Remembrance Events. That evening, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall with other members of the royal family.

 

The festival is held at The Royal Albert Hall annually and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended every year together since 2015 except last year when The Duchess went solo due to another engagement The Duke had.

 

On November 11th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended two events to mark Remembrance Sunday and the centenary since the Armistice was signed to end World War I.

In the morning, they attended the annual ceremony they have at the Cenotaph in White Hall. The Duchess of Cambridge watched the proceedings from the balcony with The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall…

 

While The Duke if Cambridge laid a wreath in memory of those who lost their lives fighting for their country and people.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge looked gorgeous and had a regal air to her while wearing a Military styled Alexander McQueen coat dress.

 

Later that evening The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a service at Westminster Abbey in commemoration of the centenary since the Armistice was signed to end World War I.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sat front row alongside The Queen, The Prince of Wales, and The Duchess of Cornwall.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge re-wore a Catherine Walker coat dress she first debuted in March 2017.

 

On November 13th, the eve of Prince Charles’ 70th birthday, Clarence House released to gorgeous photos of The “Wales” Family.

 

The photos feature The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte,  Prince Louis, and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They were taken in September in the gardens of Clarence House and were our first glimpse of Prince Louis since his christening in early July. The photo below is my favorite of the set:

 

 

On November 14th, before partying it up with Prince Charles and other foreign royalty, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a day of engagements in South Yorkshire.  They first visited Rotherham where they officially opened McLaren Automotive’s new Composite Technology Center.

 

They then traveled to Barnsley for their next engagement at a Centrepoint hostel. Centrepoint “is a charity in the United Kingdom which provides accommodation and support to homeless people aged 16–25”.  The Duke of Cambridge became patron of the charity in 2005 after taken it up from his late mother, Diana, who was also a patron of Centrepoint before her untimely death.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge officially opened the Hostel’s Andy Norman Learning Hub which “will provide a dedicated space and resource for young people at risk of homelessness in Barnsley, helping improve their skills and work towards independence.”

 

 

Later that evening on the 14th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a dinner at Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles’ 70th birthday!

The Duchess looked glorious in a one-shoulder pink gown with one of her best updos to date! Unfortunately, this event was private so we did not get any shots of The Duchess of Cambridge in all her finery.

 

On November 15th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited BBC Studious in correlation with anti-bullying week in the UK.

 

At the event, The Duke of Cambridge gave a powerful speech on cyber-bullying and he was being highly praised for his straight forward speech that did not shy away from making some hard hitting comments. You can read the full speech here and watch all 11 minutes of the speech below.

 

In the evening of that same day, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended an annual dinner for The Royal Foundation!

 

On November 17th, More photos were released from the Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday shoot!

 

All were taken by Chris Jackson on September 5th. The one below features a sweet moment between Prince Louis and his Grandpa Wales.

 

The next is another Wales Family Shot featuring Prince Louis grabbing his grandpa’s eye!

 

The third one is just a full body shot of the one we previously saw featuring The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Louis.

 

And Finally, the last one is an outtake of The Duke of Cambridge, The Prince of Wales, and The Duke of Sussex while they were posing for an official portrait for the stamp.

 

Read my full post on that whole week or so here!

On November 20th, The Duke of Cambridge attended the inaugural of the This Can Happen Conference which aims to “highlight solutions to support mental health at work.”

 

Prince William spoke about his own experience with mental health at work since he worked as an Air Ambulance pilot and would see lots of traumatic cases:

“I worked several times on very traumatic jobs involving children, and after I had my own children I think the relation between the job and the personal life was what really took me over the edge, and I started feeling things that I have never felt before, and I got very sad and very down about this particular family.”

Watch his full onstage appearance at the conference:

 

On November 21st, The Duchess of Cambridge had an unannounced engagement to a UCL Neuroscience Lab where she learned more from their research into how environment and biology interact to shape the way in which children develop both socially and emotionally.

 

The visit was part of The Duchess’ research for her new Early Years’ Initiative which we should be hearing more about early next year! I am super excited for this initiative as Catherine has been giving her all and doing her research! She revealed at this engagement that she studied Psychology briefly at St. Andrews University!

 

On November 28th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a day of engagements in Leicester with the focus on paying tribute to those who lost their lives in a terrible helicopter crash, including their personal friend Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s who owned the Leicester City Football Club, outside of King Power Stadium.

 

 

They also visited the University of Leicester to see and talk to charities that were supported by Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s. The Duchess of Cambridge got a kiss from a little boy named Sai Gokani who has received help through a community project which received funding from Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

 

Read my full post on that engagement here!

 

On November 29th, The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte had a mommy-daughter date night! The two girls went to a pre-general rehearsal of The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The Royal Opera House. There is one picture but I won’t be posting it here as the ROH asked for it to be taken down but it is in my “Mini Cambridges” highlights on Instagram!

 

On December 4th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted a Christmas Party at Kensington Palace for families and children of deployed personnel from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham serving in Cyprus. It was such a lovely event and they were both in their elements.

 

They even got into a snowball fight with some of the people at the party and their staff including The Duchess’ Private Secretary, Catherine Quinn.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge looked absolutely amazing! This was honestly one of my favorite outfit of hers all year!

 

My favorite photo from the event:

 

 

Later that evening The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the annual Diplomatic Corps Reception at Buckingham Palace. The event is white-tie (aka Tiara) and is reserved for the “top dogs” (The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge). We usually only got car shots from the event…

 

But this year they decided to allow a rota photographer into the event and snap pictures. This has not happened in a long time and it might be a preview as to how The Prince of Wales’ reign will be and I like it!

 

The Duchess of Cambridge wore Queen Mary’s Lovers Knot tiara and a bespoke Jenny Packham dress along with Royal Family order she first wore at the same event but December 2017.

 

On December 5th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a whirlwind trip to Cyprus. They flew to Cyprus on a nearly 5 hour flight to spend 3 hours with the troops and giving them the gifts there families had send them and then they returned to the UK on another 5 hour flight.

 

They presented the deployed personnel with presents that had been given to them to take to Cyprus by the families at the Christmas party they hosted the day before:

 

They had a walkabout where they met members of the local community:

 

Check my full post on those 2 Christmas events and the glorious Tiara night here!

 

On one of their last “work” days of the year, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had 2 engagements in London on December 11th. Their first stop was to Evelina London Children Hospital where ahead of their visit, The Duchess of Cambridge was announced as the new patron! Read the full statement here! Marian Ridley, Director of Evelina London, said:

“We are absolutely delighted and deeply honoured The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become our Patron. The Duchess shares our passion for giving children and young people the very best start in life and Her Royal Highness’ support will help champion the life-saving care our staff are providing to our patients.”

 

In April, when their third child was born, Evelina London Children’s Hospital was the charity that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had asked for donations to be sent to instead of gifts.

The Duke and Duchess met children receiving care at the hospital, heard from staff and parents about Evelina London’s life changing care and support for families and joined in on a multitude of Christmas related activities.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were at home with the little ones as they all played around together. I love uploading photos but you can really see how natural they are in video! So check out the video below which also includes an off the cuff speech from The Duchesss:

 

The picture below is probably my favorites from the engagement:

After their visit to the Children’s hospital, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their way to The Passage Charity. The Passage has “The Passage has for 30 years run London’s largest voluntary sector day centre for homeless and vulnerable people helping over 200 people every day to access diverse services, including primary services, housing and welfare advice, health services and employment and training services.”

The Duke of Cambridge first visited the charity with his mother, Diana, in 1994 at the age of 12. The visit was one of many and was partof Diana’s “mission” to make sure her boys grew up understanding the harsh reality of the world behind palace walls.

 

Today was his most recent wife and he has now returned with his wife!

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also joined in on some Christmas activities and The Duke once again admitting his wife was the more artsy one of the two:

 

On December 14th, we were double blessed! First, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided to release a new photo of their adorable family which will be featured on their Christmas card. The photo was taken by Matt Porteous (the same man who took that adorable extra photo of Prince Louis from his christening) at The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Country and Weekend home, Anmer Hall.  The photo is absolutely adorable and my new favorite from The Cambridges! The children are all so adorable!

 

Later that morning, The Duke of Cambridge stepped out in his swoon worthy uniform to represent The Queen as the Reviewing Officer at The Sovereign’s Parade at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

 

His visit comes after almost exactly 12 years since his own graduation from Sandhurst:

Photo: Kensington Palace

 

On December 19th, Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh hosted their annual pre-Christmas Luncheon at Buckingham Palace for over 50 member of The Royal Family. This rare gathering allows Her Majesty to catch up with her extended family that do an get invite to spend Christmas day with her in Norfolk.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in attendance with their beautiful children:

 

They arrived at around 1 p.m. with the children’s nanny sitting in the second row (with presumably Prince Louis in his carseat behind The Duchess) while Prince George and Princess Charlotte sat in third row of seats!

 

They left around 2 hours later with rosy cheeks suggesting the kids had been running around with their cousins:

 

It is unclear whether Prince Louis was there but I believe he was. There are pictures where you can see a hint of a car seat and another where Nanny Maria was spotted peaking over to where the car seat would be!

 

On December 23rd, 2 days before Christmas, The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted doing some last minute shopping at a store in Norfolk called “The Range” with Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Click here to read the full story from The Sun which includes cute little tidbits such as which toys Prince George was interested in and what Catherine calls little Princess Charlotte!

 

On December 25th, Christmas Day, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and other members of the Royal Family at church. The Royal Family annual do this public walk which allows them to greet members of the public.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent lots of time chatting and greeting the public. They mentioned to a few well wishers that Prince George and Princess Charlotte had woken up at 5am to open their presents!

 

The Duchess of Cambridge looked gorgeous in what is now my favorite Sandringham Christmas outfit of hers of all time! She wore Catherine Walker Coat that she also has in Green and a new Jane Taylor headpiece in the new headband style she now loves!

 

Christmas day was their last official appearance of 2018!

 

The Duke of Cambridge stepped up his work count from 2017 and 2018 was the first year we saw him as a full-time working royal. He completed a total of 219 engagements by my count. Earlier in the year, before her maternity leave, we got a preview of what The Duchess of Cambridge is like as she had multiple engagements each week. That slowed down as she had a 6-month maternity leave and we were told she would not get back to her full-time schedule until the new year. The Duchess completed 77 engagements by my count.

 

Below are  my top 10 moments of 2018 in no particular order!

Top 10 Moments of 2018

  • Princess Charlotte’s Nursery: Earlier in the year, Kensington Palace published photos taken by The Duchess of Cambridge of Princess Charlotte leaving for her first day of nursery. It was an amazing start to a royally eventful year!
  • The Scandinavia Tour: Seeing my favorite royals come together and do engagements together and clearly get on, was a Highlight of the royal year for me!
  • Prince Louis’ Birth: April 23rd, 2018 was such a whirlwind day and not only was it amazing to welcome another little Cambridge baby, but it was a bit of good news for the world to celebrate!
  • Polo: Polo is one of those events where the royals let down their hair and are able to act like themselves really! We had been hoping since 2015 (the last time the Duchess attended) that she would take the kids and she did!
  • The Middle East Tour: The Duke of Cambridge’s historic tour was amazing to witness! All of the pictures, especially the one of him getting off the plane in Israel, gave me chills!
  • Prince Louis’  Christening: When The Duchess of Cambridge’s third pregnancy was first announced, one of the things I was most excited for in the new Baby Cambridge era was the Christening and it did not disappoint! The kids were all their and the photos were gorgeous!
  • The Duchess of Cambridge RFO: On October 23rd, 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out at the Dutch State Banquet with her first Royal Order from The Queen! She had received it in late 2017 and worn it that December but it was the first time we had seen it! It was an amazing moment!
  • Prince Charles’ Birthday Photos: On November 14th, Prince Charles celebrated his 70th birthday and they released 2 adorable snaps of the whole “Wales” Family and later 2 more photos of Prince Louis being adorable with his grandfather!
  • Diplomatic Corps Reception: The DCR is an annual event but this year was the first in which we got actual photos from the inside! Those photos are probably some of the most clear ones that we have of The Duchess in a tiara!
  • Christmas: EVERYTHING from Christmas! From their adorable photo this year to the Christmas walk! It was all amazing!

 

2019 Predictions:

  • At least the older kids will attend both of their cousins’ christenings.
  • Both William and Catherine will do the most engagements they ever had.
  • Princess Charlotte will have her first engagement in the UK (something with animals or the ballet).
  • Prince George will attend some engagements with his parents.
  • There will be 2 state visits and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will participate in both.
  • The Duchess of Cambridge will get a new tiara loaned to her.
  • The Duchess of Cambridge will get the Royal Victorian Order.
  • KP Team will split smoothly.
  • The Duchess of Cambridge to get another Military appointment.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take on more patronages from The Duke of Edinburgh and The Queen.
  • Princess Charlotte will attend Thomas’s Battersea
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend their first State Opening of Parliament.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will go on at least 2 tours and the kids might go on one of them (summer)
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the new Emperor of Japan’s coronation in 2019

 

Other Royals:

  • Baby Sussex is a boy.
  • Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia will announce a pregnancy mid-end year.
  • Princess Eugenie and Jack brooksbank will announce a pregnancy.
  • Princess Madeleine and family move full-time back to Sweden
  • Pippa Middleton will become pregnant with her scond child.
  • James Middleton will get engaged.

 

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