From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement to new babies to weddings, the royal family had a notable 2017. The queen visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to meet victims of the terror attack in Manchester. Prince George served as pageboy at Pippa Middleton’s wedding. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrated their platinum anniversary. The Duchess of Cambridge announced she was having a third child. And 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.
It looks as if 2018 will be another banner year for the royal family. Discover what’s in store for them — these might be the most surprising developments so far.
1. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will head to Sweden and Norway
According to Town & Country, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make an official visit to Norway and Sweden to kick off their work in 2018. The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office asked them to go, hoping the visit will strengthen relations with other European countries as the UK prepares to leave the EU. The four-day trip will happen at the end of January 2018 and the pair might be leaving Prince George and Princess Charlotte at home.
Next: Charlotte is leaving home.
2. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge will begin attending nursery school
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter Charlotte will turn 3 in May 2018. And she headed to nursery school in January 2018. She attends Willcocks Nursery School, near the Kensington Palace home. According to Money, the high-end preschool caters to old English families and offers French lessons, a lunch club, and poetry workshops.
Next: The queen will open Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
3. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will take place
Queen Elizabeth will welcome leaders to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle in April 2018 for the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, according to GOV.UK. During the week of April 16, presidents and prime ministers from more than 50 countries will attend the meeting, and Britain is looking to secure new trade relations as it wades through Brexit.
Next: The queen will turn one duty over to the Prince of Wales.
4. The Prince of Wales will represent Queen Elizabeth at the 2018 Commonwealth Games
The Prince of Wales will travel to the Australia’s Gold Coast in April 2018 to represent Queen Elizabeth at the opening of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, according to Express. He’ll open the games and deliver Queen Elizabeth’s message, which will be in the Queen’s Baton. The message will end up in Australia after going through a 388-day tour of the Commonwealth nations.
Next: Will the queen have to share her birthday?
5. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a third child
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby is due in April. This will be their third child, and he or she will be fifth in line to the throne, according to The Guardian. That means it’s entirely possibly the baby is born on Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday, which falls on April 21. If the baby isn’t born that day, he or she might arrive on St. George’s Day, which falls on April 23, or even on the Cambridges’ seventh wedding anniversary, which is April 29.
Next: Wedding bells will ring.
6. There will be a royal wedding
Perhaps the biggest news for the royal family in 2018 is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials on May 19. They will marry in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, and George and Charlotte will likely serve as pageboy and bridesmaid, according to Express. Prince Harry and Markle will also likely become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they marry, and they will tour the town in a carriage with an open top.
Next: Harry and Meghan must go on tour.
7. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will make their first official royal tour
When they return from their honeymoon, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will conduct their first official royal tour as man and wife, according to Express. They might join the competitors at some point in the Walking with the Wounded Walk of America charity event. The event will take place in the U.S. between May and July. Six wounded vets, three from the U.K. and three from America, will walk 1,200 miles in 14 weeks.
Other likely stops on their tour might include Canada, which is not only a Commonwealth country but also Markle’s home while she filed the television show Suits. Australia will likely be another stopping point for the couple because the Invictus Games will be staged in October in Sydney.
Next: Big birthdays in store
8. Prince Charles turns 70, and Princess Beatrice turns 30
Two big birthdays will take place in 2018: Prince Charles will turn 70 on Nov. 14, and Princess Beatrice, the oldest daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, will be 30 on Aug. 8. As the longest-serving heir to the throne in British history, Prince Charles will likely celebrate at a black-tie event hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall, according to Express.
Next: A Trump demonstration?
9. Donald Trump might visit the U.S. London embassy
According to Express, the royal family might be in for a visit from Donald Trump if he travels to London after the new U.S. embassy opens. No date has been set for the visit. Prime Minister Theresa May previously asked Trump to make a state visit, but a poll showed 2 million Brits would demonstrate if he took her up on the invitation. If he makes the trip in 2018, it will be interesting to see Britain’s reaction.
Next: Major anniversaries
10. There will be several anniversaries to acknowledge
The royals will mark several anniversaries in 2018. They include the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force on April 1; the 75th anniversary of Operation Chastise on May 16 and 17; and the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which ended World War I, on Nov. 11.
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