It’s been quite a year for the British royal family. From historic tours of foreign nations to shocking scandals that soiled the family reputation, 2019 certainly had its ups and downs. But for every negative bit of press, there was a bright spot to balance it out. And who could forget welcoming the newest member of the British royal family future, young Archie Harrison?
Royals have had a complicated relationship with the press for decades now. But one thing the media does well is promoting the good work that Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry are doing in the world. Most of this publicity is spread through photos.
Ahead, check out the most important royal family photos from the last year.
Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the British Academy Film Awards
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge exuded Hollywood glamour when they attended the EE British Academy Film Awards in February.
Meghan Markle attends her baby shower in New York City
Meghan Markle raised a few eyebrows when she flew to the United States to celebrate her baby shower privately with family and friends. The Duchess of Sussex proved she wasn’t leaving her American life behind by spending a few days catching up in the Big Apple.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend Commonwealth Day 2019
The world anxiously awaited baby news as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the Commonwealth Service on Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey on March 11. The couple remained tight-lipped about when the baby was due and whether they were expecting a boy or a girl.
Prince Charles visits Cuba
All eyes are on the future king, Prince Charles, plus his wife Camilla. These two went on several high-profile royal tours in 2019, including a visit to Cuba in March where they made history as the first members of the royal family to visit in an official capacity.
Queen Elizabeth attends the Windsor Horse Show
Her Majesty donned a raincoat to attend the Windsor Horse Show on May 8. Even at the age of 93, Queen Elizabeth still frequently rides horses.
Archie Harrison’s birth
On May 8, the world got their first glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The couple sent an important message to the world with his official photographs in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle. For starters, the Duke of Sussex appeared holding the baby, which seemed to prove he planned on being an involved father alongside his wife.
The Cambridge family visits the RHS Back to Nature Garden
The Cambridges attended the RHS Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in May. Duchess Catherine helped design the space as “a woodland setting for families and communities to come together and connect with nature.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the King’s Cup Regatta
Prince William and Kate Middleton remain two of the most popular royals in the family thanks to their down-to-Earth demeanors and clear love for each other. The two stepped out looking more in sync than ever following affair rumors earlier in the year.
Princess Charlotte shows off her sassy side
While attending the King’s Cup Regatta, Princess Charlotte stuck her tongue out at the crowd before her mother Kate Middleton quickly ushered her away with a smile.
The royal family unites for Trooping the Colour
Everyone loves seeing the whole family get together, which they do every year to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s birthday during the Trooping the Colour celebration. On June 8, the whole clan gathered on the balcony to watch the Royal Air Force perform a fly by.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Andrew at the Royal Ascot
On June 22, Queen Elizabeth sat next to her son Prince Andrew while attending the Royal Ascot. Later in the year, the scandal surrounding Prince Andrew and his alleged friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein would bring turmoil to the royal family.
Archie Harrison’s baptism
The whole family minus Queen Elizabeth gathered to witness Archie’s baptism on July 6.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend ‘The Lion King’ premiere
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out looking radiant at the European Premiere of Disney’s The Lion King on July 14. The Meghan Markle made headlines when she gave Beyoncé a hug at the event.
Prince Charlotte’s first day of school
Prince Charlotte had her parents in tow as she headed to her first day of school on September 5. She joined big brother Prince George at Thomas’s Battersea in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in South Africa
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle brought their son Archie on a royal visit to South Africa in late September. The tour was tainted by the couple’s announcement to sue two popular tabloids in an unprecedented move against media intrusion in their lives.
Prince Harry visits Angola
On September 27, the Duke of Sussex walked in his mother’s footsteps — literally — during a visit to see the work of landmine clearance charity the Halo Trust in Angola.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge head to Pakistan
In a historically significant move in October, Prince William and Kate Middleton embarked on a royal tour of Pakistan. This was the first time the British royal family had made an official visit in the past 13 years. Luckily for all, the tour was deemed a huge success.
Christmas with the Queen at Buckingham Palace
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might have skipped Christmas with the royal family in 2019, but the Cambridges were there for it.
This photo from December shows three future kings alongside the current reigning monarch as young Prince George helps his grandmother by making the Christmas pudding.