The British royal family had a whirlwind 2017. With Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement, Prince William and Kate Middleton announcing their third pregnancy, and the second season of the stellar Netflix series, The Crown, the Windsors are more visible than ever.
As we watch Princess Charlotte and Prince George grow up and await Markle and Prince Harry’s highly anticipated nuptials, 2018 isn’t slowing down one bit for the British royal family. From babies, weddings, and even another possible engagement, here are 15 things we can expect to see from the royal family in 2018.
Wedding bells for an actress and her prince
We all know that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to wed May 19, 2018, at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Though we don’t know a ton of details about the couple’s impending nuptials, we can guess that they’re going to have about 800 guests, a banana-flavored wedding cake, and Prince George and Princess Charlotte as members of their wedding party.
We don’t know yet if the royals will be televising the wedding, but we’ll be desperately looking out for the photos and footage either way.
Next: An unexpected engagement
Another royal engagement
As soon as all of the baby and wedding excitement calms down a bit, we can expect another royal to be adding some new jewelry to her collection. Princess Eugenie, the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York has been dating her beau Jack Brooksbank for six years.
The 27-year-old is the queen’s granddaughter, so though we don’t expect quite the same fanfare around this possible union, we still expect it to be rather regal.
Next: A post-honeymoon trip
A visit down under
Though we have no idea where the newlyweds will be spending their honeymoon, we can guess that Prince Harry and Markle will be spending their fall in Australia: The 2018 Invictus Games, an event started by Prince Harry that celebrates wounded, injured, or sick armed services people, will kick off in Sydney.
Since Markle’s first public appearance with the prince was at the 2017 games which were held in Toronto, we can certainly see her becoming very involved in this organization.
Next: A very tiny princess
Another girl for the duchess and her prince
Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton are expected to welcome their third child in April 2018, just one month before the royal wedding. The couple is already parents to 4-year-old Prince George and 2-year-old Princess Charlotte, who just began nursery school. So they are set to have their hands full with another baby.
Though the couple has not announced if they were having a boy or girl, the rumor is they are set to welcome another princess into the family. If they do in fact welcome a girl, we think they might go with either Alice or Amelia, while a Prince might be called Arthur or Frederick.
Next: Much less work for the reigning monarch
Taking on more duties
Queen Elizabeth II will turn 92 years old on April 21, 2018. She has ruled Britain for nearly seven decades at this point. Her eldest son, Prince Charles, will be taking on more and more of his mother’s royal duties as he preps for the role as the King of England.
The queen’s husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has already retired from public life, so it makes sense that Queen Elizabeth is passing on her more grueling royal duties to her son. Prince Charles is now the main royal representative for Remembrance Sunday, which is a pretty big deal.
Next: A brand new playmate for Prince George and Princess Charlotte
A cousin for Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Though they are royal adjacent and not actually royal themselves, we predict that Kate’s younger sister, Pippa Middleton, and her new husband, James Matthews, will announce they are expecting a child.
The duo got married on May 20, 2017, so we predict they might announce some exciting baby news in the summer or fall months.
Next: Olympic games fit for royals
The Commonwealth Games
While Prince Harry gears up for the 2018 Invicticus Games in the fall, his father, Prince Charles, will be preparing for the Commonwealth Games. Essentially, these games are like the Olympics for athletes from the Commonwealth, and they take place every four years.
This year, the games will be held from April 4 to 15 in Australia. The future King of England will be on hand to represent his mother.
Next: A prince turns 70.
A massive birthday celebration
Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son, Prince Charles, will turn 70 years old on Nov. 14, 2018. That’s a massive birthday for the future King of England, so we’re sure it’s going to include a festive celebration.
The longest-serving heir to the throne in British history will probably have a black-tie celebration hosted by his wife, Duchess Camilla of Cornwall.
Next: A royal bundle of joy
A pregnancy for the newlyweds
In the latter half of 2018, we might even see the newly married Markle and Prince Harry announce a pregnancy. During their first interview as a couple with the BBC, Prince Harry revealed that they wanted to spend time together before starting a family. He said, “I think eventually, one step at a time and we’ll start a family in the near future.”
An insider told Women’s Day that the couple has already enlisted fertility specialist Melanie Brown to make sure they are in tip-top shape to conceive a child. The insider said,
Melanie was at Nottingham Cottage for around an hour checking Meghan’s vitals, looking into her health history and taking as much information as possible to devise a specialist diet for both her and Harry to stick to. While Meghan’s hoping she won’t have problems conceiving when they start trying for a family, she’s also aware she’ll be almost 37 by the time she does.
Next: New organizations and new love
Launching a new charity
Though Markle is known best for her role as Rachel Zane on the long-running USA series, Suits, she is also a major philanthropist, which is something she has in common with her fiancé.
Since both Markle and Prince Harry love to help people and be out and about among the commonwealth, it only makes sense that they would launch a new organization as a couple. We wonder what their focus will be.
Next: Royals in Sweden and Germany
A royal tour
Before they begin nesting in preparation for their third child, Duchess Kate and Prince William are set to embark on a royal tour. In 2017, the couple along with their children visited France, Poland, Germany, Belgium, and Finland.
They’re finishing up their tour, which will run from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, in Sweden and Germany.
Next: A major meeting of 52 country leaders
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
Britain might be a democracy, but Queen Elizabeth still has a ton of power. After all, she’s Head of the Commonwealth. This means that every few years she meets with the leaders of 52 countries.
This year, the meeting will be held in April, and it will be the first one in London since 1977. Let’s just hope it’s not the same day the queen welcomes her newest great-grandchild.
Next: Embarking on a royal tour
With Duchess Kate and Prince William welcoming a new baby, much of the royal traveling will be on Prince Harry and his new bride. Though no plans have been solidified yet, the prince loves to travel.
We wonder if the couple will go to America to visit Markle’s family in 2018.
Next: An unwanted visitor
A visit from Trump
Though we hope he’s not in office for much more of 2018, the royal family might have to deal with President Donald Trump coming across the pond. Though he’s canceled plans to head to Britain because he’s not welcomed there, we can’t see him putting off the trip too much longer.
Perhaps the Windsors can just leave Prime Minister Theresa May to deal with him.
Next: A brand new leader
Abdication of the throne
Could 2018 finally be the year, Prince Charles succeeds his mother to the throne? According to the U. K. Times, it just might be. They’ve reported, “Royal sources said that the prince’s staff were keen to ‘accelerate’ plans to increase his involvement in key royal events by the time he reaches 70 in November next year.”
If they’re right, Prince Charles won’t exactly be a popular king. Since his tumultuous relationship with the late Princess Diana, Prince Charles hasn’t exactly won over the public’s trust. Instead, people will probably rally for Prince William to step in. Unfortunately, that’s not the way royalty works.
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