Top 15 royal stories of 2019 – the most read articles of the year

What a year 2019 has been. We have had another royal wedding, a couple of royal dramas – courtesy of The Duke of York and The Duke of Edinburgh – and even a first Christmas appearance for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. But what were the stories that peaked your interest this year? Find out below…

15) The Queen gave her youngest son a new title for his 55th birthday; an Earldom from Aberdeenshire, which was your 15th most read article of 2019. The couple made a visit to Forfar later in the year to mark the gift.

Prince Edward given another Earldom for 55th birthday

14) The official photos of newborn baby Archie were wonderful, but seeing The Queen and Prince Philip greet their newest great-grandchild was so special! The Sussexes shared this snap along with the official photos of Harry, Meghan and their son in July.

The Queen & Prince Philip meet baby Archie before public photocall

13) A new family photo for the Cambridges (taken by the Duchess) makes number 13. We loved the adorable snap shared just last week, of Prince William with Louis, Charlotte and George.

New Cambridge family photo for Christmas – Prince Louis gets a kiss from dad William

12) Coming in at number 12 for our most-read article of 2019 is the Royal Family attending the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph. The Queen watched from the Foreign Office balcony again, while Prince Charles laid a wreath for her and the nation.

Prince Charles lays wreath for Queen & nation at Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday

11) You loved seeing the European Royals join in the Garter Day procession at Windsor this year – three Monarchs in one place!

Royal bonanza at Windsor as Dutch & Spanish Kings join Order of the Garter – Royals look on

10) The news that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wouldn’t be spending Christmas at Sandringham caught your attention; we recently learnt that they have been in Canada for the festive break.

Prince Harry and Meghan will not spend Christmas with The Queen, palace announces

9) Prince George’s sixth birthday photos were one of your highlights of the year, showing him on holiday and also in an England shirt. Cute!

Prince George shows his support for England in new birthday photos

8) The Queen made The Duchess of Cambridge a GCVO (or Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order) this year – it is a personal gift rom the Monarch, and is seen as something of a personal stamp of approval. She now wears the order – the blue sash with white and red border, and star badge at the waist – at white tie events.

Queen makes Duchess of Cambridge a Dame Grand Cross (GCVO) of Royal Victorian Order

7) We got to see Prince George and Princess Charlotte watch their parents racing at a sailing competition, the King’s Cup, back in August, a rare family outing. Their personalities were clear to see! Remind yourself of the event below.

Duchess Kate loses King’s Cup regatta against William, watched by George & Charlotte

6) The news that The Queen was to forgo the Imperial State Crown at the State Opening of Parliament in October caught your eye. The crown is known to be quite heavy, so The Queen – at 93 – chose the George IV State Diadem instead.

Queen will open Parliament without Imperial State Crown for the first time

5) The Duke of York shook many people this year, with his terrible interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, and lack of remorse about it. He later stepped back from official duties following the backlash. Polls showed that he had influenced some opinions on the Monarchy since the interview.

Has the Prince Andrew saga has changed people’s opinion on the Monarchy? Poll results

4) Earlier this year, it was announced that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were to set up their own household, separating from Kensington Palace. This seemed a sensible move, given Prince William is destined for Kingship, so the brothers’ paths will eventually diverge even further.

Queen allows Duke and Duchess of Sussex to set up their own household

3) Remembering the fallen of WWI and WWII, the Royal Family headed to the Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of Remembrance in November.

Royal Family remembers veterans and the fallen at Festival of Remembrance

2) Prince Louis stole our hearts with his first birthday photos, taken by The Duchess of Cambridge, of course. This was the second most-popular article in 2019.

Prince Louis turns one! Photographs taken by Kate released to mark the occasion

1) Your most-read article of the year was seeing the Royal Family gather for Easter at Windsor, also The Queen’s 93rd birthday! She was joined by Prince William and Kate, Prince Harry, The Earl of Countess of Wessex and their children, Princess Anne, Peter and Autumn Phillips, Zara and Mike Tindall, amongst others.

Royals gather for Easter Sunday and The Queen’s 93rd birthday

Are you surprised by these results? Did your favourite royal story make the list? Tell us in the comments!

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