As we wind down 2015 and look forward to 2016, I thought it would be fun to look back at the biggest royal happenings of the year. This year seemed to be all about the Brits and the Swedes with several big events from both families, though there were big events from other families as well. There were multiple births, multiple christenings, multiple weddings, multiple pregnancy announcements, and some big birthdays, among other things.
There were even more Christenings than there were births, as the Monaco twins were Christened this year as well. Prince Albert and Princess Charlene Christened Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella on May 10.
The second big Christening of the year came on July 5 when Prince William and Kate Christened Princess Charlotte.
October 11 saw the Christening of Prince Nicolas.
Prepare for even more babies next year as there were a lot of pregnancy announcements this fall. The two biggest came from the Swedes: Crown Princess Victoria announced her pregnancy on September 4, and Princess Sofia announced her pregnancy a month later on October 15.
Everyone celebrated a birthday this year, but there were a couple royals who celebrated big birthdays this year. Sophie, Countess of Wessex turned 50 on January 20, and Queen Margrethe turned 75 in April.
The Sweden and Monaco royal families were two who celebrated weddings this year. Prince Carl Philip married Sofia Hellqvist on June 13.
And Pierre Casiraghi married Beatrice Borromeo first on July 25 (in Monaco) and then on August 1 (in Italy).
There were lots of State Visits this year, but I’m only going to mention three. First: The Dutch State Visit to Denmark on March 17. This was a big one, with monarch visiting monarch, especially considering Daisy is King Willem-Alexander‘s godmother.
June 1 brought us our first State Banquet debut of the year, where a tiara-less Sofia Hellqvist joined the Swedes in welcoming the President of India.
October 20 brought us our second State Banquet debut of the year, where a tiara-ed Kate Middleton joined Prince William at their first State Banquet, welcoming the President of China.
Other Big Happenings
Prince George made his Trooping the Color balcony debut on June 13.
Love her or hate her or “meh” her, Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest reigning monarch – surpassing Queen Victoria’s reign – on September 9.
December 8 saw the return of the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara (after a good 24 year absence – the last time I found Diana wearing this tiara was in 1991, it that correct?). Duchess Kate wore the tiara for the first time to the Diplomatic Reception.
While the above happenings are what I consider the biggest royal events of the year, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what the audience was most interested in. How do I put this in a way Kensington Palace will be comfortable with… oh wait, I can’t: it’s Prince George.
The top three most viewed articles in 2015 were about Prince George: 1) George in Mustique in February; 2) George at the beach with Carole in July; 3) George at the park with Kate in April. The fourth most viewed article in 2015 was Princess Charlotte’s Christening in July, and the fifth was Kate’s State Banquet debut in October.
I’m sorry to tell you, KP, but clearly people want to see photos of the Cambridge kids more than they want to see photos of the Cambridge parents.
While people may want to view photos of Prince George more than anyone else, it was Kate and Charlotte who brought out the discussions. The royals attending Christmas service was the most commented on article of the year, followed by Princess Charlotte’s Christening. Rounding out the top five were: 3) Kate wearing the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara in December; 4) Kate dining with Carole in December; 5) Kate releasing two new photos of Charlotte in November.
So people want photos of George and want to comment on Kate and Charlotte. I guess now I understand why the Times cropped William out of the Cambridge family photo. Poor William.
One last thing: I want to remind everyone to please be civil to one another. I appreciate all of you and am thankful for a great 2015 here at the blog, but the growth of the blog over the last year has put some strain on me as a moderator which we’ve felt a few times this fall. I am one person and cannot be on the blog at all times which means by the time I come back there are a ton of comments on an article, which is great, but also means that if there is a dust up I can’t always catch it in time (and even when I do, it seems like I always upset someone).
I know the anonymity of the internet allows us to say things we wouldn’t normally say in real life but please remember there are real people on the receiving end of our comments. Please remember that we do not know the mental state of the people reading our comments and our words can be very hurtful – both words we intended to be hurtful and words we did not intend to be hurtful (because one person may take a comment in a completely different way than we intended). Also remember that tone cannot be translated via text and misunderstandings can happen a lot because of that, and something that wouldn’t seem so harsh in person can seem very harsh in text. Also, misunderstandings can be blown out of proportion when a comment is left for many people to comment on before the original commenter can come back and clarify. And though I know it is very tempting to reply to a comment we think is too out there, please remember that some times it really is best to agree to disagree and keep scrolling.
My New Years resolution for this blog is to be a better moderator, but I am going to need you guy’s help in order to do that. Firstly, again, please be civil to one another. Secondly, please be civil to the royals – there is no need to be mean to them as people. Their clothes are fair game and the way they handle themselves is, too, but there is no need to call their faces ugly (they can’t help how they look, just as none of us can). Thirdly, if I do step into a conversation and try to shut it down, please don’t take personal offense. I never mean personal offense, I’m just trying to calm things down.
There is a lot to look forward to in 2016 and I’m hoping this blog will be a fun place to be. Thank you.