Barring anything major happening, for the rest of the week and into 2017 I’m going to do year end reviews for 2016 – taking a look back at the major highlights both events and fashion, British royal engagement numbers, Kate’s fashion, etc. I’m kicking this year end review off with a look back at some of the royal event highlights of this past year.
[His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Facebook]
2016 saw multiple royal births, starting in February with the Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel to King Jigme Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema on February 5.
The Swedes welcomed two babies this year: Prince Oscar – the second child of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel – on March 2; and Prince Alexander – the first child of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia – on April 19.
[Prince Carl Philip/Kungahuset.se]
And finally, Prince Liam was born to Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg on November 28.
[Grand Ducal Court/HRH Grand Duchess]
I just love Swedish Christenings. I love that they are televised, I love that the whole family comes out including the children, and I love baby sashes. 2016 gave us two Swedish royal Christenings – double the fun!
Prince Oscar was Christened on May 27, and Prince Alexander was Christened on September 9.
This year saw two big birthdays from two long-reigning monarchs: Queen Elizabeth II and King Carl XVI Gustaf.
Elizabeth was celebrating her birthday for months. She officially turned 90 on April 21, her actual birthday. But other 90th birthday celebrations included: the Royal Windsor Horse Show, a Service of Thanksgiving, Trooping the Color, and the Patron’s Lunch.
Carl Gustaf turned 70 on April 30 with several big, royal-filled events, including a tiara-filled gala.
[Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court]
King Harald celebrated his Silver Jubilee on January 17.
My favorite engagement this entire year came from Princess Madeleine when she invited kids from Min Stora Dag for a fairy tale party on February 22. Maddie went Full Princess in tiara and everything. It was great.
[Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal]
Prince George got to meet President Obama on April 22 while rocking a bathrobe, like a BOSS. And Princess Charlotte attended her first Trooping the Color on June 11.
The British royals released a posed photo from inside the Diplomatic Reception for the first time, featuring three generations of royals: The Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, and Prince William and Catherine.
The top five most commented on articles in 2016 were: The Cambridges’ skiing photos (549); Kate wearing the Lover’s Knot Tiara for the second time (371); The Cambridges’ Christmas walk to church (369); William and Kate’s India/Bhutan itinerary release (360); and The Cambridges’ landing in Canada (353).
The top five most viewed articles were: William, Kate, and Harry at Team GB reception; A random royal round up; The Cambridges’ skiing photos; Kate’s wardrobe malfunction in India; and William and Kate attending Ascot for the first time.
Thank you guys for making this a great year!
UPDATE: I know the BRF engagement numbers came out today. I already have most of a detailed post written about Kate’s engagements numbers which I had planned for a few days from now as I did not expect Tim O’Donovan’s numbers to come out until the 1st. I will have a post on the engagement numbers tomorrow.