There’s no doubt that 2013 has been another amazing year for the Royal Family. With the birth of Prince George in July and the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation, it’s been another year of milestones.
But 2014 will, I’m sure, have its own share of surprises and historic events. In January, Mike and Zara Tindall are expected to welcome their first child, who will be 16th in line to the throne, and be The Queen’s 4th great-grandchild. Family will surely play an even more key part during 2014 now with the arrival of several new family members.
In April, we expect to see The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George all together on their first overseas tour in New Zealand and Australia as the Duke and Duchess take on more and more royal duties.
Prince Harry is said to be the one to watch in 2014. Many expect him to announce his engagement to Cressida Bonas early on in the year as well as taking on additional royal duties like his brother the Duke of Cambridge. He also reaches the minimum service length for promotion to Major in the Blues and Royals (he’s currently a Captain) in the New Year and may well be promoted to the rank if he goes before the promotion board.
It will also be a year of personal milestones for members of the Royal Family. Many members of the Royal Family are celebrating significant birthdays or anniversaries including:
HRH Prince Harry of Wales – celebrates 30th birthday (15th September)
HRH The Duke of Gloucester – celebrates 70th birthday (26th August)
HRH The Earl of Wessex – celebrates 50th birthday (10th March)
HRH Prince George of Cambridge – celebrates 1st birthday (22nd July)
The Earl and Countess of Wessex – celebrate 15th wedding anniversary (19th June)
Lord and Lady Fredrick Windsor – celebrate 5th wedding anniversary (12th September)
The year also marks the 100th anniversary since the start of World War 1, members of the Royal Family including Her Majesty are expected to take part in events to commemorate the occasion.
There will also, of course, be the traditional annual events the Royal Family participate in, including the State Opening of Parliament in May, Trooping the Colour and Garter Day in June and Remembrance Day service in November.
The Queen will be celebrating 62 years on the throne in February, taking her one step closer to beating Queen Victoria’s reign of 63 years as she will in September 2015. The Duke of Edinburgh, already the oldest male member of the Royal Family in British history, will turn 93 in June and despite giving the impression he’ll be going on forever, sources say he’ll inevitably be reducing his engagements even more in the New Year, in line with his age.