Published on April 30th, 2018 | by Sarah Jubb
Celebrating A Bumper Year For Royalty
The Royal family is celebrating a bumper year of events in 2018, with numerous important occasions and anniversaries occurring for all generations of the family. We take a closer look at some of the Royal events that will be making headlines across the world.
On 23 April 2018, the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was born at 11:01am at St Mary’s Hospital in London. The fifth in line to the throne of the United Kingdom has the title of Prince Louis of Cambridge, with his full name Louis Arthur Charles.
The new prince shares his names with many of his family, with Louis being one of the middle names of both his older brother, Prince George, and his own father. It is also the name of his great-great-great uncle, Lord Mountbatten. Arthur is another of Prince William’s middle names and Charles is his grandfather’s name.
Birth of A New Royal Generation
Prince Louis is the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with their two older children being Prince George, born 22 July 2013, and Princess Charlotte, born 2 May 2015. His birth is also historical as it marks the first time in British history that the line of succession will not change to accommodate the birth of a male child.
The Succession of the Crown Act of 2013 changed the tradition that historically gave male children precedence over their female siblings, meaning any royal born after October 28 2011 would not be given priority. This means that Princess Charlotte remains where she is in the line of succession, with her younger brother being below her in line for the throne.
Another royal baby expected this year is the second child of Zara and Mike Tindall, due to be born around summer 2018. The daughter of Princess Anne and cousin of Prince William and Prince Harry, Zara already has a daughter called Mia Tindall, born in 2014. The new birth will mark a truly bumper year of births for the Royal family.
A Year For Royal Weddings
Not only is 2018 filled with royal births, but it will also see two Royal weddings. Prince Harry will wed American actress Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Saturday 19 May. The sixth in line to the throne met the Suits actress on a blind date with their relationship confirmed in 2016.
It will also see the wedding of Princess Eugenie to her long-term boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank on October 12 2018. They will marry in the same venue as Harry and Meghan, though on a much smaller scale due to Eugenie being ninth-in-line to the throne.
Celebrate 2018 – The Royal Year
Two final events that will occur for the Royal family is the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation on 2 June and Prince Charles’ 70th birthday in November. With so many events, it’s a great time to a fan of Royalty.
Commemorate these events with our range of Royalty collectible products available on the Post Office Shop, including presentation packs that celebrate the Royal Wedding Platinum Anniversary to a first day cover of the Buckingham Palace stamps. There’s sure to be something for every royalty aficionado.