As the decade draws to a close, let’s take a look back at the highs (and lows) of the last 10 years for the British Royals. There were plenty of weddings and babies–and plenty of scandals, too!
6. Rift Between Brothers
It seemed to come out of nowhere. For years, William and Harry seemed to be best friends as well as brothers. But this summer, the fabulous foursome of the Princes and their wives split apart their joint charity and appeared to go their separate ways.
Harry all but confirmed the rift in an interview, stating that the brothers were “on different paths at the moment.” It’s rumored that William cautioned his younger brother to reconsider his relationship with Meghan Markle before the pair married.
5. Long Live the Queen
In 2015, Queen Elizabeth II shattered all the records for holding the throne. She became not only the longest reigning monarch in British history, but the longest reigning living monarch in the world!
Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952, following the death of her father, at the age of 25. She broke the record held by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, as England’s longest-reigning monarch. Victoria held the throne for 63 years, 7 months, and 2 days.
However, Her Maj is still a few years short of being the longest-reigning ruler ever. That honor goes to Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 88 after serving on the throne for 70 years.
4. All Those Babies
The last decade saw a baby boom for the younger royals, with Prince George (2013), Princess Charlotte (2015), and Prince Louis (2018) joining William and Kate’s growing family. Harry and Meghan also welcomed Archie in 2019.
Whenever the kids appear at a public event, such as Trooping the Colour or the walk to church on Christmas morning in Sandringham, they always deliver with hilarious expressions and enviable mini-fashions.
Charlotte also made history in her own right as the first Royal daughter to take precedence over future younger siblings, regardless of gender. Previously, the female children were ranked below their male siblings, regardless of birth order, in the succession.
3. Harry and Meghan’s Wedding
On May 19, 2018, Prince William made international headlines by marrying a divorced, biracial actress. Of course, that woman was Meghan Markle, who would go on to become a divisive figure in the Royal Family.
Many of us love Meghan for her poise, grace, and charity work. However, she and Harry have weathered far more than their fair share of negative tabloid stories, leading them to make the somewhat unprecedented move of suing the Mail on Sunday and other papers.
2. William and Kate’s Wedding
After many years of dating, Prince William and Kate Middleton finally made things official with a lavish wedding on April 29, 2011. The televised ceremony took place in Westminster Abbey, bringing us the grandeur of Kate’s iconic McQueen gown, Pippa’s (ahem) assets, and the world’s grumpiest flower girl who upstaged them all on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Oh, and William looked quite dashing, too.
The future King and Queen of England have been somewhat upstaged by Harry and Meghan as the face of the younger generation of Royals. However, they’ve weathered a few minor scandals (including rumors of William’s affair with Rose Hanbury) without too much trouble. They’ve also raised three very cute kids, which helps keep our minds off any less pleasant gossip about the couple.
1. The Prince Andrew Scandal
Unfortunately for the royal family, the biggest story of the decade is doubtless the Prince Andrew scandal. It seems as though every week brings a new disaster on this front. Photos of the Prince with his arm around a teenager who claims she was trafficked to him. Photos of Andrew with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Whatever was going on in that disastrous News Night interview.
The Next Ten Years
Now that Andrew has essentially been fired from public Royal duties and stripped of his charitable patronages, it’s unclear what the future holds for him–and the family as a whole.
Looking forward, we’ll likely see a new monarch on the throne in the next decade. The UK will also have to find its way out of the Brexit mess and possibly see multiple new referendums on anything from an independent Scotland to the total abolition of the monarchy.
No matter what happens, we’ll make sure that you are the first to know!