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From Harry and Meghan's wedding to Louis' birth: The top 10 royal moments of 2018. 

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If you’re a staunch monarchist (or, let’s be honest, anyone with a mild interest in the Royal Family, AKA a human) and you’re feeling a bit… tired as the end of 2018 looms, we understand why.

It’s been a big year for us.

The world has been captivated by every murmur coming out of Kensington Palace for the entire year, and they certainly gave us a lot to talk about (and no, we’re not referring to the ~feud~, which may or may not be a whole load of codswallop).

For the first five months of the year, we spent our downtime scouring the internet, sniffing out every detail of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, lapping up the news that broke literally any time the now-Duchess stepped outside.

A third royal baby, Prince Louis, was born in April, a second royal wedding happened in October, and oh, just three days later (the hangovers had barely subsided) it was announced Harry and Meghan were expecting their first child.

This was just as they set off on their 16-day royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

Phew.

No wonder this last week at work feels like it’s been going for 49 years.

Here, we’ve rounded up the best royal moments of the year, in no particular order.

Behold:

Prince Louis’ birth.

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s third child – the fifth in line for the royal throne of England – was born on April 23, 2018 at St Mary’s Hospital in Westminster, London.

His full name is listed as His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge. Quite the mouthful.

The baby was born at 11.01am and weighed 3.8 kg. Prince William was present for the birth in west London, where their other two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were also born.

Just hours later, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge presented the baby to the world on their way out of the Lindo Wing.

“Thrice the worry now,” Prince William told reporters, holding up three fingers with a smile, as he got into a Land Rover to take his wife and newborn back to Kensington Palace.

Too cute.

Just look at the sweet baby prince at his christening in July:

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Prince Louis and Kate Middleton. Image: Instagram.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

The Royal Wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on May 19 was, in one word, stunning.

The long-awaited dress was beautiful, the countless tributes to Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, incredibly moving, and every element to reflect the now-Duchess of Sussex's heritage powerful - from African-American reverend Michael Curry’s energetic sermon to the gospel choir rendition of “Stand By Me”.

It wasn't without its dramas, however, with Meghan's father pulling out of the traditional role of walking his daughter down the aisle just days before the wedding. Luckily, Prince Charles stepped in.

But on the day, billions of eyes (literally, two billion people watched the ceremony) watched on as the couple tied the knot.

And look, a lot of us cried. There's no shame in that.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wave to the crowd after the ceremony. Image: Getty.
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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding.

Royal wedding number two was another reason for us to get very excited this year.

Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, wed 32-year-old Jack Brooksbank, an ambassador for fancy tequila brand Casamigos, at St George's Chapel, Windsor, on October 12.

Eight hundred people were in attendance, including most of the Royals and a bunch of random celebrities.

Eugenie's Peter Pilotto gown didn't disappoint; designed with a deep-V backline to purposefully show off and celebrate her scoliosis surgery scar. So poignant.

Afterwards, the couple had a carnival-themed reception (well, one of three) that we imagine involved bottomless tequila.

Our favourite moment? When Jack popped his glasses on to see his bride walk down the aisle.

STOP.

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Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie on their wedding day. Image: Getty.

Meghan Markle's pregnancy announcement.

Following swirling rumours that the Duchess of Sussex was pregnant at Eugenie's wedding, Kensington Palace confirmed on October 16 that well, she was.

Announced on the Kensington Royal Instagram, the palace wrote: "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019."

"Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public," they added.

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The news came just a day after the couple touched down in Australia, and Meghan was seen holding a purple folder over her belly. We laughed at the "purple folder theories" that exploded on Twitter at the time but oh, we were wrong.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take a stroll along Fraser Island's Kingfisher Bay jetty. Image: Getty.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Tour.

On that note - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal tour was a BIG MOOD of 2018.

They arrived in Sydney on October 15, ahead of 76 engagements across 16 days in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, which included Sydney, Dubbo, Melbourne and Queensland's Fraser Island.

The tour coincided with the Invictus Games - the sporting event founded by Prince Harry in 2014 which gives sick and injured service personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports, such as wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.

Harry addressed the crowd at the Invictus Games launch and closing ceremony in Sydney.

During their visit, we were wowed by Meghan's style (as usual), fell in love with the little boy who couldn't stop stroking Harry's beard, and gushed over just how smitten the newlyweds are with each other - particularly when we spied a photo of Meghan watching Prince Harry practising his Invictus Games speech.

I mean, just look. Post continues after video... 

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Bondi Beach. Image: Getty.
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Prince Charles' 70th family photo.

This year gave us a concrete example of just how much the British Royals have lightened up over the past few decades.

If you haven't already seen it, get a load of the official portrait from Prince Charles' 70th birthday.

They're all laughing.

Not just a polite chuckle, but - in Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's case at least - a proper bent-over, out-loud laugh.

The question on everybody's minds after the images were released on November 14, was what gave the royals the giggles? Well, it turns out Maria Borrallo, the nanny to the young royals, was responsible.

An unnamed person, who was reportedly present at the September shoot, told Us Weekly that the royal's answer to Mary Poppins was standing beside photographer Christopher Jackson "pulling funny faces", in an effort to get a smile out of Princes George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte.

Prince Charles' official 70th birthday family photo. Image: Instagram.
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Sarah Ferguson pictured next to Prince Philip for the first time in decades.

A group photograph taken in the White Drawing Room at Windsor on Princess Eugenie's wedding day shows both the bride and groom's families beaming with pride.

The teeny tiny bridal party are where most eyes quickly wander to (so cute!), but there's another element of the photo, released on Instagram after the wedding, that had many people talking.

It signifies the first time Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, who divorced Prince Andrew, Duke of York, 22 years ago, has been pictured with the Queen in decades.

Royal watchers were also surprised 97-year-old Prince Philip, who was widely reported as disliking Sarah Ferguson, was not only photographed with her, but pictured sitting beside her.

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Fergie hasn't been pictured with the royal family for decades. Until Eugenie's wedding. Image: AP.

Princess Charlotte’s first day of school.

In January, the youngest royal started her first day of preschool at Willcocks Nursery School - a decision which parents Kate and Will announced last December, surprising those who had thought she would follow in brother George's footsteps at Westacre Montessori School in Norfolk.

So, why the difference?

Well, according to People, a royal source said that "they chose that nursery because they thought it would be an ideal first step for Charlotte’s education and they were impressed by the team who work there.”

Sounds... diplomatic, but there's also a few more differences between the two nurseries.

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For one, Willcocks is a lot closer to the family's Kensington Palace residence.

Tuition at Willcocks is a staggering AU$25,200 per year, compared to the AU$58 a day the royal family forked out to send George to Montessori.

Now five, George is at London's renowned prep school Thomas's Battersea, just like his dad.

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Princess Charlotte on her first day of nursery school. Image: Getty.

Meghan’s first solo outing with Queen Elizabeth. 

Watching The Duchess of Sussex step out with the Queen for the first time solo was like watching two longtime pals catching up over coffee. They looked utterly delighted to be in each other's company.

A few weeks after her wedding to Prince Harry, the pair undertook royal tasks like opening the Mersey Gateway Bridge and visiting the Storyhouse theatre and library in the UK town of Chester, Meghan was seen wearing a pair of earrings that Buckingham Palace confirmed were a gift from the Queen - although we don't know whether these were given to the Duchess to commemorate their first royal outing together.

It is, however, just a bit cute that they kind of matched the pearl drop numbers worn by the Queen herself.

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The Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II on a royal engagement in Chester. Image: Getty.
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When the giggly photos emerged, tabloids were quick to speculate that there was "tension" between the pair, because Meghan didn’t obey one of the Queen’s stipulations for the engagement.

...She didn't wear a hat.

Eurgh.

Kate and Meghan’s first public outing together. 

Months before the "feud gossip" broke out (again, eurgh), Meghan and Kate got in some sister-in-law bonding time at Wimbledon, and it looked like they had a blast.

Both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex looked relaxed while enjoying each other's company and watching the women's final.

(Feud, shmeud, right?)

For their first solo trip together without their husbands, Meghan wore a stunning Ralph Lauren shirt and flared pant set, while Duchess Catherine looked elegant and summery in a Jenny Packham dress.

Kate and Meghan at Wimbledon. Image: Getty.
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