With royal baby news, an and a landmark wedding anniversary, 2017 has been a big year for the Queen and her family. Here's a reminder of the greatest royal moments from the last 12 months.
British royalty mixed with Hollywood's biggest names at the 2017 BAFTAs, when the in February. Kate looked stunning in an off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen gown. William, who has been President of BAFTA since 2010, was suited and booted in a tuxedo.
hit the headlines in April when he opened up about how he finally learnt to grieve for his late mother, Princess Diana. In a rare interview with , Harry revealed that he suppressed his grief in his younger years and it was only in his late twenties, after two years of "total chaos" and coming close to a "complete breakdown", that he was able to process his emotions. Following Harry's brave decision to speak out, reported an increase in the number of people using their services.
The wedding of the year took place in May, when Pippa Middleton married financier James Matthews at St Mark's church in Berkshire. The bride looked stunning in a dress designed by Giles Deacon and thanks to the royal guest list plus the beautiful English country setting, the day was picture-perfect.
At the annual Trooping the Colour event, which honours the Queen's birthday, Prince George and Princess Charlotte did what they do best - looked adorable and stole the limelight from the rest of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Despite a Royal Air Force flyby, the then three-year-old George appeared a little distracted. Charlotte, meanwhile, looked mesmerised.
Before leaving their five-day trip to Poland and Germany, the Cambridge family stopped to look at some helicopters at Hamburg airport this summer. And Prince George, a big helicopter fan, couldn't contain his excitement. It sounds like there could be a pilot-in-the-making in the Cambridge family.
Princess Charlotte wasn't going to let her older brother hog the limelight during the family's official visit to Germany and Poland in July. She was photographed giving a very diplomatic handshake as she was welcomed to Berlin with her mother the Duchess of Cambridge. She might only be two, but this toddler has shown she's more than ready to take on royal duties.
In May, speculation was rife after reports emerged that Buckingham Palace had called an emergency internal meeting. However, it was later confirmed that Prince Philip was retiring from public royal duties, a decision "fully supported" by the Queen. In August, the 96-year-old met Royal Marines in his final solo public engagement before stepping down from his role. He is reported to have completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952, the year that his wife became Queen Elizabeth II.
Fans around the world paid tribute to Princess Diana on 31 August, the 20th anniversary of her death. Prince William and Prince Harry remembered their late mother on a tour of the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, which was transformed into the in Diana's memory this summer.
There was a big moment for Prince George in September, when he arrived at Thomas's Battersea for his first day of primary school. There were a few signs of first day nerves from the hesitant four-year-old, and it didn't take long for his excitement to attend school to dwindle, either. On a visit to Milton Keynes later in the month, the Duke of Cambridge reportedly revealed the Prince is a kind of 'over' the whole school thing. We can sympathise.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they are expecting their third child, sparking widespread excitement amongst royal fans. There was even more rejoicing when Kensington Palace confirmed the royal baby is due in April, with speculation that the new arrival could share a birthday with the Queen, who will turn 92 on 21st April.
In a major break with royal tradition, the Queen asked her eldest son to lay her wreath at the Cenotaph memorial on Remembrance Sunday this year. For the first time, the monarch watched the ceremony from a balcony, as the Prince of Wales led the nation in honouring the war dead. The change in roles highlighted the increasing number of duties being carried out by Charles and other royals.
The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated 70 years of marriage in November, making them the first royal couple to reach their platinum wedding anniversary. They chose to mark the occasion privately, hosting a dinner for close friends and family at Windsor Castle. The Royal Mint issued a range of to honour the landmark occasion.
On 27 November, the engagement news the world had been waiting for finally arrived. The Prince of Wales announced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's plans to marry in a statement issued by Clarence House. Following speculation around when and where the couple might tie the knot, Kensington Palace confirmed the date and Windsor-based venue just a day later. Bring on May 2018.