Queen Elizabeth II ended the royal 2021 with a Christmas message.
Little did anyone know at the time, the monarchy’s 2022 will be defined by another final farewell as the royal family, Britain, and people around the world say their final goodbyes to Elizabeth after 70 years on the throne.
There will also be the first King of England since 1952, the birth of a new Princess of Wales, the last title held by Princess Diana before her death in 1997, and the premiere of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Netflix and Spotify projects. And so on, it was also the year of the update.
Prince Louis stole show time at multiple royal events, and the royal family got a taste of the boos and protests as the bubble of royal respect burst.
Charles III Olive Branch for Harry Newsweek essay
Charles, who was still a prince at the time, started the year with an optimistic message, not only calling for action on climate change, but also extending an olive branch to Prince Harry, affirming his son’s environmental contribution. .
and Newsweek In a cover essay published in January, the current king wrote: “As a father, I am proud that my sons are aware of this threat.
“Most recently, my eldest son, William, was awarded the prestigious Earthshot Prize to encourage change and help repair the planet in the next decade by identifying and investing in technologies that have the potential to effect change. was launched.
“And my youngest son, Harry, is a passionate advocate of the impacts of climate change, especially those related to Africa, and has pledged to bring his philanthropic efforts to net zero.”
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 70th anniversary of accession
The Queen made major announcements about the future of the monarchy in February, marking the start of the Platinum Jubilee year.
Elizabeth hopes that Camilla, then Duchess of Cornwall, will be given the title of Queen when Charles becomes king.
The move reversed the palace’s policy since the couple’s marriage to instead become known as the Princess Consort in honor of Princess Diana.
But the grand celebrations were put on hold for June, when the Queen said goodbye to the country she had devoted her life to.
Despite temporary travel issues, the Queen made two appearances on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to participate in the lighting of the beacon.
Prince Louis becomes a royal superstar
Elizabeth wasn’t the only star of the Platinum Jubilee. Prince Louis stole her heart alongside her on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
A four-year-old boy who entered Lambrook School in Berkshire in September was photographed with his hand over his ear as a display of RAF jets flew overhead during Trooping the Color on 2 June. was taken.
Then, at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on June 5, he was photographed sticking his tongue out to Kate Middleton in a cheeky moment.
Louis warmed his heart again after being presented with flowers for Christmas to his sister, Princess Charlotte.
The young royal appeared to be treating his new mission with the seriousness it deserved, and threw the crowd at him shouting his sister’s name.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s harrowing Caribbean tour
Prince William and Kate’s Platinum Jubilee kicked off a few months before March 2022 with a tour of Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas in celebration of Elizabeth’s reign.
But the couple’s visit seemed to do the opposite when it sparked debate about a break from monarchy in the countries they visited.
All three counted the Queen as head of state then and now the King, but William and Kate received protests.
One of their engagements in Belize was canceled due to local opposition, and Jamaican protesters gathered outside the British High Commission in Kingston on the day of their arrival.
Add in the awkward photos of them meeting children through holes in the barbed wire of Trench Town, and the accusations of colonial vibes as they were paraded standing behind Land Rovers, and it all led to kind of bad PR. No public agency is needed in the aftermath of the racist allegations against the unnamed royal family that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made almost exactly a year ago.
The death of Queen Elizabeth II and the new era of Charles III
The Queen’s health has been the subject of speculation since health scare in October 2021 forced her to cancel a series of royal visits, including the COP26 climate conference.
Her decline appeared to be accelerating when tragedy struck on September 8, 2022, and she died hours after a Buckingham Palace statement announced she was under medical supervision.
Charles and Princess Anne were with her at the Balmoral mansion in Scotland, with the rest of the family still rushing to join her.
Prince William, Prince Edward, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and Prince Andrew shared a private plane, while Prince Harry was expected to arrange the trip himself.
The Duke of Sussex was only informed of the death of his grandmother upon landing, about 15 minutes after the official announcement was made to the press.
But then royal cohesion grew in Elizabeth’s honor. Charles returned to London the next day and gave Harry and Meghan warm words during his first public broadcast as King.
Harry, Meghan, William and Kate were then seen together outside Windsor Castle for the first time in over two years.
But there were still bumps on the road. Harry was initially denied the right to wear her military uniform in honor of the Queen, despite being a civil servant.
However, the royal truce will continue as Meghan Markle joins King Charles and the wider family as they pay tribute to the Queen at Westminster Abbey in London and St George’s Chapel in Windsor during her funeral on Sept. 19. It was long enough.
Eggs and Boos: The Year of Royal Protests
Respect for the royal family seemed to have evaporated in 2022 as the royal family was subjected to various boos, protests, and egg-throwings.
Beyond Kate and William’s rough ride in Jamaica, Prince William was booed at the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium in May, and Harry and Meghan at the Platinum Jubilee Church service on June 3. treated in the same way.
In the days following her death, there were protests during events commemorating the Queen, including the arrest of a man who heckled Prince Andrew.
Eggs have been allegedly thrown at King Charles twice, including visits to York in November and Luton in December, and anti-monarchy activists plan more protests at his coronation in May.
Queen Elizabeth II’s lady-in-waiting resigns after race storm
Lady Susan Hussey was known as the Queen’s number one head girl, but after repeatedly asking her black charity boss where she was from, she was satisfied with the answer that she was British. It didn’t seem like it.
Sistah Space CEO Ngozi Fulani elaborated on the incident in an Instagram post, saying he had been asked multiple questions, including, “No, which part of Africa are you from?” increase. “No, but where are you really from, where are your people from?”
“After the violation, this event remains a blur,” Fulani wrote, adding, “She put her hand in my hair to move my head so I could see my name badge.” Added.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The officials wish to express their deepest apologies for the hurt caused and have resigned from her honorable role with immediate effect.
Fulani has since received backlash from commentators trying to draw attention to past remarks she has made about the royal family, which has since been condemned by the palace.
The statement confirmed that Hussey and Fulani met on December 16, adding:
“Mrs. Susan is committed to increasing our awareness of related sensitivities and is grateful for the opportunity to learn more about issues in this area.
“Fulani, who has been unfairly subjected to some of the most appalling abuse on social media and elsewhere, accepts this apology and is grateful that no malice was intended.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle swipes
The royal truce during the Queen’s funeral marked a brief pause in the royal rift that would otherwise have been seen for much of the year.
Prince Harry dodged the question when asked at the Invictus Games in April if he missed his father and brother.
Meghan told Archetype’s podcast in August that she was forced back to work after baby Archie’s bedroom caught fire during a royal tour of South Africa in September 2019 when she was four months old.
Best of all, Harry finally outlined more details about his rift with his brother in Part II of the Netflix documentary. Harry & Meghanlanded on December 15.