The Royal Family's 2018 in Photos: Weddings, Babies and A Visit from Trump

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The British Royal Family is wrapping up a major year. Three royal babies were born, including the fifth in line to the throne, and another was announced. An American actress officially joined the ranks of the ancient institution, and another spectacular wedding soon followed.

As she celebrated the 65th anniversary of her coronation, the Queen must have been pleased with the public relations coup the family has pulled off. The monarchy saw a slump in popularity in the 1990s, after Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marriage crumbled amid infidelity.

The next generation of royals is doing a magnificent job of patching up the institution's reputation, giving it a slick, modern makeover and, for an antique and ultimately bizarre tradition, a surprising amount of relatability.

According to a recent Statista poll, Princes Harry and William are the most popular royals, aside from the Queen. Their open, friendly public personas are a million miles away from their father's stuffy image; Charles is only liked by nine percent of Britons, according to Statista.

Luckily for the family, the young brothers drove the royal coverage in 2018. The biggest event was undoubtedly Prince Harry's marriage to Meghan Markle in May, which was watched live by almost 30 million Americans. Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their third child in April, giving the public yet more cute pictures to coo over.

Meghan wasn't the only American among the Royals this year. President Trump conducted a state visit in July amid large protests in London, visiting the Queen in what would be seen, predictably, as a gaffe-filled meeting.

The family won't be resting much in 2019, either. As well as the birth of Harry and Meghan's child in the spring, minor royal Lady Gabriella Windsor will marry her fiance around the same time. The 92-year-old Queen, who has already stopped traveling for overseas tours, will likely to continue her slow withdrawal from public events, letting the next generation take the reins.

We've collected the 16 key royal moments of 2018, from births, trips abroad and weddings, to look back over the family's memorable year.

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April 23 — Prince Louis is born
Prince Louis, the third child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was born in London weighing a healthy 8lbs 7oz. Louis Arthur Charles is fifth in line to the throne.

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May 19 — Prince Harry weds Meghan Markle
The wedding of the year took place in Windsor. The bride wore a bespoke silk dress with an almost five meter-long veil. Prince William was best man, and his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte made up part of the party of ten bridesmaids and pageboys.

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June 9 — The Trooping of the Colour takes place
This annual event celebrates Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday. After watching a huge military parade, the family gathered on a balcony to watch the Royal Air Force fly overhead. This year, the cheeky antics of Prince George drew attention, as he was shushed by his second cousin Savannah Phillips.

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June 14 — Meghan Markle steps out alone with the Queen
Meghan made a first public outing with her new grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth. The pair seemed to be in high spirits as they watched a children’s dance performance in Chester, England.

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June 18 — Zara Tindall gives birth to her second child
The Queen’s granddaughter gave birth to a little girl, a sister for her other daughter, the four-year-old Mia. Olympic equestrian Zara is a cousin of Princes Harry and William, and is 17th in line to the throne.

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June 23 — Harry visits Lesotho
Harry went on a solo trip to Lesotho, a country he first visited over a decade ago. In 2006, Harry co-founded charity Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, and during the trip he was photographed playing with local children and unveiling a plaque on a community center.

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July 9 — Prince Louis is christened
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their debut as a family of five at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace for Louis’ christening. Also in attendance were Meghan and Harry, although the Queen missed the event.

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July 10 — Celebrations for the centenary of the Royal Air Force
The Royals gathered to celebrate 100 years of Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF), as over 100 aircraft took to the skies. The Queen paid tribute to the RAF’s "remarkable contribution to defense over the last hundred years."