A Look Back On The Royal Family's Year — Prince Philip's Death, Royal Babies & More!
It’s been a hectic year for the British royal family!
The royals have had some highs — such as when Queen Elizabeth II got three new great-grandchildren in 2021 — some lows — when the monarch's beloved husband, Prince Philip, passed away only weeks before his 100th birthday — and everything in between!
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry also made headlines time and time again from shocking interviews to happy baby news.
Scroll through the gallery below to see some of the most important moments for the royal family throughout 2021.
Prince Philip Dies Aged 99
Philip passed away on April 9 at the age of 99. The Duke Of Edinburgh would have celebrated his 100th birthday in June and was the longest serving royal consort.
Meghan Marke & Prince Harry's Oprah Winfrey Interview Airs
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's bombshell tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in March, in which the couple discussed their departure from royal life.
The Suits alum alleged that she was suicidal during her time as a working royal. The couple also claimed that an unnamed member of the royal family — who was not the Queen or Prince Philip — had "concerns" about their son, Archie’s, skin color before he was born.
Meghan & Harry Wecome Second Child
Meghan and Harry welcomed their second child in June. The pair named their daughter Lilibet Diana after Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, and his grandmother.
Prince Andrew Lawsuit
- King Charles III Reflects On Childhood Moment With Queen Elizabeth II On First U.K. Mother's Day Since Her Death: 'We Are Thinking Of You'
- Disgraced Prince Andrew 'In Despair' King Charles III Was Named Sole Beneficiary To Queen Elizabeth II's $780 Million Fortune
- Sarah Ferguson Convinced Queen Elizabeth II's Ghost Is Appearing To Beloved Corgis That 'Bark At Nothing'
Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre’s legal team served the Duke of York with papers regarding her civil suit against the royal after she alleged Andrew sexually abused her when she was a minor. He has since vehemently denied the allegations.
Princess Eugenie Welcomes First Child
The Queen got another great-grandchild in 2021! Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed their son, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, in February. Eugenie named her first child after her grandfather, Prince Philip.
Princess Beatrice Welcomes First Child
Eugenie's son soon had a cousin! In October, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, welcomed their first child after they tied the knot in July 2020. They named their baby girl Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi.
Princess Diana Statue Unveiled
A statue commissioned by Harry and Prince William was unveiled in Kensington Palace on July 1 — what would have been their mother's 60th birthday. Harry returned to the U.K. and memorably reunited with his brother for the special occasion.
Royals Stun At 'No Time To Die' Premiere
Kate Middleton made headlines when she attended the No Time To Die premiere with William in October in a stunning gold dress. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined on the red carpet by Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.
It’s become a tradition for the royals to attend James Bond premieres.
Barbados Removes The Queen As Head Of State
In November, Barbados removed the Queen as head of state, and Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as president. Prince Charles attended the transition ceremony. During a speech, the heir to the British throne acknowledged "the appalling atrocity of slavery, which forever stains our history" and said "the people of this island forged their path with extraordinary fortitude."