14 Of The Most Memorable Royal Family Moments Of 2017

It's been an eventful year!

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With royal baby news, an engagement announcement 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.

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1 William and Kate hit the red carpet

British royalty mixed with Hollywood's biggest names at the 2017 BAFTAs, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the red carpet event 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.

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2 Prince Harry opened up about his mental health struggle

Prince Harry 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 The Telegraph, 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, mental health charities reported an increase in the number of people using their services.

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3 Pippa Middleton tied the knot

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.

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4 Prince George and Princess Charlotte stole the show at Trooping the Colour

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. 

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5 Prince George got very excited about helicopters

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.

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6 Princess Charlotte's first handshake

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.

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7 Prince Philip retired

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. 

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8 Prince William and Harry marked the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death

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 White Garden in Diana's memory this summer.

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9 Prince George started school

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. 

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10 Harry and Meghan looked loved up at the Invictus Games

Days after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made their first public appearance together at the Invictus Games opening ceremony in Toronto, the pair were finally spotted having the best time at a tennis match. They also HELD HANDS. Surely that was a sign that an engagement announcement was imminent?

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