So it’s the 1st December and everybody is beginning to realise that Christmas Day is just over three weeks away. Have you got the Turkey yet? What about the tinsel? And are all of your presents wrapped? No? Not to worry, there is still time. However, here at Royal Central we wanted to make the Countdown to Christmas that little bit more Royal and more enjoyable. So everyday, from now until Christmas Eve, we will present you with one of these very special articles that takes a nostalgic look back at some of the Royal years gone by. These articles won’t be long (at this time of year you will be too busy, I’m sure) but they will include some Royal facts from that particular year, along with some more general facts as well. I may throw in the odd Queen’s Christmas Message too, just to get us even more excited for December 25th.
The year we are looking at on December 1st is 2002.
Firstly lets see what The Queen had to say.
And what happened in that year?
- January 17th- The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo displaces an estimated 400,000 people.
- February 19th- NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
- March 14th- The Economic Community of West African States Parliament is established.
- April 4th- The Angolan Civil War ends after 26 years of fighting since Angolan independence in 1975.
- May 6th- The World Wrestling Federation is forced to change its name to World Wrestling Entertainment as a result of an on-going lawsuit from the World Wildlife Fund.
- June 30th- Brazil defeat Germany in the FIFA World Cup Final.
- July 22nd- An earthquake hits parts of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
- August 25th- The first series of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here was broadcast on ITV.
- September 7th- At the US Open, Serena Williams defeats Venus Williams.
- October 31st- Over one million people gathered in Greenwich Village to celebrate Halloween.
- November 5th- UK Conservative party leader, Iain Duncan Smith, makes a disastrous speech where he demanded that his party ‘unite or die’.
- December 29th- Brighton’s West Pier partially collapsed. It had served from the Victorian Era until its closure in 1975.
And just what happened Royally?
- February 9th- The Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret Countess of Snowdon, tragically dies. The Countess died in her sleep after suffering a major stroke.
- February 15th- The funeral of Princess Margaret took place at St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle on the 50th anniversary of her father’s funeral.
- March 30th- Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother dies at the grand old age of 101 at Royal Lodge. Her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, was at her bedside.
- April 9th- The funeral of Elizabeth The Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey.
- Between 1st and 4th June, The Golden Jubilee Weekend took place. Celebrations included Proms at the Palace, a pop concert in The Queen’s back garden, and the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Pauls Cathedral.
- As part of her Jubilee tour, The Queen and Prince Philip visited Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica, as well as an extensive tour of the United Kingdom.
- On Sunday 2nd June, there was a small fire in a flat above the East Gallery at Buckingham Palace, it was contained very quickly.
- As part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations, The Queen dined at 10 Downing Street with five living Prime Ministers who had served under her.
If there is anything you can add about 2002, please comment below.