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A look back at European and international royal 2018 events – part four

Our four-part series taking a look back at the year the European and international royals had concludes today with October through December.


Queen Letizia of Spain attended the final of the Women’s Basketball World Cup.

Sue Bird lifts the trophy after the United States won the tournament for the ninth time. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark spoke to CNN’s Richard Quest for his series Quest’s World of Wonder in Athens, Greece.

The Norwegian royals attended the state opening of Parliament.

King, Queen and Crown Prince during the ceremony. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

Princess Estelle of Sweden joined her mother and grandfather for a museum trip.

His Majesty and Their Royal Highnesses view Elias Martin’s oil painting. Photo: Sara Friberg / Kungl. Royal Court

The Spanish Royal Family celebrated their National Day.

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Prince Christian of Denmark celebrated his 13th birthday.

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The Crown Prince Family of Denmark also sent a supportive message to the Danish competitors at the Invictus Games.

The King and Queen of Norway visited China.

Photo: Trond Viken / The Royal Norwegian Ministry for Fishery and Economics via Flickr.

Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the annual Princess Grace Foundation USA gala.

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King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands was appointed a supernumerary Knight of the Garter by Her Majesty The Queen while on a state visit to the UK.

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The Dutch King and Queen spent time with many members of the British Royal Family during their UK state visit.

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Princess Caroline of Monaco became a grandmother again when her daughter, Charlotte gave birth to her second child.

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit was diagnosed with chronic pulmonary fibrosis.

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Princess Ayako attended her final imperial event “Choken-no-Gi” before leaving the Imperial Family and married her commoner éfianc later in the month.

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Luxembourg’s Grand Duchess Maria Teresa took part in a humanitarian visit to Lebanon.

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Princess Leonor, the Princess of Asturias, read publicly for the first time at a celebration for the Spanish Constitution’s 40th anniversary.

Bhutan celebrated the King’s coronation anniversary.

Queen Sofía of Spain celebrated her 80th birthday – including her scandal-ridden daughter, Infanta Cristina.

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Crown Princess Mary released a video for World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

King Abdullah of Jordan received the 2018 Templeton Prize.

New pictures were released to celebrate Belgium’s King’s Day.

The deposed King and Queen of Greece announced the engagement of their daughter, Princess Theodora.

The CIA concluded the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia personally ordered the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi – who had been highly critical of the Saudi government and the Crown Prince’s policies.

DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

The Princely Family of Monaco took part in their National Day celebrations.

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The Japanese Imperial Family welcomed the King and Queen of Jordan to Japan.

Crown Princess Mary paid a secret visit to Kenya.

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I to dage har H.K.H. Kronprinsessen været i det østafrikanske land Kenya. Her har Hendes Kongelige Højhed besøgt en række projekter og organisationer, der arbejder med at forbedre piger og kvinders rettigheder. Under besøget i den nordlige del af Kenya mødte Kronprinsessen blandt andet organisationen Northern Rangland Trust (NRT), der er støttet af DANIDA, og som arbejder for at styrke kvinder i fattige patriarkalske nomadesamfund. Det gør de ved at inddrage piger og kvinder i driften af vildtreservaterne. Arbejdet har resulteret i at flere piger har fået adgang til uddannelse og færre piger er blevet omskåret og indgår i børneægteskaber. Under rejsen var Kronprinsessen ledsaget af udviklingsminister Ulla Tørnæs. 📸 Mads Claus Rasmussen, Ritzau Scanpix ©️

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Prince Sverre Magnus celebrated his 13th birthday with two new pictures released by the Royal Court.

Photo: Julia Naglestad, Det kongelige hoff

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It was revealed that Princess Tessy would receive £4,000 a year in support from Prince Louis of Luxembourg after their divorce.

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Princess Marie of Denmark attended several Christmas events.

The King of Sweden handed out Nobel Prizes, and other members of the Swedish Royal Family were also in attendance.

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Norwegian royals were also in attendance in Oslo when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded.

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Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques turned four.

Queen Rania of Jordan was presented with the Influential Personality of the Year Award.

The Queen speaks at the ASMIS. Photo: © Copyright 2018, Royal Hashemite Court

Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar of Sweden celebrated St Lucia Day.

Photo: HRH Crown Princess Victoria, Royal Court, Sweden

Serbia’s Prince Stefan was christened in Belgrade.

HRH Crown Princess Katherine, His Grace Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac, TRH Prince Philip, Princess Danica and Prince Stefan, HRH Crown Prince Alexander, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, HRH Princess Maria da Gloria of Orleans and Bragança, Mr Milan-Cile Marinkovic, Mrs Beba Marinkovic. Photo: Royal Palace Belgrade

The Swedish Royal Family gathered at Oscar Theatre to celebrate Queen Silvia’s 75th birthday.

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🇸🇪🎉 I dag firades Drottningen på Oscarsteatern inför 75-årsdagen. Från teaterns scen berättade representanter från Drottningens stiftelser om Drottningens personliga engagemang i arbetet kring barn, ungdomar och äldre. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Underhöll gjorde artisterna Kiralina, Philip Jalmelid och Tuva B Larsen från musikalen ”Så som i himmelen”, Aminah Al Fakir, Carola och elever från den musikinriktade skolan Lilla Akademien. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Programmet filmades och kommer att sändas på SVT den 22 december. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Efter programmet hölls en mottagning där de inbjudna gästerna fick möjlighet att framföra sina gratulationer till Drottningen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Sara Friberg/Kungl. Hovstaterna

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As usual, the Crown Princess Family of Sweden released their yearly Christmas video.

The Belgian Royal Family hosted a Christmas concert.

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The Danish Crown Prince Family also released a Christmas video.

The Emperor of Japan celebrated his last birthday in the role.

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Take a look at the collective royal Christmas greetings here.

The Christmas speeches of the European royals are here: Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.