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

As 2018 comes to a close, we are taking a look back at events in which the European and international royal families took part. In part one, we look at January, February, and March.


The Danish royals attended their annual New Year receptions in Copenhagen.

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Tens of thousands turned out to see Japan’s Emperor Akihito for the New Year.

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King Juan Carlos of Spain celebrated his 80th birthday.

Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine of Denmark celebrated their 7th birthday with new photos.

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Queen Máxima opened the newly renovated Musis theatre.

Princess Sofia of Sweden received her first foreign order during the Icelandic state visit to Sweden.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway’s 14th birthday photos, taken by her father, were released.

Photo: HRH Crown Prince Haakon

Princess Charlene revealed several new candid pictures of her and Prince Albert’s twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques.

Princess Athena of Denmark celebrated her 6th birthday.

Princess Athena. Photo: Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset

Kings of Belgium and Jordan meet in Davos.

King Felipe celebrated his 50th birthday and presented his older daughter, Princess Leonor with the Order of the Golden Fleece.

Princess Beatrix celebrated 80th birthday with new images.

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Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar of Sweden met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the Cambridges’ final day in Sweden.

On Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 January 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Sweden on behalf of the British Government. Photo: Raphael Stecksén/


The Norwegian royals welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Oslo.

Royals under the rainbow, one of four statues in the park. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

King Harald quoted “Love Actually” in gala dinner for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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It was announced Princess Mako of Japan’s wedding was to be postponed due to lack of preparation.

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Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark returned from the Winter Olympics in South Korea to be at his father, Prince Henrik’s hospital bedside.

The Belgian Royal Family released images from holiday.

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Tragically, Prince Henrik of Denmark died at the age of 83, and his private funeral was held later in the month.

Photo: Torben Eskarod

Photos of Princess Leonore of Sweden were released for her 4th birthday, and pictures were also issued for her cousin, Princess Estelle’s 6th birthday.

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Hereditary Prince Ernst August of Hanover and his wife, Hereditary Princess Ekaterina of Hanover had their first child, a girl.

King Mohammed of Morocco underwent successful heart surgery in Paris.

Annual Dutch Royal Family winter photo session took place.

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane in Lech on 26 February 2018. Image © RVD – photographer: ANP


Queen Rania launched Mobile Emerging Technology Exhibitions.

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Prince Oscar of Sweden celebrated his second birthday.

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First photos of Prince Stefan were released by the Serbian Royal Court.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia received Spanish Olympians.

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The Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg hosted Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation (GCA) members on the organisation’s 10th anniversary at their home at the Château de Berg.

The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess are surrounded by (from left to right) by Jean- Marie Sander, Chairman of the Board of the GCA Foundation and Jérôme Brunel, Secretary General Crédit Agricole SA, as well as the members of the Board of Directors of the Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation. © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés

Princess Madeleine of Sweden gave birth to her third child, a daughter, Princess Adrienne.

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Princess Märtha Louise of Norway attended the Paralympic Winter Games.

Princess Madeleine joined Instagram.

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King and Queen of the Belgians travel to Canada on a state visit.

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Queen Sonja opened a new exhibit in Queen Sonja’s Art Stable.

Her Majesty Queen Sonja and the artist Kille-Olsen. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit underwent minor surgery.

The King and Queen of Jordan underwent a state visit to the Netherlands.

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Princess Marie attended the Danish National Food Science Competition.

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The King of Thailand marked the bi-centennial of Thai-US ties.

Monaco’s Rose Ball kicked off the party season.

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King Tupou of Tonga attended National Prayer for Forgiveness.

Prince Laurent of Belgium wrote an emotional letter in a bid to stop his pay cut.

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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.