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Many special royal events ahead in 2018

There is only one day left in 2017, so it is time to look forward to the special events that will take place in 2018. 2018 will be the year in which many royals will celebrate special birthdays.

January – May

2018 will first of all be the year of the third children. Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Chris O’Neill will become the parents of their third child in March. The pair will also be married for five years in June. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in April. Also, Andrea (son of Princess Caroline of Monaco) and Tatiana Casiraghi will welcome their third child in the Spring of 2018. 

P: Carfax2 via Wikimedia Commons

2018 will be a year full of special royal birthdays, as well. King Juan Carlos of Spain will be celebrating his 80th birthday on 5 January. His son, King Felipe, will turn 50 in the same month. And the former Queen of the Netherlands, Princess Beatrix will also celebrate her 80th birthday.

The Princely Family of Monaco is celebrating two special birthdays this year. Princess Charlene is turning 40 on the 25th of January and her husband Prince Albert II will be 60-years-old on the 14th of March.

In Denmark, there will be a couple of parties as well in 2018. Crown Prince Frederik is turning 50 on the 26th of May and has already announced part of the big celebrations with a birthday run through Denmark. His brother, Prince Joachim and his second wife Princess Marie are to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on 8 May.

Photo: Alexi Lubomirski

May will be the month of the royal event of the year. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on the 19th of May. This will be two days after cousin Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary.

June – September

Prince Gabriel. Photo: Erika Gerdemark, Royal Court, Sweden

Time flies as Prince George of Cambridge will be celebrating his 5th birthday on the 22nd of July. Undoubtedly there will be a party planned for the third in line to the throne.

The youngest Bernadotte, Prince Gabriel will celebrate one year in this world on the 31st of August. However, by then, he won’t be the youngest anymore as another cousin will be born in March.

Princess Beatrice of York is to celebrate her 30th birthday on the 8th of August. King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on the 29th of August. The pair held a big party with many foreign royals for their 80th birthdays in 2017 and have said they do not plan large celebrations for their wedding anniversary.

October – December

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde. Photo: Michael Thaidigsmann via Wikimedia Commons

Her husband will have celebrated his 80th birthday in January, but Queen Sofía of Spain is also turning 80 on the second of November.

The Prince of Wales will undoubtedly throw a party for his 70th birthday in 2018. His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall already celebrated her 70th birthday in 2017.

Five years ago, Europe welcomed two new Kings on the throne. Both King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and King Philippe of Belgium will be on the throne for five years this year on the 30th of April and the 21st of July, respectively.

About author

Laura is from Belgium and has a passion for all things royal. She is Europe Correspondent for Royal Central since October 2016 and has contributed to other news websites. In her daily life she is a fulltime student in EU-politics and political communication.