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The ten most read articles on Royal Central in 2018

10. The Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday to be marked with a solar eclipse

The Duke of Edinburgh will share his 100th birthday with a solar eclipse which will be visible across most of Britain.


In what is guaranteed to be a day of celebrations, June 10, 2021, will be a historic day as The Queen’s husband celebrates the centenary of his birth alongside the partial solar eclipse.

For people living in the UK, a maximum of 35 per cent of the sun will be obstructed.

9. The Wedding Dresses of Princess Anne

Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, was the first of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s children to wed and she was also the first to contract a second marriage. For both ceremonies, she chose striking outfits which would take their own places in royal wedding history.

Royal Central’s Senior Reporter takes a look back at both of Princess Anne’s wedding dresses from her marriages in 1973 and 1992.

8. The Queen devastated following the death of her last remaining corgi, Willow

The Queen’s last remaining corgi, Willow, died at the age of 14 following a cancer-related illness.

According to the Daily Mail, Her Majesty had been hit ‘extremely hard’ by the death of Willow, who appeared alongside her in the famous Olympic James Bond Sketch.

The death of Willow marks the end of an era as there are now no longer any corgis in the royal household.

However, she does still have two dorgis, Vulcan and Candy, who are corgi-dachshund crossbreeds.

7. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding photos are released

Three official photographs from the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were released by Kensington Palace in May a couple of days after Harry & Meghan’s wedding.

The images were taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski and feature the happy couple, members of The Royal Family, the mother of the bride and the bridesmaids and page boys.

Their Royal Highnesses said: “They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and those who watched on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world.”

6. Late night talks are taking place between Buckingham Palace and the Cabinet Office

In mid-December, late night talks were taking place between Buckingham Palace and the Cabinet Office amidst the ongoing political uncertainty.

At the time of this article’s publication, rumours were swirling in Whitehall that Prime Minister Theresa May would face a vote of no confidence in the coming days.

Indeed, the next morning a confidence vote was triggered.

It is likely that the reason for the Cabinet Office being in touch with Buckingham Palace was so contingency plans could be put in place.

5. The Wedding Dress of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

Some royal wedding dresses stand the test of time, others are always very much of the era they were worn but some are such instant hits that they take on a fame all of their own.

The gown worn by the Queen’s only sister, Princess Margaret, for her wedding to photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones on 6 May 1960 at Westminster Abbey is definitely an outfit with its own place in history. Margaret’s royal wedding dress is an all-time classic.

4. Princess Alexandra of Hanover is removed from the British line of succession

Princess Alexandra of Hanover was removed from the British line of succession earlier this year according to Point de Vue-magazine.

The 19-year-old princess is the daughter of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Princess Caroline of Monaco. The Princess has recently become a member of the Catholic Church and this the reason why she has been removed from the British line of succession.

However, she remains the 12th in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne.

3. Why are Prince Edward’s children not titled as Prince and Princess?


In the UK there are very specific rules regarding who is entitled to be a Prince or Princess. Most of these rules come from Letters Patent issued in 1917 by King George V, in which the King accords the Princely title to all children of the Sovereign, to the Sovereign’s male-line grandchildren and to the eldest living of the Prince of Wales’s eldest son.

Here, Gabriel Aquino explains why the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s children are not titled as a Prince and Princess.

2. Controversy over Prince Harry’s new Irish title

Following Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle in May, it was revealed that The Queen would grant him the title of the Duke of Sussex.

In addition to the Dukedom, the titles Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel were also conferred to the Prince.

In Ireland, Prince Harry will now be known as Baron of Kilkeel, a title which has caused some upset.

1. The Wedding Dress of Sarah, Duchess of York

The most read article on the Royal Central website in 2018 was a feature on the wedding dress of Sarah, Duchess of York.

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It was filled with special symbolism for the bride and groom and became a popular favourite, too.  The dress worn by the then Sarah Ferguson for her marriage to Prince Andrew on July 23rd 1986 at Westminster Abbey is still one of the most talked about royal weddings gowns of modern times and it’s more than stood the test of time.

The bride called it ”the most flattering gown ever” and there’s no doubt that this dress fitted its wearer to perfection. Made of ivory satin, it featured a fitted bodice with three quarter length sleeves and a neat waist which gave way to a full skirt over which lay a train seventeen feet in length. Over that was a tulle veil held in place by a garland of flowers which the bride famously swapped for her brand new tiara (a gift from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh) once she had signed the register.