Lime green birthday suits, white hot yoga pants, and a sexy new royal romance! The British royal family has had a busy year filled with charity work, precious kiddos, and lots of fashionable public appearances.
Through the exotic royal tours to India, Bhutan, and Canada and the simple moments at home in London, the royal family has remained more fascinating than ever.
Here are the top 16 most regal moments of 2016:
Prince George arrives for his first day at Westacre Montessori School nursery in Norfolk today. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released two photographs to mark the occasion. They show Prince George standing in front of the mural on the outside of the nursery building. Photograph ©The Duchess of Cambridge
1. Prince George Heads to Nursery School
The third in line to the throne was the picture of cuteness, rocking a blue backpack and navy coat for his first day at the Westacre Montessori School.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share new photographs of their family, enjoying a short skiing holiday with their children in the French Alps. The Duke and Duchess invited the Press Association's Royal Photographer John Stillwell to take the photographs earlier in the week. This was their first holiday as a family of four and the first time either of the children had played in the snow. It was very special and fun short holiday for the family, and they are grateful that John Stillwell was able to capture the moment so well.
2. Royals in the Snow
Baby royals + snowsuits = perfection! The family went on a snowy ski break to the French Alps in early March.
3. Royal Tour of India and Bhutan
Only Kate Middleton could play soccer and cricket in wedge heels without tripping.
4. Prince William and Prince Harry Have a Lightsaber Battle
Royal Jedis! While visiting the Star Wars set in April, the two brothers had some lightsaber fun.
5. Queen Elizabeth Turns 90
Long live the Queen! Elizabeth attended a horse show in honor of her milestone birthday, but wasn’t particularly impressed. The pictures say it all.
6. Prince George Meets Obama in His Bathrobe!
Prince George clearly couldn’t be bothered to dress up to meet the president. In a series of adorable pics, the little royal greeted the visiting Obamas, showing him the rocking horse the president had gifted him.
7. Queen Elizabeth Trash Talks the Obamas
In a fun-spirited Invictus Games video with her grandson, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth gave Barack and Michelle Obama some of her signature shade, saying, “Oh really, please,” when FLOTUS and POTUS tried to challenge Harry at the games.
8. Kate Middleton Is a Vogue Cover Girl
It’s always been clear that Kate’s fashion is impeccable, but she made it official in the pages of British Vogue’s June issue.
9. Princess Charlotte Turns One, Melts Hearts in Portraits
After a fancy christening photo shoot last year, the Royals went casual for Charlotte’s first birthday, posting portraits taken by Middleton herself.
10. Prince William Does Yoga in Tight Pants
Namaste! The father of two showed off his incredible yoga moves in white pants at the Audi Polo Challenge, and the image will forever be ingrained in our minds.
11. Trooping of the Colour
Though her official birthday was in April, Queen Elizabeth’s annual week-long celebration took place in June. Like a boss, Her Royal Majesty sported a lime green suit to the Trooping of the Colour, greeting the crowds outside of Buckingham Palace before waving from the palace balcony with her family. She was even spotted gently scolding her grandson, Prince William, for kneeling down. Tisk, tisk!
12. Prince George’s Tarmac Tantrum
While checking out several fighter planes, scene-stealer Prince George threw a bit of a fit and his parents had to comfort him in front of the press. It made us love him even more!
13. Royals at Wimbledon
Kate and William cheered on British tennis pro Andy Murray to his Wimbledon victory in July.
14. Royal Tour of Canada
What makes a royal tour better? Two cute kids! Prince George and Princess Charlotte accompanied their parents and took their first trip to North America.
Kensington Palace has issued a statement this morning about the harassment currently being experienced by Meghan Markle and her family. pic.twitter.com/EuFZ4fmUIj— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 8, 2016
15. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Go Public
After years of living the chronic bachelor life, Prince Harry went public this fall, calling Suits star Meghan Markle his “girlfriend” in a rare statement. In the comments, he accused some members of the press and public of “racism and sexism,” when writing about Markle.
Today Prince Harry & singer Rihanna @badgalriri were tested for HIV in Barbados on #WorldAIDSDay to raise awareness of how easy it is to get tested. During his #RoyalVisitBarbados HRH has seen how the country has eradicated mother to baby HIV transmission - however he has also seen there is much more to do to remove the stigma on HIV and AIDS in The Caribbean. 📷 PA
16. Prince Harry Honors Princess Diana
In addition to continuing his late mother’s charity work surrounding HIV and AIDs, Prince Harry got very vocal this past year about honoring Diana’s memory. On his Royal Tour of the Caribbean he got an HIV test with Rihanna on World AIDs Day in Barbados.
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