The year 2018 may be done and dusted, but hopefully one member of the royal family will be taking it a little easier in 2019. With two babies, two weddings, a milestone 70th birthday, and a royal pregnancy announcement, you'd think one of the younger royals would have had the biggest year, but it turns out that this senior royal was the hardest working member of the family in 2018.
Move aside William, Harry, Kate, and Meghan, it's Princess Anne who worked the hardest this year with a whopping 447 domestic appearances in the UK and another 71 overseas engagements for 518 total.
Prince William attended 150 events at home and 70 abroad, while Prince Harry attended 108 local events and 85 overseas, including his and Meghan's whirlwind tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga.
Kate Middleton, who gave birth to Prince Louis in April, attended 87 public engagements, while Meghan Markle, who became an official member of the family in May, was present at 45 official engagements in the UK and 51 overseas.
Princess Anne was nearly beaten by her older brother, Prince Charles, who attended 507 events, including his tour of Africa with Duchess Camilla. Her two younger brothers also worked hard this year, with Prince Andrew attending 394 events, and Prince Edward making 463 royal appearances. Impressive stuff!
Even her 92-year-old mother Queen Elizabeth kept going with her royal appearances, attending a grand total of 283 events in the UK, though she has stopped traveling overseas.
Tim O'Donovan of The Times, who compiled the list said that everything needs to be taken with a grain of salt. "I should again emphasize that the above table of figures should not be converted into a 'league table' of individual royal performance. All engagements differ as to time and content and there is also the time taken in preparation, whether it be a visit, investiture, or speech."
The queen herself mentioned how busy a year it had been in her Christmas speech, with England reaching the World Cup semi-finals, the World War I centenary celebrations, and even changes within the family. "It's been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies, and another child expected soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied," she remarked. Bring on 2019!
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