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Looking Back at the Best Royal Family Photos of 2018

From the first images of Prince Louis to stunning portraits from two royal weddings.
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Between two royal weddings, a milestone birthday for Prince Charles, and the birth of Prince Louis, 2018 has been a banner year for the British royal family. Read on for a look back at their most iconic moments captured on film.

In 2018, the Duchess of Cambridge focused in on organizations which work to help children and mothers.


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Here, she interacts with a young patient at the opening of the Mittal Children's Medical Centre in London.

Early on in the year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent some time with the Nordic royal families while on a royal tour of Sweden and Norway.


Here she is raising a glass at the Palace in Oslo.

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Harry greets his father Prince Charles before the International Year of the Reef meeting in London.


Meghan Markle and her soon-to-be sister-in-law share a laugh at the first annual Royal Foundation Forum.


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The Duchess of Cornwall made a habit this year of kicking off her shoes and sticking her toes in the sand.


Here she is, barefoot, alongside Prince Charles on the beach in Australia.

One of the highlights of 2018 was the birth of Prince Louis.


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Here, he makes his public debut on the steps of the Lindo Wing in the arms of his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.

His son's wedding was just days away, but Charles never appeared stressed while on tour in Greece.


Here he is participating in a traditional dance.

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Meghan Markle and her mother Doria Ragland arrive at Cliveden House Hotel to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry.


Our first full look at Meghan's gorgeous veil, which featured a flower from each of the 53 Commonwealth countries embroidered around the edges.


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Meghan started her walk down the aisle of St George's Chapel by herself, before being accompanied the rest of the way by her future father-in-law Prince Charles.


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PA photographer Yui Mok took this now-iconic photo of Meghan and Harry from above, which quickly became everyone's favorite image of the day.


In fact, some on social media poignantly coined it "Diana's view."

Queen Elizabeth flashes a smile at her soldiers during her annual birthday parade, which is known as Trooping the Colour.


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This year's Trooping the Colour featured several firsts.


Not only was it Meghan Markle's inaugural time on the Buckingham Palace balcony, but it also marked the first time a Sikh guardsman marched in a turban during the annual military display.

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These two handbags say it all. Meghan made her first joint appearance with the Queen in June on a day trip to Cheshire.


The Queen was all smiles during her favorite event of the year: the Royal Ascot.


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Fergie goes deep on her curtsy to the Queen at the Royal Ascot.


The Queen and Prince Philip have a chat during the Royal Windsor Cup.


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Prince Louis's christening in July brought us out first photo of the Cambridges as a family of five.


Over the course of her 66-year-reign, Queen Elizabeth has met with 12 out of the last 13 sitting US presidents.


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(Somehow, Lyndon Johnson missed the cut.) Here she is with Donald Trump during his visit to Windsor in July.

Dame Judi Dench and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall enjoy some ice cream together while Queen Victoria's private beach during a visit to the Isle of Wight.


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Meghan and Harry proved once again that they aren't afraid of a little PDA during the trophy ceremony of this summer's Sentebale Cup.


Meghan's first solo endeavor as the Duchess of Sussex is a project that combines two of her passions: food and empowering women.


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Here she is helping to serve up lunch at the launch of the Together cookbook.

It was a shutting door heard 'round the world.


This photo of Meghan at her first solo engagement prompted swift scrutiny on social media with both fans and critics guessing, "Is a royal allowed to shut her own car door?"

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In this photo, the Duchess of Cambridge is clearly glad to be back at work.


Her visit to Sayers Croft Forest School marked her first official public appearance following the birth of Prince Louis.

Prince Harry was photographed with a good, good boy while visiting West Sussex.


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Princess Eugenie made a statement with her wedding dress by forgoing a veil and choosing a style that showed off the scars from her scoliosis surgery.


Meghan and Harry aren't the only royals who show affection.


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Here are Will and Kate sharing a lovely moment together at Princess Eugenie's wedding

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex kicked off their royal tour of Australia with a pregnancy announcement heightening excitement for an already highly anticipated visit.


Here they are shortly after the news broke, walking down the stairs of the iconic Opera Sydney House

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Both Meghan and Harry clearly have a way with children, as evidenced in this sweet photo of the Duchess hugging a young boy in Dubbo, Australia.


Meghan and Harry brought some much-needed rain with them to parched Victoria Park, and shared a sweet moment under an umbrella.


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Prince Harry takes the stage at the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony at Sydney Opera House.


One final shot of Meghan and Harry in Rotorua, New Zealand before the end of their whirlwind royal tour of the Oceania region.


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The Dutch State Dinner marked not only a tiara moment—Kate wore the Cambridge Lover's Knot—but also the first time we got to see Duchess Kate's Royal Family Order, a special brooch given to her by the Queen in honor of her service.


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Queen Elizabeth attends the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.


Prince Charles laid a wreath at London's Cenotaph on his mother's behalf during the National Service of Remembrance.


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It is the second time the Prince of Wales has performed the duty on Remembrance Day, which this year held additional significance, as it fell on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Meghan embraces Zaheera Sufyaan as she leaves the Hubb Community Kitchen after visiting to celebrate the success of the Together cookbook.


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Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie Countess of Wessex, visit a Sikh Gurdwara in London.


*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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