What was 2014 like for the Royal Family?

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What was 2014 like for the Royal Family?

It was a busy and significant year for the Royal family – Evening Standard Royal Editor Robert Jobson highlights the key events.


Centenary of the First World War

The Royal Family played a key role in the centenary of the First World War.

The Queen lit a candle in Scotland whilst the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Belgium along with royal families from around the world.

Members of the Royal Family also visited the Tower of London, which became a focal point for remembrance.


Kate and William visit Australia

Prince George became the centre of attention during the visit down under.

When the youngest member of the Royal Family first left the plane there was a flurry of activity.

It was one of the first times media attention had been diverted away from Prince William and the Duchess.


The Prince of Wales 

Prince Charles focussed on the built environment and the way people live in London delivering speeches on change within the environment.

He also paid a visit to Iraqi Christians living in London during a period when many were being persecuted in Iraq.


A change in Royal communication

This year saw the Prince of Wales, Duke of York and both Princes Harry and William increase their use of video messaging.

Robert Jobson explains that this not only allows the Royal family to get their messages across the world but also helps them to maintain control of that message. 


What’s in store for 2015

The biggest event will be the birth of Kate and William’s second child which is due in April.

Robert Jobson predicts that a lot of media attention will once again be focussed around the hospital in Marylebone but probably not on the same scale as the birth of Prince George.

Another significant event will be the Queen becoming the longest serving monarch. On September 9 2015, she will pass the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

She is already the oldest serving monarch and will most likely take a step back from royal duties in 2015.

The Prince of Wales may well become a sort of “shadow King”, supporting the Queen more than he already does.

Prince William is planning to make a trip to China in the early part of the year. 

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