Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch in history, Prince Philip retired after decades of royal service, and this royal couple welcomed 8 great-grandchildren… These are just some of the events that have happened since 2010. Now, let’s find out some more details about what the life of each royal family member was like and what’s changed in their lifestyle now.
The Bright Side team prepared a short review of how the lives of royal family members have changed during the past decade.
1. Queen Elizabeth II
The most important event for the Queen happened on February 6, 2017, when she became the first British monarch who celebrated a Sapphire Jubilee, which means that, at that moment, she had been on the throne for 65 years.
The Queen also celebrated her 90th birthday in 2016, and a year later, she and Prince Philip reached their platinum wedding anniversary, becoming the first British royal couple who’s been together for 70 years.
2. Prince Philip
In May 2017, after 65 years of service, Prince Philip retired from all of his official duties. His last engagement took place in August 2017 at Buckingham Palace. Since that time, he’s been living a quiet life at Wood Farm on their Sandringham Estate: reading, painting watercolors, writing letters, and inviting friends to stay.
3. Prince Charles
Over the past decade, Prince Charles has gradually taken more and more engagements on behalf of the Queen. The heir to the throne is also a keen environmentalist — in 2017, he even published a book on climate change.
4. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Together with her husband Prince Charles, Camilla took part in lots of official engagements in the UK and overseas. In 2017, she also celebrated her 70th birthday.
5. Prince William
In 2011, William finally settled down and married his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton. Today, he has matured into an outstanding father and a loyal husband.
As for his career achievements, after getting his Royal Air Force wings in 2008, he took a training course, and in 2010 became a fully-qualified search and rescue pilot, flying the Sea King helicopter.
6. Kate Middleton
After their marriage in April 2011, Kate got her new title and became the Duchess of Cambridge, devoting her life to charities for mental health, children, sports, and the arts.
During the period of the past 10 years, she gave birth to 3 children — Prince George (2013), Princess Charlotte (2015), and Prince Louis (2018).
7. Prince Harry
10 years ago, Prince Harry’s life was completely devoted to the army. He was a captain in the British Armed Forces and even was deployed to the war zone in Afghanistan in 2012. Then, in 2015, he officially left the army, but continued to support his fellow men and women. In 2014, he created the Invictus Games, a sporting event in which wounded military personnel compete in different kinds of sports.
In 2017, he first appeared in public with Meghan Markle. They married in May 2018 and had a son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the next year.