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14 huge moments in the Royal Family in 2018

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What a year it’s been for the royal family! 

While 2018 has been a mean old year for us mere mortals, those whose blood runs blue have had a festive year with not one but two weddings and some pretty major announcements. 

Now that the year is coming to an end, it’s time to look back at the most memorable royal family moments from 2018. 

1. *The* wedding 

Two different royals may have tied the knot in 2018, but the first wedding of the year was also the most spectacular. 

The whole world (or at least 29 million people, per Nielsen figures) watched Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle tie the knot in St George’s Chapel on May 19th. Not only was the ceremony quite the showstopper, the guest list was out. of. this. world. In attendance was the Queen of England *AND* the Queen of the Universe, Oprah. 

Come on, just look at the two of them. 

Awwwww

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The entire ceremony was just one moving scene after another. 

Like when Prince Charles walked Meghan Markle down the aisle, as her own father could not attend. 

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Serena Williams was also there. NBD. 

2. The baby announcement

Five mere months after their wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) rocked our world once more.  

On Oct. 15 Kensington Palace made the announcement that the Duchess is expecting a baby in the spring of next year. 

3. Prince Charles turned 70 and revealed his favourite dish

On November 14th Prince Charles celebrated his 70th birthday and we all learned a new word; “groussaka”. In a birthday interview with Country Life, His Royal Highness revealed that he prefers the classic Greek dish moussaka with grouse, not lamb, giving us the groussaka. Thanks for sharing, your highness.

Clarence House also released some lovely family photos in celebration of the Prince’s big day. 

4. Prince Louis was born

Prince William and Kate Middleton (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) welcomed their third child, Louis Arthur Charles in April. 

The name Louis was perceived to be a nod to Lord Louis Mountbatten, a well-loved relative of the royal family who was killed in an IRA attack in 1979. 

A lot of people people thought Kate Middleton paid tribute to Princess Diana when she introduced Louis to the world. The Duchess wore a red dress with a white collar, much like the red and white outfit worn by Diana when she left the hospital after giving birth to her second son, Harry. 

Princess Diana and Prince Harry

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5. Meghan Markle released a cookbook

One of Meghan Markle’s first solo projects as a Duchess was the charity cookbook Together: Our Community Cookbook. The Duchess came up with the idea of the cookbook after a visit to the Hubb Community Kitchen, a community kitchen that helped feed survivors in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017. 

The proceeds from the cookbook, the foreword of which is penned by the Duchess herself, all go to the Hubb Community Kitchen, to help keep it open. 

6. Princess Eugenie got married

Prince Harry was not the only young royal who got married this year. 

His cousin, Princess Eugenie, tied the knot with wine merchant Jack Brooksbank in October. Their wedding, also in St. George’s Chapel, was quite the star-studded affair with Kate Moss, Liv Tyler, Demi Moore, and Naomi Campbell in attendance, to name a few. 

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

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When Cara Delevingne showed up to the ceremony in a suit and top hat, she pretty much stole the show.

7. Princess Charlotte started school

Three-year-old Princess Charlotte started school and we’re mostly including this because of how unbelievably darling she is in this photo.

8. Meghan Markle bonded with the Queen

Everyone knows that hanging out one-on-one with your in-laws can be a tad strenuous, but Meghan Markle sure makes it look easy. 

The Duchess had her first solo outing with Queen Elizabeth in June, when the two attended the opening of the Mersey Gateway bridge in Cheshire. 

Even though looking at a bridge all day might not sound all that interesting to a lot of people, these two managed to make it look like a hoot. 

Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth II

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9. The first same-sex wedding in the Royal Family’s history

Lord Ivar Mountbatten, the Queen’s third cousin, made history when he married his partner, James Coyle, in September. Mountbatten is the first member of the royal family to be openly gay and marry a same-sex partner. 

The wedding was held privately, but Mountbatten shared a photo of the two on Instagram. 

10. The Queen met President Trump

Brits weren’t too fussed when U.S. President Donald Trump visited the UK in July. Neither was the Queen when the president reportedly showed up 15 minutes late to their meeting. 

Donald Trump denied being late, and actually claimed that the pair got along brilliantly. 

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11. Harry and Meghan’s first royal tour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first royal tour overseas was a trip to Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand (in fact, they made their aforementioned pregnancy announcement right as they landed in Sydney.)

During their trip they experienced a lot of local culture and also served up so. much. cuteness. 

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12. Prince William spoke his mind about social media

Let’s face it; it’s the tech bros’ world and we’re all just living in it. Well, Prince William will not accept that. 

The Duke of Cambridge spoke candidly at an event at the BBC about how Big Tech and social media companies have failed to live up to the responsibilities that come with their immense power. 

“Their self-image is so grounded in their positive power for good that they seem unable to engage in constructive discussion about the social problems they are creating,” the Prince said as he urged social media companies to “reject the false choice of profits over values.”

13. Kate Middleton received the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II

One of Kate Middleton’s most-talked about looks this year was at a Buckingham Palace state dinner, where the Duchess of Cambridge wore a tiara formerly worn by Princess Diana along with  what is probably the most beautiful 19th century pearl and diamond necklace you’ll ever see.  

But, noticeably, the Duchess also wore a brand new order; the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II, given to members of the Royal Family for their service (that’s the yellow ribbon with the Queen’s face, in case there was any doubt.) 

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14. Prince Harry and Megan Markle released a never-before-seen photo from their wedding 

As the year drew to an end, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex got one more moment in the spotlight as they released an unseen photo from their wedding reception. 

The photo, which is featured on the couple’s official 2018 Christmas card, is a black and white shot of the couple watching fireworks while holding hands.

What’s more romantic than that?

Thanks for all the memories, your royal highnesses. May 2019 be as full of glitz, glamour and royal grandeur.

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/top-moments-royal-family-2018/

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It’s not just you that can’t function before your morning coffee

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YAWN. You know the feeling: you’re half asleep at your desk, peeking out through bleary eyes at your crowded inbox and wondering just how many minutes you have to survive through before you can get some more sleep. And then it hits – you forgot your morning coffee.

There’s a mantra that rings true around the global universe of Mashable, and that’s “but first, coffee”. Morning meeting? Yes, but first, coffee. Ready to dive into that inbox? Almost, but first, coffee. You get the gist, you’ve probably said those immortal words more than a handful of times, and that’s just in the past week.

Coffee is an integral part of lifestyles around the world, not just for propping you up during your morning meeting. Coffee brings people together in celebration, in mourning and for a good old catch up. In 2016 alone, the International Coffee Organization found that almost 150 million 60kg bags of coffee were produced around the world. Quick math tells us that amounts to around 8.4 billion kilograms of coffee. Now that’s a big buzz.

Team Mashable have hectic work days that stretch all the way around the clock and the globe. Big coffee moments are a part of the Mashable lifestyle. Whether that’s a quick coffee out of a Nespresso machine to psych us up for the journey to work, or a brainstorm over a coffee in the office, coffee can be found at the heart of each location.

Below you can meet Mashable peeps from around the world as they embark on their most vital moment: “But first, coffee.”

Menglye, Sales Director, Mashable Singapore

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Navigating Tiong Bahru MRT station during peak hours is enough to give anyone the chills. For Menglye, it’s important that he’s not falling asleep on the platform. A quick push of the button on his Nespresso Essenza Mini and he’s all set to make the trip to Bugis MRT station, taking a stroll through Bugis stretch to free up his mind and get him ready to meet the onslaught of emails awaiting at his desk.

Khali and Veronica, Integrated Marketing Team, Mashable UK

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Rush hour in London is the stuff of legend. The notorious London Underground will put fear into the most seasoned commuters during peak times. Having a quick coffee and a chat before braving the tube can be invaluable. Our integrated marketing ladies like to grab their “but first, coffee” moment together, catching up on the day’s tasks before getting down to business.

Journey, Creative Strategist, Mashable Los Angeles

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As a hardcore gym enthusiast and all-round superhuman, most of Journey’s mornings are pretty much sponsored by coffee. With a side-hustle as a class instructor at her local gym – complete with sessions that sometimes start at 5 a.m. *shudders* – Journey always makes time to enjoy a coffee and a solid breakfast before beginning her day.

Jeremy, Copywriter, Mashable New York

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Holding down the fort at Mashable HQ can be a busy old job. Getting those creative juices flowing early morning after making the hectic commute into work can be an uphill struggle, and Brooklyn-based Jeremy often grabs his “but first, coffee” moment with his dog, Sybil, before heading out for the day. Navigating the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple can take it out of you, so a quick pick-me-up for heading for the train is sometimes just the ticket.

Phil, Sales Director, Mashable Australia

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As a Nespresso aficionado, Phil can often be found enjoying the morning rays in his kitchen with a cup of coffee before starting his day heading up the Mashable Australia presence. Surry Hills can get packed at peak times, and Phil gets his fuel before he hits the road to work.

Not only does coffee lift people up, it brings people together. And thanks to the Nespresso Essenza Mini, big coffee moments can come in a small package. All style and no clunk, it takes up no space at all, allowing you the space to connect with others at the push of a button without cluttering your kitchen. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/08/coffee-fuels-the-mashable-world/

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An open letter from the guy at the party who is just kinda hanging out in the kitchen by himself right now

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Hey guys, its me. The dude who is just kinda hanging in the kitchen by himself right now. I’ve been in here for so long now that if I even tried to rejoin the party at this point it would just be extremely weird.

Trust me, I wish I wasn’t in here, too. This really sucks and I don’t know what to do.

You mightve met me briefly in some sort of strangely forced introduction that neither of us wanted to partake in. Im Lukes coworker from three jobs ago. I’m only here because I ran into Luke at the grocery store last week and he begged me to come. Our mutual friend Andrea was supposed to come, too, but she bailed at the last minute. So I actually dont know anyone here besides Luke, and I barely know him in the first place. I retreated to the kitchen for a temporary respite from the party, but for some baffling reason, I am still in here.

I’ve been in the kitchen alone for about 25 minutes now and Ive started to hear people wonder aloud about why I am in here. Things have really spiraled.

Fucking hell this is awkward as shit. I don’t know how I let this happen.

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If it wasn’t already obvious, I will not be joining the party when it migrates to the bar. You all seem great, but I am already too far into being “The Kitchen Guy” to possibly redeem myself tonight. I regret that this is your first impression of me, but I promise none of you will never see me again. This was a mortifying experience.

Goddammit. When people come in here to grab a drink now they don’t even acknowledge me anymore. That can’t be good.

All I really want to do right now is just get some Taco Bell and then watch 30 Rock at home in bed. Thats the only thing on my mind right now. My god does that sound pleasant. But here I am in this kitchen. Stuck. More stuck than you can possibly imagine, my friend. Things are bleak in here right now. I wish I could leave immediately but that is sadly impossible.

Ugh. Stupid, stupid, stupid. I should’ve left an hour ago when that guy Brent left. I missed my window. Fuck.

The front door feels like a gate to paradise right now; an unattainable, forbidden portal to freedom.

New plan: whenever the Uber shows up, I’m just gonna say some flimsy excuse, like that I have to go meet up with “my friend Doug” but might meet up with you guys later or something. It will be a self-evident lie, and everyone will see right through it. It’s just theater. Necessary theater for nobody’s benefit. I don’t know anybody named Doug and I will be asleep by midnight. Thats a guarantee. Now if I could just find a painless way out of here.

Hoo boy is this bad. A girl just came in and asked me if “everything was alright” and I pretended to answer a phone call. Christ. What in the hell was I thinking? There’s no way I’m showing my face in the party again after that.

Ugh.

The front door feels like a gate to paradise right now; an unattainable, forbidden portal to freedom.

All right. Enough is enough.

The time has come for me to walk into that living room, say something like, “Ahh, I forgot I had a thing I was supposed to do tonight” and face an insincere chorus of nice to meet you!s and thanks for coming!s. The final act of this humiliating performance.

Thanks for having me, man. I hope you have a nice rest of your life.

Thanks for reading Mashable Humor: original comedy every day. Or most days. We’re people, just like you, and we’re trying our best.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/08/05/open-letter-from-kitchen-guy-at-party/

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