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Year in Review 2017

2017 was a busy year for The Royal Family. As well as the usual ceremonial events, happy announcements were made and exciting new initiatives were set out too.  

Members of The Royal Family carried out engagements all over the UK and there were several visits overseas. 

Buckingham Palace was also busy,  welcoming over 120,000 people over the course of the year to attend garden parties, investitures, receptions, dinners and lunches to acknowledge their achievements and contributions.

Here's a look back at 2017:

2017 6th February

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry join Heads Together runners training for the London Marathon. Heads Together is a mental health campaign created by The Royal Foundation and was the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year.

2017 12th February

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Hull, the UK's City of Culture

2017 9th March

The Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial is unveiled, recognising the contributions of the UK Armed Forces and all UK citizens who deployed in the Gulf region, Iraq and Afghanistan from 1990-2015

2017 14th March
Countess of Wessex in Malawi

The Countess of Wessex visits Malawi

The Countess' visit saw work being done by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust to end avoidable blindness, champion youth leadership and celebrate Commonwealth Week.
2017 20th March
The Duke and Duchess attend Royal tour of Paris

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Paris

During the tour, The Duke of Cambridge made a speech saying, "Before I came here, Her Majesty The Queen reminded me of how much she has enjoyed her many visits to France."
2017 11th April

The Queen feeds an elephant

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, opened the brand new Centre for Elephant Care at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
2017 14th April

The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall visit Romania, Italy, the Holy See and Austria

2017 18th April

As part of the Heads Together campaign, The Duke of Cambridge calls Lady Gaga to talk about the importance of opening up about mental health

2017 21st April

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry talk about mental health

2017 26th April

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry support Heads Together runners at the London Marathon 2017

2017 13th May
Prince Harry meets children at Party at The Palace, 13 May 2017

Party at the Palace

850 children, of those who died while serving in the Armed Forces, were invited to the Palace.
2017 17th May
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry at The Diana Awards 2017

The Diana Awards

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry presented a new award, on behalf of The Diana Award, which honours the legacy of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
2017 22nd May

The Chelsea Flower Show

Established in 1913, on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has become one of the world’s greatest showcases for horticultural excellence.
2017 1st June

Garden Parties at the Palace

30,000 guests are invited to Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse each year.
2017 10th June

Royal Ascot

Ascot holds a special week of races in June each year called Royal Ascot, attended by The Queen, who has had an interest in horses since childhood.
2017 15th June

The Queen visits the Tower Hamlets

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited East London on the 100th anniversary of the bombing of Upper North Street.
2017 17th June

Trooping the Colour

The Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years.
2017 21st June

The Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament

2017 23rd June

The Earl of Wessex visits Merseyside

The Earl visited The Bluecoat, Liverpool's centre for contemporary arts, which is a place to showcase talent across visual art, music, dance and literature.
2017 3rd July

Holyrood Week 2017

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinbugh, spent the week in Scotland, meeting Scots from all walks of life and hosting thousands at the Palace of Holyoodhouse in recognition of their good work.
2017 5th July

The Queen meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Edinburgh

2017 12th July

The Spanish State Visit

2017 2nd August

The Duke of Edinburgh retires

2017 26th August

Happy (Royal) Dog Day!

2017 30th August

The White Garden for Diana, Princess of Wales

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit the Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace, which has been transformed into a special White Garden dedicated to The Princess. Their Royal Highness met representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales.
2017 7th September

Prince George's first day at school

2017 19th September
The Princess Royal visits Peru

The Princess Royal visits Peru

As a member of the International Olympic Committee, The Princess attended the IOC Session Lima, visited the International Potato Centre and attended a recepton for the Amazon Hope Medical Project, operated by the charity, The Vine Trust – to which the Princess is Patron.

2017 22nd September

Prince Harry opens the Invictus Games in Toronto

2017 29th September

The Queen visits Aberdeen

The Queen opened Robertson Family Roof Garden and visited the Sue Ryder Dee View Court Neurological Centre.
2017 5th October

The Earl and Countess of Wessex attend The Sultan of Brunei's Golden Jubilee celebrations

2017 6th October

The Queen records a special message for BBC's Gardeners' Question time from Frogmore House in Windsor

2017 9th October

Prince Harry works with the Ministry of Defence on Mental Health

2017 10th October

World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace

2017 17th October

The Duchess of Cornwall at Women of the Year, an awards ceremony that honours the remarkable achievements of women. This year The Woman of Achievement Award was dedicated to the Women of the Emergency Services.

2017 18th October

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend Coach Core graduation

2017 19th October

The Queen reviews troops in Hyde Park

2017 30th October

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s Autumn Tour to Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and India

2017 2nd November

Prince Harry and Michelle Obama surprise students in Chicago and discuss the potential of young people to create change

2017 8th November

The Queen opens the British Museum

Her Majesty toured the newly refurbished Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia 25 years after first opening it.
2017 11th November
Remembrance 2017

Remembrance Day

In the week of Remembrance, The Queen, and Members of the Royal Family, join the nation in commemorating and honouring the men and women who have sacrificed themselves in Service to our country.
2017 14th November

The Duke of Cambridge unveils the National Action Plan, created by The Royal Foundation, to prevent Cyberbullying

2017 15th November

Sir Mo Farah receives a Knighthood from The Queen

2017 16th November
The Queen visits Hull November 2017

The Queen visits Hull

As UK City of Culture, there are creative events taking place in the city every day.
2017 17th November

The First Lady Black Rod

Sarah Clarke is responsible for maintaining the buildings, services, and security of the Palace of Westminster.
2017 20th November

2017 23rd November

The Prince of Wales visits the Caribbean to meet communities after the destruction caused by hurricanes

2017 27th November

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their engagement!

2017 14th December

Christmas Trees arrive at Buckingham Palace! Watch how the inside of The Palace is transformed for the festive season

2017 25th December

The Queen's Christmas Broadcast 2017