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Say goodbye to 2022 by joining Wonderwall.com for a look back at some of the best photos of the world’s royals this year, starting with this moment that both surprised and warmed the hearts of many during a bittersweet, emotional time… 

Princess Kate, Prince William, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan reunited to see tributes the public had left for Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in England on Sept. 10, 2022, two days after the monarch’s death.

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This is the last photo taken of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. Two days before her death at 96, she welcomed Liz Truss during an audience at Balmoral, Scotland, where she invited the newly elected leader of the Conservative party to become Prime Minister and form a new government on Sept. 6, 2022. The queen passed away two days later and the politician resigned after just 44 days in office.

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Prince Louis of Cambridge covered his ears on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the Trooping the Colour Royal Air Force fly-past on June 2, 2022.

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Prince Louis stuck out his tongue while watching the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London, the final event celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years on the throne, on June 5, 2022.

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The newly titled Queen Consort Camilla wore a blue Bruce Oldfield dress, an Order of the Garter sash and Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order star, plus the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Belgian Sapphire Tiara and its coordinating necklace and bracelet as she attended a state banquet honoring President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa at Buckingham Palace in London on Nov. 22, 2022 — the first state visit hosted by the U.K. with King Charles III as monarch, and the first state visit to Britain by a South African leader since 2010.

MORE: See the best photos of Queen Consort Camilla since she married King Charles III

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and husband Prince Daniel attended a state banquet at Kungliga Slottet, the Royal Palace in Stockholm, on Oct. 11, 2022 — the first day of a three-day state visit by the Dutch royals.

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Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and wife Princess Sofia attended a state banquet at Kungliga Slottet, the Royal Palace in Stockholm, on Oct. 11, 2022 — the first day of a three-day state visit by the Dutch royals.

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King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward stood behind mother Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin at Westminster Abbey in London during her state funeral on Sept. 19, 2022.

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The late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier’s elder daughter, Princess Caroline of Hanover — formerly of Monaco — attended the Jumping International de Monaco, 16th edition of the Longines Global Champions Tour, on July 2, 2022.

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Monaco royal Charlotte Casiraghi — the daughter of Princess Caroline of Hanover — attended the Jumping International de Monaco, 16th edition of the Longines Global Champions Tour, on July 2, 2022.

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wore the trendiest color of the year when she went on a boat trip in the harbor in Goteborg, Sweden, on the last day of the Dutch royals’ three-day state visit to Sweden on Oct. 13, 2022.

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Three years after they moved to America, Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry returned to Britain together to attend a service of thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on June 3, 2022, the second of four days of celebrations to mark the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee.

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Britain’s Princess Charlotte of Wales followed, by car, the coffin of great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II as it traveled on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch in London on Sept. 19, 2022, after the monarch’s state funeral.

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Princess Kate rode in Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral cortege near Marlborough Gate in London as it made its way through London and continued to Windsor, England, for a committal ceremony and burial at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, on Sept. 19, 2022.

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A new state hearse featuring tall glass windows and interior lights — which was designed in consultation with the late Queen Elizabeth II — carried her coffin to Buckingham Palace in London on Sept. 13, 2022, after it arrived via plane from Scotland. King Charles III, his siblings and their children and spouses were waiting inside the palace gates to greet the cortege before Her Majesty’s body was taken to the Bow Room, where it would remain overnight ahead of her state funeral six days later.

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Monaco’s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene attended the 73rd Monegasque Red Cross Gala on the Terrasses du Soleil, between the majestic facade of the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo and the Mediterranean Sea, in Monaco on July 18, 2022.

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Princess Eugenie of York held son August Brooksbank alongside husband Jack Brooksbank during the Platinum Pageant in London, the final event celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years on the throne, on June 5, 2022.

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Prince William and Duchess Kate attended the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel from across the Caribbean who’d recently completed the Caribbean Military Academy’s Officer Training Programme in Kingston, Jamaica, during their controversy-plagued royal tour of the Caribbean on March 24, 2022.

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Princess Kate, wearing a red Jenny Packham gown and the Lotus Flower Tiara, greeted guests during the annual Diplomatic Corps reception at Buckingham Palace in London on Dec. 6, 2022.

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Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte — accompanied by parents Duchess Kate and Prince William — arrived for a settling-in afternoon at their new school, Lambrook School near Ascot in England’s Berkshire region, on Sept. 7, 2022 — one day before Queen Elizabeth II’s death. The settling-in afternoon is an annual event held to welcome new student and their families to Lambrook and takes place the day before the start of the new school term.

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The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima attended a state banquet for President Sergio Mattarella and daughter Laura Mattarella at the end of day one of the Italian state visit to The Netherlands in The Royal Palace in Amsterdam on Nov. 9, 2022.

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Princess Kate — wearing a Jenny Packham gown with Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara —arrived at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London on Nov. 22, 2022, welcoming South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa during his two-day official visit. It marked the first time Kate donned a tiara since becoming the Princess of Wales.

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Princess Kate — wearing a Jenny Packham gown with Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara —attended at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London on Nov. 22, 2022, welcoming South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa during his two-day official visit. This was the first state visit hosted by the U.K. with King Charles III as monarch and the first state visit to the U.K. by a South African leader since 2010. It also marked the first time Kate donned a tiara since becoming the Princess of Wales.

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Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry attended the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala at the Hilton Midtown in New York City on Dec. 6, 2022, where they were honored for their work on racial justice, mental health and other social impact initiatives through their Archewell Foundation. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were recognized alongside Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, late NBA legend Bill Russell and others.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchildren — Zara Tindall and brother Peter Phillips; Lady Louise Windsor and brother James, Viscount Severn; Princess Beatrice and sister Princess Eugenie; and Prince William and brother Prince Harry — made their way down a staircase in Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster in London on Sept. 17, 2022, during the late monarch’s lying-in-state before taking their places around her coffin to hold vigil two days before her state funeral.

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Prince George posed for a portrait taken by his mother, Duchess Kate, in July 2022 while on holiday in the U.K. The photo was released by Kensington Palace to mark his 9th birthday on July 22, 2022.

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Princess Charlotte posed with her family’s pet cocker spaniel, Orla, in a portrait taken by her mother, Duchess Kate, in a field of bluebells near their country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, England, the weekend before her 7th birthday on May 2, 2022.

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Kensington Palace released this photo of Prince Louis, which was taken by his mother, Duchess Kate, in Norfolk, England, to mark his 4th birthday on April 23, 2022.

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Queen Elizabeth II watched Trooping the Colour festivities from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London as the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations kicked off on June 2, 2022 — three months before her death at 96.

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Queen Letizia of Spain attended the Princess of Girona Foundation Awards at the Museo de las Aguas in Barcelona on July 4, 2022.

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Crown Princess Leonor of Spain — the country’s future monarch — attended the Princess of Girona Foundation Awards at the Museo de las Aguas in Barcelona on July 4, 2022.

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Queen Letizia of Spain and her teen daughters — Princess Sofia and Crown Princess Leonor — attended a concert ahead of the Princesa De Asturias Awards at the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo, Spain, on Oct. 27, 2022.

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The most senior members of Britain’s royal family — Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Duchess Kate — stood on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in London during the Platinum Pageant on The Mall — the final event celebrating the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years on the throne — on June 5, 2022.

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Princess Beatrice of York and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attended The Alchemist’s Feast, the inaugural summer party and fundraiser for the National Gallery’s Bicentenary campaign, NG200, in London on June 23, 2022.

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This is one of three photographic portraits released by Kensington Palace of Duchess Kate to mark her 40th birthday on Jan. 9, 2022. The Duchess of Cambridge was photographed by Paolo Roversi at Kew Gardens in London in November 2021. The portraits will enter the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, of which the duchess is patron.

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This is one of three photographic portraits released by Kensington Palace of Duchess Kate to mark her 40th birthday on Jan. 9, 2022. The Duchess of Cambridge was photographed by Paolo Roversi at Kew Gardens in London in November 2021. The portraits will enter the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, of which the duchess is patron.

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This is one of three photographic portraits released by Kensington Palace of Duchess Kate to mark her 40th birthday on Jan. 9, 2022. The Duchess of Cambridge was photographed by Paolo Roversi at Kew Gardens in London in November 2021. The portraits will enter the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, of which the duchess is patron.

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended a state banquet at Kungliga Slottet, the Royal Palace in Stockholm, on the first day of a three-day state visit to Sweden on Oct. 11, 2022.

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A grieving King Charles III and Princess Anne walked in the funeral procession for their mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as it made its way from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace in London via Horse Guards Parade and the Mall, led by massed Pipes and Drums of Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas, the Royal Air Force and a total of 6,000 representatives from all three Armed Forces on Sept. 19, 2022.

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Tom Cruise escorted Duchess Kate up the steps at the “Top Gun: Maverick” Royal Film Performance screening in Leicester Square in London on May 19, 2022, as her husband, Prince William, looked on.

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Princess Beatrice of York headed to work — she’s vice president of partnerships and strategy at the technology company Afiniti — in London on Sept. 28, 2022.

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands posed with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden at a state banquet at Kungliga Slottet, the Royal Palace in Stockholm, on Oct. 11, 2022 — the first day of a three-day state visit by the Dutch royals.

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Members of the public filed past as King Charles III (front), Princess Anne (left), Prince Andrew (not pictured) and Prince Edward (right) held a 15-minute vigil beside the coffin of their mother, Queen Elizabeth II, during her lying-in-state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster in London on Sept. 16, 2022, three days before her state funeral.

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Princess Kate and Duchess Meghan joined other members of Britain’s royal family to pay their respects as Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was carried into Westminster Hall, where it would lie in state until her funeral, following a procession from Buckingham Palace through the streets of London on Sept. 14, 2022.

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Duchess Meghan, wearing custom Louis Vuitton, arrived at the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala at the Hilton Midtown in New York City on Dec. 6, 2022, where she and husband Prince Harry were honored for their work on racial justice, mental health and other social impact initiatives through their Archewell Foundation.

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Princess Kate attended husband Prince William’s second annual Earthshot Prize Awards at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway in Boston on Dec. 2, 2022, wearing a rented Solace London dress, in keeping with the night’s conservation theme, and an emerald and diamond choker that previously belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, with matching emerald and diamond earrings. The necklace was initially worn by Queen Mary in the early 1900s. Diana wore it as both a necklace and, notably, a headband (see her in it here). Diana donned the emerald necklace for the final time on her 36th birthday in 1997 (see it here) — less than two months before she died.

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A somber Prince Harry joined the procession behind Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin on Sept. 14, 2022, as it left Buckingham Palace in London and made its way to Westminster Hall, where it would lie in state until her state funeral five days later.

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended a state banquet at the Presidential Palace in Athens on day one of a three-day state visit to Greece on Oct. 31, 2022.

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Princess Amalia of The Netherlands — the country’s future queen — was photographed on Sept. 5, 2022, her first day at the University of Amsterdam, where she’s pursuing a degree in politics, psychology, law and economics.

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Britain’s Prince Andrew rode his horse in Windsor, England, on Sept. 26, 2022.

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Britain’s Princess Kate joined husband Prince William at his second annual Earthshot Prize Awards at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway in Boston on Dec. 2, 2022, wearing a dress by Solace London that was rented from HURR for less than $100 and an emerald and diamond choker that previously belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, with matching emerald and diamond earrings.

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Prince Albert II of Monaco and his children — Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques — were joined by his sister Princess Caroline of Hanover during the celebration of the traditional feast of Sainte Dévote in Monaco on Jan. 27, 2022.

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Princess Kate, wearing a well-tailored wine-colored Rouland Mouret suit, arrived for a visit to Greentown Labs, North America’s largest clean-tech incubator, in Somerville, Massachusetts, on Dec. 1, 2022, on day two of her three-day trip to Boston with husband Prince William.

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Princess Kate was all smiles during a visit to Greentown Labs, North America’s largest clean-tech incubator, in Somerville, Massachusetts, on Dec. 1, 2022, on day two of her three-day trip to Boston with husband Prince William.

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Britain’s Prince William and Duchess Kate brought their older children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, to the service of thanksgiving celebrating the life of the late Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey in London on March 29, 2022, nearly a year after his death at 99.

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Monaco’s Prince Albert II and Spain’s Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI arrived to attend the service of thanksgiving celebrating the life of the late Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey in London on March 29, 2022, nearly a year after his death at 99.

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Princess Beatrice of York arrived to attend a service of thanksgiving celebrating the life of her late grandfather Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey in London on March 29, 2022, nearly a year after his death at 99.

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Duchess Kate (in shorts!) waved during a visit to Plymouth, England, in her role as royal patron of the 1851 Trust to meet with young people taking part in the trust’s activities to promote sustainability and to get a taste of the incredible speed and skill involved in the SailGP global racing championship taking place there on July 31, 2022.

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Prince Albert II of Monaco, wife Princess Charlene of Monaco and their twins — Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella — posed as a family during the traditional Monegasque Picnic at Princess Antoinette Park in Monaco on Sept. 3, 2022.

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Princess Kate and Prince William visited the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station in Anglesey, Wales, on Sept. 27, 2022. It marked their first official trip to Wales since becoming the new Prince and Princess of Wales weeks earlier following the death of the queen.

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The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their daughters — Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane — posed together at the Palace Noordeinde in The Hague during their annual summer photo session on June 24, 2022.

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Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and wife Crown Princess Mary of Denmark posed with their children Prince Christian and Princess Isabella as they arrived at the Danish Royal Theatre in Copenhagen on Sept. 10, 2022, to attend a gala performance marking the 50th anniversary of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark’s accession to the throne.

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Prince Philippos and Princess Nina of Greece and Denmark arrived at the Danish Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Sept. 10, 2022, to attend a gala performance marking the 50th anniversary of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark’s accession to the throne.

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Japan’s Emperor Naruhito was among the global royals who attended the state funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London on Sept. 19, 2022.

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Britain’s Duchess Kate went down a slide while visiting the team leading the Playful Learning Programme, a partnership between the six university colleges in Denmark and the LEGO Foundation with a vision to enhance children’s creative and experimental approach to learning, during an official royal visit to Copenhagen, Denmark, on Feb. 22, 2022.

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Prince William and Prince Harry looked somber as they attended the state funeral of their grandmother, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, at Westminster Abbey in London on Sept. 19, 2022.

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Britain’s Princess Charlotte held hands with mom Duchess Kate at a service of thanksgiving celebrating the life of her late great-grandfather Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey in London on March 29, 2022.

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Prince George was comforted by mother Princess Kate during the state funeral of his great-grandmother, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London on Sept. 19, 2022.

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands were among the global royals who attended the state funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London on Sept. 19, 2022.

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The newly titled King Charles III walked in front of his heir, Prince William, at the state funeral of his mother, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, at Westminster Abbey in London on Sept. 19, 2022.

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Britain’s Prince George attended a service of thanksgiving celebrating the life of his late great-grandfather Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey in London on March 29, 2022.

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Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte — accompanied by parents Duchess Kate and Prince William — arrived for a settling-in afternoon at their new school, Lambrook School near Ascot in England’s Berkshire region, on Sept. 7, 2022 — one day before Queen Elizabeth II’s death. The settling-in afternoon is an annual event held to welcome new student and their families to Lambrook and takes place the day before the start of the new school term.

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands waved alongside daughter Amalia, the Princess of Orange, during Prinsjesdag 2022 celebrations — Prince’s Day — in The Hague on Sept. 20, 2022.

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Britain’s Duchess Kate and Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary posed for photographers on the way to lunch at Amalienborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the second day of the U.K. royal’s two-day visit to Denmark on Feb. 23, 2022.

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Duchess Kate arrived at the Design Museum in London where she presented the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design at an event hosted by the British Fashion Council on May 4, 2022.

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Princess Kate and Prince William — in their first official visit to Wales since becoming the new Prince and Princess of Wales — visited St. Thomas Church, a re-developed church in Swansea, Wales, that supports locals in need, on Sept. 27, 2022.














































































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