It was an especially busy year for the British royals, what with weddings, babies and birthdays on the calendar. And once again, the masters of pomp and pageantry showed off their skills to the delight of billions watching around the world. 

Here are the top 12 moments on the royal stage in 2018:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say ‘we do’:

This was the marquee event, especially for Americans, given that the royal bride for Harry is historic: Older, divorced, biracial, American and an actress, she is the first such bride to be welcomed into the royal family in…well, forever. 

The Los Angeles-born Markle, who gained modest fame on USA’s “Suits,” was the undisputed star on May 19 in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in an ancient ritual that featured the first gospel choir and gospel preacher from Chicago to shake up a royal wedding. Even her father’s pre-wedding dithering about whether he show up (he didn’t) failed to ruin the day; she glided down the aisle on the arm of Prince Charles, her father-in-law-to-be. 

To all that, add Markle’s stunning couture gown by Givenchy, with a veil that paid special tribute to the queen, a second gown by Stella McCartney for the two receptions, and a colorful carriage procession under brilliant skies through Windsor as thousands lined the Long Walk to cheer in person and people all over the world watched on TV and social media. 

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