This year got off to an unexpected start with the British royal family, with both Kate Middleton and King Charles hospitalized for medical conditions, and then the news of Charles's cancer diagnosis. In light of his diagnosis, King Charles will be stepping back from public duties for the unforeseen future, while Kate is not expected to return to public duties until after Easter (so, April) at the earliest. That makes the start of 2024 much quieter for the House of Windsor than normal.
Across the pond, 2024 is shaping up to be an interesting for year for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. They have more projects in the works at Netflix, and are set to travel to Canada this week for a series of events celebrating one year to go until the 2025 Invictus Games.
Here, see the most memorable royal photos of 2024 (so far):
January 7, 2024
For his first public appearance of 2024, King Charles went to Sunday services at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate. He had planned to spend January at Balmoral, but due to his health issues, he had to return to London.
January 10, 2024
Princess Anne kicked off international for the royals, undertaking a three day official visit to Sri Lanka. Here, she arrives at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake.
January 11, 2024
The Princess Royal was joined by her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, during the visit.
January 18, 2024
On January 17, Kensington Palace announced that the Princess of Wales had undergone abdominal surgery and would be hospitalized for ten to fourteen days, and on medical leave until after Easter. A day later, Prince William was seen leaving The London Clinic, where Kate was recuperating following surgery.
January 22, 2024
While three senior royals were absent from royal duties, Queen Camilla kept up with her schedule of engagements—all while providing updates on the King's health.
January 23, 2024
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a surprise appearance in Jamaica, at the premiere of Bob Marley: One Love.
January 29, 2024
February 4, 2024
A day before he announced his cancer diagnosis, King Charles and Queen Camilla were pictured attending church at Sandringham.
February 6, 2024
The day after the news of his cancer diagnosis was made public, King Charles was pictured in London heading to Buckingham Palace to fly back to Sandringham. That morning, he met with Prince Harry at Clarence House, who flew from Los Angeles to be with his father.
Here, the King's Helicopter is pictured flying above a Royal Standard flag, as it takes off from the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
February 7, 2024
Prince William returned to public engagements after Kate's hospitalization, and attended London's Air Ambulance Charity Gala Dinner. "I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you, also, for the kind messages of support for Catherine and for my father, especially in recent days," he said. "It means a great deal to us all."
February 8, 2024
After his quick trip to the UK, Prince Harry made a surprise appearance in Las Vegas, where he presented the Walter Payton Man of the Year award to Cameron Hayward of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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