We hear a lot about Prince William, Duchess Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and now Meghan Markle whenever they step out, but when it comes to official engagements, the younger royals were totally outdone by their elders in 2017.
From visiting schools to observing historical moments to sitting down with foreign leaders, the British royals are always busy making special events even more memorable. And when it comes to doing their duty by accepting as many invitations as they can, the family is totally on top of it. In fact, they do more engagements than you can probably imagine.
On Friday, the UK’s Times revealed the number of official appearances, both domestic and overseas, that each of the royal family members made in 2017. Prince Harry, for example, attended 139 royal engagements in the UK this year, along with 70 official appearances overseas, for a grand total of 209. His older brother, Prince William, made 117 appearances in the UK, on top of 54 abroad (171 in total).
Duchess Kate Middleton, who had to cut back on some of her duties while suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum at the beginning of her third pregnancy, still managed to make it to 63 appearances in the UK over the past 12 months and 42 abroad (totaling 105).
But here’s where the numbers take a HUGE upturn.
Queen Elizabeth II herself made 296 official appearances this year. But it was Princess Anne who made the most official appearances in the UK, showing up to 455 domestic engagements, along with 85 overseas appearances — 540 engagements, total.
Prince Charles, meanwhile, made fewer domestic appearances but traveled more to other countries. With 374 official engagements in the UK and 172 overseas this year, Prince George’s grandpa outnumbered his sister by just six events, with a jaw-dropping total of 546 appearances in 2017. That’s a lot of hand-shaking!
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