She may be 92 years old but Queen Elizabeth II is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, 2018 is shaping up to be one of the busiest years yet for the royal.
As the halfway point to the year quickly approaches, official figures have revealed the Queen has already clocked up 125 official royal engagements since the year kicked off. To put that into perspective, that’s an increase of 25 per cent since the same time last year, according to a report by Write Royalty.
Part of the Queen’s increased workload could be down to the Duke of Edinburg’s retirement. Prince Philip completed his final royal engagement in August 2017 after 65 years of service. He had attended a total of 22,219 solo engagements since 1952 and gave up some very special causes close to his heart to focus on his health.
As impressive as the Queen’s workload is, she isn’t the busiest royal of 2018 so far. In fact, Prince Charles has attended the most official engagements out of the British royal family and was spotted at 83 official engagements last month alone.
He was closely followed by Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew, while younger royals including Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge failed to crack the top 10. It should be noted that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wasn’t included on Court Circular data until she was officially married, which explains her absence from the results. Still, she is expected to partake in more royal engagements over the coming weeks.
Next week, Meghan is set to embark on her first solo royal engagement with the Queen. The pair will spend a busy day together in the English city of Chester, where they will officially open the Mersey Gateway Bridge and the Storyhouse theatre and attend a special lunch at the iconic Chester Town Hall.
Meanwhile, Prince William and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, ranked in seventh and eighth place on the top 10 list. May actually proved to be a hectic month for Camilla, where she was listed as the third-busiest royal.
It’s not the first time older royals have outworked the younger generation. According to a report by The Times, Princess Anne was 2017’s busiest royal. She attended 455 dinners, receptions, charity events and royal engagements around the UK and 85 overseas events.
At the other end of the scale, the Duchess of Cambridge ranked the lowest of all royals for the third year in a row, attending just 63 UK engagements and 42 abroad. This is likely due Catherine being pregnant for much of the year. She was forced to take time off during her first trimester when she suffered Hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute form of morning sickness, and then understandably retreated once more for the birth of Prince Louis.
As for Queen Elizabeth, her total for last year was 296.