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Women of Windsor: Predictions for 2020

Her Majesty the Queen at RHS Chelsea. Photo: PA

Happy New Year! After an eventful 2019 that featured over a dozen oversea tours, a new royal baby and an engagement announcement here are some of my predictions for the Royal Family in 2020.

Royal Tours

The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince of Wales during their New Zealand tour. Photo: Tim Rooke

European Tours

  • With Brexit fast approaching, more tours in Europe are likely to be a priority for the Royal Family to secure post-brexit relationships.

Wales and Wessex tours

  • The Wales's and the Wessex's will likely be doing more tours (especially in Europe) since their kids are either grown or much older than the other working Royals.

Cambridge Tours

  • The Cambridge's will do a European tour in the first half of 2020 that will include Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. European tours tend to be a bit shorter than other oversea visits and with George and Charlotte in school, a European tour that includes the children would be much more feasible.

  • The Cambridge's will do a second larger tour in the second half of the year somewhere in Asia. Autumn tours tend to be a bit longer and it has been a few years since the Cambridge's visited anywhere in Asia.

Sussex Tours

  • The Sussex's will visit the Hague for the Invictus Games 2020 and Archie will likely come with them. The first part of this prediction is more of a given since Prince Harry has always attended the Invictus Games and Meghan has joined him at the last two. I think they will bring Archie with them since the Netherlands aren't too far and the Invictus Games tend to be a bit more relaxed than other official tours.


The unofficial town crier has previously announced the birth of all three Cambridge children. Photo: Doug Peters

There will be at least two Royal Baby announcements (if not three).

  • Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank got married in 2018 and I suspect they will be expecting before 2020 ends, they are probably waiting until after Princess Beatrice's wedding. The Sussex's will probably also be announcing another baby before the year ends as Prince Harry shared that they would like to have two children.

  • The third announcement could come from either William and Catherine or Beatrice and Edoardo. I would love to see a fourth royal baby for the Cambridge's this year but as they have three children already, they could be done adding to their family. Beatrice and Edoardo could also announce a pregnancy since their wedding is believed to be in Spring which would give them plenty of time before the end of 2020

Prince Louis will begin nursery school.

  • He will likely go to Wilcocks Nursery school which is where Princess Charlotte went.

Prince Charles will take over more official duties.

  • Through the past few years, Prince Charles has been doing more work for the firm and as the Queen approaches her mid-nineties, there will be more information shared about what areas Prince Charles will be taking over more as he prepares to ascend to the throne.


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to South Africa's District 7. Photo: Samir Hussein


  • While the Queen hasn't done oversea tours for several years, she still plays an integral part in the United Kingdom's foreign relations. Which is why the Queen will be hosting foreign heads of state on a few occasions in 2020.

  • Just like when a company loses an employee, other employees have to pick up the extra work. Princess Anne and the Duchess of Cornwall will be filling this space by picking up some additional charities and organizations.

  • The Queen will be do public appearances with the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge. As Camilla and Catherine are in line to be the next Queen Consorts, Her Majesty will start to put more emphasis on the future of the crown, the Wales's and the Cambridge's.


  • Charles has been a longtime advocate of sustainability and conservation and with growing global movements, more work will focus on this area.

  • The Duchess of Cornwall will do an engagement with both her step daughter-in-laws this year.

  • The Duchess of Cornwall will receive additional patronages from the Queen as the Queen continues unloading some work as she enters her mid-nineties.


  • As Prince Charles begins taking over more official duties, Prince William will spend more time learning about the Duchy of Cornwall and training to take it over.

  • There will be much more focus on the Early Years Initiative from Catherine. The initiative will likely launch sometime in the fall.

  • The Duchess of Cambridge will receive a patronage from the Queen to do with midwifery or early years.

  • Both William and Catherine will surpass their previous records for engagements in 2020. With their family (likely) complete, and their children all in day school or nursery school they will have more time for their charitable and official work.

  • Prince George and Princess Charlotte will do one or two official engagements each with their parents throughout 2020.


  • The Duchess of Sussex will receive another one or two patronages through the year. The Duchess is currently affiliated with five charities or organizations in an official capacity.

  • The Duchess of Sussex becomes an additional patron of Invictus Games or is given an honorary title to become officially affiliated with the organization

  • Sussex Royal the Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will officially launch.

  • Meghan will launch a program through their new foundation to do with female empowerment or supporting marginalized women.


  • The Earl and Countess of Wessex will do more work domestically and within Europe to break their current records for most engagements in a year.

  • The Countess of Wessex will continuing travelling to learn more about and support the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

  • The Earl and Countess of Wessex will both get additional honorary military appointments. The Earl could take over the Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, a position his father held and will likely want a new Colonel for the coming year.

Other Predictions

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their Pakistan tour. Photo: PA

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will be pageboys and bridesmaids

  • With both Princess Beatrice and James Middleton's wedding coming up the Cambridge children will likely show their expertise as pageboys and bridesmaids again (George and Charlotte have each been in four weddings). For James Middleton's wedding, Arthur Matthews could also join the bridal party but Archie is still too young.

Archie will make his first appearance on the balcony

  • If following the example set by the Cambridge's this June will be Archie's first appearance on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. This appearance could mark Archie's first official appearance to the public in the United Kingdom.

Prince George will join his Mother in a carriage during Trooping the Colour

  • George made a record number of official appearances in 2019 and if the trend continues in 2020 he could be joining in on the parade at Trooping the Colour in June. The Cambridge's could be waiting until Princess Charlotte is old enough to join her brother in a carriage so this one isn't quite as likely.

The Duchess of Sussex will wear her first Tiara

  • Meghan has not work a tiara since her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018. She was on maternity leave during the state visit this year and was out of the country for the Diplomatic Reception. This year would be a great time for her first post-wedding tiara appearance.

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