The Listies 2020
Introducing the inaugural The Royal List Awards - so who are the Windsor winners?
As we kick this ‘unprecedented’ year (and that word, please) into the dumpster fire of history, we’re giving a shout-out to the royals who’ve been on this corona-coaster ride with us. From Megxit and Covid-hit princes to socially-distanced weddings and our first-ever Queen of Zoom, let’s do this…
Most marvellous maskdrobe: Camilla. From poppies on Remembrance Day to paw prints at a dogs’ home, Camilla’s fabulous face-coverings matched every occasion.
Best effort in the face of adversity: Charles. He rallied in the face of Covid in March and The Crown in November. Not sure which was worse.
Queen of Zoom: the Queen. Who says you can’t master new skills at 94?
Best pandemic hair: Catherine. Really, how can it possibly look that good? We’re obsessed.
Best exit: Harry. If you’re going to leave, then you want to make it dramatic.
Most-down-to-earth Royal: William. Look, he might be the future king and all that but it’s good to know all he really wants is a bucket of KFC.
Best royal wedding ever: Beatrice. It turns out you don’t need a huge guest list - as Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi had the sweetest wedding ever.
Most impressive wheeler dealer: Meghan. She’s signed (with Harry) megabucks deals with Netflix and Spotify. If only she was available to negotiate our 2021 pay rise…
Most stylish mini-me: Charlotte. Judging from Charlotte’s bespoke Penelope Chilvers boots (Mum’s been a fan for years) as seen on the family Christmas card, she’s set to be another royal fashion icon. You can’t fight your genes. Or jeans.
Royal Christmas plans
Christmas for the Royal Family traditionally means party games, joke pressies and a formal dinner at Sandringham, but this year, thanks to Covid-19, it’s looking a little different. The Queen and Prince Philip are isolating at Windsor Castle where they will have a quiet Christmas. Prince Charles and Camilla will spend the day at Highgrove and Prince William and Catherine will either form a festive bubble with the Middletons, or spend it at Anmer Hall in Norfolk. “It is so difficult. We are still trying to make plans,” William said recently.
Prince Harry and Meghan will be spending the holidays in their Californian home with Archie. Recent reports suggest the pair has invited David Foster and Katharine McPhee to their Montecito home, along with Meghan’s mother Doria.
Random fact: Toast the year like the Queen
The Queen loves nothing more than a cocktail called the Zaza, made from French aperitif Dubonnet and a shot of gin. It’s a refreshingly fruity drink with a bitter edge. It was the Queen Mum’s fave too. Here’s how to whip it up. Chin, chin.
Let us know what you think
What kind of royal stories do you want more of - or less? As we reach the end of our first year with The Royal List, we’d love to hear your feedback. Do you want more news, more beauty, more royal homes, or is there something else you’d love to see? Please do leave a comment below.