Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the first child of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, was born on 6th May 2019. Little Archie is seventh in line to the British throne, but on the decision of his royal parents won’t receive an official title or be referred to as ‘HRH’.
Nearly three years on from the referendum, a general election in December gave the British public a final say on Brexit. With Boris Johnson now firmly in place at No. 10 with a comfortable Conservative majority, Britain looks set to leave the European Union next year.
French-Canadian singer Celine Dion reinvented herself as a high-fashion couture star in 2019. Dion particularly impressed during Paris couture week in July where she was photographed wearing one-off creations from the likes of Chanel, Richard Quinn and Vetements.
DIOR AT THE V&A
Spanning 1947 to the present day, this record-breaking exhibition traced the history and impact of one of the 20th century's most influential couturiers, as well as Christian Dior's relationship with Britain. Surpassing the former record set by 2015’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, the blockbuster show had nearly 600,000 visitors, 100,000 more than McQueen.
Only four days into 2019, the Instagram account @world_record_egg posted the most-liked picture ever on the social media platform, beating the previous record of 18m set by Kylie Jenner. As it stands, the photo of a plain, boiled egg has more than 53m likes.
GAME OF THRONES
The fantasy-drama television series came to a close in 2019, with many fans criticising the way writers wrapped things up. Airing in May, 13.6m viewers tuned in to watch the final episode of the eighth series, which dealt with the aftermath of Daenerys Targaryen's (Emilia Clarke) devastation of King's Landing to reveal who would finally rule Westeros.
In July, the decision by one of the world’s largest social media platforms to hide its ‘like’ function in countries such as Australia and Japan to relieve feelings of pressure on its users marked a pivotal step in the digital revolution. Although users can still see the number of likes on their own posts, they won’t be able to see a running tracker on other people’s.
The world of high fashion waved goodbye to a well-known face in February, after legendary Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld died. Lagerfeld had been at the helm of the French fashion house since the early 80s, which was on the brink of closure before he took over.
LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER
A trend started by French designer Jacquemus, the micro bag won both fans and critics in 2019. From Lizzo at the AMAs to Kourtney Kardashian on the beach in Positano, plenty of celebrities hopped aboard the tiny bag wagon in 2019. Still can’t get your head round it? Think less practical handbag, more high-concept accessory.
A dominant trend in 2019, the 90s took over both fashion and beauty. From crop tops to Kate Moss-style slip dresses, dark brown lips to smokey eyeliner, the 90s look is set to stick around in 2020.
Prince Andrew’s ‘retirement’ from public life sealed a pretty uncomfortable year for the royals. After failing to apologise to the victims of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein – a man with whom he shared a questionable friendship – the Palace put a sudden end to the Duke of York’s list of royal duties in November.
The Fab Five added a further two seasons to their hugely popular Netflix series in 2019, alongside a special four-part trip to Japan. Mega fans will probably know that a fifth season has already been commissioned, with new episodes rumoured to drop in the spring.
RUGBY WORLD CUP
After England’s great run at the football World Cup in 2018, Eddie Jones’s men had a lot to live up to at this year’s rugby World Cup in Japan. In the end, they went one better than Gareth Southgate’s side by getting all the way to the final. Despite losing to champions South Africa, it’s fair to say the boys did us proud.
Stormzy's headline appearance on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival was widely praised. With plenty of political punch, a guest appearance from Coldplay’s Chris Martin and a stab-vest costume designed by elusive British graffiti artist Banksy, it’s already gone down as one of the most provocative performances in the festival’s history.
We admit the SL office went into a bit of a panic on hearing the news that taxi service Uber was in danger of losing its London licence. The company has since appealed the decision by Transport for London in the hope that a judge will mirror a similar ruling made in 2017 to temporarily restore its operating licence.
Versace’s September runway show in Milan became a viral hit following an unexpected cameo from singer Jennifer Lopez. A 50-year-old – yes, you heard us right – J-Lo sashayed down the catwalk in an updated version of her iconic 2000 Grammys dress, prompting audible cheers from the delighted audience.
Top WAG Coleen Rooney turned super sleuth in October by revealing the identity of someone she suspected to be selling fake stories about her marriage to Wayne Rooney to the British tabloids. There’s no two ways about it: the words ‘It’s……… Rebekah Vardy’s account’ are going down in footballer’s wives folklore.
This was the year of Greta Thunberg, climate change and Extinction Rebellion (XR) – the activist group on a mission to make people take the climate crisis seriously. From Emma Thompson to Benedict Cumberbatch, the movement won a legion of high-profile supporters, even if the disruption caused by October’s climate protests in London lost them a few fans.
Destructible art definitely became a ‘thing’ this year, with the most recent incident taking place at this month’s Art Basel in Miami. Performance artist David Datuna took a ripe banana – part of an $120,000 installation piece by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan – off the wall and ate it. Despite initial anger from gallery staff, the banana was swiftly replaced. Datuna won’t face further action for the stunt.
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