Birth of Prince George overshadows changing roles within royal family

Billions of people across the globe eagerly anticipated the birth of Prince William's and the...

Billions of people across the globe eagerly anticipated the birth of Prince William's and the Duchess of Cambridge's first-born, who arrived on July 22, at St Mary's Hospital in London. Named George Alexander Louis, little Prince George is now third in line for throne, behind both his father and his grandfather Prince Charles. George is Queen Elizabeth's third great grandchild. (REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

Kate Schwass-Bueckert, QMI Agency

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It was a year of new beginnings for the royal family, but also in some ways, a year of acknowledging all good things must come to an end.

While the big news of the year was the birth of Prince George to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, there was perhaps an even more important shift taking place within the royal family, which saw the Queen hand over duties to her son, Prince Charles -- a sign many said shows the 87-year-old Queen is preparing to slow down in her old age.

It started after a brief illness in March, and led to Prince Charles attending Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka on behalf of his mother, and the funeral of Nelson Mandela in December.

 


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