The Royal Family-inspired New Year’s resolutions to kickstart your 2021

  • The Queen

    Keep calm and carry on

    Come rain or shine, Megxit or a global pandemic, the monarch remains gracious, steadfast and resilient through it all. This year saw her make a number of televised special addresses, telling the public at the start of the pandemic in April: ‘better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again,’ and – quoting the late, great Dame Vera Lynn – ‘we will meet again.’ The perfect sentiment to hold on to as we head into 2021.

  • Prince Philip

    Be a supportive partner

    Married in 1947 (the royal couple celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in November) the Duke of Edinburgh has been by the Queen’s side ever since. On their Golden wedding anniversary in 1997, the monarch said that Philip ‘doesn’t take easily to compliments’ but has been her ‘strength and stay all these years’. Consider the royal pair your 2021 #couplegoals.

  • Prince Charles

    Shop organic

    As the founder of Duchy Originals (now Waitrose Duchy Organic), the Prince of Wales is all about being in harmony with nature. Indeed, this is the man who rates the natural world so highly that he once asked Katy Perry to sing to his plants. Make like the heir apparent and go for organic produce in 2021 – or why not cut out the middle man entirely and start growing your own fruit and vegetables?

  • The Duchess of Cornwall

    Support the arts

    The Duchess of Cornwall has long been an avid champion of the arts. She’s doubled down on her efforts of late, at a time when the industry has been among those hardest hit by the pandemic, visiting the likes of the National Gallery and Soho Theatre and even giving a speech at the virtual Olivier Awards. If you’ve got a favourite gallery or performance venue, making a donation to kick off the new year is a lovely way to help keep these precious institutions afloat.

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

    Show your softer side

    Gone are the days when royals were expected to present themselves as the ultimate embodiments of the British stiff upper lip. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been among those championing this shift, from the Duke opening up about the loss of his mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, in his documentary, Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health, to Kate admitting to suffering from ‘mum guilt’ on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast. Follow in the couple’s footsteps in 2021, and try to see expressing your vulnerability as a strength, not a weakness.

  • Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

    Steal the show

    From the outpourings of excitement when official birthday photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children are released, to their ‘Ask David Attenborough’ video racking up over seven million views on IGTV, it’s safe to say that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are beloved by royal fans. Always able to capture our attention with their cheeky charm – who can forget George with his nose pressed up against a seaplane window or Charlotte sticking her tongue out at a crowd? – they prove that humour and charisma is a formula for success. Although being utterly adorable certainly helps, too.

  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

    Start a new life

    Fancy quitting your job and moving across the world in 2021? Make like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who gave up official royal life in 2020 in favour of embarking on an independent existence in the US. Just don’t assume you’ll land a highly lucrative Netflix deal quite as easily as Harry and Meghan, and perhaps consider letting your family know about your plans beforehand, if only to prevent ruffling too many feathers.

  • Prince Andrew

    Keep a low profile

    Following a less than successful year, thanks to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal and his controversial Newsnight interview, November 2019 saw the Duke of York announce his decision to step back from public royal life. He has since stayed noticeably more quiet, with news breaking in May 2020 that his retirement would be permanent. If you’ve somehow found yourself in disgrace this year, best to stay out of the limelight in 2021– and count yourself lucky that your mother isn’t the Queen.

  • Princess Beatrice

    Get into upcycling

    Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s surprise wedding at Windsor was one of the royal highlights of 2020, thanks in part to the bride’s stunning Norman Hartnell wedding gown – a reworking of a vintage dress belonging her grandmother, the Queen. While the rest of us may not have quite such glamorous materials to work with, upcycling clothes is a sustainable way to create some special new pieces for your 2021 wardrobe.

  • Princess Eugenie

    Start a family

    Another source of happy news this year came from Beatrice’s younger sister, Princess Eugenie, who announced that she’s expecting her first child with husband Jack Brooksbank. Those also planning for a new baby in 2021 will have not one, but two royal contemporaries for their little one, as Eugenie’s cousin, Zara Tindall, is also pregnant with her third child.

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