What a decade! We started the 2010s with Gordon Brown as PM and emerging from a global financial slump and headed into a golden time of national confidence with the London Olympics and a royal wedding – and all before the word Brexit existed.
Here’s our look at the past decade, starting here with 2019, when baby Archie was born, Prince Andrew faced a grilling , Thomas Cook collapsed and we saw a photograph of a black hole for the first time.
Click the links to see some of the biggest stories in each year: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Image: Prince Philip gave up his licence shortly after the crash
Prince Philip crashes his Land Rover – 17 January
The Duke of Edinburgh flipped his vehicle while driving close to Sandringham Estate.
The royal, who was 97 at the time of the accident, was unhurt, however, two women travelling in a car involved in the collision had to be treated in hospital.
They later criticised the royal family for not contacting them to apologise.
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Just days after the crash Prince Philip was pictured driving without a seat belt.
Buckingham Palace later announced he would be giving up his driving licence.
Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala dies in a plane crash – 21 January
Image: Emiliano Sala’s plane crashed on the way to Wales
The 28-year-old footballer had signed for Cardiff City for £15m just three days before the plane he was travelling in came down into the English Channel off the coast of Guernsey.
An official search for the private plane, which had been travelling to Cardiff from Nantes, had requested to descend before it lost contact with Jersey air traffic control.
The search operation was called off three days later.
Wreckage from the accident was located the following month.
Yellow vest protests disrupt France
Image: The protesters kicked of over proposed rising oil prices
Protests were sparked late in 2018 by a planned fuel tax hike.
Months of demonstrations throughout the first half of 2019 ensued, attracting nearly 300,000 at their height.
The movement soon developed into a wider cause against social inequality, high taxes, stagnant wages and unemployment.
Those protesting saw centurist French President Emmanuel Macron, a former investment banker, as leading a government that favours the rich.
Shamima Begum told she can never return to the UK – 19 February
Image: Shamima Begum fled the UK in 2015 and is unable to return
The 19-year-old Islamic State bride, from Bethnal Green, London, fled to Syria with two school friends in 2015.
In an interview with Sky News, Begum said “a lot of people should have sympathy” for her as she spoke of her wish to return to the UK.
She also said UK authorities had no evidence of her “doing anything dangerous”, in response to concerns she could pose a security threat.
The teenager has begged to return to Britain for therapy after all three of her children died in Syria.
New Zealand terror attacks leave 51 dead – 15 March
Image: New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern embraces a woman outside a mosque
An attacker shot 42 people dead at the Al Noor mosque and seven at the Linwood mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Two people died later in hospital.
The shootings were streamed live on Facebook and at least 47 people were treated in hospital for gunshot wounds.
Brenton Tarrant, an Australian, has pleaded not guilty to 51 murder charges, 40 attempted murder charges and a terrorism charge.
Black hole pictured for the first time – 10 April
Image: The first-ever real image of a black hole was unveiled in 2019
The first-ever real picture of a black hole was revealed, in what was hailed as a historic moment for science.
The image, which was assembled by data from eight radio telescopes, depicts a fiery orange and black ring of gravity-twisted light swirling around the edge of the abyss.
The supermassive black hole contains 6.5 billion times more than mass than the sun and is located 54 million light years from Earth.
Fire breaks out at Notre-Dame cathedral – 15 April
Onlookers gasp as cathedral goes up in flames
The spire and roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral were devastated by flames after a blaze broke out at the 12th-century building.
French President Emmanuel Macron said he was “so sad tonight to see this part of all of us burn” and declared a national emergency.
Speaking from the scene in Paris, he expressed sympathy with Catholics “around the world” following the “terrible tragedy” but added the worst had been avoided.
The cathedral’s structure was saved and fire did not spread to the northern belfry.
Image: Lyra McKee was a rising star of journalism
Lyra McKee killed in Derry – 18 April
The Northern Irish journalist was shot in the head as she covered rioting on the Creggan estate in Derry.
The 29-year-old later died in hospital.
The so-called New IRA later admitted responsibility for Ms McKee’s death.
A rising star in journalism, named by Forbes Magazine as one of their “30 under 30 in media”, her first book will be posthumously released in 2020.
Harry and Meghan have their first child – 6 May
Image: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son Archie, shortly after he was born in May
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor arrived at 5.26am weighing 7lbs 3oz.
He was introduced to the world by his parents the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle, in front of a small group of waiting media.
Archie, wrapped in a white blanket and wearing a white knitted hat, slept through his first public appearance.
As he was held by his father Harry, his mother Meghan told reporters that he had the “sweetest temperament”.
The Jeremy Kyle Show is permanently cancelled after a guest took his own life – 16 May
Image: The Jeremy Kyle Show has been taken off air
Steve Dymond, 63, was found in Portsmouth a week after recording an episode of the show in which he failed a lie detector test.
The axing of the long-running daytime programme led to an independent review of the duty of care TV companies have to participants in reality TV shows.
ITV have said they are now looking for a new project for presenter Jeremy Kyle.
Theresa May’s tearful resignation – 24 May
Image: Theresa May cried after announcing her resignation outside 10 Downing Street
The UK’s former prime minister emerged from Downing Street to announce she would resign as party leader on 7 June.
It came after a failed last-ditch effort to pass a key piece of Brexit legislation.
Mrs May said she had “done my best” to sort out Brexit, but acknowledged she had failed.
Fighting back tears, she said she was leaving “with no ill will”, adding that she was “the second female prime minister but certainly not the last”.
Over a million protest against the Hong Kong extradition bill – 9 June
Image: Demonstrations have taken place in Hong Kong throughout this year
Anti-extradition protesters in Hong Kong marched to fight a proposed bill which would allow people to be sent to China for trial.
Organisers of the largely peaceful demonstration said it brought more than one million people onto the streets.
Protesters also called for the resignation of Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam.
After seven months of unrest, demonstrations look set to continue into the New Year.
USA makes Woman’s World Cup history – 7 July
Image: USA players celebrate their win at the Lyon Stadium
America beat the Netherlands 2-0 to win the FIFA tournament in France and secure a record fourth title.
Second half goals from co-captain Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle ensured victory for the American team who produced a dominant display at the Stade de Lyon.
It was the USA’s fourth Women’s World Cup win, giving them back-to-back titles following their victory at the 2015 tournament in Canada.
Donald Trump attacks ‘The Squad’ – 14 July
Image: Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are all American
The President came under fire after telling a group of Democrat congresswomen to “go back and help fix” their “broken and crime-infested countries” – despite them being American.
Although he didn’t name anyone in his tweets, it is widely thought he was referred to Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.
All the women are from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.
Retaliating, they accused him of running “the most corrupt administration in our history”.
Justin Trudeau blackface scandal – 18 September
Image: The photo appeared in the West Point Grey Academy 2001 yearbook Pic: Time/West Point Grey Academy
The Canadian Prime Minister was forced to apologise after images and a video emerged showing him in blackface.
He explained that “layers of privilege” had stopped him seeing that such make up was racist.
The timing couldn’t have been worse for the Liberal Party Of Canada politician who was preparing for an October election.
He remained in power, but with a minority government.
Greta Thunberg rips into world leaders – 23 September
Greta Thunberg warns that the human race is in trouble
The teenage climate activist gave an emotionally charged speech at the United Nations summit on climate change.
She reprimanded those who she accused of ignoring science and are too slow in their approach to tackle the world’s contributions to climate change: “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”
President Trump, who attended the summit, later posted a seemingly sarcastic message about the 16-year-old.
The following month, DJ Fatboy Slim mixed Thunberg’s speech with his hit Right Here, Right Now. The remix went viral.
Travel firm Thomas Cook collapses – 23 September
Image: Thomas Cook collapsed earlier this year
More than 150,000 British holidaymakers were left stranded abroad after the 178-year-old firm collapsed.
“Operation Matterhorn” – the UK’s biggest-ever peacetime reparation effort – was put in place at an estimated cost of £100m to bring passengers home.
According to its website, the group employed 21,000 people in 16 countries operating 105 aircraft and 200 own-brand hotels and resorts.
Workers at the 550 offices around the UK lost their jobs, at what had once been one of the world’s oldest and largest travel companies.
Jacques Chirac dies – 26 September
Image: Jacques Chirac died aged 86
Nicknamed “Le Bulldozer” early in his career for his determination and ambition, the former French president led the country between 1995 and 2007.
He was the first president of the country to acknowledge France’s role in the Holocaust, and he defiantly opposed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
He died aged 86.
Eliud Kipchoge makes history – 12 October
Image: Kipchoge covered the distance a full 20 seconds ahead of the two-hour mark
The 34-year old Kenyan became the first person to run a marathon in under two-hours.
He completed the 26.2 mile distance in just one hour, 59 mins and 40 secs, even waving to the crowds as he sprinted towards the finish line.
Kipchoge said after the race: “I am feeling good. I want to inspire many people, that no human is limited.”
Extinction Rebellion ends two-week “international rebellion” – 20 October
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Protesters from the global environmental movement appeared in cities across the world to “rebel against governments for their criminal action on the climate and ecological crisis”.
Angry commuters pulled protesters from the top of a Tube carriage in some of the most dramatic scenes in London.
Hundreds of protesters were arrested as demonstrators blocked roads and caused disruption during the two weeks of action in the capital.
39 migrants found dead inside lorry in Essex – 23 October
Image: Pham Thi Tra My, from Vietnam, is one of the migrants who died
All of the victims, made up of 31 males and eight females, were identified as being from Vietnam.
Lorry driver Maurice Robinson has pleaded guilty to plotting to assist illegal immigration.
The 25-year-old, known as Mo, was allegedly part of a global smuggling ring and was charged with the manslaughter of a group of men, women and children found dead at the site in Grays.
Islamic State confirms death of its leader – 31 October
Image: Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was hunted down by US special forces
The terror group confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and announced his successor as being Abu Ibrahim al Hashemi al Quraishi.
Al Baghdadi, 48, fled into a tunnel and killed himself and two children in October after being tracked down by US special forces in northern Syria.
He became leader of IS in 2014 when the extremist group took control of huge areas of Iraq and Syria and imposed its rule over the civilian population.
Prince Andrew grilled about links with sex offender – 16 November
Prince Andrew: ‘My honour coloured my judgement’
The Duke of York was interviewed on BBC Newsnight about his links with Jeffrey Epstein and allegations he has sex with a 17-year-old girl.
The prince claimed he was in a Pizza Express restaurant in Woking on a night when he is accused of having sex with Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
The interview was described as “disastrous” and “excruciating”.
London Bridge stabbing attack – 29 November
Image: Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt were killed in the London Bridge attack
Terror returned to the streets of London as two members of the public and were killed several others were injured in a knife attack.
Convicted terrorist Usman Khan, who carried out the deadly rampage, was shot dead by officers after civilians bravely intervened to tackle him on London Bridge.
Darryn Frost, who works in the Ministry of Justice’s communications department, fought the terrorist with a narwhal tusk.
Those who died were named as Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25.
Boris Johnson wins general election with a huge majority – 13 December
Image: The Conservatives won a huge majority in the 2019 general election
The prime minister claimed he had “ended the gridlock” in British politics after delivering the Conservatives’ best general election result since 1987.
The Conservatives won seats in Labour heartlands and secured a huge House of Commons majority of 80.
It is the largest majority of any government since 2001 and the Conservatives’ highest number of seats since Margaret Thatcher was their leader.
Donald Trump becomes third president to be impeached – 19 December
Image: Donald Trump is the third US president to have been impeached
The House of Representatives voted to impeach Mr Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after hours of debate.
Two Democrats voted against the charges – Rep Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Rep Collin Peterson of Minnesota.
No Republicans voted to impeach Mr Trump.
The President denied evidence from the US ambassador to the EU that he wanted a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine.
Only two presidents had been impeached before – Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998.
Richard Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal.
Image: TV chef Gary Rhodes died in 2019
We said goodbye to several famous faces over 2019.
Prodigy star Keith Flint – instantly recognisable for his dyed hair and nose ring – killed himself at his home in Essex aged 49 in March.
Hollywood icon Doris Day, famous for her roles in films including Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk, died of pneumonia aged 97 in May.
Gary Rhodes, who was one of the first big TV chefs and known around the world for his culinary skills, died suddenly at the age of 59 after collapsing at his home in November.
Other stars we lost include critic and broadcaster Clive James, American actor Luke Perry, English character actor Albert Finney, German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and children’s author Judith Kerr.
Decade in Review: Read about the biggest stories in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Source : Sky News