With the diamond jubilee coinciding with the London Olympics, 2012 was always going to be a memorable year for the royal family, but it was actually a combination of unexpected elements that made 2012 a right royal year. Was this the year that Charles was nudged out of the limelight to allow the Queen to bask in the glow from William and Kate? Would Harry, against all expectation, become our new favorite? Would 2012 be the crowning glory to Elizabeth II’s reign? These and many other questions are put to those who know the royal family intimately, including former MP Ann Widdecombe and Diana’s private secretary Patrick Jephson.