From a royal wedding to the trial of El Chapo in Brooklyn, and from Canada’s legalizing weed to women finally being permitted to take the wheel in Saudi Arabia, here are 23 of the events that will shape the world in 2018—plus, a whimsical look at the year to come
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle



Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle (May 19). Markle, an American, plans to become a British citizen afterward.


Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to Chile and Peru (Jan. 15–21), and although it is not yet confirmed, he is expected to visit Ireland for the World Meeting of Families (August) and Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia (fall 2018). U.S. President Donald Trump also has international travel plans, having accepted an invitation to visit Singapore (date TBD). He may also go to London (early 2018).

Pope Francis


Business and political leaders will come together at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Jan. 23–26) and World Economic

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