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December 2009

Divine Service was held in Sandringham Parish Church this morning. The Bishop of Norwich preached the Sermon.

Each year that passes seems to have its own character. Some leave us with a feeling of satisfaction, others are best forgotten. 2009 was a difficult year for many, in particular those facing the continuing effects of the economic downturn.

The Queen was represented by Dr. Douglas Glass (Apothecary to the Household at Balmoral) at the Memorial Service for Dr. Gordon Lindsay (formerly Apothecary to the Household at Balmoral) which was held in Aboyne-Dinnet Church, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, this afternoon.

The Queen was represented by Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Viggers (Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Serjeant-at-Arms attending the Lord Chancellor) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Air Chief Marshal Sir John Gingell (formerly Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Serjeant-at-Arms attending the Lord Chancellor) which was held in St. John the Baptist Church, Tisbury, Wiltshire, this afternoon.

The Prince of Wales, Patron, this morning visited Sue Ryder Care, Leckhampton Hospice, Church Road, Leckhampton, Gloucestershire. The Duchess of Cornwall this afternoon received children from Ty Hafan: the Children's Hospice in Wales.

The Queen has been pleased to appoint Mr. Brian Stanley to be a Serjeant-at-Arms to Her Majesty in succession to Mr. Tonino Bonici. The appointment to take effect on 1st January, 2010.

A Service of Lessons and Carols was held in Sandringham Parish Church this morning.

The Duke of York today carried out the following engagements in Afghanistan. His Royal Highness, Commodore-in-Chief, Fleet Air Arm, this morning visited Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) at Camp Bastion. The Duke of York subsequently visited the Joint Force Medical Group at the Hospital in Camp Bastion. His Royal Highness, Colonel-in-Chief, The Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot), afterwards visited the 2nd Battalion at Camp Shorobak. The Duke of York this afternoon attended a Luncheon with Service personnel in Lashkar Gah before visiting the Provincial Reconstruction Team and touring the Headquarters of Task Force Helmand. His Royal Highness afterwards visited the Operations Company (1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards) at Task Force Helmand. The Duke of York later visited 904 Expeditionary Air Wing in Kandahar.

The Prince of Wales this morning received the Ambassador of the United States of America (His Excellency Mr. Louis Susman). His Royal Highness, Patron, this afternoon visited Cotswold Care Hospice, Burleigh Lane, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire.