Prince Philip and I were shocked and saddened by the events in Ottawa earlier today. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.
The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, Army Families Federation, this morning attended the Big Debate Conference at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1.
The Princess Royal this morning arrived at Brisbane International Airport, Queensland, Australia. Her Royal Highness, President, Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth, later attended the Twenty Sixth Commonwealth Agricultural Conference at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane. The Princess Royal, President, Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth, this evening attended a Dinner at the Royal National Agricultural Showgrounds, Brisbane.
The Earl of Wessex this afternoon received His Excellency the Ambassador from the Republic of Korea. The Countess of Wessex, Patron, the Healing Foundation, this afternoon opened the Healing Foundation Centre for Burns Research at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hospital Way, Edgbaston, Birmingham, and was received by Mrs. Elizabeth Buggins (Deputy Lieutenant of West Midlands). Her Royal Highness afterwards attended the Women's Land Army and Women's Timber Corps Tribute Dedication Service and subsequently unveiled the Women's Land Army and Women's Timber Corps Tribute at the National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire (Mr. Ian Dudson).
20th October, 2014 The Duke of York today attended [email protected] Boot Camp at Microsoft Ventures, 69-89 Mile End Road, London E1. 21st October, 2014 The Duke of York, Chairman, this afternoon held an Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award Board Meeting at Buckingham Palace.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron, Natural History Museum, this evening attended the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Fiftieth Awards Ceremony at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7.
The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay today undertook engagements at Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire. His Royal Highness, President, the Great Steward of Scotland's Dumfries House Trust, this afternoon opened the new Fountain and Adventure Playground. The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay this afternoon received the European Union Heads of Mission. His Royal Highness received Mr. Ian Wolford (Chief Executive of Historic Scotland). The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay this evening held a Dinner for supporters.
The President of the Republic of Singapore and Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam today commenced a State Visit in London to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed The President and Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam on behalf of The Queen at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington High Street, London W8. The President of the Republic of Singapore and Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam, accompanied by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, drove to Horse Guards and were met by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. The President of the Republic of Singapore and Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam, accompanied by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, drove in a Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace with a Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry. Gun Salutes were fired in Green Park by The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, and at the Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company. Guards of Honour were provided at Horse Guards by 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards and at Buckingham Palace by Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards. Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard and a Detachment of Household Cavalry were on duty. The Queen presented The President of the Republic of Singapore with the Insignia of an Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Civil Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath. The President and Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam this afternoon drove to Westminster Abbey where His Excellency laid a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. The President of the Republic of Singapore and Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam afterwards visited the Palace of Westminster and were received by the Lord Speaker (the Baroness D'Souza) and the Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP (Speaker of the House of Commons). The Speaker welcomed The President and Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam and His Excellency delivered an Address. The Rt. Hon. Nicholas Clegg MP (Leader of the Liberal Democrats) later called upon The President at Buckingham Palace. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave a State Banquet this evening in honour of The President of the Republic of Singapore and Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam at which The Duke of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy and Princess Michael of Kent were present. The following had the honour of being invited: Suite of The President of the Republic of Singapore and Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam: Ms. Grace Fu (Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister Foreign Affairs), Dr. Mohamad Maliki Osman (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of National Development) and Madam Sadiah Binti Shahal, Her Excellency Ms. Foo Chi Hsia (High Commissioner for the Republic of Singapore), Mr. Arthur Fong (Member of Parliament), Mr. Sitoh Yih Pin (Member of Parliament), Mr. Lee Kok Fatt (Principal Private Secretary to The President), Mr. Simon Wong (Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Mr. Dominic Goh (Director-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Mr. Michael Tan (Chief of Protocol). Specially attached to The President of the Republic of Singapore and Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam: The Hon. Dame Annabel Whitehead (Lady in Waiting), the Viscount Hood (Lord in Waiting) and the Viscountess Hood, Mr. Antony Phillipson (British High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore), and Commander Andrew Canale RN (Equerry in Waiting). Diplomatic Corps: His Excellency the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait and Mrs. Al-Duwaisan, His Excellency the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China and Madame Hu Pinghua, His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia and Mrs. Lastry Thayeb, His Excellency the High Commissioner for the Republic of India and Mrs. Mathai, His Excellency the High Commissioner for Malaysia and Datin Rosilawati Abd. Raffar, and the Commonwealth Secretary-General and Mrs. Sharma. The Cabinet and Government: The Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron, the Chancellor of the Exchequer (the Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP), the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Mrs. Hammond, the Secretary of State for Defence and Mrs. Fallon, the Secretary of State for Education and Mr. Jonathan Morgan, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Mrs. Javid, the Leader of the House of Lords (the Baroness Stowell of Beeston), the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and the Lady Wallace of Tankerness, the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Mrs. Clark, and the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (the Rt. Hon. Hugo Swire MP). Special Invitations: Mr. and Mrs. Peter Tan, Mr. John Abbott, Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Agius, Professor and Mrs. Bertil Andersson, Sir John and Lady Boyd, Sir David and Lady Brewer, Ms. Fiona Bruce and Mr. Nigel Sharrocks, Ms. Jennifer Carmichael, Mr. Andy Cheah, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Chen, Mr. Stanley Cheuk, Mr. and Mrs. Chua Thian Poh, Sir Kim and Lady Darroch, the Lord Speaker (the Baroness D'Souza), Sir James and Lady Dyson, Sir Vernon Ellis, Mr. Ang Eng Seng, Professor and Mrs. Jeremy Farrar, Sir Simon and Lady Fraser, Professor Alice Gast and Dr. Bradley Askins, Sir Christopher and Lady Gent, Professor and Mrs. Andrew Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. John Hardie, the Rt. Hon. Harriet Harman MP, Mr. Ivan Heng and Mr. Tony Trickett, Mr. Gregory Hodkinson and Ms. Siobhan O'Connor, Sir Bernard and Lady Hogan-Howe, Sir Henry and the Hon. Lady Keswick, Sir Julian King, Mr. and Mrs. Kwek Leng Beng, Ms. Liz Chi Yen Liew and Mr. Øyvind Aamli, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor and Mr. Nicholas Woolf, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Menezes, Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson, the Lord and Lady Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Sir Paul and Lady Nurse, Mrs. Mavis Oei, Mr. and Mrs. Ong Beng Seng, the Lord and Lady Oxburgh, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart and Lady Peach, the Lord Powell of Bayswater, Mr. John Rishton, Mr. Jaspal Singh, Sir Richard and Lady Sykes, Ms. Laurentia Tan and Mrs. Jannie Tan, Mr. Tan Chong Lee, Professor Sir Mark and Lady Wolpert, and Ms. Yong Ying-I. Mr. Alan Tait (Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex) was present at Gatwick Airport, London, this evening upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of Ghana and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of The Queen.
Prince Philip and I are delighted to welcome you and your wife to Buckingham Palace this evening.
Our two nations enjoy a rich, shared history dating back to when Sir Stamford Raffles landed in Singapore almost two centuries ago.
How right he was when he said, “it would be difficult to name a place on the face of the earth with brighter prospects”.
His name lives on in Singapore through schools, hospitals and, of course, Raffles hotel, where Prince Philip and I stayed on our State Visit in 2006.