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  • 23 November 2022

    Buckingham Palace

    The President of the Republic of South Africa, accompanied by The Earl of Wessex, this morning visited the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, and was received by the Chairman of Trustees (Dame Amelia Fawcett) and Mr. Richard Deverell (Director).

    The President and His Royal Highness toured the Temperate House, viewed exhibits illustrating the Gardens' partnership with South Africa and attended a Meeting.

    The President of the Republic of South Africa, accompanied by The Earl of Wessex, later visited the Francis Crick Institute, 1 Midland Rd, London NW1, and was received by Sir Paul Nurse (Chief Executive Officer) and the Chairman of the Board (the Lord Browne of Madingley)

    The President and His Royal Highness, escorted by the Chief Executive Officer, toured the Institute, receiving a briefing on the Institute's Covid Legacy study and the collaboration between the Institute and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and viewed a demonstration of the robot sequencer.

    His Excellency and The Earl of Wessex thereafter witnessed the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding on Health and Science and met members of the South African community working at the Institute.

    The President of the Republic of South Africa this afternoon visited No. 10 Downing Street, where His Excellency had talks with the Prime Minister and subsequently was entertained to Luncheon by the Prime Minister on behalf of His Majesty's Government.

    The President, accompanied by the Rt. Hon. Olukemi Badenoch MP (Secretary of State for International Trade), afterwards attended the United Kingdom-South Africa Business Forum at Lancaster House, Stable Yard, St. James's, London SW1, where, having been received by Mr. Andrew Selous MP (Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for South Africa), His Excellency gave a speech.

    The President of the Republic of South Africa, with the South African Suite in attendance, subsequently took leave of The King at Buckingham Palace.

    The Rt. Hon. Sir Keir Starmer MP (Leader of the Opposition) later called upon The President at the Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, London SW1.

    The President of the Republic of South Africa this evening received an Address of Welcome at a Court of Common Council and afterwards was entertained at a Banquet by the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor and Corporation of London at Guildhall.

    The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were present.

    The King this morning visited the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, 8 South Square, London WC1, and was received by His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (Sir Kenneth Olisa) and the Treasurer (Sir Peter Gross).

    His Majesty met staff, students and barristers in the Hall before meeting pupils from City Junior School which is based in the grounds of the Inn.

    The King afterwards visited Barts Heritage at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, London EC1, and was received by the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor (Alderman Nicholas Lyons), the Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital (Professor Charles Knight) and Mr. William Pain (Chief Executive Officer, Barts Heritage).

    His Majesty met supporters, craftspeople and conservators involved with Barts Heritage prior to the start of restoration work, before meeting medical and other hospital staff and patients.

    The King this afternoon visited the Goldsmiths' Centre, 42 Britton Street, London EC1, and was received by the Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths (the Lord Bridges) and the Chief Executive of the Goldsmiths' Centre (Sir David Reddaway).

    His Majesty toured the workshop, meeting young people on the apprenticeship programmes and viewed their work.

    Later the Rt. Hon. Rishi Sunak MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of The King at Buckingham Palace.

  • 22 November 2022

    St. James's Palace

    The Duke of Kent, Grand Master, United Grand Lodge of England, this morning opened the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution care home, "Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Court", at Mole Road, Sindlesham, and was received by His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire (Mr. James Puxley).

  • 22 November 2022

    Kensington Palace

    The Duchess of Gloucester, President, Royal Academy of Music, this morning attended a Governing Body Meeting at North House, 27 Great Peter Street, London SW1.

  • 22 November 2022

    St. James's Palace

    The Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, today carried out the following engagements in the Falkland Islands.

    Her Royal Highness this morning visited the HMS SHEFFIELD Memorial on Sea Lion Island.

    The Princess Royal afterwards visited Sea Lion Island National Nature Reserve.

    Her Royal Highness this afternoon visited the settlement at Bluff Cove.

    The Princess Royal this evening visited the Falkland Islands Defence Force Headquarters, Kiel Canal Road, Stanley.

  • 22 November 2022

    Buckingham Palace

    The President of the Republic of South Africa arrived at Buckingham Palace today on a State Visit to The King and The Queen Consort.

    The Prince and Princess of Wales welcomed The President on behalf of His Majesty at the Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, London SW1.

    The President of the Republic of South Africa, accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses, travelled by car to Horse Guards and was met by The King and The Queen Consort.

    The President, accompanied by Their Majesties, drove in a Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace with a Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry.

    Royal 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 Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards and at Buckingham Palace by 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards.

    His Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, The King's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard, and a Detachment of Household Cavalry were on duty.

    The King presented The President of the Republic of South Africa with the Insignia of an Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Civil Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath.

    The President of the Republic of South Africa this afternoon visited Westminster Abbey where His Excellency laid a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

    The President afterwards visited the Palace of Westminster and was received by the Lord Speaker (the Lord McFall of Alcluith) and the Rt. Hon. Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP (Speaker of the House of Commons).

    The Speaker welcomed The President of the Republic of South Africa and His Excellency delivered an Address.

    The President subsequently attended a Reception with Peers, Members of Parliament and other guests.

    The King and The Queen Consort gave a State Banquet this evening in honour of The President of the Republic of South Africa at which The Prince and Princess of Wales, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and The Duke of Kent were present.

    The following had the honour of being invited:

    Suite of The President of the Republic of South Africa

    Dr. Naledi Pandor (Minister of International Relations and Co-operation), His Excellency Mr. Jeremiah Nyamane Mamabolo (High Commissioner for the Republic of South Africa), Dr. Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande (Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation), Mr. Ebrahim Patel (Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition), Dr. Joseph Phaahla (Minister of Health), Ms. Phindile Baleni (Director General in the Presidency), Ms. Roshene Singh (Deputy Director General, Office of The President), Ambassador Maud Dlomo (Director General, Americas and Europe), Ms. Donné Nicol (Special Adviser to The President) and Dr. Maropene Ramokgopa (International Relations Adviser to The President).

    Specially attached in attendance upon The President of the Republic of South Africa

    The Viscount Hood (Lord in Waiting) and the Viscountess Hood, Mr. Antony Phillipson (British High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa) and Mrs. Phillipson, and Lieutenant Colonel Jonny Thompson (Equerry in Waiting).

    Diplomatic Corps

    His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Honduras and Mrs. Mirian Nasser de Romero.

    The Cabinet and Government

    The Prime Minister and Mrs. Murty, the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and Mrs. James Cleverly, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Mrs. Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for International Trade and Mr. Hamish Badenoch, the Leader of the House of Lords and the Lady True, and the Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP (Minister of State for Development and Africa) and Dr. Sharon Bennett.

    Special Invitations

    The Baroness Amos (Master, University College, Oxford), Mr. Andrew Bailey (Governor of the Bank of England) and Professor Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey, Ms. Zeinab Badawi (President, School of Oriental and African Studies, Journalist and Broadcaster) and Mr. Bertrand Facon, Sir Philp Barton (Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) and Lady Barton, the Rt. Hon. Ian Blackford MP (Leader of the Scottish National Party at Westminster), the Lord Boateng (Former British High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa) and the Lady Boateng, the Lord Burnett (Lord Chief Justice), Dr. Simon Case (Cabinet Secretary), Mr. Stuart Chambers (Chairman, Anglo American plc) and Mrs. Chambers, the Rt. Hon. Sir Edward Davey MP (Leader of the Liberal Democrats) and Lady Davey, Mr. Richard Deverell (Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) and Mrs. Deverell, the Rt. Hon. Jeffrey Donaldson MP (Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party at Westminster), Mr. Hendrik du Toit (Chief Executive Officer, NinetyOne) and Mrs. du Toit, Professor Robert Fender (Head of the Department of Astrophysics, University of Oxford) and Mrs. Fender, Mr. Bassim Haidar (Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer, Channel VAS) and Mrs. Aleksandra Eriksson Haidar, the Lord Hain (Campaigner, Politician and Author) and the Lady Hain, Ms. Kelly Hoppen (Interior Designer) and Mr. John Gardiner, the Speaker of the House of Commons and Lady Hoyle, Mr. John Humphrey (His Majesty's Trade Commissioner for Africa) and Mrs. Humphrey, Dr. Tristram Hunt (Director, Victoria and Albert Museum), Mr. Martin Kingston (Chief Executive Officer, Rothschild and Company, South Africa), Ms. Diana Layfield (Chairman, British International Investment plc), Mr. Jason Leonard (Chairman, Atlas Foundation) and Ms. Amanda Heathcote, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor (Alderman Nicholas Lyons) and the Lady Mayoress, the Lord Speaker (the Lord McFall of Alcluith), Dame Sarah MacIntosh (Deputy National Security Adviser), Mr. Richard Moore (Chief, Secret Intelligence Service) and Mrs. Moore, the Earl Marshal and the Duchess of Norfolk, Sir Paul Nurse (Director and Chief Executive, the Francis Crick Institute) and Lady Nurse, the Lord Oates (Co-Chairman, APPG South Africa) and Mr. David Hill, Professor Kate O'Regan (Director, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights) and Mr. Alec Freund, Mr. Imtiaz Patel (Chairman, MultiChoice) and Mrs. Fatemba Bhabha, Professor Lewis Pugh (Endurance Swimmer, United Nations Patron of the Oceans), Admiral Sir Antony Radakin (Chief of the Defence Staff) and Lady Radakin, Mr. Johannes Radebe (Dancer), Mr. Shabir Randeree (lately Deputy Chairman, Al Baraka Bank, South Africa) and Mrs. Randeree, Professor Helen Rees (Founder, University of Witwatersrand's Reproductive Health and HIV Institute) and Dr. Fazel Randera, Sir Mark Rowley (Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis) and Lady Rowley, Mr. Johann Rupert (Chairman, Remgro Limited) and Mrs. Rupert, Sir Nigel Sheinwald (Chairman, Chatham House), the Baroness Smith of Basildon (Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords), the Rt. Hon. Sir Keir Starmer MP (Leader of the Opposition) and Lady Starmer, Mr. Jacob Stausholm (Chief Executive, Rio Tinto) and Mrs. Stausholm, Professor Caroline Trotter (Head of Cambridge-Africa Programme, University of Cambridge) and Mr. Mark Bush, Sir Patrick Vallance (Chief Scientific Adviser) and Lady Vallance, and the Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster (Councillor Hamza Taouzzale) and Consort (Ms. Jasmine El-Gharras).

    Members of the South African Delegation

    Dr. Philemon Mjwara (Director General, Department of Science and Innovation), Ms. Thembisile Majola (Director General, State Security, South African Government), Ms. Nonceba Losi (Chief of State Protocol, Department of International Relations and Co-operation), Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa (Head of Presidential Investment and Infrastructure), Dr. Nicholas Crisp (Director General, Department of Health), Ms. Nokukhanya Jele (Legal Adviser to The President), Dr. Derrick Swartz (Adviser to the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation), Mr. Vincent Magwenya (Spokesperson to The President) and Mrs. Alenore Mamabolo (Spouse of the High Commissioner for the Republic of South Africa).

    Ms. Stephanie Al-Qaq was received in audience by The King this afternoon and kissed hands upon her appointment as His Majesty's Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil.

  • 21 November 2022

    St. James's Palace

    The Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, today carried out the following engagements in the Falkland Islands, escorted by the Governor of Falkland Islands (Her Excellency Mrs. Alison Blake).

    Her Royal Highness this morning attended a Briefing by the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands at Government House.

    The Princess Royal afterwards visited the Fortieth Anniversary of the "1982 Falkland Islands Conflict" Exhibition at Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust, Historic Dockyard, Stanley.

    Her Royal Highness subsequently unveiled a commemorative plaque on Victory Green to celebrate Stanley being awarded City Status.

    The Princess Royal, President, the Mission to Seafarers Limited, this afternoon visited Lighthouse Seafarers Mission - Falkland Islands in Stanley, on the occasion of their Twenty Fifth Anniversary.

    Her Royal Highness afterwards visited the Falkland Islands Wool Company in Stanley.

    The Princess Royal later visited the Falkland Islands Meat Company at Sand Bay.

    Her Royal Highness afterwards visited the 1982 Memorial Wood and planted a tree for The Queen's Green Canopy.

    The Princess Royal this evening attended a Dinner given by the Falkland Islands Government and the Members of the Legislative Assembly at the Malvina House Hotel, Stanley.

    Her Royal Highness, Royal Patron, Special Boat Service Association, was represented by Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton (President) at the Funeral of Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce (Patron) which was held at St. Mary's Church, St. Clare Road, Walmer, Kent, this morning.

  • 21 November 2022

    Buckingham Palace

    The King of Spain visited The King at Clarence House this afternoon.

    The Viscount Younger of Leckie (Lord in Waiting) was present at Royal Air Force Northolt this afternoon upon the Arrival of The King of Spain and welcomed His Majesty on behalf of The King.

    The Viscount Hood (Lord in Waiting) was present at Stansted Airport, London, this afternoon upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of South Africa and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of His Majesty.

    The King and The Queen Consort were represented by the Baroness Neuberger at the Funeral of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild which was held at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London NW8, today.

    The Princess Royal was represented by Mrs. Timothy Holderness-Roddam.

    Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy was represented by Major Charles Macfarlane.

  • 20 November 2022

    St. James's Palace

    The Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence this morning visited Bleaker Island, Falkland Islands.

    Her Royal Highness, accompanied by Admiral Laurence, this afternoon visited Mount Harriet and Two Sisters.

  • 19 November 2022

    St. James's Palace

    The Duke of Kent, Patron, the Hanover Band, this evening attended a Concert at Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4.

  • 19 November 2022

    Kensington Palace

    The Duchess of Gloucester, President, Royal Academy of Music, this afternoon visited the Junior Academy, Marylebone Road, London NW1.