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  • 28 November 2022

    Kensington Palace

    The Duchess of Gloucester, Royal Patron, Cathedral Music Trust, this afternoon received Mr. Peter Allwood upon relinquishing his appointment as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Mr. Jonathan Macdonald upon assuming the appointment.

    Ms. Natasha Morris (Development Director) was present.

    Her Royal Highness, Royal Patron, Missing People, afterwards received Mr. Justin McLaren (Chairman of the Board of Trustees) and Ms. Joanne Youle (Chief Executive).

  • 27 November 2022

    Kensington Palace

    The Duke of Gloucester and The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, Friends of St. Paul's Cathedral, this evening attended the Advent Carol Service in St. Paul's Cathedral, London EC4.

  • 25 November 2022

    Buckingham Palace

    The Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda and Lady Williams were received by The King this morning at Windsor Castle.

    His Majesty was represented by the Lord Shuttleworth KG (Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire) at the Requiem Mass for Sir Simon Towneley (former Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire) which was held at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Todmorden Road, Burnley, Lancashire, this morning.

    The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were represented by Mrs. Christine Kirk.

    The Duke and Duchess of Kent and Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy were represented by Mrs. Diane Duke.

  • 25 November 2022

    Kensington Palace

    The Duchess of Gloucester, President, this evening attended a performance of "the Rake's Progress" by the Royal Academy Opera at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1.

  • 24 November 2022

    Kensington Palace

    The Duke of Gloucester, Patron, Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust, today attended the Nuffield Farming Conference at Cardiff City Hall, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, and was received by His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan (Mrs. Morfudd Meredith).

    The Duchess of Gloucester, Chief Patron, Hope for Youth Northern Ireland, in celebration of their Fiftieth Anniversary, this evening attended the Charity Swim between the House of Lords and the House of Commons, followed by a Dinner at Porchester Hall, Queensway, London W2.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 19 November 2022

    Kensington Palace

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

  • 15 November 2022

    Buckingham Palace

    The President of the Republic of Ghana visited The King at Windsor Castle this afternoon.

    The King and Queen of Norway afterwards visited His Majesty.

    The King gave a Reception at Windsor Castle this evening following the Platinum Jubilee at which The Prince and Princess of Wales, The Countess of Wessex, The Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy were present.