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  • 21 July 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by the Lord Petre (Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Essex) at the Memorial Service for the Lord Braybrooke (formerly Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Essex) which was held at St. Mary's Church, Saffron Walden, Essex, this afternoon

    The Duke of York was represented by Colonel Roger Burgess.

    The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were represented by the Right Reverend and Rt. Hon. the Lord Williams of Oystermouth.

  • 19 July 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this morning visited Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London SW1, to celebrate the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of Canadian Confederation and were received by the Governor-General of Canada (His Excellency Mr. David Johnston) and the High Commissioner for Canada in London (Her Excellency Mrs. Janice Charette).

    Her Majesty, escorted by the High Commissioner, and His Royal Highness, escorted by Governor-General, viewed artefacts and displays celebrating "Canada 150", listened to a musical performance and met guests including young people, business leaders, entrepreneurs, artists and members of First Nation communities.

    The Queen subsequently unveiled a Jubilee Walkway Panel outside Canada House.

    The Rt. Hon. Anne Milton MP was received by The Queen this afternoon when she delivered up her Wand of Office upon relinquishing her appointment as Treasurer of the Household.

    Mr. Julian Smith MP was received by The Queen and delivered up his Wand of Office upon relinquishing his appointment as Vice-Chamberland of the Household when Her Majesty handed to him his Wand of Office as Treasurer of the Household.

    Mr. Christopher Heaton-Harris MP was received by The Queen upon his appointment as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household when Her Majesty handed to him his Wand of Office.

    The Rt. Hon. Melvyn Stride MP was received by The Queen when he delivered up his Wand of Office upon relinquishing his appointment as Comptroller of the Household.

    Mr. Christopher Pincher MP was received by The Queen upon his appointment as Comptroller of the Household when Her Majesty handed to him his Wand of Office.

    The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household was received in audience by The Queen and presented an Address from the House of Commons to which Her Majesty was graciously pleased to make reply.

    The Queen held a Council at 5.30 p.m..

    There were present: the Rt. Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP (Lord President), the Rt. Hon. Alun Cairns MP (Secretary of State for Wales), the Rt. Hon. Gregory Clark MP (Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government).

    The Rt. Hon. Sir Keir Starmer MP made affirmation as a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

    The Rt. Hon. Karen Bradley MP took the Oath of Office, kissed hands upon appointment and received the Seals of Office as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

    Mr. Richard Tilbrook was in attendance as Clerk of the Council.

    The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of The Queen this evening.

  • 18 July 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen today received the Bishop of Sheffield (the Right Reverend Dr. Peter Wilcox) who did homage upon his appointment.

    Her Majesty received the Bishop of Sodor and Man (the Right Reverend Peter Eagles) who did homage upon his appointment.

    The Rt. Hon. David Lidington MP (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice) administered the Oath.

    The Bishop of Carlisle (Clerk of the Closet) was in attendance.

    The Queen, Duke of Lancaster received Sir Mark Hudson (Chairman of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster) and Mr. Nathan Thompson (Chief Executive).

    The following were received in audience by The Queen and kissed hands upon their appointment as Her Majesty's Ambassadors: Mrs. Sally Axworthy (the Holy See), Mr. Ross Denny (the Republic of Costa Rica), Mr. Moazzam Malik (the Republic of Indonesia) and Mr. Richard Morris (the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal).

    Dr. Michael Axworthy, Mrs. Denny, Mrs. Malik and Mrs. Morris were also received by Her Majesty.

    His Excellency Mr. David Johnston was received in audience by The Queen this afternoon upon relinquishing his appointment as Governor-General of Canada.

    Mrs. Johnston was also received by Her Majesty.

    The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, Royal Mersey Yacht Club, this morning received Mr. Michael Blaylock upon relinquishing his appointment as Commodore and Mr. John Collingwood upon assuming the appointment.

    His Royal Highness, formerly Chancellor, University of Salford, received a delegation on the occasion of the University's Fiftieth Anniversary.

    The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, Royal Institute of Navigation, this afternoon presented Awards at the Annual Meeting, the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7.

    By command of The Queen, Mr. Julian Evans (Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Claus Grube at 55 Sloane Street, London SW1, this afternoon in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Kingdom of Denmark to the Court of St. James's.

    By command of Her Majesty, the Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps called upon His Excellency Mr. Patrick Engelberg at 27 Wilton Crescent, London SW1, in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the Court of St. James's.

  • 17 July 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    Colonel Christopher Sharwood-Smith (Deputy Lieutenant of Bedfordshire) was present at Luton Airport, London, this evening upon the Arrival of the Governor-General of Canada and Mrs. David Johnston and welcomed Their Excellencies on behalf of The Queen.

  • 16 July 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    Mr. Brian Stanley was received by The Queen today when Her Majesty decorated him with the Royal Victorian Medal (Gold).

  • 14 July 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    The King and Queen of Spain, with the Spanish Suite in attendance, took leave of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this morning and left Buckingham Palace.

    Their Majesties, accompanied by The Duke of York, afterwards visited the Francis Crick Institute, 1 Midland Road, London NW1, and were received by the Chairman (Sir David Cooksey) and Sir Paul Nurse (Director and Chief Executive).

    The King and Queen of Spain, with His Royal Highness, toured the Institute and met members of the Spanish scientific community working at the Institute and members of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom.

    Their Majesties this afternoon visited the Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, and were received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire (Mr. Timothy Stevenson) and the Chancellor of the University of Oxford (the Lord Patten of Barnes).

    The King and Queen of Spain, escorted by Ms. Catriona Cannon (Deputy Librarian and Keeper of Collections, Bodleian Library) and Dr. Virginia Llado-Buisan (Head of Conservation and Collection Care, Bodleian Library), viewed an exhibition of Spanish items in the University of Oxford archive.

    Their Majesties subsequently walked to the Divinity School and were entertained to Luncheon by the Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

    The King and Queen of Spain afterwards attended a Reception at Exeter College, Oxford, for members of the Spanish community at the University and were received by the Rector (Professor Sir Richard Trainor).

    The Earl Peel (Lord Chamberlain) was present at Royal Air Force Brize Norton later upon the Departure of The King and Queen of Spain and bade farewell to Their Majesties on behalf of The Queen upon the conclusion to the State Visit to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

    By command of The Queen, Mr. Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Mazen Homoud at 6 Phillimore Gardens, London W8, this morning in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the Court of St. James's.

    By command of Her Majesty, the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps called upon His Excellency Mr. Eldred Bethel at 10 Chesterfield Street, London W1, today in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as High Commissioner for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas in London.

  • 13 July 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    The King of Spain, accompanied by The Duke of York, this morning attended a United Kingdom-Spanish Business Forum at Mansion House, London EC4, and was received by the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor (Alderman Dr. Andrew Parmley), the Rt. Hon. Dr. Liam Fox MP (Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade), Mr. José Luis Bonet (President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce) and Mr. Juan Rosell (President of the Spanish Confederation of Business Associations).

    His Majesty, accompanied by His Royal Highness, afterwards met United Kingdom and Spanish business leaders.

    The King and Queen of Spain, accompanied by Prince Henry of Wales, later drove to Westminster Abbey where His Majesty laid a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

    The King and Queen of Spain this afternoon attended a Reception at the Residence of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain for members of the Spanish community.

    His Majesty afterwards visited No. 10 Downing Street and had talks with the Prime Minister and subsequently was entertained to Luncheon by the Prime Minister on behalf of Her Majesty's Government.

    The King and Queen of Spain this evening received an Address of Welcome and were entertained at a Banquet by the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor and the City of London Corporation at Guildhall.

    The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence were present.

    The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, this morning opened New Scotland Yard, the new Headquarters of the Metropolitan Police on Victoria Embankment, London SW1, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (Mr. Kenneth Olisa) and the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Miss Cressida Dick).

    Her Majesty and His Royal Highness, escorted respectively by the Commissioner and Mr. Craig Mackey (Deputy Commissioner), passed vintage police vehicles and two police horses before viewing historical items, including a Second World War uniform of a Woman Police Constable and the operational order for the Coronation, and viewing plans of the new building and a bomb disposal demonstration by a robot.

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh subsequently viewed officers demonstrating "A day in the life of the Met" and met uniformed members of staff.

    Her Majesty and His Royal Highness afterwards witnessed a salute performed by a Marine Policing Unit river boat and met "first responders" to the recent terrorist attacks in London, management board members, officers, cadets and members of staff.

    The Lord Peel (Lord Chamberlain) had an audience of The Queen this afternoon and presented an Address from the House of Lords to which Her Majesty was graciously pleased to make reply.

  • 13 July 2017

    Appendix To Court Circular

    The Queen has been pleased to appoint the Lady Elizabeth Leeming and Mrs. Simon Rhodes to be Extra Ladies in Waiting to Her Majesty.

  • 12 July 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    The King and Queen of Spain today commenced a State Visit in London to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

    The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall welcomed Their Majesties on behalf of The Queen at ME London Hotel, 336-337, Strand, London WC2.

    The King and Queen of Spain, accompanied by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, drove to Horse Guards and were met by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

    The King and Queen of Spain, accompanied by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, with The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, 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 and at Buckingham Palace by 1st Battalion Irish 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 King and Queen of Spain this afternoon visited The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House.

    Their Majesties later visited the Palace of Westminster and were received by the Lord Speaker (the Lord Fowler) and the Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP (Speaker of the House of Commons).

    The Speaker welcomed The King and Queen of Spain and His Majesty delivered an Address.

    The King and Queen of Spain subsequently attended a Reception with Peers, Members of Parliament and other guests.

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave a State Banquet this evening in honour of The King and Queen of Spain at which The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Henry of Wales, The Duke of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Michael of Kent and The Lady Gabriella Windsor were present.

    The following had the honour of being invited:

    Suite of The King and Queen of Spain:

    His Excellency Mr. Alfonso Dastis-Quecedo (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation) and Mrs. María Luisa Alonso-Horcada, His Excellency Mr. Jaime Alfonsín-Alfonso (Chief of the Royal Household), His Excellency Mr. Carlos Bastarreche-Sagües (Ambassador from the Kingdom of Spain to the Court of St. James's), His Excellency Mr. Jorge Moraga-Sánchez (Chief of the Cabinet of the President of the Government of Spain), His Excellency Mr. Jorge Toledo-Albiñana (Secretary of State for the European Union), His Excellency Mr. Carlos Espinosa del los Monteros y Bernaldo de Quirós , Marquis of Valtierra (High Commissioner of the Spanish Government for Marca España), Her Excellency Mrs. María Luisa Poncela-García (Secretary of State for Trade), Her Excellency Mrs. Carmen Vela-Olmo (Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation), His Excellency Vice Admiral Juan Ruiz-Casas (Head of the Military Chamber of the Royal Household), His Excellency Mr. Alfonso Sanz-Portolés (Diplomatic Counsellor, Royal Household of The King of Spain), His Excellency Mr. José Zuleta y Alejandro, Duke of Abrantes (Head of the Office of The Queen of Spain), Mr. Jordi Gutiérrez-Roldán (Director of Communications, Royal Household of The King of Spain) and Mr. Alfredo Martínez-Serrano (Chief of Protocol, Royal Household of The King of Spain).

    Specially attached to The King and Queen of Spain:

    The Lady Elton (Lady in Waiting), the Viscount Brookeborough (Lord in Waiting) and the Viscountess Brookeborough, Mr. Simon Manley (Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain) and Mrs. Manley and Wing Commander Sam Fletcher RAF (Equerry in Waiting).

    Diplomatic Corps:

    His Excellency the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait, His Excellency the Ambassador of Estonia and Mrs. Merli Bambus and His Excellency the High Commissioner for Malta and Mrs. Norman Hamilton.

    The Cabinet and Government:

    The Prime Minister and Mr. Philip May, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Mrs. Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for the Home Department (the Rt. Hon. Amber Rudd MP), the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (the Rt. Hon. David Davis MP), the Leader of the House of Lords (the Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) and Mr. James Wild, and the Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Duncan MP (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and Mr. James Dunseath.

    Special Invitations:

    Ms. Katya Adler and Mr. Alexei Kidel, Mrs. Esther Alcocer Koplowitz and Mr. Pablo Santos Tejedor, Mr. Ian Blackford MP, the Lord and Lady Brennan, Mrs. Ana Botín-Sanz de Sautuola y O'Shea and Mr. Guillermo Morenés Mariátegui, Mr. Rafael del Pino Calvo-Sotelo, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Mrs. Justin Welby, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Carney, the Lord Great Chamberlain and the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, Ms. Cressida Dick, Mr. and Mrs. Warren East, Sir John and Lady Elliott, the Lord and Lady Falconer of Thoroton, Mr. Timothy Farron MP and Mrs. Farron, Dr. and Mrs. Gabriele Finaldi, the Lord Speaker and the Lady Fowler, the Lord and Lady Garel-Jones, Mrs. Miriam González Durántez and the Rt. Hon. Nicholas Clegg, the Lord and Lady Leitch, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor of London and the Lady Mayoress, Sir Simon and the Hon. Lady McDonald, General Sir Gordon and Lady Messenger, the Lord and Lady Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Sir Paul and Lady Nurse, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Olisa, Mr. Josep Oliu and Ms. Victoria Quintana, Dr. Charles Powell and Dr. Sylvia Fernández-Shaw, Sir Michael and Lady Rake, Mr. Francisco Jose Riberas Mera and Ms. Lucía Burgos, Mr. Ignacio Sánchez Galán and Ms. María Isabel García-Tabernero, the Baroness Smith of Basildon and Mr. Nigel Smith, the Rt. Hon. Emily Thorberry MP and the Hon. Mr. Justice Nugee, Ms. Monica Vinader and Mr. Nick Zoll and the Duke and Duchess of Wellington.

    Members of the accompanying Spanish Delegation:

    His Excellency Mr. Francisco Javier Garzón-Morales, His Excellency Mr. Juan Sunyé-Mendía, Mr. Juan López-Herrera Sánchez, Mrs. Cristina Serrano-Leal, Mrs. Ana María Rodríguez-Pérez, Mr. Ricardo Rodríguez-Martinez, Mr. José María Fernández López de Turiso, Mr. José Riera-Siquier, Mr. Miguel Utray-Delgado, Mr. Juan Rosell-Lastortras and Mrs. Esther Trallero, Mr. José Luis Bonet-Ferrer and Mrs. Pilar Pastor-Nietro, Mr. Pablo Isla Álvarez-Pallete, Mr. Antonio Vázquez-Romero, Mr. José María de Areilza y Carvajal, Count of Roda and Mrs. María Salgado-Madriñán, Countess of Roda and Ms. María Ángeles Alcázar Modrego.

  • 11 July 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen, Patron, Leonard Cheshire Disability, this morning visited Park House on the Sandringham Estate and viewed a new garden to commemorate the Centenary of the birth of the founder, the Lord Cheshire VC OM.

    The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP (Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia) was received by The Queen this afternoon.

    Mrs. Turnbull was also received by Her Majesty.

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this evening gave a Reception for Winners of The Queen's Awards for Enterprise at Buckingham Palace.

    The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and The Duke of Kent were present.

    The Viscount Brookeborough (Lord in Waiting) was present at Stansted Airport, London, this evening upon the Arrival of The King and Queen of Spain and welcomed Their Majesties on behalf of The Queen.

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