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  • 5 December 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    Major General Christopher Ghika was received by The Queen today upon his appointment as Major General Commanding Household Division.

    The Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle was received by Her Majesty upon his appointment as Dean of Westminster.

    Mr. Benjamin Fender was received in audience by The Queen and kissed hands upon his appointment as Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Somalia.

    The following were received in audience by Her Majesty upon their appointment as British High Commissioners: Mr. Rowan Laxton (the Republic of Cameroon) and Mrs. Kara Owen (the Republic of Singapore).

    Mrs. Laxton and Commandant William Tierney were also received by The Queen.

    Dr. Philip Rushbrook was received in audience by Her Majesty and kissed hands upon his appointment as Governor of St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan Da Cunha.

    Mrs. Rushbrook was also received by The Queen.

    The Prince of Wales, on behalf of The Queen, held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this morning.

  • 4 December 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    His Excellency Mr. Said Rustamov was received in audience by The Queen today and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Court of St. James's.

    Mrs. Rustamova was also received by Her Majesty.

    His Excellency Dr. Morie Komba Manyeh was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Commission as High Commissioner for the Republic of Sierra Leone in London.

    Mrs. Manyeh was also received by Her Majesty.

    Sir Simon McDonald (Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) was present.

    The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Welsh, this afternoon received Lieutenant Colonel Owain Luke upon relinquishing his appointment as Commanding Officer 1st Battalion and Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Feildhouse upon assuming the appointment.

  • 3 December 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    His Excellency Mr. Andreas Kakouris was received in audience by The Queen today and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Commission as High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus in London.

    Mrs. Kakouris was also received by Her Majesty.

    His Excellency Mr. Vanja Filipovic was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Court of St. James's.

    Sir Simon McDonald (Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) was present.

    The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau MP (Prime Minister of Canada) was received in audience by The Queen this afternoon.

    His Excellency Mr. Jens Stoltenberg (Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) was received by The Queen.

    Ms. Ingrid Schulerud was also received by Her Majesty.

    The Queen gave a Reception at Buckingham Palace this evening for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Leaders to mark Seventy Years of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Alliance.

    The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duchess of Cambridge, The Princess Royal and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were present.

    Mr. Vincent Thompson (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Essex) was present at Stansted Airport, London, this morning upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of Turkey and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of The Queen.

    Colonel Christopher Sharwood-Smith (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire) was present at Luton Airport this morning upon the Arrival of The President of the Czech Republic and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of Her Majesty.

    Brigadier David Harrison (Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire) was present at Farnborough Airport today upon the Arrival of The President of the Slovak Republic and welcomed Her Excellency on behalf of The Queen.

    Mr. Bruce Houlder (Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London) was present at Royal Air Force Northolt this afternoon upon the Arrival of The President of the French Republic and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of Her Majesty.

    Rear Admiral Roy Clare (Deputy Lieutenant of Essex) was present at Stansted Airport, London, this afternoon upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of Bulgaria and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of The Queen.

  • 2 December 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    Mr. Vincent Thompson (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Essex) was present at Stansted Airport, London, this afternoon upon the Arrival of The President of Romania and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of The Queen.

    Mr. Simon Knight (Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex) was present at Gatwick Airport, London, this afternoon upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of Latvia and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of Her Majesty.

    Mr. John Barber (Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London) was present at London City Airport this evening upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of Lithuania and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of The Queen.

    Colonel Christopher Sharwood-Smith (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire) was present at Luton Airport evening upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of Poland and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of Her Majesty.

    Mrs. Jennifer Tolhurst (Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Essex) was present at Stansted Airport, London, this evening upon the Arrival of The President of the United States of America and welcomed The President on behalf of The Queen.

  • 27 November 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    Ms. Deborah Bronnert was received in audience by The Queen today and kissed hands upon her appointment as Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Russian Federation.

    Mr. Alfonso Torrents was also received by Her Majesty.

    The Reverend Professor Peter Galloway was received by Her Majesty this afternoon upon relinquishing his appointment as Chaplain of The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy and delivered up the Badge and Chain of Office upon relinquishing his appointment as Chaplain of the Royal Victorian Order when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.

    The Reverend Canon Thomas Woodhouse was received by The Queen upon his appointment as Chaplain of The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy when Her Majesty handed to him his Badge and Chain as Chaplain of the Royal Victorian Order.

  • 26 November 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen, Patron, this morning opened the new Headquarters of the Royal Philatelic Society London at 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4, and was received by the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor (Alderman William Russell) and the President (Mr. Richard Stock).

    Her Majesty, escorted by the President, toured the building, visiting the Members' Lounge and Library and viewing displays of philatelic artefacts, historical stamps, and books and periodicals, and met members of the Society, young philatelists, architects, volunteers and staff.

    The Duke of Cambridge, on behalf of The Queen, held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this morning.

    The Queen was represented by Mr. Angus Campbell (Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of General Sir John Wilsey (formerly Aide-de-Camp General) which was held in Sherborne Abbey, Dorset, this afternoon.

    The Duke of Kent was represented by Major General Bryan Dutton.

    Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy was represented by Mrs. Peter Troughton.

  • 21 November 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this morning.

  • 20 November 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    His Excellency Mr. Reggy Martiales was received in audience by The Queen today and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Republic of Suriname to the Court of St. James's.

    Mrs. Haidy Nelson-Gravenberch was also received by Her Majesty.

    His Excellency Mr. Edil Baisalov was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Kyrgyz Republic to the Court of St. James's.

    Sir Simon McDonald (Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) was present.

    General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith (Chief of the General Staff) was received by Her Majesty this afternoon.

    The Queen, Patron, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, this evening presented the Chatham House Prize to Sir David Attenborough (Presenter and Narrator, BBC "Blue Planet II" television series) and Mr. Julian Hector (Head of BBC Studios Natural History Unit) at Chatham House, 10 St. James's Square, London SW1, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (Sir Kenneth Olisa) and the Director (Dr. Robin Niblett).

  • 19 November 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Governor of Queensland (His Excellency the Hon. Paul de Jersey) was received in audience by The Queen today.

    Mrs. de Jersey was also received by Her Majesty.

    The following were received in audience by The Queen this afternoon and kissed hands upon their appointment as Her Majesty's Ambassadors: Dr. Alastair McPhail (the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia), Mr. Andrew Noble (Romania) and Mr. Christopher Rampling (the Lebanese Republic).

    Mrs. McPhail, Mrs. Noble and Mrs. Rampling were also received by Her Majesty.

    Mr. Martyn Roper was received in audience by The Queen and kissed hands upon his appointment as Governor of the Cayman Islands.

    Mrs. Roper was also received by Her Majesty.

    The Duke of Cambridge, on behalf of The Queen, held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this morning.

  • 15 November 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    By command of The Queen, Mr. Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Muyeba Shichapwa Chikonde at 2 Palace Gate, London W8, this afternoon in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as High Commissioner for the Republic of Zambia in London.

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