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  • 18 March 2020

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen today received Commodore Stephen Moorhouse (outgoing Commanding Officer, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH) and Captain Angus Essenhigh (incoming Commanding Officer).

    Miss Louise Tait was received by Her Majesty this afternoon upon relinquishing her appointment as Scottish Communications Secretary.

    The Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of The Queen via telephone this evening.

  • 17 March 2020

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen received the Bishop of Hereford (the Right Reverend Richard Jackson) today who did homage upon his appointment.

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

  • 13 March 2020

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen was represented by General Sir Roger Wheeler (formerly Chief of the General Staff and Aide-de-Camp General) at the Memorial Service for General Sir Thomas Pearson (formerly Aide-de-Camp General) which was held in Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire, this afternoon.

  • 12 March 2020

    Buckingham Palace

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

  • 11 March 2020

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Welsh, today received Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Murphy upon relinquishing his appointment as Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion and Lieutenant Colonel Mark Powell upon assuming the appointment.

    The Queen, Sovereign Head, the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, this afternoon received Professor Mark Compton (Lord Prior).

    Her Majesty held a Council at 5.30 p.m..

    There were present: the Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP (Lord President), the Baroness Evans of Bowes Park (Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal), the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP (Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster) and the Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP (Secretary of State for Transport).

    The Rt. Hon. Professor Andrew Burrows, the Rt. Hon. Sir James Dingemans, the Rt. Hon. Sir Stephen Phillips and the Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew Popplewell were sworn in as members of Her Majesty's Privy Council.

    At the Council, The Queen pricked the List of High Sheriffs for the Counties of England (other than Cornwall and those in the Duchy of Lancaster) and Wales.

    After the Council, the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP had an audience of The Queen when Her Majesty pricked the List of High Sheriffs for the Counties of the Duchy of Lancaster.

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

    The Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP had an audience of The Queen before the Council.

    The Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of Her Majesty this evening.

  • 10 March 2020

    Buckingham Palace

    Her Excellency Mrs. Saroja Sirisena was received in audience by The Queen today and presented the Letters of Recall of her predecessor and her own Letters of Commission as High Commissioner for the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in London.

    Dr. Sudath Talpahewa was also received by Her Majesty.

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

    The Rt. Hon. Rishi Sunak MP (Chancellor of the Exchequer) had an audience of The Queen this evening.

  • 9 March 2020

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen this afternoon attended the Commonwealth Day Observance Service in Westminster Abbey and was received by the Dean of Westminster (the Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle) and the Chairman of the Council of Commonwealth Societies (the Lord Howell of Guildford).

    The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and The Earl and Countess of Wessex were also present.

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by Lieutenant Colonel Sir Andrew Ford (Extra Equerry to The Queen and formerly Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain's Office) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Lieutenant Colonel Sir Malcolm Ross (Extra Equerry to The Queen and formerly Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright and Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain's Office) which was held in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, this morning.

    The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were represented by the Earl of Rosslyn.

    The Duke of York was present.

    The Princess Royal was represented by the Hon. Dame Shân Legge-Bourke.

    The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were present.

    The Duke and Duchess of Kent were represented by Brigadier Harry Nickerson.

    Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy was represented by Mrs. Diane Duke.

  • 5 March 2020

    Buckingham Palace

    Major General Robert Thomson was received by The Queen today upon his appointment as Commander British Forces Cyprus and Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas.

    Ms. Lorna Goodison was received by The Queen this afternoon when Her Majesty presented her with The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

    The Poet Laureate (Professor Simon Armitage) was present.

    Miss Amanda Milling MP was received by The Queen and delivered up her Wand of Office upon relinquishing her appointment as Treasurer of the Household.

    Mr. Stuart Andrew MP was received by Her Majesty upon his appointment as Treasurer of the Household when Her Majesty handed to him his Wand of Office.

    Mr. Jeremy Quin MP was received by The Queen when he delivered up his Wand of Office upon relinquishing his appointment as Comptroller of the Household.

    Mr. Michael Freer MP was received by Her Majesty upon his appointment as Comptroller of the Household when Her Majesty handed to him his Wand of Office.

    Mr. Stuart Andrew MP was received by The Queen and delivered up his Wand of Office upon relinquishing his appointment as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household.

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

  • 4 March 2020

    Buckingham Palace

    Her Excellency Mrs. Bárbara Elena Montalvo Álvarez was received in audience by The Queen today and presented the Letters of Recall of her predecessor and her own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Republic of Cuba to the Court of St. James's.

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

    The President of the Republic of Malta and Mrs. Vella visited The Queen this afternoon.

    The Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of Her Majesty this evening.

  • 3 March 2020

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this morning.