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  • 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.

  • 27 February 2020

    Buckingham Palace

    His Excellency General Geraldo Sachipengo Nunda 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 Angola to the Court of St. James's.

    Mrs. Nunda was also received by Her Majesty.

    Her Excellency Ms. Gilda Velásquez-Paz was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of her predecessor and her own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Republic of El Salvador to the Court of St. James's.

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

    The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, this afternoon received Major General Robert Bruce upon relinquishing his appointment as Colonel of the Regiment and Major General Nicholas Borton upon assuming the appointment.

  • 26 February 2020

    Buckingham Palace

    Admiral Anthony Radakin was received by The Queen today upon his appointment as First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff.

    Ms. Bridget Brind was received in audience by The Queen this afternoon and kissed hands upon her appointment as Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

    Mr. Nameer Al-Hadithi was also received by Her Majesty.

    Mr. Nicholas Woolley was received in audience by The Queen upon his appointment as British High Commissioner to the Republic of Zambia.

    Ms. Deborah Sidwell was also received by Her Majesty.

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

    By command of The Queen, Mr. Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky at 35 Eaton Place, London SW1, this afternoon in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from Hungary to the Court of St. James's.

  • 26 February 2020

    Appendix To Court Circular

    The Queen has been pleased to appoint the Reverend Patricia Hawkins to be a Chaplain to Her Majesty in succession to the Reverend Canon Kevan McCormack.

  • 25 February 2020

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen this morning visited the Headquarters of MI5 at Thames House, Millbank, London SW1, and was received by the Director General (Sir Andrew Parker).

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

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by the Lord Janvrin (Permanent Lord in Waiting) at the Memorial Service for Professor Sir Michael Howard OM which was held at King's College London, Strand, London WC2, this morning.

    The Princess Royal was represented by Professor Wendy Thomson.

    The Duke of Kent was represented by the Lord Fellowes.

    By command of The Queen, Mr. Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Carlos Sersale di Cerisano at 49 Belgrave Square, London SW1, this afternoon in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Argentine Republic to the Court of St. James's.

  • 25 February 2020

    Appendix To Court Circular

    The Queen has been pleased to appoint the Venerable Fiona Windsor to be a Chaplain to Her Majesty in succession to the Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin upon her appointment as the Bishop of Dover.

  • 24 February 2020

    Appendix To Court Circular

    The Queen has been pleased to appoint the Reverend Canon Susanna Gunner to be a Chaplain to Her Majesty in succession to the Reverend Dr. Emma Ineson upon her appointment as Suffragan Bishop of Penrith.