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  • 19 May 2019

    Appendix To Court Circular

    The Queen has been pleased to appoint the Reverend Dr. George Whyte to be a Chaplain to Her Majesty in Scotland.

  • 16 May 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen, Air Commodore-in-Chief, Royal Air Force Regiment, today received Air Commodore Francis Clifford upon relinquishing his appointment as Commandant General and Air Commodore Scott Miller upon assuming the appointment.

    Lady Mary Peters was received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested her with the Insignia of a Lady Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

    The Marquess of Salisbury was received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

    The Duke of Edinburgh this morning received Mr. Martin Palmer (Secretary General, Alliance of Religions and Conservation) at Windsor Castle.

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

    The Queen was represented by Lieutenant General Andrew Graham (formerly Colonel, The Royal Regiment of Scotland) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Colonel the Viscount Slim which was held at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London SW1, today.

    The Duke of Edinburgh was represented by Mr. John Giddings.

    The Prince of Wales was represented by Field Marshal Sir John Chapple.

    The Duke of York was represented by General the Lord Richards of Herstmonceux.

    The Princess Royal was represented by Mr. John Andrews.

    Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy was represented by Major Charles Macfarlane.

  • 15 May 2019

    Buckingham Palace

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

    Mr. Craig Whittaker 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.

    General Sir Nicholas Carter (Chief of the Defence Force) was received by The Queen.

    The following were received in audience by The Queen and kissed hands upon their appointment as Her Majesty's Ambassadors: Mrs. Jessica Hand (the Republic of Angola), Mr. Barry Lowen (the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria) and Mr. Robert Macaire (the Islamic Republic of Iran).

    Dr. Robert Hand, Mrs. Lowen and Mrs. Macaire were also received by Her Majesty.

    Mr. Nigel Phillips was received in audience by The Queen and kissed hands upon his appointment as Governor of Falkland Islands and Commissioner of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

    Mrs. Phillips was also received by Her Majesty.

    The Prince of Wales, on behalf of The Queen, and The Duchess of Cornwall gave an Afternoon Party in the garden of Buckingham Palace.

    The Princess Royal was present.

    Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms and The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard were on duty.

    The Bands of the Household Cavalry and the Royal Artillery played selections of music during the afternoon.

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by Sir Barry Jackson (formerly Serjeant-Surgeon to The Queen) at the Funeral and Celebration of Life for Sir William Slack (formerly Serjeant-Surgeon to The Queen) which was held at St. George's Church, Fordington, Dorchester, this afternoon.

  • 14 May 2019

    Buckingham Palace

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

  • 9 May 2019

    Buckingham Palace

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

  • 7 May 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this afternoon gave a Luncheon for Members of the Order of Merit at Windsor Castle.

    The following had the honour of being invited: the Lord and Lady Foster of Thames Bank, Professor Sir Roger Penrose and Mr. Maxwell Penrose, Sir Tom and Lady Stoppard, the Lord Rothschild and the Hon. Hannah Rothschild, the Baroness Boothroyd and Mr. Anthony Murkett, Sir David Attenborough and Miss Susan Attenborough, the Right Reverend the Lord and Lady Eames, the Lord Rees of Ludlow and Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey, Sir Timothy and Lady Berners-Lee, the Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien and Princess Hadrien de Croÿ-Roeulx, Mr. Neil MacGregor, the Hon. John and Mrs. Howard, Mr. David Hockney and Mr. Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub and Miss Lisa Yacoub, Professor Dame Ann Dowling and Dr. Thomas Hynes and the Lord Fellowes (Secretary and Registrar of the Order of Merit) and the Lady Jane Fellowes.

  • 4 May 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by The Princess Royal at the State Funeral of The Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg which was held in Notre-Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg, this morning.

  • 3 May 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen, Sovereign of the Order, accompanied by The Princess Royal, Grand Master, was present this morning at a Service of the Royal Victorian Order held in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

    The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence were also present.

    Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness were received by the Dean of Windsor (the Right Reverend David Conner) and the Chaplain of the Order (the Reverend Canon Professor Peter Galloway).

    Detachments of 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 the Military Knights of Windsor were on duty in St. George's Chapel.

    Afterwards The Queen gave a Reception at Windsor Castle for those who attended the Service.

    The Queen held a Council at Windsor Castle at 3.00 p.m..

    There were present: the Rt. Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP (Lord President), the Rt. Hon. Tobias Ellwood MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans), the Baroness Evans of Bowes Park (Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal), the Rt. Hon. Edward Young (Private Secretary to The Queen) and the Rt. Hon. Penelope Mordaunt MP.

    Mr. Roderick Stewart MP was sworn in as a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

    The Rt. Hon. Penelope Mordaunt MP took the Oath of Office, kissed hands upon appointment and received the Seals of Office as Secretary of State for Defence.

    The Rt. Hon. Roderick Stewart MP took the Oath of Office, kissed hands upon appointment and received the Seals of Office as Secretary of State for International Development.

    Mrs. Ceri King was in attendance as Deputy Clerk of the Council.

    The Rt. Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP had an audience of Her Majesty before the Council.

  • 2 May 2019

    Buckingham Palace

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

  • 1 May 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    Her Excellency Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem 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 People's Republic of Bangladesh in London.

    Mr. Tauhidul Chaudhury was also received by Her Majesty.

    His Excellency Mr. Jaime Marchán Romero 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 Republic of Ecuador to the Court of St. James's.

    Mrs. Rocío Barahona Riera was also received by Her Majesty.

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

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