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  • 7 June 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    Admiral Sir Philip Jones was received by The Queen today upon relinquishing his appointment as First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff.

    Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank was received by Her Majesty upon relinquishing his appointment as Colonel of The Life Guards and Gold Stick in Waiting when The Queen invested him with the Insignia of a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.

    Major General Sir Edward Smyth-Osbourne was received by Her Majesty upon his appointment as Colonel of The Life Guards and Gold Stick in Waiting.

    The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of York, Colonel, Grenadier Guards, this afternoon gave a Luncheon at Buckingham Palace for the Grenadier Guards Ensigns who have carried The Queen's Colour at The Queen's Birthday Parade.

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by Mr. James Puxley (Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of the Hon. Mrs. Bayliss (formerly Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire) which was held at Reading Minster of St. Mary the Virgin, Reading, Berkshire, this afternoon.

    The Duke of York was represented by Lady Mary Fagan LG.

    The Princess Royal was represented by Mrs. Andrew Feilden.

    The Duke of Kent was represented by Dame Sarah Goad.

    The Queen was represented by Mrs. Michael Gordon Lennox (Lady in Waiting) at the Funeral of Mr. Timothy Gibbs which was held in the Church of St. John the Baptist, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, this afternoon.

  • 5 June 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, and The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump today attended the National Commemorative Event at Southsea Common, Portsmouth, for the Seventy Fifth Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and were received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire (Mr. Nigel Atkinson), the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) and the Chief of the Defence Staff and Aide-de-Camp General (General Sir Nicholas Carter).

    The Mayor of Portsmouth (Councillor David Fuller) surrendered to Her Majesty the Keys of the City of Portsmouth, which The Queen returned to him.

    Her Majesty, accompanied by His Royal Highness, and The President and Mrs. Trump met Heads of State, Heads of Government and Representatives.

    The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, and The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump viewed the National Commemorative Event telling the story of D-Day through musical performance, testimonial readings and Armed Forces displays.

    Her Majesty addressed those present and afterwards witnessed a flypast by modern and period aircraft.

    The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, and The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump met Veterans of D-Day and were received by the National President of the Royal British Legion (Lieutenant General James Bashall).

    The Queen bade farewell to The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump.

    The President and Mrs. Trump attended a Reception given by The Prince of Wales for Heads of State, Heads of Government and Representatives.

    The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump subsequently joined The Prince of Wales at a Reception for Veterans of D-Day and their families.

    The President afterwards attended a Luncheon with Heads of State, Heads of Government and Representatives.

    Mrs. Trump attended a Luncheon with Mr. Philip May.

    The Earl Peel (Lord Chamberlain) was present at Southampton Airport this afternoon upon the Departure of The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump and bade farewell to The President and Mrs. Trump on behalf of The Queen upon the conclusion to the State Visit to Her Majesty.

    The Lady Wakeham (Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire) was present at Southampton Airport this morning upon the Arrival of The President of the Hellenic Republic and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of The Queen.

    The Lady Wakeham was present at Southampton Airport later upon the Arrival of The President of the French Republic and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of Her Majesty.

  • 4 June 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The President of the United States of America this morning attended a United Kingdom-United States Senior Business Leaders Group Breakfast Meeting at St. James's Palace and was received by The Duke of York, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) and the Rt. Hon. Liam Fox MP (Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade).

    The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump afterwards visited No. 10 Downing Street where The President held Bilateral Talks with the Prime Minister and subsequently was entertained to Luncheon by the Prime Minister of behalf of Her Majesty's Government.

    The President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister this afternoon held a joint Press Conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London SW1.

    The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump, accompanied by the Prime Minister and Mr. Philip May, this afternoon visited Churchill War Rooms, Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London SW1, and were received by the Director-General of Imperial War Museums (Ms. Diane Lees).

    The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump this evening gave a Dinner at Winfield House, Regent's Park, London NW1.

    Mrs. Trump, accompanied by Mr. Philip May, this afternoon attended a Garden Party at No. 10 Downing Street.

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

    Mrs. Morrison was also received by Her Majesty.

    By command of The Queen, Mr. Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Sulaiman Hamid Almazroui at 29 Holland Park, London W11, this morning in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the United Arab Emirates to the Court of St. James's.

    Mr. Bruce Holder (Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this afternoon upon the Arrival of the Governor-General of New Zealand and welcomed Her Excellency on behalf of The Queen.

  • 3 June 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Viscount Brookeborough KG (Lord in Waiting) was present at Stansted Airport, London, this morning upon the Arrival of The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump and welcomed The President and Mrs. Trump on behalf of The Queen.

    The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump today commenced a State Visit in London to The Queen.

    The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall welcomed The President and Mrs. Trump on behalf of Her Majesty in the Garden of Buckingham Palace.

    The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump, accompanied by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, walked to the West Terrace of Buckingham Palace and were met by The Queen.

    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.

    A Guard of Honour was provided at Buckingham Palace by Nijmegen Company Grenadier 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 President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump this afternoon drove to Westminster Abbey where, having been received by The Duke of York, The President laid a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

    The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump afterwards had Tea with The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House.

    The Queen gave a State Banquet this evening in honour of The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump at which The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, 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, The Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy were present.

    The following had the honour of being invited:

    Suite of The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump:

    His Excellency Mr. Robert Wood Johnson (Ambassador from the United States of America to the Court of St. James's) and Mrs. Johnson, the Hon. Steven Mnuchin (Secretary of the Treasury) and Mrs. Louise Linton, the Hon. John Mulvaney (Assistant to The President and Acting Chief of Staff), the Hon. John Bolton (Assistant to The President for National Security Affairs), the Hon. Ivanka Trump (Assistant to The President and Advisor to The President), the Hon. Jared Kushner (Assistant to The President and Senior Advisor to The President), the Hon. Stephen Miller (Assistant to The President and Senior Advisor for Policy), the Hon. Daniel Scavino (Assistant to The President and Senior Advisor for Digital Strategy), the Hon. Lindsay Reynolds (Assistant to The President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady), the Hon. Kellyanne Conway (Assistant to The President and Senior Counselor), the Hon. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Assistant to The President and Press Secretary), the Hon. Stephanie Grisham (Assistant to The President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications for the First Lady), Mr. Donald Trump, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Trump, and Ms. Tiffany Trump.

    Specially attached to The President of the United States of America and Mrs. Trump:

    The Hon. Dame Annabel Whitehead (Lady in Waiting), the Viscount Brookeborough KG (Lord in Waiting) and the Viscountess Brookeborough, Sir Kim Darroch (Her Majesty's Ambassador to the United States of America) and Lady Darroch, and Major Nana Twumasi-Ankrah (Equerry in Waiting).

    Diplomatic Corps:

    His Excellency the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait and Mrs. Al-Duwaisan.

    The Cabinet and Government:

    The Prime Minister and Mr. Philip May, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office and Mrs. David Lidington, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Mrs. Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Mrs. Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Defence (the Rt. Hon. Penelope Mordaunt MP), the Secretary of State for International Trade and Mrs. Liam Fox, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Mrs. Michael Gove, 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 for Europe and the Americas, Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and Mr. James Dunseath.

    Special Invitations:

    The Lord and Lady Bamford, Ms. Ruth Cairnie and Mr. Anthony Heggs, Mr. Mark Carney, Sir Roger and Lady Carr, General Sir Nicholas and Lady Carter, the Lord Great Chamberlain and the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, Mr. and Mrs. Ian Davis, Ms. Cressida Dick, the Rt. Hon. Nigel Dodds MP and Mrs. Dodds, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Fleming, the Lord Speaker and the Lady Fowler, Sir Lucian and Lady Grainge, the Lord and Lady Hague of Richmond, the Baroness Hale of Richmond and Dr. Julian Farrand, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hill, Dame Vivian Hunt and Mr. Nicholas Basden, Mr. and Mrs. Leif Johansson, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress, Mr. and Mrs. Helge Lund, Sir Simon and the Hon. Lady McDonald, Dr. and Mrs. Gerry Murphy, Sir Kenneth and Lady Olisa, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Parker, Ms. Kathryn Parsons, Mr. Antony Phillipson, Mr. Leo Quinn and Mrs. Elaine Fitzpatrick-Quinn, Mr. Christopher Ruddy, Sir Mark and Lady Sedwill, Professor Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Speth, Mr. and Mrs. James Staley, Mr. and Mrs. Jon Stanton, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Tucker, Mr. Ben van Beurden and Mrs. Stacey Dickson-van Beurden, Ms. Emma Walmsley and Mr. David Owen, and Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Younger.

    White House and United States Delegation Guests:

    The Hon. Daniel Walsh (Assistant to The President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations), the Hon. Emma Doyle (Assistant to The President and Principal Deputy Chief of Staff), the Hon. Derek Lyons (Assistant to The President and White House Staff Secretary), the Hon. Robert Blair (Assistant to The President and Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff), the Hon. Sean Lawler (Chief of Protocol of the United States), the Hon. Fiona Hill (Deputy Assistant to The President and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs, National Security Council), Ms. Yael Lempert (Deputy Chief of Mission, United States Embassy), Mr. Aaron Cope (Director for Western Europe, National Security Council), Mr. James Goldston (President, ABC News) and Ms. Laura Trevelyan, and the Hon. John Rogers (Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Directors) and Ms. Deborah Lehr.

  • 1 June 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen, accompanied by Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, honoured Epsom Races with her presence today.

  • 30 May 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    Her Excellency Ms. Linda Scott 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 Republic of Namibia in London.

    His Excellency Dr. John Gosiamemang Ndebele Seakgosing 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 Botswana in London.

    Mrs. Seakgosing was also received by Her Majesty.

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

    Sir Jeremy Greenstock was received by The Queen upon relinquishing his appointment as King of Arms of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George and delivered up to Her Majesty the Insignia of Office.

    The Baroness Ashton of Upholland was received by The Queen when Her Majesty handed to her the Insignia of Office upon her appointment as King of Arms of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George.

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by The Duke of York at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Duchess of Abercorn which was held in the Cathedral Church of St. Anne, Belfast, this afternoon.

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

    The Earl and Countess of Wessex were represented by the Viscount Brookeborough KG.

    The Princess Royal was represented by Leonora, Countess of Lichfield.

    The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were represented by Mr. William Montgomery.

    The Duke and Duchess of Kent were represented by Mr. Noel Lamb.

    Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy was represented by the Lord O'Neill.

  • 29 May 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    Professor Dame Carol Ann Duffy was received by The Queen today upon relinquishing her appointment as Poet Laureate in Ordinary to Her Majesty.

    Mr. Simon Armitage was received by The Queen when Her Majesty presented him with The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry and upon his appointment as Poet Laureate in Ordinary to Her Majesty.

    The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief, Le Royal 22e Regiment (of Canada), received Lieutenant-General Richard Evraire (Colonel).

    Her Majesty, accompanied by The Duke of Sussex, this afternoon received captains of the teams participating in the International Cricket Council World Cup.

    The Queen gave an Afternoon Party in the garden of Buckingham Palace.

    The Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were 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 Royal Marines (Portsmouth) and the Royal Air Force College played selections of music during the afternoon.

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

  • 23 May 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen this morning visited British Airways Headquarters, Waterside, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, to commemorate the company's Centenary and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (Sir Kenneth Olisa) and Mr. Alejandro Cruz de Llano (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer).

    Her Majesty met members of the Management Committee, before viewing a model of the headquarters building and meeting members of staff wearing heritage uniforms.

    The Queen subsequently met the project team and volunteers from the airline's charity partnership, Flying Start.

    Her Majesty afterwards toured the Heritage Centre, viewing historic artefacts and memorabilia, before meeting further members of staff.

  • 22 May 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen this morning visited a replica of an original Sainsbury's store at 6A Langley Street, London WC2, on the occasion of their One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (Sir Kenneth Olisa), the former Chairman and Life President of Sainsbury's (the Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover), Mr. Martin Scicluna (Chairman) and Mr. Michael Coupe (Chief Executive).

    Her Majesty, escorted by the Chairman and the Chief Executive, toured the "pop-up" commemorative location, meeting members of staff and viewing archive material and displays of original and modern-day innovations and technology.

    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. David Gauke MP (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice) and the Rt. Hon. David Mundell MP (Secretary of State for Scotland).

    Dr. Andrew Murrison MP was sworn in as a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

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

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

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

  • 21 May 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, today received Lieutenant Colonel Robert Driver upon relinquishing his appointment as Commanding Officer 1st Battalion and Lieutenant Colonel Robert Singleton upon relinquishing his appointment as Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion and Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Kelly upon assuming the appointment.

    Brigadier Frazer Lawrence (Colonel) was present.

    Sir Geoffrey Adams was received in audience by The Queen this afternoon and kissed hands upon his appointment as Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt.

    Lady Adams was also received by Her Majesty.

    Mr. Paul Cradock was received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.

    The Duchess of Cambridge was received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested her with the Insignia of a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.

    The Queen gave an Afternoon Party in the garden of Buckingham Palace.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy were 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 Scots Guards and The Parachute Regiment played selections of music during the afternoon.