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  • 27 September 2022

    Balmoral Castle

    The King and The Queen Consort were represented by the Duke of Wellington at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Earl of Gowrie which was held at St. James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1, this afternoon.

    By command of The King, Mr. Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Pisanu Suvanajata at 29-30 Queen's Gate, London SW7, in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Kingdom of Thailand to the Court of St. James's.

    By command of His Majesty, the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps afterwards called upon His Excellency Mr. Álvaro Gómez-Jaramillo at 3 Hans Crescent, London SW1, in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Republic of Colombia to the Court of St. James's.

    By command of The King, the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps subsequently called upon His Excellency Mr. Raffaele Trombetta at 4 Grosvenor Square, London W1, in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Italian Republic to the Court of St. James's.

  • 25 September 2022

    Balmoral Castle

    Divine Service was held in Crathie Parish Church this morning.

    The Reverend Neil Gardner led the Prayers and the Reverend Kenneth MacKenzie preached the Sermon.

  • 22 September 2022

    Buckingham Palace

    The Rt. Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP (Chancellor of the Exchequer) had an audience of The King via telephone this evening.

  • 21 September 2022

    Buckingham Palace

    The King and The Queen Consort were represented by The Duke of Kent at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of the Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG which was held at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2, this morning.

  • 19 September 2022

    Buckingham Palace

    The Coffin bearing The late Queen Elizabeth II was conveyed from Westminster Hall on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy this morning, drawn by Naval Ratings, and flanked by His Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, The King's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard and The King's Body Guard for Scotland (the Royal Company of Archers), followed by The King, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Sussex, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal, The Duke of Gloucester, the Earl of Snowdon and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and thence to Westminster Abbey.

    The Lord Great Chamberlain, the Earl Marshal, the Lord Speaker and Speaker witnessed the departure of the Coffin bearing Her late Majesty from the Palace of Westminster.

    The State Funeral of The late Queen Elizabeth II was held in Westminster Abbey today at 11 o'clock.

    The Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre surmounted the Coffin of Her late Majesty.

    The King and The Queen Consort, The Prince and Princess of Wales with Prince George of Wales and Princess Charlotte of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank and Mr. Jack Brooksbank, The Earl and Countess of Wessex with the Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Mr. Peter Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tindall, The Earl of Snowdon, Viscount Linley and The Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Mr. Daniel and The Lady Sarah Chatto, Mr. Samuel Chatto and 2nd Lieutenant Arthur Chatto, RM, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Earl and Countess of Ulster with Lord Culloden and The Lady Cosima Windsor, The Lady Davina Lewis with Miss Senna Lewis, Mr. George and The Lady Rose Gilman with Miss Lyla Gilman, The Duke of Kent, Earl and Countess of St. Andrews, The Lord Nicholas Windsor with Master Albert Windsor and Master Leopold Windsor, Mr. Timothy and The Lady Helen Taylor with Mr. Columbus Taylor, Mr. Cassius Taylor, Miss Estella Taylor and Miss Eloise Taylor, Lord Downpatrick, The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor, The Lady Amelia Windsor, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, The Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor, Mr. Thomas and The Lady Gabriella Kingston, Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, Mr. and Mrs. James Ogilvy, Mr. Alexander Ogilvy, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Vesterberg, Miss Marina Ogilvy, Miss Zenouska Mowatt and Mr. Christian Mowatt.

    Members of Foreign Royal Families and other Dignitaries, the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps and Senior High Commissioners, Heads of Mission and other Foreign Representatives attended.

    The Dean of Westminster conducted the Service and pronounced the Blessing.

    The Archbishop of Canterbury preached the Sermon and offered the Commendatory Prayer.

    His Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, The King's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard and The King's Body Guard for Scotland (the Royal Company of Archers) were on duty.

    The King's Guard was turned out with the State Colour on the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

    A Guard of Honour found by the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, with the Band of the Royal Marines was formed up in Parliament Square.

    After the Service the Coffin bearing The late Queen Elizabeth II was conveyed from Westminster Abbey on the State Gun Carriage to Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner.

    The Coffin bearing Her late Majesty was transferred from the State Gun Carriage to the State Hearse and thence to Windsor Castle.

    The Committal Service for The late Queen Elizabeth II took place in St. George's Chapel today at 4 o'clock.

    The Members of the Royal Family were present.

  • 18 September 2022

    Buckingham Palace

    The Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of The King this afternoon.

    The Prime Minister of Tuvalu and Madame Natano were received by His Majesty.

    The Rt. Hon. Gaston Browne MP (Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda) was received by The King.

    The Prime Minister of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea and Mrs. Marape were received by His Majesty.

    The Reverend Tofiga Falani (Governor-General of Tuvalu) and Mrs. Falani were received by The King when His Majesty invested His Excellency with the Insignia of a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George.

    The King and The Queen Consort gave a Reception at Buckingham Palace this evening for Heads of State and Official Overseas Guests at which The Prince and Princess of Wales, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were present.

    Members of Foreign Royal Families, Heads of State, their Representatives, and Representatives from the Commonwealth were received and welcomed to the United Kingdom on the following days: 16th, 17th and 18th September, 2022.

  • 17 September 2022

    Buckingham Palace

    The Chief of the Defence Staff (Admiral Sir Antony Radakin), the Chief of the General Staff (General Sir Patrick Sanders), First Sea Lord (Admiral Sir Benjamin Key), Chief of the Air Staff (Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Wigston), Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (Major General Gwyn Jenkins) and Commander UK Strategic Command (General Sir James Hockenhull) were received by The King this morning.

    The King, subsequently joined by The Prince of Wales, later visited the Metropolitan Police Service Special Operations Room, 109 Lambeth Road, London SE1, in order to thank Emergency Service workers for their work and support in advance of the State Funeral of The late Queen Elizabeth II and were received by His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (Sir Kenneth Olisa), the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Sir Mark Rowley) and the Rt. Hon. Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London).

    His Majesty and His Royal Highness afterwards met members of the public queuing to pay their respects to Her late Majesty.

    The King and The Queen Consort gave a Luncheon at Buckingham Palace this afternoon for Governors-General at which The Prince and Princess of Wales, 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 and Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy were present.

    Afterwards the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau MP (Prime Minister of Canada) was received in audience by His Majesty.

    The Hon. Anthony Albanese MP (Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia) and Mrs. Jodie Haydon were received by The King.

    The Rt. Hon. Philip Davis MP (Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas) was received in audience by His Majesty.

    The Prime Minister of Jamaica and Mrs. Holness were received by The King.

    The Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern MP (Prime Minister of New Zealand) and Mr. Clark Gayford were received by His Majesty.

    Later The President of the United Arab Emirates spoke to The King via telephone.

    The King of the Ashanti spoke to His Majesty via telephone.

    The President of the Republic of Ghana spoke to The King via telephone.

    The Hon. Sheikh Hasina MP (Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh) spoke to His Majesty via telephone.

    The President of the Arab Republic of Egypt spoke to The King via telephone.

    The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank, Mr. Peter Phillips, Mrs. Michael Tindall, the Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn Mounted Vigil at the Coffin of Her late Majesty this evening as it Lay in State in Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster.

    The Earl and Countess of Wessex were present.

  • 16 September 2022

    Buckingham Palace

    15th September, 2022

    The Governor-General of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Dame Susan Dougan) spoke to The King this evening.

    The Governor-General of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea (Sir Robert Dadae) spoke to His Majesty.

    16th September, 2022

    The King and The Queen Consort this morning attended a Service of Prayer and Reflection for the Life of The late Queen in Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff, and were received by His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan (Mrs. Morfudd Meredith), the Archbishop of Wales, the Bishop of Llandaff (the Right Reverend June Osborne), the Acting Dean of Llandaff Cathedral (the Venerable Michael Komor) and the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor of Cardiff (Councillor Graham Hinchey).CF5 2LA

    Afterwards Their Majesties met schoolchildren and members of the public on Llandaff Green.

    The King and The Queen Consort this afternoon drove to the Senedd Cymru - Welsh Parliament, Pierhead Street, Cardiff, and were received by the Presiding Officer for the Senedd (Ms. Elin Jones, MS) and the First Minister of Wales (the Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford, MS).CF99 1SN

    Their Majesties entered the Siambr/Chamber where the First Minister of Wales read a Motion of Condolence from the Members of Senedd Cymru - Welsh Parliament to which The King was graciously pleased to make reply.

    Afterwards The King and The Queen Consort met members of the Youth Parliament and Members of the Senedd.

    Their Majesties subsequently undertook a walkabout outside the Senedd.

    The King and The Queen Consort afterwards drove to Cardiff Castle and were received by Sir Brooke Boothby, Bt. (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan).CF10 3RB

    The First Minister of Wales was received in audience by His Majesty.

    The Presiding Officer for the Senedd was received by The King.

    Their Majesties subsequently gave a Reception for Members of the Senedd.

    The King later received Faith Leaders at Buckingham Palace.

    This evening The King, accompanied by The Queen Consort, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, accompanied by The Countess of Wessex, and The Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Mounted Vigil at the Coffin of Her late Majesty as it Lay in State in Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster.SW1A 0AA

    Princess Beatrice, Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank and Mr. Jack Brooksbank, The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, Mr. Peter Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tindall, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, The Earl of Snowdon, Mr. Daniel and the Lady Sarah Chatto and other Members of the Royal Family were present.

  • 15 September 2022

    Clarence House

    The President of the Republic of Rwanda spoke to The King via telephone this morning.

    The President of the Hellenic Republic spoke to His Majesty via telephone.

    The Governor-General of New Zealand (the Rt. Hon. Dame Cynthia Kiro) spoke to The King via telephone.

    The President of the Italian Republic spoke to His Majesty via telephone.

    The President of the Federal Republic of Germany spoke to The King via telephone.

    The Acting Governor-General of Saint Lucia (Mr. Errol Charles) spoke to His Majesty via telephone.

    The Hon. Mia Mottley MP (Prime Minister of Barbados) spoke to The King via telephone.

    The King of Saudi Arabia spoke to His Majesty via telephone.

    The King was represented by Miss Sara Edwards (His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of the Hon. Robin Lewis (formerly Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed) which was held at St. Mary's Church, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, this afternoon.

    Mrs. Caroline Nicholls (Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London) was present at Gatwick Airport, London, today upon the Arrival of the Acting Governor-General of Saint Lucia (Mr. Errol Charles) and the Governor-General of Grenada (Dame Cecile La Grenade) and welcomed Their Excellencies on behalf of The King.

  • 14 September 2022

    Buckingham Palace

    The Coffin bearing The late Queen was borne in State from Buckingham Palace this afternoon on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, flanked by the Escort Party found by 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, to travel to the Palace of Westminster to Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall.

    The Coffin was followed by The King, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Sussex, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal, Mr Peter Phillips, The Duke of Gloucester, The Earl of Snowdon and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

    Other Members of the Royal Family travelled separately.

    The King and The Queen Consort, The Prince and Princess of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, The Duke of York with Princess Beatrice, Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank and Mr. Jack Brooksbank, The Earl and Countess of Wessex with The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Mr. Peter Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tindall, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy and other Members of the Royal Family were received at the North Door of Westminster Hall by the Lord Great Chamberlain, the Lord Speaker and the Speaker.

    The King and The Queen Consort and other Members of the Royal Family attended a Service for the Reception of the Coffin conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster (the Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle).

    A Guard of Honour, found by The King's Guard with the State Colour, was formed up in front of Buckingham Palace.

    A Guard of Honour found by the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, with the Band of the Royal Marines was formed up in Parliament Square.

    His Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen and Arms and The King's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard were on duty in the Palace of Westminster.

    The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia (General the Hon. David Hurley) spoke to The King via telephone this morning.

    The President of Ireland spoke to His Majesty via telephone this afternoon.

    The President of the United States of America spoke to The King via telephone.

    The Governor-General of Canada (the Rt. Hon. Mary Simon) spoke to His Majesty via telephone this evening.

    The Governor-General of Jamaica (the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen) spoke to The King via telephone.

    The President of the French Republic spoke to His Majesty via telephone.

    Mr. Bruce Houlder (Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, today upon the Arrival of the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda (Sir Rodney Williams) and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of The King.

    Major Jeremy Fern (Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, today upon the Arrival of the Governor-General of New Zealand (the Rt. Hon. Dame Cynthia Kiro) and welcomed Her Excellency on behalf of His Majesty.

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