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  • 19 August 2019

    Balmoral Castle

    Mr. Paul Hughes was received by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this afternoon when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.

  • 27 June 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    Her Excellency Ms. Pengiran Rooslina Weti Pengiran Kamaludin 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 Brunei Darussalam in London.

    His Excellency Mr. Hugo Guiliani Cury 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 Dominican Republic to the Court of St. James's.

    Mrs. Laura Messina was also received by Her Majesty.

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

    The President of the Republic of Iraq and Dr. Salih visited The Queen this afternoon.

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by the Right Reverend James Newcome (Clerk of the Closet and Bishop of Carlisle) at the Memorial Service for the Right Reverend the Lord Habgood (formerly Archbishop of York) which was held in York Minster this morning.

    The Prince of Wales was represented by the Right Reverend James Jones.

    The Duke of York was represented by the Earl of Halifax.

    The Duke and Duchess of Kent were represented by Sir William Worsley, Bt..

  • 25 June 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    His Excellency Mr. Wegger Strommen 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 Kingdom of Norway to the Court of St. James's.

    The Reverend Dr. Cecilie Jorgensen Strommen was also received by Her Majesty.

    His Excellency Mr. Mohammad Nafees Zakaria 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 Islamic Republic of Pakistan in London.

    Mrs. Zakaria was also received by Her Majesty.

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

    Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier was received by The Queen upon relinquishing his appointment as Chief of the Air Staff.

    Her Majesty gave a Reception at Buckingham Palace this evening to celebrate the work of local faith and belief groups in promoting community cohesion.

    The Duchess of Gloucester was present.

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by the Earl Peel (Lord Chamberlain) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Work of the Baroness Trumpington (formerly Baroness in Waiting) which was held in St. Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey, today.

    The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were represented by the Marquess of Salisbury KG.

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

    The Duke and Duchess of Kent were represented by Mr. Nicholas Marden.

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

  • 21 June 2019

    Windsor Castle

    The Queen honoured Ascot Races with her presence today.

    The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel-in-Chief, The Rifles, this afternoon received General Sir Nicholas Carter upon relinquishing his appointment as Colonel Commandant and General Patrick Sanders upon assuming the appointment.

  • 10 June 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    Today is the Ninety-Eighth Anniversary of the Birthday of The Duke of Edinburgh.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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