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  • 12 September 2017

    Balmoral Castle

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by the Lord Taylor of Holbeach (formerly Lord in Waiting to The Queen) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of the Lord Jenkin of Roding (formerly Secretary of State for the Environment) which was held in St. Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey, today.

  • 4 September 2017

    Balmoral Castle

    The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, this morning officially opened the Queensferry Crossing at South Queensferry and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh (Councillor Francis Ross, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost), the Chief Executive of Transport Scotland (Mr. Roy Brannen) and the Chairman of Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors Board (Ms. Sally Cox).

    Her Majesty and His Royal Highness met members of the construction team and local schoolchildren before a Prayer of Blessing was given by the Right Reverend Dr. Derek Browning (Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland).

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh witnessed a Flypast from the Bridge.

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh afterwards attended a Ceremony to mark the opening of the new Firth of Forth road bridge at the Cube Arena, King Malcolm Drive, Rosyth, and were received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Fife (Mr. Robert Balfour).

    Her Majesty addressed those present.

    The Lord Young of Cookham (Lord-in-Waiting) was present at London St. Pancras International Railway Station this morning upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of Madagascar and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of The Queen.

    By command of Her Majesty, Mr. Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon Her Excellency Ms. Sylvie Bermann at 58 Knightsbridge, London SW1, this morning in order to bid farewell to Her Excellency upon relinquishing her appointment as Ambassador from the French Republic to the Court of St. James's.

  • 23 August 2017

    Balmoral Castle

    The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel-in-Chief, today received a delegation from The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment).

  • 2 August 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    The Duke of Edinburgh, Captain General, Royal Marines, this afternoon attended a Parade on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace to mark the Finale of the 1664 Global Challenge.

  • 21 July 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by the Lord Petre (Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Essex) at the Memorial Service for the Lord Braybrooke (formerly Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Essex) which was held at St. Mary's Church, Saffron Walden, Essex, this afternoon

    The Duke of York was represented by Colonel Roger Burgess.

    The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were represented by the Right Reverend and Rt. Hon. the Lord Williams of Oystermouth.

  • 20 July 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel-in-Chief, The Rifles, this evening took the salute at Sounding Retreat and attended the Officers' Regimental Dinner at Guildhall, London EC2.

    By command of The Queen, Mr. Julian Evans (Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Nabil Ammar at 29 Prince's Gate, London SW7, this afternoon in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Tunisian Republic to the Court of St. James's.

  • 19 July 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this morning visited Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London SW1, to celebrate the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of Canadian Confederation and were received by the Governor-General of Canada (His Excellency Mr. David Johnston) and the High Commissioner for Canada in London (Her Excellency Mrs. Janice Charette).

    Her Majesty, escorted by the High Commissioner, and His Royal Highness, escorted by Governor-General, viewed artefacts and displays celebrating "Canada 150", listened to a musical performance and met guests including young people, business leaders, entrepreneurs, artists and members of First Nation communities.

    The Queen subsequently unveiled a Jubilee Walkway Panel outside Canada House.

    The Rt. Hon. Anne Milton MP was received by The Queen this afternoon when she delivered up her Wand of Office upon relinquishing her appointment as Treasurer of the Household.

    Mr. Julian Smith MP was received by The Queen and delivered up his Wand of Office upon relinquishing his appointment as Vice-Chamberland of the Household when Her Majesty handed to him his Wand of Office as Treasurer of the Household.

    Mr. Christopher Heaton-Harris 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 Rt. Hon. Melvyn Stride MP was received by The Queen when he delivered up his Wand of Office upon relinquishing his appointment as Comptroller of the Household.

    Mr. Christopher Pincher MP was received by The Queen upon his appointment as Comptroller 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 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. Gregory Clark MP (Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government).

    The Rt. Hon. Sir Keir Starmer MP made affirmation as a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

    The Rt. Hon. Karen Bradley MP took the Oath of Office, kissed hands upon appointment and received the Seals of Office as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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

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

  • 18 July 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen today received the Bishop of Sheffield (the Right Reverend Dr. Peter Wilcox) who did homage upon his appointment.

    Her Majesty received the Bishop of Sodor and Man (the Right Reverend Peter Eagles) who did homage upon his appointment.

    The Rt. Hon. David Lidington MP (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice) administered the Oath.

    The Bishop of Carlisle (Clerk of the Closet) was in attendance.

    The Queen, Duke of Lancaster received Sir Mark Hudson (Chairman of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster) and Mr. Nathan Thompson (Chief Executive).

    The following were received in audience by The Queen and kissed hands upon their appointment as Her Majesty's Ambassadors: Mrs. Sally Axworthy (the Holy See), Mr. Ross Denny (the Republic of Costa Rica), Mr. Moazzam Malik (the Republic of Indonesia) and Mr. Richard Morris (the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal).

    Dr. Michael Axworthy, Mrs. Denny, Mrs. Malik and Mrs. Morris were also received by Her Majesty.

    His Excellency Mr. David Johnston was received in audience by The Queen this afternoon upon relinquishing his appointment as Governor-General of Canada.

    Mrs. Johnston was also received by Her Majesty.

    The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, Royal Mersey Yacht Club, this morning received Mr. Michael Blaylock upon relinquishing his appointment as Commodore and Mr. John Collingwood upon assuming the appointment.

    His Royal Highness, formerly Chancellor, University of Salford, received a delegation on the occasion of the University's Fiftieth Anniversary.

    The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, Royal Institute of Navigation, this afternoon presented Awards at the Annual Meeting, the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7.

    By command of The Queen, Mr. Julian Evans (Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Claus Grube at 55 Sloane Street, London SW1, this afternoon in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Kingdom of Denmark to the Court of St. James's.

    By command of Her Majesty, the Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps called upon His Excellency Mr. Patrick Engelberg at 27 Wilton Crescent, London SW1, in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the Court of St. James's.

  • 14 July 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    The King and Queen of Spain, with the Spanish Suite in attendance, took leave of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this morning and left Buckingham Palace.

    Their Majesties, accompanied by The Duke of York, afterwards visited the Francis Crick Institute, 1 Midland Road, London NW1, and were received by the Chairman (Sir David Cooksey) and Sir Paul Nurse (Director and Chief Executive).

    The King and Queen of Spain, with His Royal Highness, toured the Institute and met members of the Spanish scientific community working at the Institute and members of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom.

    Their Majesties this afternoon visited the Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, and were received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire (Mr. Timothy Stevenson) and the Chancellor of the University of Oxford (the Lord Patten of Barnes).

    The King and Queen of Spain, escorted by Ms. Catriona Cannon (Deputy Librarian and Keeper of Collections, Bodleian Library) and Dr. Virginia Llado-Buisan (Head of Conservation and Collection Care, Bodleian Library), viewed an exhibition of Spanish items in the University of Oxford archive.

    Their Majesties subsequently walked to the Divinity School and were entertained to Luncheon by the Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

    The King and Queen of Spain afterwards attended a Reception at Exeter College, Oxford, for members of the Spanish community at the University and were received by the Rector (Professor Sir Richard Trainor).

    The Earl Peel (Lord Chamberlain) was present at Royal Air Force Brize Norton later upon the Departure of The King and Queen of Spain and bade farewell to Their Majesties on behalf of The Queen upon the conclusion to the State Visit to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

    By command of The Queen, Mr. Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Mazen Homoud at 6 Phillimore Gardens, London W8, this morning in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the Court of St. James's.

    By command of Her Majesty, the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps called upon His Excellency Mr. Eldred Bethel at 10 Chesterfield Street, London W1, today in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as High Commissioner for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas in London.

  • 13 July 2017

    Buckingham Palace

    The King of Spain, accompanied by The Duke of York, this morning attended a United Kingdom-Spanish Business Forum at Mansion House, London EC4, and was received by the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor (Alderman Dr. Andrew Parmley), the Rt. Hon. Dr. Liam Fox MP (Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade), Mr. José Luis Bonet (President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce) and Mr. Juan Rosell (President of the Spanish Confederation of Business Associations).

    His Majesty, accompanied by His Royal Highness, afterwards met United Kingdom and Spanish business leaders.

    The King and Queen of Spain, accompanied by Prince Henry of Wales, later drove to Westminster Abbey where His Majesty laid a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

    The King and Queen of Spain this afternoon attended a Reception at the Residence of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain for members of the Spanish community.

    His Majesty afterwards visited No. 10 Downing Street and had talks with the Prime Minister and subsequently was entertained to Luncheon by the Prime Minister on behalf of Her Majesty's Government.

    The King and Queen of Spain this evening received an Address of Welcome and were entertained at a Banquet by the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor and the City of London Corporation at Guildhall.

    The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence were present.

    The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, this morning opened New Scotland Yard, the new Headquarters of the Metropolitan Police on Victoria Embankment, London SW1, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (Mr. Kenneth Olisa) and the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Miss Cressida Dick).

    Her Majesty and His Royal Highness, escorted respectively by the Commissioner and Mr. Craig Mackey (Deputy Commissioner), passed vintage police vehicles and two police horses before viewing historical items, including a Second World War uniform of a Woman Police Constable and the operational order for the Coronation, and viewing plans of the new building and a bomb disposal demonstration by a robot.

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh subsequently viewed officers demonstrating "A day in the life of the Met" and met uniformed members of staff.

    Her Majesty and His Royal Highness afterwards witnessed a salute performed by a Marine Policing Unit river boat and met "first responders" to the recent terrorist attacks in London, management board members, officers, cadets and members of staff.

    The Lord Peel (Lord Chamberlain) had an audience of The Queen this afternoon and presented an Address from the House of Lords to which Her Majesty was graciously pleased to make reply.

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