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  • 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.

  • 27 April 2019

    Windsor Castle

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by the Lord Geidt (Permanent Lord in Waiting) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Major General Sir John Swinton (formerly Major General Commanding Household Division and General Officer Commanding London District, and formerly Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Berwickshire) which was held at Swinton Kirk, Swinton, Berwickshire, this morning.

    The Duke of Kent was represented by Brigadier Harry Nickerson.

  • 28 March 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen arrived at Castle Cary Railway Station this morning and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset (Mrs. Richard Maw).

    Her Majesty drove to Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, and was received by the Joint Yard Owners (Mr. and Mrs. Paul Barber).

    The Queen toured the Stables, escorted by Mr. Paul Nicholls (Trainer), and viewed horses being paraded, before meeting representatives from the University of Bath working on research projects on equestrian sport spinal injuries and racehorse welfare and subsequently meeting stable lads, lasses, the vet and the blacksmith.

    Her Majesty afterwards visited King's Bruton School, the Plox, Bruton, and was received by Brigadier David Godsal (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset), the Senior Warden (Lieutenant General Anthony Palmer) and Mr. Ian Wilmshurst (Headmaster).

    The Queen moved to the Music School and, escorted by the Headmaster, met pupils and teachers before viewing a choir performance in the Recital Hall and officially opening The Queen Elizabeth Music School.

    Her Majesty was subsequently entertained to Luncheon in the Memorial Hall by the Senior Warden.

    The Queen, Patron, this afternoon met members of the Royal Bath and West of England Society in the Basil Wright Building.

    Her Majesty afterwards moved onto the lawn and was received by Ms. Susan Mountstevens (Police and Crime Commissioner) before naming a new Avon and Somerset Police horse.

    The Queen later visited Hauser and Wirth Gallery, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, and was received by Joint Presidents (Mr. and Mrs. Iwan Wirth).

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

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by Marshal of the Royal Air Force the Lord Craig of Radley (formerly Chief of the Defence Staff) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Field Marshal the Lord Vincent of Coleshill (formerly Chief of the Defence Staff and Master Gunner of St. James's Park) which was held at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey, today.

    The Duke of York was represented by Admiral Sir Jock Slater.

    The Princess Royal was represented by Major Harry Wallace.

    The Duke and Duchess of Kent were represented by Mr. Nicolas Adamson.

  • 26 March 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    His Excellency Mr. Manoah Esipisu was received in audience by The Queen today and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Commission as High Commissioner for the Republic of Kenya in London.

    Mrs. Waithiegeni Kanguru-Esipisu was also received by Her Majesty.

    Her Excellency Mrs. Aleksandra Joksimovic was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of her predecessor and her own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Republic of Serbia to the Court of St. James's.

    Mr. Sinisa Krajcinovic was also received by Her Majesty.

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

    His Excellency the Hon. Kim Beazley was received in audience by The Queen this afternoon and kissed hands upon his appointment as Governor of Western Australia.

    Ms. Susanna Annus was also received by Her Majesty.

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by Sir Christopher Mallaby (formerly Her Majesty's Ambassador to Germany) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Sir Nigel Broomfield (formerly Her Majesty's Ambassador to Germany) which was held in the Guards' Chapel, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London SW1, this afternoon.

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

  • 23 February 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by Dr. Joseph Morrow (Lord Lyon King of Arms) at the Funeral of Mr. David Sellar (formerly Lord Lyon King of Arms and Secretary of the Most Noble Order of the Thistle) which was held in the Lorimer Chapel, Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh, today.

    The Princess Royal was represented by Mrs. Charles Ritchie.

  • 18 February 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by the Lord de Mauley (Master of the Horse) at the Funeral of Mr. Arthur Showell (formerly Head Coachman, Royal Mews) which was held at Kingston Crematorium, Bonner Hill Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, this afternoon.

    The Prince of Wales was represented by the Earl of Rosslyn.

    The Duke of York was represented by Captain Edward Monckton.

    The Princess Royal was represented by Mrs. William Nunneley.

  • 11 February 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by Sir David Wright (formerly Her Majesty's Ambassador to Japan) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Sir Hugh Cortazzi (formerly Her Majesty's Ambassador to Japan) which was held in the Order of the British Empire Chapel, St. Paul's Cathedral, London EC4, this morning.

    The Duke of Gloucester was represented by Sir David Warren.

    The Duke and Duchess of Kent were represented by Mr. Nicolas Adamson.

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

  • 9 February 2019

    Sandringham, Norfolk

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by The Earl of Wessex at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Ministry of the Right Reverend Peter Nott (formerly Bishop of Norwich) which was held in Norwich Cathedral today.

    The Prince of Wales was represented by Sir Nicholas Bacon, Bt.

    The Duke of York was represented by Sir Richard Jewson.

    The Princess Royal was represented by Miss Victoria Legge-Bourke.

  • 31 January 2019

    Sandringham, Norfolk

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

    The Queen was represented by The Duke of Kent, also representing The Duchess of Kent, at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Lord Carrington, KG (formerly Chancellor of the Most Noble Order of the Garter and formerly Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) which was held in Westminster Abbey, London SW1, today.

    The Duke of Edinburgh was represented by the Right Reverend David Conner.

    The Duke of York was represented by the Duke of Abercorn, KG.

    The Princess Royal was represented by Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce, KG.

    The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were represented by the Rt. Hon. Sir John Major, KG.