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The Court Circular is the official record of past royal engagements . Search Court Circulars detailing engagements undertaken by all members of the Royal Family going back to 1997 in this section of the Media Centre.

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  • 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

    Kensington Palace

    The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall this morning held a Meeting with the Duchy of Cornwall Finance Committee via video link.

  • 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.

  • 13 September 2022

    Clarence House

    The King and The Queen Consort this morning arrived at Belfast City Airport and were received by His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the County Borough of Belfast (Mrs. Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle).

    Their Majesties drove to Hillsborough Castle and were received by His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Down (Mr. Gawn Rowan Hamilton).

    The King and The Queen Consort undertook a short walkabout outside the Castle before moving inside and viewing an exhibition of pictures showing The late Queen's visits to Northern Ireland during Her Majesty's reign.

    The Rt. Hon. Christopher Heaton-Harris MP (Secretary of State for Northern Ireland) was received in audience by The King at Hillsborough Castle this afternoon.

    The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Leaders of the Main Political Parties were received by His Majesty.

    The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly subsequently presented a Message of Condolence to The King from the Assembly to which His Majesty was graciously pleased to make reply.

    The King and The Queen Consort subsequently gave a Reception at Hillsborough Castle for representatives of the people of Northern Ireland.

    Their Majesties afterwards attended a Service of Reflection for the Life of Her late Majesty The Queen in St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, and were received at the West Door by the Bishop of Connor (the Right Reverend George Davison) and the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor of Belfast (Councillor Christina Black).

    The King held a Council at 6.30 p.m. at Buckingham Palace.

    There were present: the Rt. Hon. Penelope Mordaunt MP, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Thérèse Coffey MP, the Rt. Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP, the Rt. Hon. James Cleverly MP, the Rt. Hon. Sue-Ellen Braverman MP, the Rt. Hon. Brandon Lewis MP, the Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, the Rt. Hon. Christopher Malthouse MP, the Rt. Hon. Anne-Marie Trevelyn MP, the Rt. Hon. Michelle Donelan MP and the Rt. Hon. Nadhim Zahawi MP.

    Sir Clive Alderton, Mrs. Olukemi Badenoch MP, Mr. Simon Case, Mr. Ranil Jayawardena MP, Mrs. Wendy Morton MP, Ms. Chloe Smith MP and the Lord True were sworn in or made affirmation as members of His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

    The King declared in Council the Rt. Hon. Penelope Mordaunt MP Lord President of the Council, who made affirmation and kissed hands on her appointment.

    The following took the Oath of Office or made affirmation, kissed hands upon appointment and received the Seals of Office: the Rt. Hon Dr. Thérèse Coffey MP (as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care), the Rt. Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP (as Chancellor of the Exchequer), the Rt. Hon. James Cleverly MP (as Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs), the Rt. Hon. Sue-Ellen Braverman MP (as Secretary of State for the Home Department), the Rt. Hon. Brandon Lewis MP (as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice), the Lord True (as Lord Privy Seal), the Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP (as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), the Rt. Hon. Olukemi Badenoch MP (as Secretary of State for International Trade), the Rt. Hon. Chloe Smith MP (as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions), the Rt. Hon. Christopher Malthouse MP (as Secretary of State for Education), the Rt. Hon. Ranil Jayawardena MP (as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), the Rt. Hon. Anne-Marie Trevelyn MP (as Secretary of State for Transport), the Rt. Hon. Michelle Donelan MP (as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport), and the Rt. Hon. Nadhim Zahawi MP (as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster).

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

    The Coffin bearing The late Queen departed from St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, this afternoon, followed by The Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and was conveyed to Edinburgh Airport, before travelling to Royal Air Force Northolt and thence to Buckingham Palace where it is resting in the Bow Room.

  • 12 September 2022

    Palace Of Holyroodhouse

    The King and The Queen Consort this morning travelled to Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster, London SW1, and were received upon arrival by the Lord Great Chamberlain (the Lord Carrington).

    The Lord Speaker (the Lord McFall of Alcluith) read, and then presented, an Address from the House of Lords to The King.

    Afterwards the Lord Speaker of the House of Commons (the Rt. Hon. Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP) read, and subsequently presented, an Address from the House of Commons to His Majesty.

    The King was graciously pleased to make reply to both Addresses.

    Their Majesties later arrived at Edinburgh Airport and were received by His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh (Councillor Robert Aldridge, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost) and the Rt. Hon. Alister Jack MP (Secretary of State for Scotland).

    The King and The Queen Consort drove to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and were received in the Forecourt by His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh and members of the City of Edinburgh Council, when the Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost surrendered to The King the Keys of the City, which His Majesty returned to him.

    A Guard of Honour found by Balaclava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, under the command of Major Robert Weir, was mounted in the Forecourt.

    Subsequently The King and The Queen Consort were received inside the Palace by the Hereditary Keeper (the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon).

    The King, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex and Forfar and The Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, later walked in procession behind the Coffin bearing Her late Majesty to St. Giles' Cathedral, whilst The Queen Consort and The Countess of Wessex and Forfar travelled by car.

    Their Majesties and Their Royal Highnesses attended a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Her late Majesty The Queen in St. Giles' Cathedral and were received at the West Door by the Minister of St Giles' (the Reverend Calum MacLeod).

    The Prince of Wales was represented by Lieutenant Commander Robert Dixon RN.

    The Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP (First Minister of the Scottish Government) was received afterwards by The King at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

    Mrs. Alison Johnstone MSP (Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament) was received by His Majesty.

    The King and The Queen Consort later drove to the Scottish Parliament and were received at Queensberry House by His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and the First Minister of the Scottish Government.

    The Presiding Officer welcomed Their Majesties and, together with the Leaders of Opposition parties, presented Motions of Condolence to The King to which His Majesty was graciously pleased to make reply.

    The King and The Queen Consort afterwards attended a Reception.

    This evening The King, accompanied by The Queen Consort, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex and Forfar, accompanied by The Countess of Wessex and Forfar, and The Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Mounted Vigil at the Coffin of Her late Majesty as it Lay at Rest in St. Giles' Cathedral.

    Their Majesties and Their Royal Highnesses afterwards undertook a walkabout outside the Cathedral.

  • 11 September 2022

    Kensington Palace

    The Prince of Wales this morning held a Meeting with the Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford MS (First Minister of Wales) via telephone.

  • 11 September 2022

    Clarence House

    The Coffin bearing The late Queen was conveyed from Balmoral Castle this morning, followed by The Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and thence to the Palace of Holyroodhouse this afternoon where it is resting in the Throne Room. The King received the Baroness Scotland of Asthal (Commonwealth Secretary-General) at Buckingham Palace this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort afterwards gave a Reception at Buckingham Palace for High Commissioners from the Realms of the Commonwealth. The Dean of Windsor (the Right Reverend David Conner) was received by His Majesty.

  • 10 September 2022

    Clarence House

    The King held His first Privy Council at 10.20 a.m. at St. James's Palace. The Queen Consort and The Prince of Wales were present. Previously the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of this Realm and Members of the House of Commons, together with other members of Her late Majesty's Privy Council and Representatives of the Realms and Territories, Aldermen and Citizens of London and others who were also present, approved a Proclamation proclaiming His Majesty as King Charles the Third. The Proclamation was signed by those who were present. At the Council His Majesty made a Declaration, which was ordered to be published, and The King subsequently took and subscribed the Oath for the Security of the Church of Scotland. Mr. Richard Tilbrook (Clerk of the Council) and Mrs. Ceri King (Deputy Clerk of the Council) were in attendance. The Archbishop of Canterbury was received in audience by The King and The Queen Consort at Buckingham Palace this afternoon. Afterwards His Majesty received the Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) and the following members of the Cabinet: the Rt. Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP (Chancellor of the Exchequer), the Rt. Hon. James Cleverly MP (Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs), the Rt. Hon Dr. Thérèse Coffey MP (Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care), the Rt. Hon. Sue-Ellen Braverman MP (Secretary of State for the Home Department), the Rt. Hon. Ben Wallace MP (Secretary of State for Defence), the Rt. Hon. Brandon Lewis MP (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice), the Rt. Hon. Nadhim Zahawi MP (Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster), the Rt. Hon. Penelope Mordaunt MP (Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons) and the Lord True (Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords). The Rt. Hon. Sir Keir Starmer MP (Leader of His Majesty's Opposition), the Rt. Hon. Sir Edward Davey MP (Leader of the Liberal Democrats) and the Rt. Hon. Ian Blackford MP (Leader of the Scottish National Party) were received by The King. The Dean of Westminster (the Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle) was received by His Majesty. The Duke of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, with their families, were present at a private Service for The late Queen at Crathie Parish Church today.

  • 9 September 2022

    Clarence House

    The Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of The King at Buckingham Palace this afternoon. The Duke of Norfolk (Earl Marshal) was received by His Majesty.

  • 9 September 2022

    Balmoral Castle

    8th September, 2022 The Queen died peacefully this afternoon.