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  • 25 July 2019

    Buckingham Palace

    The Rt. Hon. David Gauke MP had an audience of The Queen this afternoon and delivered up the Great Seal and took leave upon relinquishing his appointment as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

    The Queen held a Council at 4.00 p.m..

    There were present: the Baroness Evans of Bowes Park (Acting Lord President), the Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson MP (Prime Minister), the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP, the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP, the Rt. Hon. Priti Patel MP, the Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab MP, the Rt. Hon. Ben Wallace MP, the Rt. Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP, the Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss MP, the Rt. Hon. Gavin Williamson MP, the Rt. Hon.Theresa Villiers MP, the Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP, the Rt. Hon. Julian Smith MP, and the Rt. Hon. Nicola Morgan MP.

    Mr. Robert Buckland MP, Mr. Alister Jack MP, Mr. Robert Jenrick MP, the Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and Mr. Alok Sharma MP were sworn in as members of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

    The Queen declared in Council the Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP Lord President of the Council, who was sworn and kissed hands on his appointment.

    The Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson MP was sworn First Lord of the Treasury.

    The following took the Oath of Office or made affirmation, kissed hands upon appointment and received the Seals of Office: the Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab MP (as First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP (as Chancellor of the Exchequer), the Rt. Hon. Robert Buckland MP (as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice), the Rt. Hon. Priti Patel MP (as Secretary of State for the Home Department), the Rt. Hon. Ben Wallace MP (as Secretary of State for Defence), the Rt. Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP (as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), the Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss MP (as Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade), the Rt. Hon. Gavin Williamson MP (as Secretary of State for Education), the Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers MP (as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), the Rt. Hon. Robert Jenrick MP (as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government), the Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP (as Secretary of State for Transport), the Rt. Hon. Alister Jack MP (as Secretary of State for Scotland), the Rt. Hon. Julian Smith MP (as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), the Rt. Hon. Alok Sharma MP (as Secretary of State for International Development), and the Rt. Hon. Nicola Morgan MP (as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport).

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

    After the Council the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP had an audience of The Queen, was sworn Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, kissed hands upon his appointment and received from Her Majesty the Seals of Office.

  • 25 July 2019

    Appendix To Court Circular

    Notice is hereby given that in 2020 the date for observance of The Queen's Birthday at home and abroad will be Saturday, 13th June.