The Royal Week 8-14 April 2023
Sunday 10th April
The King, The Queen Consort and Members of the Royal Family attended the Easter Mattins service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
Monday 11th April
The Duchess of Edinburgh this morning visited at His Majesty's Naval Base, Portsmouth.
Wednesday 12th April
The Duke of Edinburgh visited Cambridgeshire, first visiting Harry Specters factory to recognise the wonderful employment opportunities they provide for autistic people.
The Duke later opened Viva Arts new theatre before meeting a group of DofE students at the Open Awards Centre, a charity offering the programme to those who may not get chance to do theirs in school.
Meanwhile, The Duchess of Edinburgh attended Mencap Health Inequalities Summit at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London to learn more about the healthcare inequalities faced by people with a learning disability.
Since 2002, The Duchess has been Patron of Mencap, a charity which values and supports people with a learning disability, their families, and carers. Their vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.
Thursday 13th April
At Windsor Castle, The King received the Chief Executive Officer and Director of The Royal Mint, who presented His Majesty with coins created in commemoration of his upcoming Coronation.
The Duchess of Edinburgh visited ‘The Oglesby Centre’ at Hallé St Peter’s in Manchester. The Hallé was originally opened by Her Royal Highness, as Patron, in 2013. The Oglesby Centre is a rehearsal, performance, education and ancillary spaces for the prestigious Hallé orchestra and choir.
Later, The Duchess, as the proud Patron of Caring for Life, visited Crag House Farm in Leeds, where she met with small groups of beneficiaries, volunteers, and staff on the 35th anniversary of the charity.
At the Little Granary, Her Royal Highness took a short tour of the stables and saw some of the ponies that The Duchess’s trust donated funds to purchase.
Friday 14th April
The King inspected the 200th Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. During the Parade, 171 Officer Cadets were commissioned as Army Officers. The Parade marks completion of 44 weeks of intensive training for the Officer Cadets, all of whom hold His Majesty’s Commission as of midnight on the day of the parade. Among those on parade were 26 international cadets from 15 countries who have become commissioned officers in their new countries.
His Majesty presented the new Colours and Sovereign’s Banner to the receiving Ensigns, before giving an address and presenting the prize winners’ awards, including the Sword of Honour. The old colours, belonging to Her Late Majesty, were also marched onto the parade with the cadets passing the statue of Queen Elizabeth II, at which point a salute will be given.
Addressing the Parade, The King said:
Having attended – and survived! – two of the other Military Academies fifty years ago, I think I have some idea of the challenges which are inherent in military training. I have experienced the nerves, the exhaustion – even the self-doubt – but, despite such recollections, it is the lifelong friendships which are forged through shared hardship, and the humour that you find in the darkest hours of the coldest, wettest nights, which remain with you.
The Duchess of Gloucester, as Honorary President of the Lawn Tennis Association, attended the Billie Jean King Cup Matches between Great Britain and France in Coventry.
The King's message marking two years of conflict in Ukraine
My heart goes out to all those affected, as I remember them in my thoughts and prayers.
The Queen celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Poppy Factory at Clarence House15 February 2024
A message from His Majesty The King to Grenada marking their 50th year of Independence
On the occasion of the fiftieth Anniversary of the Independence of Grenada, it gives me great pleasure to send you all my congratulations and warmest good wishes.
The Queen opened Maggie's new cancer support centre at the Royal Free Hospital01 February 2024
A message from His Majesty The King for the launch of Big Help Out 2024
I have long believed that one of the greatest strengths of our nation is our ability to come together and help each other through times of hardship. Throughout my life, I have...
The Queen hosts authors and illustrators of the new Modern-Day Miniature Library30 January 2024
The Queen's Introduction to Queen Mary's Dolls' House's Modern-Day Miniature Library
It has continued to enchant generations of children and adults who come to marvel at its perfect proportions, extraordinary attention to detail and, perhaps above all, the...
A message from His Majesty The King to Their Majesties King Frederik X and Queen Mary of Denmark
I look forward to working with you on ensuring that the enduring bond between our countries, and our families, remains strong, and to working together with you on issues which...
A speech by His Majesty The King at the opening of COP28, Dubai, U.A.E
Change will come by working together and making it easier to embrace decisions that will sustain our world, rather than carry on as though there are no limits – or as though...
The King's speech at the State Banquet for the Republic of Korea
As our nations strive towards a harmony between progress and preservation, between the past and the present, we can look to the future with great confidence as our peoples...
The Queen's speech at The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2023
Well done to each and every one of you – you are quite brilliant and I have, as ever, enormously enjoyed reading your entries.
Charities founded by His Majesty The King as The Prince of Wales
Further information about the State Visit of the President of the Republic of Korea
Remarks by His Majesty The King at the United Nations Office Nairobi, Kenya
As we look ahead to COP twenty-eight in another months time, we must remember what President Ruto said at the Africa Climate Summit – “we go far when we go together”.
A Speech by His Majesty The King at the State Banquet, Kenya
We both take considerable pride in renewing the ties between the United Kingdom and Kenya, a country that has long held such special meaning for my family.