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The Royal Week 11-17 February 2023

Published 17 February 2023

Read more about the highlights of this week’s Royal activities, events and engagements.

Saturday 11 February

The Princess Royal was at Murrayfield for the Scotland v. Wales Six Nations match, where The Princess Royal received the Match Ball following its 555-mile journey across the UK in support of Doddie Aid.

Tuesday 14 February

Following the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, The King met members of the Turkish and Syrian Diaspora in London to hear about their response, and offer his condolences.

At West London Turkish Volunteers in Hounslow, volunteers have worked to collect, package and organise the transportation of food, blankets and warm clothing for those in need.

In Trafalgar Square, His Majesty launched ‘Syria House’ - where members of the Syrian community can get together to support those affected by the recent earthquakes in north-west Syria.

The King also held an Investiture Ceremony at Windsor Castle.

It was revealed that Queen Mary's Crown would be used by The Queen Consort at the Coronation.

The Princess Royal arrived at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand and had an Audience with the Governor General of New Zealand, Her Excellency the Rt. Hon. Dame Cindy Kiro.

The Duke of Kent attended the launch of the Garden of Loss, Unity and Hope, planted by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners in support of the Lord Mayor of the City of London's Big Curry Lunch at the Guildhall in London.

His Royal Highness later joined a Lunch to commemorate the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Dresden Trust, held by the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Wednesday 15 February

In New Zealand, The Princess Royal had a meeting the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Christopher Hipkins.

The Princess Royal subsequently visited the National Crisis Management Centre at the Executive Wing in Wellington to meet those involved in the response to Cyclone Gabrielle.

You should all be proud of the resilience, strength and care for your communities you are showing in the face of adversity.

Kia Kaha

As Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals, Her Royal Highness attended a reception to mark the centenary of the Corps.

The Princess Royal attends a reception with the Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals

The day finished at the national War Memorial in Wellington, where The Princess attended a Service of Remembrance and laid a Wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

Thursday 16 February

The King visited Milton Keynes as it celebrated being granted city status. His Majesty first joined a reception to mark Milton Keynes’ new status as a city with the local community, including volunteers, innovators and faith leaders.

The King then visited Milton Keynes Food Bank to see the support they provide to communities across the city, including their new Mobile Top-Up Shop which allows individuals to ‘top-up’ their supplies at eight priority locations across the city.

The King also held two Credential Ceremonies, with the incoming Ambassador for Thailand and the incoming Ambassador for Oman.

His Majesty also received His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber (United Arab Emirates' Special Envoy for Climate Change and President Designate of the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties).

The Princess Royal visited the New Zealand Riding for the Disabled group in Porirua, as well as visiting two new Mission to Seafarers sites in Wellington.

The Princess Royal visits the New Zealand Riding for the Disabled group in Porirua

Friday 17 February

The King hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace in support of action on global biodiversity.

The reception provided an opportunity to discuss the practical delivery of the Global Biodiversity Framework, which was agreed on 19th December 2022, at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15).

His Majesty also held an Audience with the President of Poland.

The Princess Royal was in Christchurch, where she received a brief on the rebuilding of the city following the earthquake in 2011.

Joined by the Mayor of the city, Her Royal Highness attended a Rededication Service for Citizens’ War Memorial, where she laid a wreath.