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The Royal Week 12-18 February 2022

Published 18 February 2022

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

Sunday 13 February

To mark the end of Children’s Mental Health Week, The Duchess of Cambridge read a CBeebies Bedtime Story.

Her Royal Highness chose to read The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson to align with this years’ theme of ‘Growing Together’. 

Tuesday 15 February

Via video-link from Windsor Castle, The Queen received His Excellency Mr. Viljar Lubi from Estonia and His Excellency Mr. José Pascual Marco Martínez from Spain, who both presented the Letters of Recall of their predecessors and their own Letters of Credence.

There are more than 170 Ambassadors and High Commissioners based in London at any given time and each one of them will have an Audience with The Queen shortly after taking up his or her role.

The Princess Royal hosted two Investiture ceremonies at Windsor Castle.  

Wednesday 16 February

The Queen held Audiences from Windsor Castle, with The Bishop of Portsmouth being received via video-link. Her Majesty later received the outgoing and incoming Defence Services Secretary.

The Prime Minister also had one of his weekly audiences with The Queen via telephone.

The Princess Royal, as President of the Mission to Seafarers, visited a Merchant Ship and attended a Reception at Associated British Ports in Southampton. 

The Princess Royal visits the Mission to Seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers helps the world’s 1.6 million seafarers access welfare and support in over 200 ports worldwide.

The Duke of Kent visited the University of Surrey to commemorate His Royal Highness's Forty Fifth Year as Chancellor and plant a tree as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy.

Thursday 17 February

The Queen conducted two virtual Audiences via video link from Windsor Castle.

The Prince of Wales and The Princess Royal jointly presented The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2020-2022.

The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are awarded every two years to universities and colleges whose work has been judged to show excellence, innovation and impact in any field or discipline, and to be of a benefit to society, as well as the institutions themselves. 

This year, 21 UK universities and colleges have been awarded Prizes, recognising a wide range of pioneering work, including the design and creation of a COVID-19 vaccine and efforts to deliver vitally important data modelling in response to the global pandemic. 

The first Queen’s Anniversary Prizes were awarded in 1994, and to date, a total of 296 Prizes have been presented to 137 institutions - 83 universities and 54 colleges of further education. The Prize itself consists of a silver gilt medallion and a decorated and inscribed certificate granting the award, signed by Her Majesty The Queen.

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