The Royal Week 15–21 January 2022


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

Monday 17 January

Martin Luther King Day was marked at Buckingham Palace, with the Band of the Grenadier Guards playing Stevie Wonder’s ‘Happy Birthday’ during the Changing the Guard Ceremony.

Clarence House revealed some further details about the largest-ever exhibition of The Prince of Wales's watercolours that are currently on display at The Garrison Chapel, Chelsea Barracks. 

The free exhibition is open until 14th February 2022.

Tuesday 18 January

The Earl of Wessex attended an Evensong and reception to mark the 800th Anniversary of the Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Andrew in Windsor. His Royal Highness did a reading and met church warders and bell ringers.

The Earl of Wessex attends an Evensong to mark the 800th anniversary of the Parish Church of St Peter and St Andrew in Windsor

As Patron of the Butler Trust, The Princess Royal visited HM Prison Holme House. Her Royal Highness has been Patron of the charity since 1985, which celebrates and promotes the best in UK prisons, probation and youth justice.

Wednesday 19 January

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Foundling Museum, where they learnt more about the care sector and met representatives from across the system, including those with direct experience of living in care.

The Duchess of Cambridge became Patron of the Museum in 2019, which tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity, while also delivering training, mentorship programmes and creative projects to improve the lives of care-experienced young people.

At the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, The Princess Royal hosted two Investiture ceremonies, honouring a range of people from across Scotland for the fantastic work they do in their communities.

Thursday 20 January

The Queen sent a message of condolence to His Majesty Tupou VI, King of Tonga, following the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano.

Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day next week and to mark the 75th anniversary of the publication of Anne Frank’s diary, The Duchess of Cornwall attended reception for the Anne Frank Trust.

The Anne Frank Trust is an education charity that empowers young people aged 10 to 15 to challenge all forms of prejudice, inspired by the life and work of Anne Frank. 

Up in Scotland, The Prince of Wales, known as The Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, opened a new park at Dumfries House. 

In Lancashire, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Clitheroe Community Hospital to learn about the unique challenges faced by rural health providers and to understand how NHS Charities Together is supporting the mental health of the frontline workforce.

Their Royal Highnesses are Royal Patrons NHS Charities Together, which has been instrumental in providing mental wellbeing support during this challenging period.

The Duke and Duchess also visited the Church on the Street, run by Pastor Mick Fleming. The Church was set up in 2019 to help the homeless and people living in some form of poverty in Burnley and surrounding area.

Meanwhile, The Countess of Wessex, who was also celebrating her birthday, volunteered with St John Ambulance during one of their Coronavirus vaccine clinics.

Her Royal Highness trained as a care volunteer last year, and is one of 12,000 volunteers across the UK.

Contuing her visit in Scotland, The Princess Royal undertook two engagements at Reactec and Warriston Crematorium.

Friday 21 January

In West Yorkshire, The Princess Royal visited two local businesses Ellis Briggs Cycles and Teledyne Defence and Space. 

A complete list of engagements undertaken by The Royal Family can be found in the Court Circular

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