The Royal Week 19-25 March 2022


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

Saturday 19th March

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Belize at the start of their Caribbean tour.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are welcomed to Belize

Their Royal Highnesses began their visit in Belize City with a meeting with the Prime Minister Johnny Briceño and his wife, Rossana. 

Sunday 20th March

On their second day in Belize, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had the chance to sample Belize’s world-famous chocolate, before spending time with the Garifuna community and learning more about marine conservation.

Monday 21st March

To mark World Poetry Day, the latest recipient of The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, Grace Nichols, shared her experience of receiving the medal and read some of her poetry.

On their final day in Belize, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Caracol, an ancient Mayan archaeological site, spent time with the British Army Training Support Unit and celebrated The Queen's Platinum Jubilee at a reception hosted by the Governor General of Belize at the Mayan ruins at Cahal Pech, near San Ignacio.

Tuesday 22nd March

The Queen held two audiences for incoming Ambassadors.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall started their trip to Northern Ireland in Cookstown, County Tyrone. 

After meeting local business and residents, Their Royal Highnesses visited Superstars cafe, a charity who provide training for young people with learning disabilities. 

While The Duchess visited a Women’s Aid refuge, The Prince visited Lissan House and The Royal College for Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise. 

The Prince of Wales plants a tree to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

At Hillsborough Castle, His Royal Highness planted a tree in the gardens to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge bid farewell to Belize and headed to Jamaica for the next leg of their tour.

On their first day in Jamaica, Their Royal Highnesses met some of Jamaica’s sporting stars and visited Trench Town, the birthplace of Reggae music.

The Earl of Wessex visited Twickenham Film Studios in West London to mark becoming Patron of the Production Guild of Great Britain, the UK’s leading membership organisation for professionals working in film and television drama production.

The Countess of Wessex, Royal Colonel, 5th Battalion The Rifles, visited the Battalion Headquarters, Ward Barracks, Bulford, Wiltshire.

The Princess Royal, Patron, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) visited Stansted Airport College, a specialist college offering technical and professional courses in Aviation, Engineering, Business, Hospitality and Events.

Wednesday 23rd March

The Queen viewed a selection of enamel and fine bone china artefacts from Halcyon Days, to commemorate their 70th anniversary.

Her Majesty was shown some of the company’s earliest designs from the 1950s and watched demonstrations of traditional enamel decoration and gilding.

On their second day in Northern Ireland, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall highlighted the region’s tourist attractions. Their Royal Highnesses visited C.S. Lewis Square, BBC Northern Ireland, Titanic Belfast and Belfast’s Grand Opera House. 

The Prince also marked the ‘Day of Reflection’ with a visit to Marie Curie Belfast on the anniversary of the first pandemic lockdown.

In Jamaica, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met the Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, before travelling to Shortwood Teacher’s College to meet students who are training to become early childhood education practitioners. 

The Duchess of Cambridge at Shortwood Teacher’s College

Their Royal Highnesses also visited the Spanish Hospital and a military employment and training site run by the Jamaican Defence Force, before finishing the day by attending a dinner hosted by the Governor General of Jamaica.

The Countess of Wessex in her role as Grand President of the St. John Ambulance, attended the Presidents' Conference.

The Princess Royal as Patron of the Save the Children, had a call with the one of the charity's workers, Dan Stewart, who is currently on the Romanian border supporting refugees fleeing from the Ukrainian conflict.

Her Royal Highness heard how the conflict in Ukraine may soon be felt in parts of Africa and the Middle East that were already facing rising levels of malnutrition.

Thursday 24th March

The Queen held two more Audiences for incoming Ambassadors.

As we get close to The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration weekend, The Royal Family social media channels began counting down by releasing a new image of Her Majesty each day.

You can see the latest images here.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Ireland for the second leg of their tour. Following a public walkabout in the town, they visited Waterford’s medieval museum before a reception at the city council. 

Their Royal Highnesses then went to The House of Waterford Crystal, a local business founded in 1783. 

While The Prince visited Shane Fitzgerald Farm and Grow It Yourself, a social enterprise helping people learn about and grow food, The Duchess met champion hurdler Honeysuckle at Henry de Bromhead Stables. 

On their final day in Jamaica, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel from across the Caribbean who have recently completed the Caribbean Military Academy’s Officer Training Programme.

Their Royal Highnesses then departed for the final leg our their tour in The Bahamas, where they started their visit to the country with a meeting with the Prime Minister.

In Coventry, The Earl of Wessex visited Coventry Judo club in his role as Vice-Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation. The Earl watched demonstrations from the junior and senior teams and spoke to Chelsie Giles, a Team GB Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist. 

His Royal Highness then attended the Sports and Recreation Alliance annual awards. 

The Duke of Gloucester carried out an away-day in Oxfordshire, meeting volunteers at Lowland Rescue, opened the newly renovated Kelmscott Manor and visited Thames Valley Wildflower Meadow Restoration Project and Nature Recovery Network.  

The Duke of Gloucester in Oxfordshire

His Royal Highness later planted a tree at Uffington Community Garden Association to form part of The Queen’s Green Canopy. 

Princess Alexandra sent a message of thanks to those being recognised at the Alzheimer's Society People Awards.

Friday 25th March

On their final day in Ireland The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Cahir farmer’s market in County Tipperary before making their way to The Rock of Cashel. 

The Prince of Wales in Ireland

As their final engagement in Ireland, Their Royal Highnesses visited the neighbouring Brú Ború Cultural Centre where they partook in some traditional dancing. 

On the first full day in The Bahamas, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Sybil Strachan Primary School in Nassau, before meeting key workers who have been on the frontline of the response to the pandemic.

You can see a full list of engagements undertaken by The Royal Family in the Court Circular

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