The Royal Week 29 October – 4 November 2022


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

Sunday 30 October

As part of Addiction Awareness Week, The Princess of Wales sent a video message:

Monday 31 October

His Majesty The King sent a message to the President of South Korea following the tragic incident in Itaewon, Seoul:

The Earl of Wessex was announced as Patron of Reading Rep Theatre, a leading theatre and cultural hub in Berkshire.

To mark the announcement, His Royal Highness attended a reception at the theatre.

Tuesday 1 November

The Prince of Wales, as Patron of the Tusk Trust, attended the annual Tusk Conservation Awards at Hampton Court Palace.

His Royal Highness is Patron of Tusk and helped to launch the awards in 2013. This year is therefore the tenth year that the awards have provided a platform to spotlight the work of conservation leaders and wildlife rangers in Africa.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex and Forfar spent the day in Forfar, visiting local organisations including Forfar Early Learning Centre.

Their Royal Highnesses also joined a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, and thanks members of the community for their work following Her Majesty’s death.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex and Forfar attend a Service of Thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth

The Princess Royal, as Patron of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, opened Gosport Services Community Hub, and later visited the restored Junk Yacht BOLEH, before officially opening the Animal Health and Welfare Research Centre at Sparsholt College.

In Cheshire, The Duke of Gloucester opened the Vertical Farm, Heritage Trail and Centenary Bridge at Reaseheath College.

The Duke of Gloucester at Reaseheath College

His Royal Highness also presented The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to South Cheshire Amateur Boxing Club.

The Duke of Gloucester in Cheshire

Wednesday 2 November

At Buckingham Palace, The King hosted a reception to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Resettlement of British Asians from Uganda in the UK.

The event was an opportunity to reunite many of the refugees and volunteers whilst offering thanks to over sixty voluntary organisations which mobilised to provide timely humanitarian assistance.

In the evening, His Majesty was joined by The Queen Consort, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal and The Duke of Gloucester for a reception for British Olympic and Paralympic medallists.

At St James’s Palace, The Prince of Wales joined a symposium bringing together this year’s Tusk Award winners, alumni from previous awards and conservation experts.

The occasion offered an opportunity for Africa’s leading conservationists to share their knowledge, collective experience and expertise with the goal of motivating greater collaboration, innovation and to build greater resilience in conservation across the continent.

The Princess Royal spent the day in Belfast, where, as Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps, attended a Parade to mark the 80th Anniversary of Sea Cadets in Northern Ireland.

As Patron of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations, The Countess of Wessex attended the National Fruit Show, where she had the chance to speak to students benefitting from the Show’s education programme, and took part in a roundtable discussion on how to encourage more young people to pursue a career in the food industry.

The Countess of Wessex attends the National Fruit Show

The majority of fruit on display at the Show was produced by growers who hold the LEAF Marque standard for sustainable farming – one of the campaigns championed by Her Royal Highness as President of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming).

Thursday 3 November

The King held two Credential Ceremonies at Buckingham Palace.

Holding her first Audience at Buckingham Palace, The Queen Consort received the Children’s Laureate, Joseph Coelho.

Their Majesties then visited the Africa Fashion Exhibition at the V&A Museum.

The exhibition is a landmark exhibition celebrating the creativity, ingenuity and global impact of African fashion.

The Prince and Princess of Wales were in Scarborough, where they launched funding to support young people’s mental health, in a collaboration spearheaded by the Royal Foundation.

The visit started at ‘The Street’ - a community hub that hosts local organisations to grow and develop their services – where they met the grant panel of young people, to hear how the new funding will make a difference to the young people in Scarborough.

Their Royal Highnesses then met staff and service users at the Rainbow Centre, an organisation that offers an open door to the community of Scarborough and help and support to anyone in need.

The Princess Royal hosted an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The Countess of Wessex was in Cheshire and Sheffield, where she officially opened David Lewis School’s new education and skills centre.

Her Royal Highness also presented Tobias Weller with a British Empire medal. Aged just 11, Tobias is the youngest ever recipient of the honour, which was given for his incredible fundraising work.

The Duke of Kent planted a tree for The Queen’s Green Canopy at Hatfield Park.

Friday 4 November

Ahead of the COP27 summit, The King hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace, bringing together over 200 international business leaders, decision makers and NGOs to mark the end of the United Kingdom’s presidency of COP26 and look ahead to the COP27 Summit in Egypt.

The Prince of Wales unveiled the finalists for 2022 Earthshot Prize - an accomplished group of entrepreneurs and innovators spearheading fifteen groundbreaking solutions to the biggest environmental challenges our planet faces.

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