The Royal Week 30 April – 6 May 2022

Published 6 May 2022

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

Saturday 30 April

Clarence House announced that The Duchess of Cornwall and Mary Berry had joined forces to judge the Platinum Pudding Competition.

All will be revealed on Thursday 12 May on BBC One.

Sunday 1 May

The Prince of Wales recorded a message as The Queen’s Green Canopy unveiled a nationwide network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees to form the ‘Ancient Canopy’ to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.

Monday 2 May

It was Princess Charlotte’s seventh birthday, with three new photographs released to mark the day.

Tuesday 3 May

At Windsor Castle, The Prince of Wales hosted an Investiture Ceremony.

His Royal Highness, in his role as President, visited the Royal College of Music to confer honours.

The Duchess of Cornwall was in Manchester, where she started the day with a viewing of the ‘I Am’ exhibition, positioned outside Manchester Central Library.

Developed with Safe Lives, of which Her Royal Highness is Patron, the exhibition features captivating portraits of survivors of domestic abuse.

Later, The Duchess joined a Pre-Jubilee ‘Big Lunch’ at Emmaus Mossley to see how preparations for the real thing are going.

Join the nation in celebration by hosting your own Platinum Jubilee Big Lunch over the central weekend.

The Duke of Cambridge opened the new London centre of James’ Place to learn more about the charity’s work to save the lives of men experiencing a suicidal crisis.

Building on the success of the first James’ Place, opened in Liverpool in 2018 by His Royal Highness, the charity is now expanding its model to reach more men in desperate need of support and hope.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex were in Devon and Cornwall visiting social initiatives which are supporting their communities. Starting at Shallowford Farm they met young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who are learning about farming and country life.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex in Devon

Their Royal Highness also visited Devon and Cornwall Food Action Their Royal Highnesses joined volunteers sorting surplus food so that it could be used to help reduce food poverty in the Plymouth, Lostwithiel and Exeter areas.

Wednesday 4 May

At Windsor Castle, The Queen held an Audience with the Prime Minister.

The Prince of Wales met young people supported by the BIGKID foundation at the Dexters Adventure Playground Brixton.

The origins of the BIGKID foundation were formed in 2000 by Mr. Shaninga Marasha who, while still in the sixth form, started a mentoring programme for the young people at his school who were at risk of exclusion and on their final warning.

In the evening, His Royal Highness held a reception at St James’s Palace for the National Pharmacy Association to recognise the work of pharmacists during the pandemic.

The Duke of Cambridge and The Princess Royal both held Investitures at Buckingham Palace.

It was the first time the Investitures had been held at the Palace for over two years, with the actual ceremony taking place in the Throne Room – which was last used for Investitures in 1904.

The Duchess of Cambridge present Saul Nash with The Queen Elizabeth II Prize for Fashion.

The Countess of Wessex celebrated the 30th Anniversary of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming).

Her Royal Highness is the Patron of the organisation, which works to deliver more sustainable food and farming.

Thursday 5 May

His Excellency Mr Anthony Severin was received in audience by The Queen via video link from Windsor Castle, upon his appointment as High Commissioner for Saint Lucia in London.

The Prince of Wales held a reception at Clarence House for the Inaugural Conference of Speakers of the House of Commons and Overseas Territories.

The Countess of Wessex attended a lunch in support of the Oscar Foundation.

The Countess of Wessex at the Oscar Foundation Lunch

Her Royal Highness is Patron of the organisation which uses football to empower children and youth in low-income communities in India.

Friday 6 May

The Prince of Wales visited the new Derwent operating theatre in the Royal Bournemouth Hospital which has been built in record time in order to help with the backlog of patients requiring operations since the pandemic. 

His Royal Highness also opened the ‘Lavender Garden’ funded by staff and donations to University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity, and is dedicated to the memory of members of staff who died during the pandemic.

His Royal Highness, in his role as Duke of Cornwall, head of the Duchy of Cornwall, later opened the Great Field Play Area at Poundbury. 

The Duke of Cambridge was in Birmingham where he visited, Sports Key, an organisation based close to Alexander Stadium that provides a range of sports activities to the community to improve the wellbeing, cohesion and life opportunities of disadvantaged people.

Through the power of sport and physical activity, Sports Key aims to inspire a healthier and more active population as well as promoting a more integrated community by bringing people together.

The Duchess of Cambridge was announced as the Patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, a UK-wide charity which brings together over 100 organisations to ensure that women and families affected by perinatal mental health challenges have access to high quality, comprehensive care and support.

The Earl of Wessex, Chancellor of the University of Bath, presided over degrees ceremonies.

Further details were also announced about The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration weekend, including that the Gold State Coach will be used in the Platinum Pageant.

Find out more about how you can get involved in the Platinum Jubilee.