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The Royal Week 4-10 February 2023

Published 10 February 2023

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

Saturday 4 February

As part of the #ShapingUs campaign, The Princess of Wales shared a childhood photo and encouraged others to do the same.

The Princess Royal as Patron of Scottish Rugby Union attended the International Rugby Match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium, and presented the Calcutta Cup to Scotland following their victory.

Monday 6 February

To mark Waitangi Day, The King sent a message to all New Zealanders.

Waitangi Day is a time both to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. My family and I join in sending you all our warmest good wishes.

At the start of Children’s Mental Health Week, The Princess of Wales visited primary school children in East London to discuss the importance of supporting children’s mental health.

Tuesday 7 February

The King hosted an Investiture Ceremony at Windsor Castle.

His Majesty also sent a message following the recent earthquakes.

Our thoughts and special prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this appalling natural disaster, whether through injury or the destruction of their property, and also with the emergency services and those assisting in the rescue efforts.

The Earl of Wessex attended the New Zealand Society Waitangi Day Service in St. Giles'-without-Cripplegate Church in London.

The Countess of Wessex attended The Countess of Wessex Cup between Royal Air Force Wittering, 5th Battalion The Rifles, Royal Corps of Army Music, Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, The Lincoln and Welland Regiment and The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

The annual competition involves Regiments that Her Royal Highness has affiliations with compete against each other in a series of challenges, with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment from Canada winning the 2023 cup.

The Princess Royal attended the National Saddlery Competition Showcase, and later hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for St John Ambulance Young Achievers’.

Her Royal Highness finished the day at the Royal Academy of Engineering, where she attended The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Reception.

Wednesday 8 February

In East London, The King and The Queen Consort visited Brick Lane to meet the British Bengladeshi community.

After arriving at Altab Ali Park, Their Majesties plant a Dodoens Elm tree together in the commemoration of the death of Altab Ali, before visiting local charities and businesses.

The King then visited the University of East London to mark their 125th Anniversary.

As part of the visit, His Majesty opened the Hospital & Primary Care Training Hub at the University, which will train future generations of NHS professionals and work towards tackling health inequalities across the United Kingdom.

His Majesty then welcomed the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Buckingham Palace.

The King meets Volodymyr Zelenskyy at Buckingham Palace

The Princess of Wales visited the Landau Forte College Derby with Captain Preet Chandi MBE to celebrate her return from her solo expedition across Antarctica.

Her Royal Highness was Patron of Preet’s expedition, where Captain Chandi broke the world record for the furthest unsupported solo Polar expedition in history. Pushing the boundaries of human endeavour, Preet covered 922 miles in 70 days and 16 hours, skiing for 13-15 hours a day with as little as five hours sleep at times. 

The Countess of Wessex, as Patron of the Scar Free Foundation, visited the Royal College of Surgeons of England to mark the United Nations International Women and Girls in Science Day.

As Patron of Scottish Rugby Union and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, The Princess Royal officially started the 555 mile charity bike ride in aid of the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation.

Over 48 hours, a team of rugby legends are embarking on a gruelling route via rugby clubs across Wales, England and Scotland in time for the Scotland vs Wales Six Nations Championship match on Saturday 11th February, where Her Royal Highness will receive the match ball. 

Thursday 9 February

The King held two Credential ceremonies, with the Ambassador from the French Republic, Her Excellency Mrs. Hélène Duchêne, and the High Commissioner for the Independent State of Samoa, Her Excellency Ms. Francella Strickland.

His Majesty later visited the newly-renovated museum Leighton House to hear about the artistic partnership with Turquoise Mountain, the charity founded by the then Prince of Wales to preserve and develop traditional craft practices across Afghanistan, Myanmar, and the Middle East, and to drive economic development across the regions.

The King then welcomed astronaut, Colonel Chris Hadfield, for an Audience at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen Consort visited the STORM Family Centre in Battersea as it marked its 19th anniversary.

The centre supports people affected by domestic violence and offers services to young and older people within the community.

The Prince and Princess of Wales were in Cornwall, where they are known as The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.

Their Royal Highnesses started the day at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth where they learnt more about the rich maritime heritage of Cornwall.

The Duke and Duchess then  visited The Dracaena Centre to learn about the wide variety of support and services that the organisation provides to local people, with a mission of building a healthy, happy and mutually supportive society.

The Princess Royal was in Lanarkshire, where she opened the newly renovated David Livingstone Birthplace, as well as visiting one of South Lanarkshire Council’s housing regenerations projects.

The Duke of Kent, President, Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, attended a Memorial Service to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Lord Trenchard.

Friday 10 February

The ballot for the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle opened.

The Princess Royal opened Cranfield University’s National Flying Laboratory Centre’s Flying Classroom, and later visited Magpas Air Ambulance’s new headquarters.