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The Royal Week 4-10 March 2023

Published 10 March 2023

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

The King and The Queen Consort in Colchester

Sunday 5 March

At St. John on Bethnal Green Church, The Duke of Gloucester attended the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust's Service to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Bethnal Green Tube Disaster.

The Duke of Gloucester attends the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust's Service

Monday 6 March

The King held a number of Audiences at Buckingham Palace. His Majesty received the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Dr. John Perumbalath; and later the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Dr. Helen-Ann Macleod Hartley, who did homage upon their appointments. His Majesty also received The Bishop of Carlisle.

The Princess Royal, in her role as Chancellor, attended the University of London Worldwide Graduation Ceremony at the Barbican Centre.

Tuesday 7 March

The King and The Queen Consort were in Colchester to celebrate its recently awarded City status.

Their Majesties began the day at Colchester Castle Museum, where they toured the Museum, viewed artefacts and displays, and met members of staff, volunteers and representatives from community groups, local businesses, conservation projects and arts organisations.

Later, The King and The Queen Consort visited Colchester Library. Here, His Majesty joined a reception with volunteers and service users of Age UK, while Her Majesty heard more about the Essex Year of Reading campaign and watched an array of performances – including a special reading from the characters of Alice in Wonderland!

The Queen Consort at Colchester Library

The Prince of Wales, on behalf of The King, held an Investiture at Windsor Castle.

As Patron of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, The Duke of Edinburgh, formerly known as The Earl of Wessex, attended the "Make A Splash" Gala.

Wednesday 8 March

At Buckingham Palace, The King received His Excellency the Hon. Christopher Dawson upon his appointment as Governor of Western Australia.

The King, as Sovereign Head of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, also received Professor Mark Compton.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, The Queen Consort hosted remarkable women from across society at a Reception at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen Consort hosts remarkable women at Buckingham Palace

Earlier in the day, Her Majesty said,

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate female achievement, to encourage and inspire one another, and to thank the women in our lives for their contribution to society.  I would like to take this opportunity to highlight just some of the remarkable women whom I have had the privilege of meeting over the past year. To me, they represent, not only themselves and their own efforts, but also the millions of brilliant women who make a difference each day.  Because, to steal a quote, 'Behind every great woman…is another great woman'”

Read about the selection of women that The Queen Consort chose to highlight this year, here.

The Princess of Wales visited 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Salisbury Plain Training Area, for the first time since becoming their Colonel last year. Her Royal Highness took on the role from her husband, The Prince of Wales.

During the visit, Her Royal Highness heard first-hand about the work that the Irish Guards are carrying out on the Salisbury Plain Training Area, and took part in battlefield casualty drills to deliver care to injured soldiers during a casualty simulation exercise.

The Princess of Wales visits the 1st Batallion Irish Guards

The Princess Royal, on behalf of The King, held two Investitures at Windsor Castle.

The Princess Royal during an Investiture at Windsor Castle

Later at Windsor Castle, The Princess Royal, as Patron, held a Reception for Opportunity International UK, a charity that provides people living in poverty with access to loans, financial training and savings so that they can work their way out of poverty.

The Countess of Wessex attended a Military Wives Choir Rehearsal at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.

The Duchess of Gloucester, in her role as Colonel-in-Chief of Royal Bermuda Regiment, received the Governor of Bermuda. 

Thursday 9 March

At Buckingham Palace, The King received the ‘Privileged Bodies’ for a ceremony to present their Loyal Addresses to His Majesty. This long-held tradition dates back as far as the seventeenth century and takes place to mark significant Royal occasions.

The Privileged Bodies are culturally significant organisations and institutions that reflect the United Kingdom’s diverse society, drawn from the education sector, as well as incorporating science, arts, and religious institutions. Traditionally, the Privileged Bodies are given the opportunity to present Loyal Addresses to the Monarch, representing the key role they play in British society.

The King also visited the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), to hear about their remarkable work in protecting animal, plant and bee health as well as reducing the risk of new and emerging threats.

The King visits the Animal and Plant Health Agency

His Majesty also held a number of Audiences, including the High Commissioner for New Zealand, and the High Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Australia.

The Prince and Princess of Wales visited Hayes Muslim Centre to thank those involved in aid and fundraising efforts following earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Their Royal Highnesses met representatives from the Centre, as well as DEC member charities, including aid workers who have recently returned from the crisis zone in Turkey. Representatives from Save The Children, Islamic Relief, Action Against Hunger, Age International and the British Red Cross, who shared the latest on the situation on the ground and the impact incoming aid is having on communities across the region.

The Princess Royal attended the Maritime UK annual Maritime Awards in Hull.

The Duke of Edinburgh, previously The Earl of Wessex, visited Propstore in Hertfordshire, where he had the chance to view a range of items that have been used in major feature films.

The Duke of Edinburgh at Prop Store in Herfordshire

His Royal Highness also visited Ashridge House – a former residence of King Henry VIII – and Sky Studios in Elstree.

As Patron of the Lions Clubs International, The Duchess of Edinburgh, previously known as The Countess of Wessex, planted a tree for The Queen’s Green Canopy and visited the Countryside Education Trust in Hampshire.

The Duchess of Edinburgh visits the Countryside Education Trust in Hampshire

The Duchess of Gloucester attended the ‘Night of Light’ Gala Dinner, as Patron of Missing People.

Friday 10 March

It was announced that The King had conferred the Dukedom of Edinburgh upon The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Forfar, on the occasion of His Royal Highness’s 59th birthday.

Carrying out their first engagement in the city following the announcement, The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh attended a reception at the City Chambers to recognise Edinburgh’s work in supporting Ukrainian refugees, and to thank the range of volunteers who are supporting them across the capital.

During the reception Their Royal Highnesses met volunteers and members of the Ukrainian and Eastern European diaspora in Edinburgh, including families who have made the city their home since the beginning of the conflict last year.

The Duke and Duchess also met members of a Ukrainian choir, who performed during the reception.

The Princess Royal visits Special Quality Alloys

The Princess Royal was in South Yorkshire, where she visited a range of local businesses and organisations including Special Quality Alloys Limited and ITM Power.