The Royal Week 9-15 July 2022
Published 15 July 2022
Read more about the highlights of this week’s Royal activities, events and engagements.
Saturday 9 July
The Duchess of Cambridge as Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and as Patron the Lawn Tennis Association attended the Wimbledon Ladies’ Single Finals and presented the trophies.
The Earl of Wessex, Royal Honorary Colonel of The Royal Wessex Yeomanry took the salute at the Platinum Jubilee Parade in Circencester.
Sunday 10 July
The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George at the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Finals.
Monday 11 July
As Patron of Bristol Zoo Gardens’, The Earl of Wessex visited the site to celebrate their 186th anniversary.
During the visit, His Royal Highness met pupils from High Littleton C of E Primary School, who presented The Earl with a ribbon for him to write his favourite memory of the zoo.
The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron of Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, officially opened the Heart and Lung Research Institute at Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge.
It is expected that the institute, which is a joint venture between the University of Cambridge and Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, will house the largest concentration of scientists and clinicians in cardiovascular and respiratory science in Europe.
Her Royal Highness then officially opened the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre at North Cambridgeshire Hospital.
Tuesday 12 July
The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, received representatives from the Health Services of the four Nations of the United Kingdom and presented George Crosses to NHS England, Northern Ireland Health and Social Care System, NHS Scotland and NHS Wales.
The George Cross was instituted by King George VI on 24th September 1940, during the height of the Blitz, to recognise, “acts of the greatest heroism or the most courage in circumstances of extreme danger.”
This is only the second time during The Queen’s 70-year reign that the award has been presented collectively to an organisation or group of people - Her Majesty presented the George Cross to the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1999.
The Prince of Wales also hosted an Investiture Ceremony at Windsor Castle.
In the evening, His Royal Highness, on behalf of The Queen hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for winners of The Queen's Awards for Enterprise.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of; innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.
The Princess Royal, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Princess Alexandra also joined the reception.
The Duchess of Cornwall attended a Lunch at the National Liberal Club, given by the Oldie magazine in celebration of Her Royal Highness's Seventy Fifth Birthday.
"The Duke of Edinburgh’s philosophy was clear: ‘Look up and look out, say less, do more – and get on with the job’ - and that is just what I intend to do. Both he and Her Majesty have always been the very touchstone of what it truly means to “get on with the job”, and an inspiration to each one of us here to do the same, whatever our age." - The Duchess of Cornwall
The lunch also celebrated other remarkable people aged 75 and over who are continuing to serve, contribute and achieve in their 70s, 80s and 90s.
The Duke of Kent, Patron of Blood Cancer UK, visited Newcastle University Centre for Cancer, the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Centre,
His Royal Highness also visited the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas to view the completed restoration and renovation work.
Wednesday 13 July
The Queen held two Audiences with incoming High Commissioners.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall celebrated the return of Notting Hill Carnival at the Tabernacle.
With over a million visitors expected over the August Bank Holiday, London’s vibrant Notting Hill Carnival is second only to Brazil's Rio Carnival in size and is now one of the globe's largest annual arts events.
Ahead of The Duchess’ 75th Birthday, a special documentary was shown on ITV.
Thursday 14 July
The Duchess of Cornwall celebrated the 160th anniversary of Battersea Cats and Dogs Home.
Battersea’s Royal patronage began in 1865 with Queen Victoria. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has been Patron since 2017 and has a long history with the charity. Her Royal Highness has two dogs, Beth and Bluebell, who were adopted from Battersea in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
The Princess Royal hosted an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Princess Alexandra, as Patron the PDSA, attended a celebration event for the PDSA Order of Merit, where five very special dogs received the award.
Known as the ‘animals OBE’, the medal recognises animals that display outstanding devotion to their owner of wider society.
Friday 15 July
The Queen, accompanied by The Princess Royal, officially opened the new Thames Hospice in Maidenhead.
Set in 8 acres of landscaped garden, the new facility will enable the hospice to care for twice as many patients, supporting them and their loved ones in a relaxing, friendly and welcoming environment.
A new award was launched by the Production Guild of Great Britain.
The Earl of Wessex Award will recognise an organisation or individual in the UK production industry who has found a successful way of inspiring local talent or skills, widening access or being more inclusive.