The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall joined war veterans, who received a standing ovation from the guests at Westminster Abbey yesterday, for a Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication to mark the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum said he finds the service "more and more emotional each year”. The Battle of Britain was a WWII military campaign in which the Royal Air Force defended the United Kingdom. It was the first major campaign to be fought entirely in the skies and took place between July and October 1940. Those who fought in the campaign earned the nickname, The Few, taken from Winston Churchill's line: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." Following the service, The Prince and The Duchess enjoyed tea with the veterans at a reception and the guests watched a Spitfire and a Hurricane flypast. Find out more → https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/news-and-diary/the-prince-of-wales-and-the-duchess-of-cornwall-attend-service-westminster-abbey-mark 📸 PA
The Duke of Cambridge made a series of visits around Liverpool today. First The Duke opened the new Urgent Care and Trauma Centre at Aintree University Hospital and spoke to patients in the Frailty Assessment Unit. For the full story on The Duke's visit to Liverpool: http://bit.ly/2eFFvqb The Duke of Cambridge then stopped by one of the UK's leading mental health trusts, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust's Life Rooms, in Walton. Here HRH learnt how they are breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health by providing community activities and 1-2-1 coaching sessions. The Duke also visited the Guinea Gap Leisure Centre to watch activities involving three related patronages of His Royal Highness – the British Sub-Aqua Club, English Schools Swimming Association and Swim England. There The Duke spoke to Frankie Wycherley who has ADHD and autism, but has been supported by the club to learn to scuba dive. The Duke ended the day of visits by watching an English Schools Swimming Association water polo session.
Prince Harry has visited The Chatham Green Project, a conservation, education and sustainability initiative run by Wilderness Foundation UK. Set in 400 acres of farmland, the Project aims to educate over 3,000 pupils a year how to value the countryside and take action to protect it and our wider environment. During the visit His Royal Highness joined pupils who were taking part in a nature immersion programme. Here they are able to learn skills such as Nettle tea making, shelter building, fire lighting and leave no trace ethics. Prince Harry also had the opportunity to hear how the Wilderness Foundation's TurnAround programme has positively transformed the lives of young people. TurnAround helps young people aged 15-21 who have struggled with family, social and personal problems to overcome challenges through wilderness therapy. Read more on our website → http://bit.ly/2h2hmhL
Today, The Duke of Cambridge visited the charity Sporting Chance to learn more about their work with the Football Association, supporting those affected by non-recent cases of childhood sexual abuse in football. Afterwards, His Royal Highness visited McLaren Production Centre where he learnt more about the company, which has diversified from its racing roots to become one of the world's leading automotive technology brands. Read our news stories on both visits on the Royal Family website: http://bit.ly/2fgi6fM and http://bit.ly/2wni0sa
This morning The Countess of Wessex took to the trading floor as part of the BGC Charity Day. The annual event commemorates those lost in the World Trade Centre attacks by donating all the day's revenue to over a hundred charities worldwide. Since 2004 over $137 million has been raised globally. This year DEBRA UK and Brainwave were two of the participating charities. Her Royal Highness is Patron of DEBRA UK, which supports those affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), and President of Brainwave, a charity that helps children with disabilities achieve greater independence. Read more → http://bit.ly/2y0wYq2
The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay have finished a wonderful three days of engagements in Scotland. Yesterday, Their Royal Highnesses joined guests at Dumfries House for a tea party to celebrate the stately home's 10th anniversary - The Duke and Duchess had a great time on the dance floor! Today marked a big day for the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales as it was officially named by The Duchess of Rothesay, Lady Sponsor of the ship.The Duchess took part in the traditional naming ceremony, which included signalling for a bottle of whisky to be smashed against the hull of the ship, as is tradition in Scotland! Their Royal Highnesses also visited a number of communities and organisations in Scotland, including Emergency One, a manufacturer of emergency service vehicles. #TRHinScotland 📷 PA
Yesterday Prince Harry spent the day in Northern Ireland, meeting people from across the region, with a focus on the emergency services and young people. His Royal Highness started his first visit to Northern Ireland in Ballymena, where he opened the new Northern Ireland Ambulance Service station and North Division Headquarters. In Belfast Prince Harry visited Co-operation Ireland, a peace-building organisation working to encourage and promote interaction, dialogue and practical collaboration between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The day finished at Hillsborough Castle where Prince Harry attended the annual Garden Party. Every year around 2,000 guests are invited, drawn from a wide cross-section of Northern Irish society, including the voluntary and community sectors, local charities, youth organisations and wider civil society. Read more on our website → http://bit.ly/2wKszcs
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a photograph of The Duke and Prince George at Kensington Palace this morning. The image was taken shortly before Prince George left for his first day of school at Thomas's Battersea. Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to share this lovely picture as Prince George starts school, and would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received.
A message from The Queen to the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda following Hurricane Irma: "Prince Philip and I have been shocked and saddened by the reports of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed or adversely affected by this terrible storm. "Please convey my gratitude and good wishes to members of the emergency services and to those who are working on the rescue effort at this very difficult time for you all." ELIZABETH R.
This morning Prince George, accompanied by The Duke of Cambridge, attended his first day of school at Thomas's Battersea in London. Their Royal Highnesses were met by the Head of Lower School on arrival, before The Duke took Prince George inside to his reception classroom.
Today, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay met with The President of Ireland at Dumfries House - and celebrated a joint birthday! Dumfries House is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and Classic FM their 25th. A special 25th birthday broadcast live from Dumfries House included performances from Myleene Klass and Aled Jones. The final performance of the evening was a premiere of “Twilight Falls on Temple View”, written about the house itself. #TRHinScotland 📷 PA and Paul Burns
Today The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry visited the Support4Grenfell Community Hub, a new centre for organisations already working in the area in response to the Grenfell Tower fire. The Hub was established by The Royal Foundation, of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, to provide additional mental health resources to children and young families affected by the tragedy. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2eFXnVu Afterwards, The Duke and Prince Harry visited Al-Manaar, The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre and one of the first centres to respond to the fire. There, Their Royal Highnesses learnt how volunteers offered food, water, shelter and counselling to survivors on the night of the tragedy and how they continue to support those affected in the community today.
"Being a member of the emergency services takes considerable mental strength and resilience, and I believe there is more that we can and should do to support all first responders to look after their mental health". – The Duke of Cambridge The Duke of Cambridge has attended the National Mental Health and Police Conference, where he delivered a speech on the issue of mental health and the impact it has on policing. The Conference is part of the new national strategy for a mental health provision in the police force and other first responders. Read The Duke's full speech on our website → http://bit.ly/2xLj4bn
Today Prince Harry visited organisations and projects across Manchester, which are working to support sections of the city's community. Read more about Prince Harry's visit to Manchester here: http://bit.ly/2iNnYRW Prince Harry began the day meeting with ex-servicemen and women at the Walking With The Wounded training house in Canada Street and visited the NHS Manchester Resilience Hub, which has been providing mental health services for people affected by the Manchester Arena Attack that took place on 22 May. Prince Harry also dropped in on a Coach Core training session at Manchester City Football Club and attended a reception for England's Rugby Football League Squad. Prince Harry, who is newly Patron of Rugby Football League, met with players and coaches ahead of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad announcement in October.
"First Minister, The Duke of Edinburgh and I are delighted to be able to join you, and the people of Scotland, to celebrate this extraordinary achievement." - The Queen The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, has opened the new Queensferry Crossing over the Firth of Forth. Today's event takes place exactly 53 years after Her Majesty opened the Forth Road Bridge. The Queen met a number of the 10,000 people who built the bridge, who have collectively worked over 13 millions hours to complete the crossing over the last six years. The RAF Red Arrows then performed a spectacular flypast as The Queen and The Duke crossed the new bridge, which is 1.7 miles long and the longest triple tower cable-stayed bridge in the world. Read more on our website → http://bit.ly/2wyiyz3
A message from The Queen to the President of the United States of America following Hurricane Harvey: "I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the devastation following the recent terrible floods caused by Hurricane Harvey. "Prince Philip and I send our sincere condolences to the victims of this disaster, to those who have lost loved ones, and to those who have seen their homes and property destroyed. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected." ELIZABETH R.
From Cavalier King Charles Spaniels to Pembroke Corgis, The Royal Family has a long and well known love of dogs. To celebrate #NationalDogDay, watch this video to find out more about Royal Dogs throughout history. Royal Collection Trust's book 'Noble Hounds and Dear Companions' is also available to read free online → http://bit.ly/2xycNia
This Sunday, a new documentary 'Diana, 7 Days' will be shown on BBC One focusing on the week between the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and her funeral. Both The Duke and Prince Harry have contributed to this film and have described their memories from that extraordinary week. The film also features interviews with the friends and family members of The Princess who were involved during those seven days. More information on the programme, which will be shown this Sunday on BBC One at 7.30pm BST, can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2017/35/diana-7-days
Last week, The Duke of Rothesay and The Duke of Cambridge attended The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Duke of Rothesay (the title The Prince of Wales adopts when in Scotland) was this year's Guest of Honour. The Royal Edinburgh Tattoo is an annual series of military tattoos performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands held at Edinburgh Castle. The evening also includes artistic performances from across the world. Read more on The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: http://bit.ly/2i9lqwT Their Royal Highnesses also met some of the performers and watched a short pre-Tattoo performance on the Forecourt at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Tattoo has sold out for 18 consecutive years and more than 14 million people have attended since the event was first held in 1950.
Following the recent attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, The Queen has sent the following message of condolence to The King of Spain. "Prince Philip and I send our sincere condolences to Your Majesty, and the people of Spain, following the terrible terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils which killed and seriously injured many. It is deeply upsetting when innocent people are put at risk in this way when going about their daily lives. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and the people who are recovering in hospital. Please convey our heartfelt sympathies to all who have been affected by these appalling incidents." ELIZABETH R. http://bit.ly/2wWcZbR
A message from The Queen following the landslides in Sierra Leone. "Prince Philip and I were deeply saddened to learn of the terrible flooding and landslides in Freetown that have led to the deaths of so many people. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have lost loved ones and those whose homes and livelihoods have been affected." Elizabeth R. http://bit.ly/2v42C3j
#TheSearchIsOn for the next #QueensYoungLeaders - the programme which looks to award exceptional young people who’ve proved themselves to be inspiring leaders in their communities. The Award discovers, celebrates and supports exception young people around the Commonwealth, in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s lifetime of service. Applications close in 2 weeks, so get yours in today! Find out more Queen's Young Leaders and apply at: http://bit.ly/2fmbWO2
The Earl of Wessex, as Patron of the Edinburgh International Festival, has attended the opening concert of the 2017 Festival. 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the festival and the opening concert of Haydn’s ‘Surprise’ Symphony and Mendelssohn's Symphony No 2 ‘Lobgesang’, also opened the first festival in 1947. The Earl became the Festival's Patron earlier this year, making him the third Royal Patron, following The Queen and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Also in Edinburgh, His Royal Highness attended the first 2017 performance of the The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, held in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle. The Tattoo is an annual series of military performances by the British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands that forms part of the Edinburgh Festival.
The Duke of York has attended the IAAF World Championships opening ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth stadium on behalf of The Queen. His Royal Highness delivered a message from The Queen on the opening night of the Games. Read the full message here: http://bit.ly/2vAdPh2 Before the ceremony started, The Duke met the Iaaf.org President Lord Coe and attended a reception where he was able to meet and chat to a number of volunteers, organisers & supporters. HRH also met the Games Maker Choir.
Today, The Duke of Edinburgh attended the last engagement of his public programme during a Royal Marine's Parade at Buckingham Palace. Watch the full video from the event here. Since 1952, The Duke of Edinburgh has attended 22,219 solo engagements. The Captain General's Parade at Buckingham Palace marks the end of his own programme, although he may choose to attend certain events, alongside The Queen in the future. Find out more about The Duke here: http://bit.ly/2hnFwTP
Today, The Duke of Edinburgh attended a parade to mark the finale of The 1664 Global Challenge at Buckingham Palace. Royal Marines from around the country ran 16.64 miles each day for 100 days, totalling a distance of 1664 miles, to raise funds and awareness for The Royal Marines Charity. The challenge also celebrates 1664 as the year in which the Corps was founded. Since 1952, The Duke of Edinburgh has attended 22,219 solo engagements. The Captain General's Parade at Buckingham Palace marks the end of his own programme, although he may choose to attend certain events, alongside The Queen in the future.
As Patron of Carers Trust, The Princess Royal visited Halton Carers Centre in Cheshire to see first-hand how the centre supports carers in the Runcorn and Widnes area. 3 in 5 people in the UK will become a carer at some point in their lifetime. Currently, there are around 7 million unpaid carers in the UK with 2.1 million providing over 20 hours caring each week – 700,000 are under 18. Halton Carers Centre offers a wide range of respite therapies and activities for carers and is a place where they can go for advice, support and friendship. Find out more about The Princess' visit here: http://bit.ly/2whjpBd
Did you know that once a year, Clarence House opens its doors to visitors who can enjoy guided tours of the Royal residence? One of the rooms visitors can experience during the public opening is the Garden Room, which overlooks part of the beautiful Clarence House garden. Take a look around. The official London home of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall opens to the public today, with tours running daily until 31st August. Find out more and how to visit: http://bit.ly/visitCH
Today The Prince of Wales and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended events to remember the start of the Battle of Passchendaele 100 years ago, one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War. They laid wreaths and flowers on the graves of soldiers known and unknown during a service at Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, and both The Prince and The Duke gave readings, The Prince of Wales reminding those gathered of the significance of the event: ‘Drawn from many nations, we come together in their resting place... to promise that we will never forget.’ The Prince of Wales and The King and Queen of the Belgians later officially opened the Zonnebeke Church Dugout, a preserved First World War dugout which forms part of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele and the British Memorial Garden in Passchendaele Memorial Park. Finally, The Prince attended the Welsh National Service of Remembrance at the Welsh National Memorial Park before visiting the graves of poets Hedd Wyn and Francis Ledwidge at the Artillery Wood Cemetery. © Press Association