In celebration of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Platinum Wedding Anniversary, take a look at some of the special moments they have shared together over the last 70 years. Find out more about The Queen and The Duke's wedding: http://bit.ly/2jCD1Pc
To celebrate the 70th Wedding Anniversary of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, this new photograph has been released worldwide. British photographer Matt Holyoak of Camera Press, took the images in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle earlier this month. In this release, The Queen and His Royal Highness are photographed against a platinum-textured back drop. The marriage of the then Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten took place at Westminster Abbey on 20th November 1947. Find out about The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh's wedding day here: http://bit.ly/2jCD1Pc
The Prince of Wales is visiting Antigua & Barbuda, The British Virgin Islands and Dominica this weekend where he will meet organisations, charities and members of the local communities who are all working together following the Hurricanes which struck the region earlier this year. “As you recover and move forward, you can be sure, Ladies and Gentlemen, that you are not alone. The plight of those who have been through such terrifying devastation and are still enduring such dreadful privation is close to the heart of Her Majesty The Queen and, indeed, to my own.” - HRH The Prince of Wales
To mark the 70th Wedding Anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, new photographic portraits have been released worldwide. The Queen and His Royal Highness will celebrate their Wedding Anniverary on Monday, 20th November 2017. The portraits, by British photographer Matt Holyoak of Camera Press, were taken in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in early November. In this first release, The Queen and His Royal Highness are framed by Thomas Gainsborough's 1781 portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte, who were married for 57 years. The marriage of the then Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten took place at Westminster Abbey on 20th November 1947. Find out about The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh's wedding day here: http://bit.ly/2jCD1Pc
Yesterday The Duke of Cambridge unveiled the national Action Plan on the Prevention of Cyberbullying. Created by The Royal Foundation's Taskforce, the plan is designed to kick-start a new approach to support young people navigate the internet. His Royal Highness said: 'Obviously me being a Dad, I want to make sure that my children and all the future children are protected.' Over the past 18 months, the Taskforce has met regularly to kick-start a new approach to support young people who are experiencing bullying online. More details of the Stop Speak Support at: www.stopspeaksupport.com
Today The Earl of Wessex has been in north-east London on a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Tour, visiting three sites to hear how the scheme is making a positive impact in the community. His Royal Highness met a number of award participants and joined them as they took part in activities that will help them face the challenges of DofE. The Earl also heard how the students, who are from some of London’s most deprived boroughs, are being supported through the scheme thanks to the work of the charity. Founded by The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is the world's leading youth achievement award. The Earl of Wessex is a Trustee of the Charity and is Chairman of the Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. Read more: https://www.royal.uk/earl-wessex-goes-duke-edinburghs-award-tour-london
Today The Duke of Cambridge attended the final meeting of The Royal Foundation's Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying at London's Google headquarters. Following the meeting His Royal Highness unveiled the national Action Plan at YouTube Space London, and launched the first ever online code of conduct #StopSpeakSupport to empower all young people to take a stand against bullying. Convened in May 2016, His Royal Highness brought together the UK's leading tech and media companies for the first time, as well as children's charities, parents, and a panel of young people. Over the past 18 months, the Taskforce has met regularly to kick-start a new approach to support young people who are experiencing bullying online.
Her Majesty The Queen has visited Hull to mark its year as the United Kingdom's City of Culture. The Queen travelled by train and arrived at Hull Railway Station this morning, where Her Majesty met members of the public and City of Culture volunteers. Hull has been named as the UK City of Culture for 2017 and a series of cultural and creative events have taken place over the past year to celebrate the accolade. The Queen then visited wind turbine blade factory, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to see the blade production line, meet operatives & watch a demo of their work. The factory produces wind turbine blades for the company's offshore turbines. Finally The Queen went to the University of Hull to open the Allam Medical Building & take a tour of the facility. Her Majesty met nursing care students & tutors, observed a training session on robotic mannequin patients before visiting an operating theatre. Finally Her Majesty met representatives of the perinatal and mental health care team, before unveiling a plaque. Find out more about the visit here: bit.ly/2iZ42bx
Ahead of #HIVTestWeek, Prince Harry opened the Terrence Higgins Trust pop-up shop in Hackney. The shop is giving out free HIV self-testing kits for the next 10 days. One of the THT volunteers did a live demonstration of the test kits for HRH – which showed him how quick and easy they are to use. Prince Harry then spoke to Andrew Bates, who was diagnosed with HIV two years ago. He said he initially felt shame about his diagnosis, but now wants to use his experience to help others. ‘I can be an advocate for HIV positive people, and show the world that life doesn't end after getting an HIV diagnosis.’ Find out more about Prince Harry’s visit here: http://bit.ly/2hsPRLr
Tomorrow The Duke of Cambridge will unveil the national Action Plan created by The Royal Foundation's Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying. Ahead of the launch, His Royal Highness invited campaigners Lucy Alexander and Chloe Hine to Kensington Palace to hear more about how cyberbullying has affected their lives. Last year, Lucy wrote movingly about the loss of her son, Felix, who took his own life after experiencing cyberbullying. The Duke read Lucy's story and asked her to be one of the parents to help inform the Taskforce's work. Chloe was a member of the Taskforce Youth Panel, after she was attacked online at the age of 13 and attempted to take her own life. Watch The Duke share his motivation to tackle cyberbullying with Lucy and Chloe here:
Yesterday, Princess Alexandra presented The Royal Humane Society Awards at Buckingham Palace. Founded in 1774, the society has been granting awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life for over 240 years. Princess Alexandra heard some incredible stories yesterday; Mark Maloney received a bronze award for jumping into The Thames after a young boy who had fallen in and was being carried away by the current. He managed to catch up to him and the boy made a full recovery. Read more of the heroic stories of the recipients here: http://bit.ly/2zHadJ3 While The Queen is Patron of The Royal Human Society, Princess Alexandra has been President of the charity since 1975.
The Duchess of Cambridge today visited Hornsey Road Children's Centre in London. Her Royal Highness saw some of the valuable family and parental support services which are delivered at the Centre, some of which are run by the charity Family Action, of which The Queen is Patron. During the visit, The Duchess saw the facilities which support local parents and young children, and learnt more about Family Action's perinatal mental health support services which operate nationwide. Her Royal Highness also heard some of the personal experiences from parents who have benefited from the charity's support.
Happy birthday to HRH The Prince of Wales, who marks his 69th birthday today. In July 1969 The Queen invested HRH as The Prince of Wales at a ceremony at Caernarfon Castle in Wales. Did you know The Prince is Patron or President of over 400 charities and is the longest serving Prince of Wales in history?
The nation fell silent today as The Queen and Members of the Royal Family joined The Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. Watch here: http://bbc.in/2iQtfF0 This year, at Her Majesty's request, a wreath was laid on her behalf by The Prince of Wales. HM joined The Duke of Edinburgh, and other Members of The Royal Family, to view the Ceremony from the balcony of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office building: http://bit.ly/2mjrKUW The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry and several other Members of The Royal Family also laid wreaths at the Cenotaph. The National Service of Remembrance is held every year to ensure that no-one who has suffered or died in war is forgotten.
Tonight, The Queen accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh and other Members of The Royal Family, attended the Festival of Remembrance: http://bit.ly/2mjrKUW The festival, hosted by The Royal British Legion at the Royal Albert Hall, remembers all victims of war and those that made the ultimate sacrifice. You can watch the festival on BBC One at 9pm GMT. Further details here: http://bbc.in/10VgO0i
Today The Duke of Cambridge hosted an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, honouring deserving people from across the community. Among today's recipients were Sheila and Trevor Fairhurst, who both received MBE's for founding the Carly Fund - a charity they established after their daughter Carly died in 2006 as a result of domestic violence. The Carly Fund raised £55,000 to enable local counselling service, Victim Support, in Wigan to continue. Sheila and Trevor continue to work in partnership with Greater Manchester Police and Lancashire Police, sharing their story and highlighting the issue of domestic violence. Find out more about Investitures: http://bit.ly/1Sz2lK5
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have finished their Autumn Tour with a two-Day visit in India. Their Royal Highnesses visited an Elephant Parade (with 101 sculptures!) for the Elephant Family charity to raise awareness of the Asian elephant. They also attended a celebration of the UK-Indian Year of Culture. On the first day, TRH met the Prime Minister of India, and the following day visited India Gate to lay a wreath, and visited local schools and businesses. To end the visit, The Prince gave a speech at the High Commissioner’s Residence: “It gives me the greatest pleasure to join you all today in celebrating this uniquely, diverse and dynamic country, at the heart of the Commonwealth”.
Today Prince Harry officially opened the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey – a memorial garden organised annually by the The Poppy Factory. Read more about the annual tradition, which first began after the First World War, here: bit.ly/2hPb2If After laying a Cross of Remembrance in front of wooden crosses from the Graves of Unknown British Soldiers from the First and Second World Wars, HRH observed a two minutes' silence. Prince Harry then spoke to veterans standing in front of 380 different plots containing the 70,000 poppies on Remembrance Tribute Crosses planted here.
Her Majesty The Queen and Sir David Attenborough are to appear together in a documentary to be screened in 2018. The ITN Productions documentary follows the progress of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) - an initiative to create a global network of protected forests. The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy initiative aims to create a network of national forest parks that span the 52 countries of the Commonwealth. To find out more about the Queen's Canopy which represents a lasting celebration of the Queen’s leadership of, and service to, the Commonwealth go to bit.ly/2mtpto8 #queenscommonwealthcanopy
This afternoon The Queen re-opened the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia at the British Museum twenty five years after she first opened it in 1992. The gallery tells the stories of China and South Asia from 5000BC to the present day. Her Majesty has visited the British Museum many times during her reign: her 1957 visit marked the 200th anniversary of the presentation of the Old Royal Library to the new British Museum by King George II in 1757 and in 1999 she toured the 'Gilded Dragons' exhibition with President Jiang Zemin of China during his State Visit. At the opening of Great Court in 2000, The Queen said, 'In the life of the nation, the British Museum is a remarkable phenomenon … It is… an enduring source of learning, inspiration and pleasure for millions of people who visit every year.'
Yesterday, The Prince of Wales met one of Borneo's most famous inhabitants - the orangutan. His Royal Highness visited Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, which rehabilitates injured wild orangutans or those rescued from captivity. The orangutan is critically endangered due to loss of habitat from deforestation. HRH heard about the work the centre is doing to help orangutans, and was able to see a number of great apes for himself. The Prince has been working for many years to raise awareness of deforestation and climate change. Read more: https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/features/sustainability #RoyalVisitMY
On the third day of The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall's visit to Malaysia, Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching with a traditional dance performance. The Prince of Wales met the Chief Minister and tribal heads of the village, and The Duchess of Cornwall met local Sarawak women and was shown some examples of their traditional textiles and crafts. #RoyalVisitMY
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have been visiting beautiful Malaysia over the past two days - Their Royal Highnesses’ first visit to the country. The welcome for TRH has been fantastic, especially from the students of the University of Nottingham campus in Malaysia! The Prince received big cheers as he arrived to help launch the Commonwealth Youth Summit, which consists of around 180 delegates from across the Commonwealth. Organised by the Commonwealth Youth Council, it is the officially recognised voice of 1.2 billion young people. The Prince also visited the Islamic Arts Museum, where HRH said he was “delighted to be in Malaysia for the first time.” The Duchess meanwhile met students at the International School Parkcity. In the evening, Their Royal Highnesses attended a Gala Dinner to celebrate 60 years of UK-Malaysia diplomatic ties. Follow #RoyalVisitMY for updates throughout the visit.
This week, The Earl of Wessex has been on a visit to Prague to attend The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Gold Event, Over 90 participants from various organisations attended the event and received their Gold Award. The Earl of Wessex is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The #DofE International Award Foundation & gave a speech at the event. The Earl then visited the International School Prague which participates in the #dofeczech Award. The Earl visited students in the science IDEA lab and listened to the presentation of students participating in TEDx talks. Find out more about The Earl's work with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award here: http://bit.ly/2xWaupX
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall spent a wonderful three days in Singapore as part of their Autumn Tour. Here are the highlights of their visit! Today, The Prince and The Duchess briefly visited Brunei and visited a Gurkha battalion. His Royal Highness marked his fortieth anniversary as Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Gurkha Rifles in March, 2017. Later in the afternoon, Their Royal Highnesses met with The Sultan of Brunei and Her Majesty Raja Isteri. Their Royal Highnesses then continued their tour by traveling to Malaysia - and tomorrow will begin a full day of engagements there.
The Countess of Wessex has opened the Countess Gytha Primary School in Somerset which was relocated after suffering six floods since 2000. Her Royal Highness met children at the school & planted a tree in memory of the former Headmistress, Mrs English, who died before the site was completed. HRH then visited the Balsam centre in Wincanton, a community centre that supports the health and wellbeing of people living in the area. The Countess dropped into a support group at the centre, for mums with multiple births, and met some of the volunteers who help to run it. Find out more about the Countess of Wessex's work here > http://bit.ly/29R4TWT
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have spent their third day in stunning Singapore. Day Two began with an official welcome to Singapore at the Presidential Palace. Their Royal Highnesses then attended a memorial event at the Cenotaph, where The Prince laid a wreath and met veterans from the Commonwealth. The afternoon took The Prince into the rainforest at the MacRitchie Reservoir Park, where he spoke to conservationists and rangers about biodiversity and the park's initiatives. He also visited the Harmony Centre, meeting with religious leaders to discuss interfaith relations in Singapore. Day Three took TRH to the colourful and bustling Tiong Bahru market, where they were greeted by a Lion Dance performance! The Duchess then visited the Tiong Bahru community centre, and spoke to older members of the community who were taking part in arts and crafts, and learning about healthy eating. Their Royal Highnesses spent the afternoon in the National Orchid Garden. Orchid naming is a special way that Singapore honours important visitors, and an orchid was named after TRH: Dendrobium Duke Duchess of Cornwall. See more from the tour on the website at princeofwales.gov.uk