The Queen presented honours to well-deserving people across the community at today's Investiture at Buckingham Palace. Today's recipients included Christine Wicks, a Brownie leader for 40 years, who has supported more than 800 girls in her work with the Girl Guides. Other recipients included Colin King, honoured by The Queen for his work supporting 700 football coaches from a BAME background across the nation, and Susan Smith, honoured for her work raising awareness and money for research into brain tumours. Take a look at our gallery to see some of today's recipients...
Take a moment to watch Prince Harry's important message about how vital it is to take the time to speak to your friends, family and co-workers about mental health. Prince Harry met runners and Heads Together supporters from across the North East yesterday, who are working to make 2017's London Marathon the mental health marathon.
Today The Duchess of Cambridge visited two Action for Children projects supporting vulnerable families in Wales, her first engagements with the charity since becoming its Patron in December 2016, following on from Her Majesty The Queen. The Duchess first visited Torfaen to see MIST, a child and adolescent mental health project which works specifically with children who are living in care with foster families or birth families. Her Royal Highness then visited the Caerphilly Family Intervention Team (FIT) to learn about their work with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, problems with family relationships and those who have or who are likely to self-harm. Read more → https://www.royal.uk/duchess-cambridge-visits-action-children-wales
The Princess Royal and Sir Tim Laurence, Vice-Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, attended a Service of Remembrance to commemorate 100 years since the loss of the SS Mendi during the First World War. The sinking of the SS Mendi is one of the worst maritime disasters in British Waters. Find out more → http://bit.ly/2kNblCZ
The Duke of Edinburgh visits Vantage Power, who are working to cut emissions and increase efficiency in city buses. Vantage Power's scheme aims to reduce emissions by up to 90 percent and cut fuel consumption in buses by up to 40 percent. Read the full story here → bit.ly/2mhFdYa
The Queen has sent a message on the sixth anniversary of the Canterbury Earthquake in New Zealand, which has been marked by the dedication of the new Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial... "As you gather today to dedicate the new Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, there will be difficult and painful memories, but also memories of many heroic and selfless acts, of the caring and creative nature of the Christchurch people, and of the help that came so readily from emergency and rescue personnel. I hope that the new memorial will provide a place to remember, to grieve for what is lost, and to give thanks for what remains. I am sure it will be a particularly special place for the families of those who lost their lives, and for those who were seriously injured in the earthquakes. They will be joined by many others, from New Zealand and around the world, who wish to pause and reflect on that difficult time. I hope that this national memorial is a place of solace and reflection for all who visit." http://bit.ly/2kL6iXq
Prince Harry has visited the North East of England today, joining a Heads Together training session in the centre of Newcastle as part of their ongoing campaign to get the nation talking about mental health. Prince Harry's visit began in Gateshead, where His Royal Highness learned how Walking With The Wounded is working with the local council and police on projects to support ex-servicemen, with a focus on providing specialist support for mental health, including those who come into contact with the criminal justice system. The Prince then headed to the Quayside to join Steve Cram, Jonathan Edwards and some of the Team Heads Together runners from across the North East and Scotland as they take part in a special training day, before visiting Virgin Money Head Quarters to meet staff who have been raising funds and awareness about mental health. Read the full story and watch Prince Harry's speech at during today's Charity Day at Virgin Money here → http://bit.ly/2lCE3td
Today The Queen presented Her Majesty’s Gold Medal for Poetry for the year 2016 to Gillian Allnutt. The Gold Medal for Poetry was instituted by King George V in 1933 at the suggestion of the then Poet Laureate, John Masefield. The Medal is awarded for excellence in poetry, on the basis either of a body of work over several years, or for an outstanding poetry collection issued during the year of the award. Find out more about Gillian's work and about the Gold Medal for Poetry on our website → http://bit.ly/2liyiQY
The Duke of Gloucester has spent a day in Herefordshire, visiting the local market, meeting members of community organisations, such as Army Cadets, Community Action Ledbury and the Royal British Legion and touring local businesses. The Duke is pictured here visiting Salters Hill - a centre which has been supporting adults with disabilities in the area for over 35 years. Want to find out more about The Duke of Gloucester's visit? Click here: https://www.royal.uk/duke-gloucester-visits-community-ledbury
Claire Cashmore MBE Stephanie Millward MBE Ellie Robinson MBE Susannah Rodgers MBE Hannah Russell MBE Alice Tai MBE A special day for ParalympicsGB swimming as The Prince of Wales presented six Paralympic swimmers with their MBEs, at Buckingham Palace - congratulations! At today's Investiture, The Prince of Wales honoured people from across the community, including charity volunteers, foster carers, artists and medics. Find out more about Investitures here → https://www.royal.uk/investitures
The Queen held audiences today with Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, the High Commissioner for India, and with Derick Ally, the High Commissioner for the Seychelles. Both High Commissioners presented their Letters of Commission, as part of a traditional ceremony carried out by newly-appointed Ambassadors or High Commissioners when they visit London. Throughout the year, The Queen holds many Audiences, which allow her to maintain close ties with officials from the UK, the Commonwealth, and across the world. Find out more → http://bit.ly/1O52byJ
Take a look at our photos of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at the new National Cyber Security Centre in Victoria, London, which Her Majesty officially opened today. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is the UK's authority on cyber security. As part of GCHQ, it works to make the UK the safest place to live and work online by reducing cyber security risk. The Queen and The Duke explored the history of GCHQ, and were shown items such as a Second World War Royal Household telephone directory and secret cyphers used by her father, King George VI. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness also met Cerys, aged 12, who applied for the CyberFirst girls competition via an encrypted email, which had to first be decoded by GCHQ.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall received a wonderful welcome to Hull this week as Their Royal Highnesses arrived for a visit! The Prince and The Duchess were given a taste of what the city has in store as it begins its year as the UK City of Culture 2017. #Hull2017
Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Mark Discombe was a volunteer pilot with a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in his first display season flying a Hurricane at a flypast at Cadwell Park. As he was conducting the flypast he encountered fluctuating oil pressure and a stream of oil onto windscreen of the aircraft. He called off the flypast, declared an emergency and gained altitude so as to divert to a RAF Airfield 25 miles away. The other aircraft pilot in the flypast circled the Hurricane and informed Discombe that the underside of the aircraft was covered in oil and he could expect engine failure at any stage. As Discombe arrived at the RAF airfield he had no forward vision and as he prepared to land the engine failed, but managed to land the aircraft safely. Today Sqn Ldr Discombe received the Air Force Cross for his actions from The Prince of Wales at an Investiture at Buckingham Palace.
From launching #TimetoTalk Day with the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust and a London Marathon training day, through to launching Children's Mental Health Week with Place2Be, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have a had a great few days talking #MentalHealth with their Heads Together Partners. Thank you to everyone for sharing your stories on how talking about Mental Health can change lives! Find out more about Their Royal Highnesses' Foundation here → https://www.royal.uk/royal-foundation
"The suicide rate among young men in this country is an appalling stain on our society. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 40 in this country. Not cancer, not knife crime, not road deaths – suicide. If one of these other issues took so many young lives, there would be a national outcry. But there has only ever been silence. And this has to stop. This silence is killing good people." – The Duke of Cambridge, speaking at the Guild of Health Writers 'Anxiety Epidemic' conference last night. The event was an opportunity for Their Royal Highnesses to engage with members of the Guild of Health Writers working in print, online and broadcast media on Heads Together and its ambition to create millions of conversations on mental health in 2017.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Place2Be's Big Assembly yesterday, as part of the Heads Together campaign to start millions of conversations on mental health in 2017. The Big Assembly, on the theme of kindness, was one of many being held at primary schools across the UK to mark Children's Mental Health Week. Their Royal Highnesses met staff and pupils at the Assembly, and presented the first Place2Be 'Kindness Cup' to Nadia Dhicis, for showing exceptional kindness in her community. Read The Duchess of Cambridge's speech here → https://www.royal.uk/speech-duchess-cambridge-place2be-big-assembly-childrens-mental-health-week
Watch The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry meet inspiring #TeamHeadsTogether runners at yesterday's London Marathon training day. #TeamsHeadsTogether runners are fundraising for the eight Heads Together Charity Partners or the campaign itself, but not just that... Our hope is to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health, and we look forward to making 2017 the Mental Health Marathon. Share a message of support and cheer on #TeamsHeadsTogether → https://www.headstogether.org.uk/
Today marks The Queen's #SapphireJubilee It has been 65 years since Her Majesty acceded to the throne. On 6 February 1952, King George VI sadly died following a prolonged illness. Princess Elizabeth immediately acceded to the throne, becoming Queen Elizabeth II and taking on all of the responsibilities which came with her new title. In the photograph, The Queen is wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947. Find out more about The Queen's accession and coronation on our website: http://bit.ly/24irGhZ
Prince Harry has visited the London Ambulance Service today to help kick off this year’s #TimetoTalk Day, as part of the Heads Together mental health campaign. The annual awareness day is run by charity Time to Change and is aimed at getting the nation talking about mental health. The theme of this year’s Time to Talk Day is "conversations change lives". Prince Harry champions mental health campaign Heads Together with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, supported by the Royal Foundation. Find out more: http://bit.ly/2klYQyM
Announced today: The Duchess of Cornwall has been named as the new Royal Patron of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. During today’s visit to Battersea Old Windsor, it was announced that Her Royal Highness will take over the Patronage from Her Majesty The Queen. The Duchess has visited Battersea’s London centre before, but it was Her Royal Highness's first visit to their Old Windsor centre. During the visit, Her Royal Highness was joined by her two Jack Russell Terriers, Beth and Bluebell! Beth and Bluebell are both rescue dogs from Battersea’s London centre, with Beth being adopted in 2011 and Bluebell a year later. Read more about The Duchess’s visit: www.royal.uk/duchess-cornwall-visits-battersea-dogs-and-cats-home-old-windsor-and-announced-charitys-new-royal
Congratulations to the winners of The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering: Eric Fossum, George Smith, Nobukazu Teranishi and Michael Tompsett...announced today in the presence of The Princess Royal. These engineers are described as the founding fathers of digital photography and their work has truly changed the world. They have enabled us to view NASA live stream images of Rosetta landing on Mars; watch our favourite sports live on TV, help doctors and researchers to see cancers inside our body and share photographs with our friends on Facebook. We use their technology - digital imaging sensors - over 3 billion times a day! Find out more about the winners: http://qeprize.org/winner-2017/
A statue of Diana, Princess of Wales will be erected in the grounds of Kensington Palace at the request of her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Princes have convened a committee to commission and privately raise funds for the creation of the statue. This committee will advise on the selection of the sculptor and will work with Historic Royal Palaces on the statue's installation in the public gardens at Kensington Palace. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry said: "It has been twenty years since our mother's death and the time is right to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue. "Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy." While the sculpting of the statue will begin soon, it is not currently possible to advise when it will be unveiled. It is hoped that this will occur before the end of 2017. Further announcements on the statue's sculptor and design will be made in due course.
Fancy taking a look at the #GeorgianPapers online? Here's a handy guide in how to use the resource which is now open for members of the public, students, academics and historians alike to browse and gain a fascinating insight into the world of the Royal Family from the Georgian period. You can access the website here - enjoy http://bit.ly/2kxjdsi
Private letters and papers from the Royal Archive are now online as The #GeorgianPapers Programme is launched. More than 33,000 papers relating to the Georgian period, including intimate letters from King George III have been digitised and are now available for the public to see. But this is just the beginning - the ambition for the Georgian Papers Programme is to digitise a further 317,000 of them to create an online archive open to all around the world. Find out more and explore the archive here > http://bit.ly/2kE0Lxl
RELEASED TODAY: The Prince of Wales has co-authored a new #LadybirdExperts book on climate change. His Royal Highness's book was written alongside environmentalist Tony Juniper and climate scientist Emily Shuckburgh. The book explains the history, dangers and challenges of global warming and explores possible solutions to reduce its impact. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2jibWL8
"Supporting our farmers and the industry is a priority for me in my work and I very much look forward to my role with this unique part of our country and its special agricultural show.” Last week, as she celebrated her birthday, The Countess of Wessex was honoured to be elected President of the Devon County Agricultural Association for 2017, which organises the Devon County Show. The Countess is a keen supporter of British agriculture in general, and agricultural shows in particular. Her Royal Highness is a past President of the Royal Bath and West, the Royal Cornwall and the New Forest and Hampshire Shows, and is Patron of the Association of Shows and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO), which represents agricultural shows across the country. Want to find out more about The Countess of Wessex's charities and patronages? Take a look at our website here: https://www.royal.uk/the-countess-of-wessex
Farms for City Children was founded in 1976 by Michael and Clare Morpurgo to give urban children the experience of living and working on a real farm - The Princess Royal, Patron, made her fifth visit to one of their farms to celebrate their 40th Birthday 🎂 Her Royal Highness visited their farm at Nethercott House and saw the piggery, the forest school and walled gardens where children from Lipson Vale Primary School in Plymouth were undertaking their farm work under supervision of the Nethercott staff.