The Duchess of Cornwall returns in animated form for the launch of this year’s BBC Radio 2 #500Words writing competition! #500Words is an annual creative writing competition which asks children aged 13 and under, up and down the country, to put pen to paper to compose an original work of fiction using no more than 500 words. For the second year running, The Duchess will help decide competition winners in her role as an Honorary Judge. The winning entries will be read out by famous faces at the Tower of London.
The Princess Royal visited the UK Parliament to meet Speakers and Deputies of Commonwealth Parliaments. The Committee of the Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers' of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) brings together the Speakers and Presiding Officers of the national parliaments of the independent sovereign states of the Commonwealth. Its aims are to maintain, foster, and encourage impartiality and fairness on the part of Speakers and Presiding Officers of Parliaments; Promote knowledge and understanding of parliamentary democracy in its various forms; and develop parliamentary institutions.
Yesterday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a Child Bereavement UK Centre in Stratford, as the London Centre marks its one year anniversary. Their Royal Highnesses attended one of the charity’s Family Support Group sessions where children, their parents, and carers can meet other families to explore themes of memories, feelings, support networks and resilience. These sessions can help to decrease their sense of being alone and feeling ‘different’ when someone important in their lives has died. Read the full story of the visit 👉 https://www.royal.uk/duke-and-duchess-cambridge-visit-child-bereavement-uk-centre Earlier in the day The Duchess visited the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families' Early Years Parenting Unit (EYPU) to learn more about their work with families who have children under five years old. Read about The Duchess's visit 👉 https://www.royal.uk/duchess-cambridge-visits-anna-freud-centres-early-years-parenting-unit
The Countess of Wessex today received a warm welcome from 5th Battalion The Rifles at their new home at Ward Barracks following their return from Germany. The Countess, who is Royal Colonel of the Regiment, toured the Barracks meeting Officers, Riflemen and their families, viewed the latest British Army equipment used by 5 Rifles and received a Regimental update from the Commanding Officer. Take a look at some our photos to find out more…
The Duke of Cambridge, Patron of Centrepoint, the leading youth homelessness charity for 16-25 year-olds, visited one of their hostels in London today. On his visit to the hostel, The Duke of Cambridge observed some of the Centrepoint sessions designed for young people, and took the opportunity to hear about the personal experiences of those attending the programme. Read the full story 👉 https://www.royal.uk/duke-cambridge-visits-centrepoint-hostel
🎥 Royal Collection Trust is responsible for the care of the Royal Collection and manages the public opening of the official residences of The Queen. Find out more about the Trust's exhibitions at The Queen's Gallery in London and Edinburgh in 2017...
Watch as The Queen congratulates and sends warm wishes to the people of Canada in the 150th anniversary year of Confederation. This pre-recorded message is delivered in English and French. Read the full text in English here: http://bit.ly/2ilJBXJ And the full message in French is here: http://bit.ly/2iU6QZR
📷 From celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday, to celebrating 60 years of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award to Royal Tours around the Commonwealth, take a look at the Royal Year in photos. Want to see more of our highlights from 2016? Watch the full film here → http://bit.ly/2iMrjQ7 See you in 2017!
Watch The Queen's Christmas Broadcast 2016 "I often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things: volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours; unsung heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special. They are an inspiration to those who know them" - The Queen. Her Majesty reflects on 'Inspiration' in her annual Christmas broadcast to the Nation and Commonwealth, from Olympic and Paralympic athletes to unsung heroes in the community.
A very Merry Christmas to all! This morning members of the Royal Family attended the Christmas Service at Sandringham Church. Don't forget you can watch The Queen's Annual Christmas Message #QueensSpeech here on our facebook page at 3pm GMT.
Want to watch The Queen's Christmas speech? Visit @The Royal Family Facebook page at 3pm GMT tomorrow to watch The Queen reflect on 2016 and what Christmas means to her in her 64th annual Christmas Broadcast. The first Christmas Broadcast was delivered by George V in 1932. Since then The Queen's Christmas speech has evolved into an important part of Christmas Day for many people around the world. Find out more about the history of the Christmas Broadcast: http://bit.ly/2i3rx29
This week The Duke of Rothesay, as The Prince of Wales is known when in Scotland, made a surprise appearance at The Dumfries House Christmas Tea Dance, hosted for guests from sheltered housing and care homes.
It was bauble and gingerbread decorating at the ready as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry attended a charity Christmas party. The annual party was hosted by Heads Together, which is part of Their Royal Highnesses Royal Foundation charity, and youth support charity The Mix, to celebrate the volunteers and counsellors who support people through tough times in their lives. Full story here - http://bit.ly/2h2M5sM
First look: As a year of 90th birthday celebrations draw to a close, we would like to share this special photo of The Prince and The Queen, taken earlier this year at Windsor Castle. Read more about #Queenat90 here: http://bit.ly/2hS8Z3K
The Duchess of Cornwall has attended The Sovereign Parade on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. The Parade is held at the end of each term and marks the passing out of Officer Cadets who have completed the Commissioning Course. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2hCMFhV
Happy 100th Birthday to the Cub Scouts - The Scout Association! 🎂 The Duchess of Cambridge attended a special Cub Scout Pack meeting last night with Cubs from the Kings Lynn District to celebrate 100 years of Cubs. Her Royal Highness joined the Pack as they took part in games and activities themed around looking after yourself and others physically and emotionally. They then joined together to renew their Cub Scout promise and celebrate the Cub's 100th anniversary with the lighting of 100 candles and a rendition of happy birthday! Cub Scouting was co-founded by Robert Baden-Powell and Vera Barclay on the 16th December 1916. Find out more about Cub Scouting here → http://scouts.org.uk/home/
"MapAction brings order to chaos. Its unique mapping skills help all the other aid workers in a disaster or emergency. MapAction is helping more people in a shorter space of time and allowing other humanitarian organisations to get to the areas most affected, to start saving lives as soon as possible." Earlier this Autumn Prince Harry visited a volunteer humanitarian mapping team at a major disaster simulation exercise in Norway. There he was able to see first-hand how MapAction gathers crucial data at the scene of emergencies and translates it into maps, providing a common operational picture from which to plan and prioritise the response. This service underpins the delivery of emergency response by helping get the right aid to the right areas and people quickly, saving lives. Read more → https://www.royal.uk/prince-harry-visits-mapaction-volunteers-norway
The Prince of Wales has sent a message of condolence to Pope Tawadros II following the explosion at St Peter’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo yesterday. In December 2013, His Royal Highness visited the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre in Stevenage.
📺 Tune in to ITV at 9pm tonight to watch... 'When Phillip met Prince Philip: 60 Years of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – a celebration of the DofE' The programme celebrates The Duke of Edinburgh's Award which has helped to transform the lives of millions of young people in the UK and across the globe since it was founded 60 years ago: http://bit.ly/2dxR3JV DofE Gold Award holders The Duchess of Cambridge and The Earl of Wessex, Bronze Award holder Paralympic Medallist Hannah Cockroft and many more share their experiences of the #DofE in tonight's programme. The Countess of Wessex also talks about her Diamond #DofE Bike Ride Challenge which raised almost £300,000 for the #DofE Charity earlier this year. #WeAreDofE
7 countries 🌎 15 days 📅 It's been an incredible fortnight for Prince Harry's Caribbean visit, on behalf of The Queen! From marking Independence Anniversaries, to unveiling dedications to The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, to reaching millions around the world with Rihanna on World Aids Day, take a look at some of the highlights of Prince Harry's visit to the Caribbean...
Christmas festivities commence as The Countess of Wessex joins Stoll Veterans at their annual Carol Service. The service included energetic performances by the Military Wives Choir of South London and Creative Kidz. Her Royal Highness is Patron of the charity which has been supporting ex-Service personnel who are vulnerable or disabled since 1916. Find out more about The Countess of Wessex: https://www.royal.uk/the-countess-of-wessex
The Queen and the Royal Family welcome the world's Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Embassy staff from the diplomatic community to Buckingham Palace at the annual Diplomatic Reception. Find out more about the many events that take place at Buckingham Palace each year: http://bit.ly/1WpnuO4
The Princess Royal has today hosted The Not Forgotten Association's (NFA) annual Christmas tea party at St James's Palace. The Princess Royal is Patron of the association, a military charity which supports 10,000 wounded, injured or sick, service and ex-service men and women. The Association provides entertainment and recreation, such as the Christmas Tea Party at St James's Palace and the summer Garden Party, held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. The NFA Christmas Tea Party has been held at St James's Palace since 1921 when their first Royal Patron, Princess Mary, was appointed and invited 600 wounded servicemen for afternoon tea. Find out more here - http://bit.ly/2goOca8
The Prince of Wales today toured the Bank of England, the central bank of the UK, with Governor Mark Carney. During the visit, which took place at the bank’s offices in London, His Royal Highness toured the museum and gold vaults, and met scholarship students, members of the bank’s reciprocal mentoring scheme and local schoolchildren who were visiting the museum. The Prince first toured the Bank of England in 1979, and His Royal Highness’s last visit took place in 2002.
Tonight 12 Entrepreneurs from around the world will pitch to an audience of CEO's, influencers and investors, live from St. James's Palace. Established by The Duke of York [email protected] offers the chance for entrepreneurs and start-ups to pitch their Tech business idea in front of a global audience of influencers who can catapult it to the next level. Watch live on The Duke of York's facebook page from 5.30pm!
It was a Royal day out at the #ICAPCharityDay today to help raise vital funds for over 200 charities worldwide. Prince Harry closed a number of deals in support of his charity Sentebale which helps orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa. http://sentebale.org/ The Countess of Wessex, as Patron of Shooting Star Chase, attended the #ICAPCharityDay to see ICAP raise contributions for their surrey-based children's hospice, St Christopher's. https://www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/
Watch The Duke of Cambridge join business leaders and Mind to discuss tackling mental health in the workplace yesterday with Heads Together. The event, hosted by Unilever, was an opportunity for The Duke to hear from some of the country's top FTSE 100 employers about how mental health and wellbeing is currently promoted and supported within the workplace. Mental health issues are the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing employers nearly £26 billion each year. Around half of all long-term sick leave in the UK is due to stress, depression and anxiety and 95% of employees who call in sick with stress give a different reason. The Duke also spoke about the challenges around employee wellbeing as part of the Heads Together campaign which he is spearheading with The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to change the conversation on mental health. Read it here: http://bit.ly/2gUE1s4