The Queen has visited Manchester to meet staff, victims and families of those involved in this week's attack in the city. At Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Her Majesty met nursing staff, paediatric doctors and surgeons and thanked them for their work over the last few days. During the visit The Queen spoke to a number of the victims and their families, including Millie Robson, aged 15, from County Durham, Evie Mills, aged 14, from Harrogate, and 12 year old Amy Barlow, from Rawtenstall. Earlier this week The Queen sent this message following the attack on Monday evening. Read it in full here. http://bit.ly/2qRCJTZ
“For any parent, being told that your child may have a life-limiting condition, or may die young, will be one of the most difficult and isolating experiences you can face. As Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospice (EACH), I have seen the incredible difference that children’s hospice and palliative care services can make for children, young people and their families.” To mark Children’s Hospice Week, The Duchess of Cambridge asks everyone to join her in celebrating and shining a light on the lifeline services provided by children’s hospices across the UK. Find out more about Children’s Hospice Week on the EACH website here → https://www.each.org.uk/childrens-hospice-week
Yesterday, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry presented a new award on behalf of The Diana Award. The Diana Award honours the legacy of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, by celebrating her belief in the power of young people. The Inaugural Legacy Award celebrates the outstanding achievements of 20 young people from around the world, who have shown qualities of kindness, compassion and service to others – without expecting a reward. As well as presenting each recipient with their award, The Duke and Prince Harry met the 20 winners before the ceremony. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2qBexFd
"Of all of today's pressures on the ocean, perhaps the most visible is the build-up of plastic debris. We need to progress beyond our "take-make-and-waste" economy." "Collaboration across the whole supply chain, from chemists to designers and from manufacturers to retailers, will be essential if we are to develop truly game-changing solutions." – The Prince of Wales, speaking last night at the launch of the #NewPlasticsEconomy Innovation Prize, which encourages innovators to find new ways of designing packaging to help keep plastics out of the ocean. The prize has been launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit. Watch The Prince's speech from the event in full:
The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief, presented new colours to the 1st Battalion and F Company Scots Guards in the Garden at Buckingham Palace, accompanied by The Duke of Kent, Colonel of the Regiment. Her Majesty's association with the Scots Guards dates back to her Coronation, when she became Colonel-in-Chief. The Queen first presented new colours to the Scots Guards at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in 1965 and last presented new colours in 2002, in the year of her Golden Jubilee. Read the full story → https://www.royal.uk/queen-presents-new-colours-scots-guards
In 1762, King George III purchased nearly 200 paintings and drawings by Venetian artist Canaletto from the art collector, Joseph Smith. The artwork was originally bought to decorate King George III's new London residence, Buckingham House (Palace) and now forms part of Royal Collection Trust. Opening on 19 May at The Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace, Royal Collection Trust's exhibition 'Canaletto & the Art of Venice' showcases one of the finest groups of works by Canaletto in the world. Find out more on their website → http://bit.ly/2pBcUFi
Today The Queen, alongside The Duke of Edinburgh, hosted a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace - accompanied by other members of The Royal Family and attended by than 8,000 guests. Guests were invited in recognition for the work they have done in their communities and whilst a band played a selection of music, more than 20,000 cakes and 27,000 cups of tea were served. Members of The Royal Family also met guests attending the Party - which is one of four The Queen will host this year. Find out more about the day here > http://bit.ly/2qsIQhc
Today, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry held a party at Buckingham Palace in honour of children of those who have died serving in the Armed Forces. Over 850 children and their guardians attended. Find out more about the event: http://bit.ly/2rdcAPr
"On this visit, as on our visits to the West of Ireland in 2015 and to Donegal last year, I can assure you that we have felt, and cherished, every single one of the 'Céad míle fáilte' (hundred thousand welcomes) for which Ireland is so very famous." Yesterday, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall ended the #RoyalVisitIreland with a reception at the British Ambassador's Residence in Dublin. Watch His Royal Highness's speech from the reception in full.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have received an amazing welcome from the people of Ireland on the second day of #RoyalVisitIreland! Their Royal Highnesses spent the day in Kilkenny, meeting residents and stallholders at the local Farmers Market, and even trying their hand at hurling in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle! Later that day Their Royal Highnesses visited Grennan Mill Craft School, and The Prince viewed the Emergency Medical Service Helicopter at the United Nations Training School Ireland. The Duchess ended the day at the Irish National Stud. Tomorrow, The Prince and The Duchess will spend a third and final day in Ireland visiting communities in Dublin. Follow #RoyalVisitIreland to keep up to date with the visit.
Today, The Duchess of Cambridge visited Luxembourg at the request of Her Majesty's Government. The Duchess participated in the official commemoration of the 1867 Treaty of London and took part in several engagements to celebrate the cultural and historic ties between the UK and Luxembourg. Find out more here: bit.ly/2q8MtsH
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall received a wonderful welcome to Northern Ireland today as Their Royal Highnesses arrived for a two-day visit. Today’s engagements included a visit to the village of Bellaghy for a tour of the Seamus Heaney HomePlace. This new art and literary centre is dedicated to the legacy of the Nobel Prize winning Irish poet and playwright Seamus Heaney. The Prince and The Duchess also officially opened new North West Cancer Centre and hosted a concert at Hillsborough Castle. Follow #RoyalVisitNI for updates from the visit. Catch up on today's news from the Royal visit to Northern Ireland: https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/news-and-diary/the-prince-of-wales-and-the-duchess-of-cornwall-arrive-northern-ireland Read The Prince of Wales's speech delivered at Seamus Heaney HomePlace: https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/media/speeches/speech-hrh-the-prince-of-wales-the-seamus-heaney-homeplace-bellaghy-county
Today Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Pangbourne College to celebrate its centenary. The Queen and The Duke attended a Thanksgiving Service before watching the college on parade. Founded as a training college for officers of the Merchant Navy, the school still practices Royal Navy ceremonial traditions with a modern focus on developing leadership. Find out more about the visit here: http://bit.ly/2qVHOt6
🎥 Yesterday The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attended a Service for Members of the Order of Merit at St James's Palace. The Order is one of several honours conferred by The Queen, and has 24 members at any one time, rewarding achievement in the arts, learning, literature and science.
The Duchess of Cornwall, a longstanding literacy supporter, visited the BBC Radio 2 studios in London today. The Duchess is Honorary Judge of the 500 Words short story competition and helped pick this year's winners. 500 Words is an annual 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. This year, the competition received a record-breaking 131,798 entries! The winning entries will be read out by famous faces at the Tower of London next month. Find out more about the judging and The Duchess’s visit to the studios → https://www.royal.uk/duchess-cornwall-visits-bbc-radio-2-studios-500-words-competition-judging Read some of the top 50 stories → http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/KNWsKPrg7stQ54tTbcf6P7/500-words-the-stories
Today The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attended a Service for Members of the Order of Merit at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace. The Order of Merit is one of several honours conferred by The Queen; The Order of Merit has 24 members at any one time, and rewards those who have achieved greatly in the arts, learning, literature and science. Find out more about the Order of Merit on our website here → https://www.royal.uk/queen-and-honours From left to right back row: Sir James Dyson, Lord Darzi of Denham, David Hockney, Neil MacGregor, The Rt Hon Jean Chretien, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Lord Rees of Ludlow, John Howard, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, Professor Dame Ann Dowling, Lord Robert Fellowes. From left to right seated: Sir David Attenborough, Lord Rothschild, Professor Lord May of Oxford, Professor Sir Roger Penrose, Sir Michael Atiyah, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Queen, Lord Foster of Thames Bank, Sir Tom Stoppard, Baroness Boothroyd, Professor Sir Michael Howard and Lord Eames.
Today The Duke of Edinburgh opened the new Warner Stand at Lord's Cricket Ground. The Duke has a long association with cricket and is officially involved with over 20 cricketing institutions worldwide. At Lord’s His Royal Highness met representatives of Marylebone Cricket Club, including England legend Mike Gatting, and he team involved in creating the new Warner Stand, before formally opening the Stand. Read the full story here → http://bit.ly/2pxpKYz
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share a new photograph of Princess Charlotte to mark her second birthday tomorrow. The photograph was taken in April by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk. The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this photograph as they celebrate Princess Charlotte's second birthday. Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank everyone for all of the lovely messages they have received, and hope that everyone enjoys this photograph of Princess Charlotte as much as they do.
Today The Earl of Wessex visited Bletchley Park, Britain's main decryption hub during the Second World War. It was at Bletchley Park that code-breakers including Alan Turing penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers, most notably the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. Historians say the efforts made here shortened the war by four years. The Earl visited two newly updated exhibitions which celebrate the pioneering achieved made by those who waged the 'secret war'. Read the full story of The Earl's engagements today, which also included visits to Milton Keynes and Cambridge → http://bit.ly/2oPOBnG Image by Jakob Ebrey Photography for the Bletchley Park Trust.
In the White Drawing room in Windsor Castle, The Queen holds an Audience with His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana. Throughout the year, The Queen holds many Audiences, which allows her to maintain close ties with officials from the UK, the Commonwealth, and across the world. Find out more → http://bit.ly/1O52byJ
Her Majesty The Queen hosted a ceremony at Windsor Castle on 25 April 2017 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Motability. The charity enables disabled people, their families and carers to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair using their mobility allowance. The Queen, who has been Patron of Motability since 1977, gave keys to five Motability customers including Edward Todino, a disability advisor at Kingston University (pictured below). Several Motability vehicles were on display at Windsor Castle to show the technological advances that have been made over the course of 40 years. Find out more about the event here: http://bit.ly/2pwjZLZ
On #ANZACDay The Duke of York pays tribute to Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women at a Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial in London. The Duke will later attend a Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey. On 25 April each year, New Zealanders and Australians commemorate Anzac Day, in honour of the men of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who died during the landings at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles.
The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition was founded in 1883 and is the world’s oldest international schools’ writing contest. Last year, 13,500 entries were received from nearly every Commonwealth country, from the UK all the way to Tristan de Cunha (5,592 miles away)! Thousands of young writers from across the Commonwealth have already submitted their stories for this year’s competition, and there is just one week left to take part. The Duchess of Cornwall, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, has held Awards Ceremonies at Buckingham Palace for competition winners annually since 2014. Read more about the competition and find out how to enter → bit.ly/CWEssayComp Read a past winning story → http://bit.ly/CWEssayWinner
Watch The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Patrons of Heads Together, support #TeamHeadsTogether runners in the 2017 London Marathon. The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry are thrilled that so many runners have chosen to wear #TeamHeadsTogether headbands today. Regardless of the great causes they are running for, thousands of people have put on a headband to make this the Mental Health Marathon. Read the full story here → https://www.royal.uk/duke-and-duchess-cambridge-and-prince-harry-2017-london-marathon Find out more about Heads Together → https://www.headstogether.org.uk
And they're off! The 2017 London Marathon Men's Elite and 'Mass' race is officially started by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry! Their Royal Highnesses, as Patrons of Heads Together, London Marathon charity of the year, will spend the day supporting #TeamHeadsTogether. Before the race, TRH met Heads Together runners to wish them the best of luck for the day. Heads Together aims to raise awareness, tackle stigma and create a national conversation around mental health. Each of the 39,000 marathon runners have been given a Heads Together headband, to help make the 2017 marathon the 'Mental Health Marathon'. Find out more → http://bit.ly/2p5iEc6
Please take a moment to watch this new film featuring The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry that has been released as part of the Heads Together campaign's #OkToSay series. The film captures a conversation between Their Royal Highnesses that occurred at Kensington Palace as they looked ahead to this weekend's London Marathon and reflected on the growth of the campaign over the last year. The conversation covers a range of topics including the emotional changes new parents go through, bereavement, the stresses of modern childhood, and dealing with trauma in the workplace. The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry are incredibly grateful to everyone who has shared their stories in recent weeks. And having asked others to start conversations on mental health with their friends and families, they wanted to show that they are taking part as well. They hope the film shows how positive a conversation on mental health can be. #HeadsTogether
Happy Birthday Her Majesty! Today is The Queen's 91st birthday. Born in London on 21 April 1926, Queen Elizabeth II has ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history, becoming a much loved and respected figure around the world. Her Majesty continues to carry out a full programme of engagements, from visits to charities and schools, to hosting visiting Heads of State, to leading the nation in Remembrance and celebratory events. The Queen's official birthday celebrations are held in June. This year, The Trooping of the Colour falls on 17 June 2017. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2oJmszo
Official investitures have been held today, presided over by The Duke of Cambridge. His Royal Highness awarded the Polar Medal to Joanna Worsley – the wife of the late Antarctica explorer Lieutenant Colonel Henry Worsley. Henry raised over £100,000 for the Endeavour Fund but died on a solo Antarctic crossing in 2016. The #EndeavourFund was founded in 2012, as part of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry's Royal Foundation. The fund supports recovery of wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. Also at the investiture today, from the world of sport, Jessica Ennis received her Damehood for services to athletics. And several Paralympians also received honours – including Lee Pearson, Sophie Christiansen and Jody Cundy. Mark Rylance received his Knighthood for services to drama and Victoria Beckham received an #OBE for services to the fashion industry. Julie Love received an #MBE for setting up Scottish charity "DAYNA" to support families where loved ones have died abroad. Find our more about the behind the scenes of an investitures here - https://www.royal.uk/investitures-behind-scenes-0