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
Watch live the World Premiere of a new Heads Together video featuring Prince William and Lady Gaga encouraging all of us to speak more openly about mental health. The pair discussed the powerful films that have been released showing people from all walks of life discussing their mental health challenges under the #Oktosay banner. Having conversations about mental health is vital to shattering the stigma that still surrounds these issues. In 2016 Lady Gaga released an open letter through her Born This Way Foundation revealing that she lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Duke was hugely impressed with the openness displayed in the letter and asked Lady Gaga to get involved with the Heads Together campaign.
Prince Harry features as the first guest on the new 'Mad World' podcast from the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon who will run for Heads Together in next week's London Marathon. On the podcast, Prince Harry speaks candidly about his own experience with mental health and encourages everyone to do the same. Please have a listen. http://bryonysmadworld.telegraph.co.uk
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall received an incredible reception last week during the nine-day official Royal tour to Romania, Italy, the Holy See and Austria. Their Royal Highnesses visited organisations and communities across Bucharest, Florence, Naples, Amatrice and Vienna, and were received by His Holiness Pope Francis in the Holy See. In Florence, The Prince was presented with the ‘Renaissance Man of the Year Award’, given to those who embody the Renaissance values of enlightened patronage and support for culture. See some highlights from the Royal visit and find out more about The Prince and Duchess's work here https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/
The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, visited Leicester Cathedral for the annual Royal Maundy Service. Each year, The Queen gives out special Maundy Money coins to retired pensioners, from all denominations, who have been nominated in recognition of their service to the Church and to the local community. After her visit to Leicester Cathedral, The Queen has now visited every Anglican Cathedral in England for the Thursday Maundy Service. Read about Her Majesty's visit here: bit.ly/2pxiv07
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are excited to share two more Heads Together films, featuring people from all walks of life talking about the life changing conversations that helped them cope with their mental health challenges. Watch Stephen Fry open up about his #MentalHealth for Heads Together, showing how talking openly helped him to heal. Find out more about the Heads Together films, commissioned by The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry → https://www.royal.uk/duke-and-duchess-cambridge-and-prince-harry-release-groundbreaking-heads-together-films
The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, has visited ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to open the new Elephant Centre. During the visit The Queen, Patron of The Zoological Society London, and The Duke, both met and fed an elephant. The zoo is home to nine Asian elephants, including baby 'Elizbabeth' who was named in honour of Her Majesty's 90th birthday in 2016. The Queen and The Duke then visited and met residents from Priory View, an independent living scheme in Dunstable. Her Majesty officially opened the centre and was presented with a posy from George Baker, one of Priory View's oldest residents.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend this year’s London Marathon together for the first time to support runners taking part in their mental health campaign Heads Together, which is this year’s Charity of the Year for the Marathon. Prince Harry has recorded message a video message for all 39,000 Virgin Money London Marathon runners letting them know that they will be given a special Heads Together headband which they can wear on race day to be part of the national movement to end the stigma around mental health once and for all. During the week leading up to the marathon Their Royal Highnesses will attend several events in support of #TeamHeadsTogether - Heads Together wants to make this year’s marathon the ‘mental health marathon’ that gets the country talking about mental health and Their Royal Highnesses will cheer on all runners at points along the route on Marathon day!
Today The Prince of Wales, accompanied by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, attended the #Vimy100 anniversary commemorations. Their Royal Highnesses toured the trenches before attending a special ceremony and reception. The Battle of Vimy Ridge took place on 9 April 1917 as 4 Canadian divisions fought together as a unified fighting force for the first time. The Duke and Prince Harry lay poppies and commemorative soldiers boots in memory of those who lost their lives during WW1. The Queen also sent a special message which you can read in English here http://bit.ly/2nXoBGB and French here http://bit.ly/2pgFoon
The final country The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited this week was beautiful Austria. Some highlights of the visit included meeting Holocaust survivors at Vienna's Jewish Museum and experiencing a traditional Austrian 'Buschenschank'. #RoyalVisitAustria
At the request of the British Government, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have been carrying out engagements in Europe over the past nine days, visiting Romania, Italy, the Holy See and Austria. In Italy, Their Royal Highnesses visited beautiful Florence, where The Prince was awarded the ‘Renaissance Man of the Year Award’ for his support for culture. The Duchess toured the ancient site of Herculaneum, near Naples, and The Prince visited Amatrice, a town affected by earthquakes last year. In case you missed it, watch some of the highlights from the #RoyalVisitItaly.
The Princess Royal has been in Ghana to mark 60 years of Ghanaian independence and visit projects that aim to empower women and support female education and entrepreneurship. During her visit Her Royal Highness had audiences with Ghanaian President Mr Nana Akufo-Addo and the Astantehene, His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. Read more about the Ghanaian visit here → https://www.royal.uk/princess-royal-visits-ghana
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are excited to share two more Heads Together films, featuring people from all walks of life talking about the life changing conversations that helped them cope with their mental health challenges. Watch Katharine Welby-Roberts talk with her mother Caroline about her experience of depression. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry said: "Attitudes to mental health are at a tipping point. We hope these films show people how simple conversations can change the direction of an entire life. Please share them with your friends and families and join us in a national conversation on mental health in the weeks ahead." Watch all the films on the Heads Together website → https://www.headstogether.org.uk/oktosay/
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are excited to share two more Heads Together films, featuring people from all walks of life talking about the life changing conversations that helped them cope with their mental health challenges. Watch Rio Ferdinand talk openly with his close friend Jamie about the first time Rio opened up about coping with losing his wife Rebecca to cancer. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry said: "Attitudes to mental health are at a tipping point. We hope these films show people how simple conversations can change the direction of an entire life. Please share them with your friends and families and join us in a national conversation on mental health in the weeks ahead." Watch all the films on the Heads Together website → https://www.headstogether.org.uk/oktosay/
The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of York, has presented a Guidon, a heraldic banner, to The Royal Lancers in a ceremony at Windsor Castle. After the presentation The Queen, the Regiment's Colonel-in-Chief, granted The Royal Lancers with the honorific suffix 'Queen Elizabeths Own' in recognition of their service to Her Majesty and to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Read more about the ceremony here → https://www.royal.uk/queen-presents-guidon-royal-lancers-windsor-castle
Last night Prince Harry attended a reception in the grounds of Kensington Palace to raise awaresness of the #LandMineFree2025 campaign. The event, hosted by The Halo Trust and the Mines Advisory Group, was held on International Mine Awaresness Day to generate support for the cause whic is trying to free the world of landmines. This year marks 20 years since the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty was signed and Prince Harry's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales was closely involved in the work which led to the signing of the treaty. Last night Prince Harry gave a speech about why it is so important to carry on that work.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of the Britain-Australia Society, this afternoon received Kylie Minogue to present the Britain-Australia Society Award for 2016. The Britain-Australia Society brings together individuals with the aim of advancing the relationship between both countries through mutual interests in commerce, public service, education, entertainment, culture and sport. The Duke of Edinburgh has been Patron of the Britain-Australia Society since 1970.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have been carrying out engagements in Italy this week as part of the Royal visit to Romania, Italy, the Holy See and Austria. Together, Their Royal Highnesses have visited organisations and communities in Florence. The Duchess has visited Naples and The Prince has been to the central Italian town of Amatrice, which was affected by earthquakes in 2016. Today The Prince and The Duchess will arrive in Rome for the #RoyalVisitHolySee. Their Royal Highnesses will be received by His Holiness Pope Francis. Catch up on the news so far from the Royal visit to Italy: bit.ly/2owMWXs
The Prince of Wales spent a final day on the #RoyalVisitRomania yesterday before travelling to Florence to begin the #RoyalVisitItaly with The Duchess of Cornwall. See some of the highlights from the three day visit to Romania, which celebrated Romanian culture and the preservation of traditional Romanian skills, heritage and architecture. Read all about the visit here: http://bit.ly/2ntxM19
The Prince of Wales arrived in Bucharest yesterday for the #RoyalVisitRomania. Over the past two days, The Prince has carried out engagements which include seeing examples of Romania’s traditional cultural heritage, visiting the British Embassy to hear about the work being done to combat human trafficking, and meetings with the President and Prime Minister. Tomorrow, His Royal Highness will spend a final day in Romania before The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive in Florence for the #RoyalVisitItaly. Catch up on the latest news from the visit: http://bit.ly/2nnPXoZ
Watch Professor Green, featured in one of ten Heads Together films commissioned by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, discuss live the very first time he properly opened up about his mental health issues - he says it's a conversation that changed everything #okaytosay
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are very excited to share some important films that they have commissioned as part of their Heads Together campaign. The ten films feature people from all walks of life, including Professor Green, Freddie Flintoff and Ruby Wax, talking about the life changing conversations that helped them cope with their mental health challenges - from anxiety, alcoholism and depression through to loneliness, trauma and bereavement. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry said: “Attitudes to mental health are at a tipping point. We hope these films show people how simple conversations can change the direction of an entire life. Please share them with your friends and families and join us in a national conversation on mental health in the weeks ahead. Watch the ten films here → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjdIgUVj3Pw&list=PLxRkJ0HO5SIfZ1ag-_g8t4AdTfjCQBjf-
The Duke of Gloucester visited the West Midlands for a series of engagements today. The Duke met staff and patients at Compton Hospice, celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year, found out more from talented students about their projects at West Midlands Construction UTC, and opened the Thomas Robinson Building at Stourbridge Registration Office. Read the full story here → https://www.royal.uk/duke-gloucester-visits-west-midlands
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh attended the Mountbatten Festival of Music 2017 live at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The The Bands of HM Royal Marines (Official) performed over three nights at the Royal Albert Hall and saw the Royal Marines showcase their incredible musicianship. The Duke attended on Saturday night and saw performances from a selection of music including from the big screen, as well as the traditional marches and overtures.