🎈🎉 Wishing The Princess Royal a Happy Birthday! Born on this day in 1950, Her Royal Highness is the second child of Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh. #HappyBirthdayHRH 📷 © Annie Leibovitz
On International Youth Day find out about some of the Queen’s Young Leaders are #transformingeducation within their communities, to make it more inclusive and accessible for all! 2015 @queensyoungleaders winners Deo (Uganda) and Edmund Page (UK) have joined forces to provide learning support to children with cerebral palsy in Uganda. 2016 @QueensyoungLeaders Diedra founded a scholarship programme for high school students in Belize and Calvin delivers education and career development workshops in Malaysia, supporting young people to plan for the future! In 2017 Nonduduzo (Kingdom of eSwatini) received an Award for work to help girls living in rural communities to continue their education and Theresa (Papau New Guinea) founded UniMums to support and mentor young mothers studying at University. 2018 winners Deane and Aditiya (India) work together to inform and empower young girls & women about menstrual hygiene and maternal health. The Queen’s Young Leaders programme was launched in 2014 with the first winners visiting Buckingham Palace in 2015 to receive their award from The Queen, supported by The Duke of Cambridge, and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Since then hundreds of young people from around the Commonwealth have been awarded for the work they do in their communities. Inspired by the work of the #QueensYoungLeaders Programme, the @queens_commonwealth_trust is working to help young change makers, including #QueensYoungLeaders, realise their hopes & dreams for the future.
Today marks International Youth Day! The Queen is Head of the Commonwealth, an international organisation of 53 countries spanning every geographical region, religion and culture. The Commonwealth has population of more than 2 billion people, 60% of which are under the age of 30. This international Youth Day we are celebrating the 240 Queen's Young Leaders @QueensyoungLeaders - a network of exceptional young people from across the #Commonwealth who have and continue to make a change in their communities and use their skills to transform lives. Inspired by the work of the #QueensYoungLeaders Programme, the @queens_commonwealth_trust is working to help young change makers realise their hopes & dreams for the future. The Queen is Patron of The Trust, The Duke of Sussex is President and The Duchess of Sussex is Vice-President. Visit @QueensyoungLeaders & @queens_commonwealth_trust to find out more.
Quack, March!🦆 Changing of the Guard garden-style as a mother leads her ducklings on a tour of the Buckingham Palace garden. The garden is home to species of ducks, swans and geese who take advantage of the lake, built in 1828. These “Tufted Ducks” are thought to be part of many successful broods born this year.
Yesterday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went head to head in The King’s Cup, raising awareness and funds for eight of Their Royal Highnesses’ patronages. @tusk_org was awarded first place in the inaugural regatta, with ambassador Bear Grylls collecting the historic trophy on stage on behalf of the charity at a prize giving ceremony along Cowes’ seafront. In this year’s race, The Duke competed on behalf of @childbereavementuk and The Duchess on behalf of the Early Years programme delivered by The Royal Foundation. Their Royal Highnesses were joined by Fara Williams for @centrepointuk, Dan Snow for @ldnairamb, Bear Grylls for @tusk_org, John Bishop for @actiononaddiction, Katie Thistleton for @_place2be, and Helen Glover for the @afnccf The Duke and Duchess are strong advocates for sport, and have undertaken work both in the UK and overseas to highlight the positive impact that sport can have on the individual and within local communities. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event, bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for the causes that The Duke and Duchess support. Visit @kensingtonroyal for more on The King’s Cup
🎉 Today is Princess Beatrice of York’s 31st Birthday. Princess Beatrice is the first child of @hrhthedukeofyork and Sarah, Duchess of York, and fifth grandchild of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. #HappyBirthdayHRH 🎈
Her Majesty was today met by Corporal Cruachan IV, Shetland pony and mascot of @theroyalregimentofscotland, as she arrived at Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire. Soldiers from 5 SCOTS and Pipes and Drums from 4 SCOTS welcomed The Queen today and will continue to provide a Royal Guard throughout her time at the Castle this summer. Swipe ➡️ to see Her Majesty inspect the Guard of Honour this afternoon!
The Duke of Rothesay, as The Prince of Wales is known when in Scotland, attended the Mey Highland and Cultural Games at the weekend. First held in the village of Mey for The Queen Mother’s 70th birthday, the Games celebrate the hospitality, culture and talents of the people of the North Highlands. In the foreword for the programme, His Royal Highness said: “It was with the greatest of pride that I followed in the footsteps of my Grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, as Chieftain in 2002, thus continuing the tradition she had started in the early 1970’s when these games began.” The Duke judged the final of the Tug of War competition, which was won by a team from Help for Heroes. Congratulations to all those who took part in the event!
🔨 Buckingham Palace last week hosted a @thecreativedimension Trust (CDT) furniture and woodworking course. CDT offer fully funded workshops to young people interested in pursuing careers where precise hand-eye coordination and craftwork are key. For the fourth year, students were welcomed to the Palace and last week Eva, Arif and Zari worked hard to create beautiful side tables, complete with individually designed tabletops. 🎥 Watch this video to see how they got on!
🌳 This week, The Princess Royal dedicated The Forest of Marston Vale to @queenscanopy - a network of forest conservation initiatives which spans the Commonwealth. Her Royal Highness also opened the terminal extension at @ldnlutonairport. The airport’s redesigned arrivals area, which displayed a #WomenInAviation mural: a set of wings with a feather for every female member of staff at the airport. The mural was presented by local Girl Guides, Brownies and Rainbows.
Yesterday, The Duke of Gloucester visited Bristol, where he presented two local organisations with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – an honour given to outstanding volunteer groups across the UK. 🏅 The Move Makers of Southmead Hospital are a team of volunteers who help patients and visitors to the hospital by helping with directions, checking in for appointments and providing general support to make their visit as pleasant as possible. 🏅@TheMatthewShip’s volunteers in Bristol’s Floating Harbour help ensure that the public have free access to the ship - a modern replica of one that sailed from Bristol in 1497 and discovered Newfoundland and is free to visit. 🏅The Duke of Gloucester also visited the ‘Being Brunel’ exhibition at the @SSGreatBritain, where he met Visitor Experience Assistant Ryan Saunders, who was nominated as a VisitEngland Tourism Superstar for 2019. The Duke learnt how Ryan, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s aged seven, has developed his confidence and customer service skills through working as part of the team on board the SS Great Britain.
This week, The Australian Women’s Cricket Team visited Buckingham Palace gardens following a tour of the State Rooms. The team retained the Ashes earlier in the week after their drawn Test match with England. Congratulations to everyone taking part in the series. 📷 @royalcollectiontrust
Yesterday The Duke of Sussex visited #Sheffield to open a new wing at @sheffieldchildrens Hospital, see how academics and students are using applied learning in teaching and research @sheffhallamuni and cheer on inspiring athletes at the Invictus UK Trials. The Duke met patients and their families during a visit to Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s new 72-bed wing which he officially opened. The wing includes four new wards, therapy rooms, a patient dining room, a parent relaxation room, a teen hangout room and Play Tower. The next stop was to Sheffield Hallam University where The Duke learnt about academics and student's commitment to using applied learning to address challenges in society, from a Virtual Reality rehabilitation project, which uses technology to make it easier for amputees to train themselves to use prosthetic limbs to the development of innovative new technology to provide alerts and assistance to field staff working in inhospitable and dangerous parts of the world. Lastly The Duke visited the Invictus UK Trials where he watched Wheelchair Basketball, Powerlifting and Swimming Competitors before meeting their friends and family. The trials form part of the selection process for the team representing the UK at the forthcoming #invictusgames The Hague 2020 which will see over 350 wounded, injured or sick servicemen and women compete in up to nine sports. 📷Press Association
Yesterday, The Duke of Sussex attended Dr Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Global Leadership Meeting at Windsor Castle. Roots & Shoots is a global programme empowering young people of all ages through hands on projects chosen by the participants. Roots & Shoots works to ignite and inspire the belief that every individual can take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. It was founded by Dr Goodall with just 12 Tanzanian High School Students from nine schools, Roots & Shoots today involves students in over 50 countries with members ranging from pre-school through university. Yesterday, The Duke of Sussex met Jane Goodall, and young people where HRH heard about the changes they are trying to make in the world. He also listened to presentations on endangered species and reducing plastic waste. Find out more @sussexroyal @JaneGoodallInst @RootsAndShoots
The Queen, this afternoon, received The Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP in an Audience and requested him to form a new Administration. The Queen also received The Right Honourable Theresa May MP who tendered her resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury. Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept the resignation.
The Duke of Gloucester has carried out engagements in Leicestershire this week visiting a Squadron of The Royal Logistic Corp – the 203 Transport Squadron in Loughborough. His Royal Highness also visited the Loughborough Bell Foundry Trust and Syston Volunteer Centre, where HRH presented the organisation with their Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The Award aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. The Duke, as Deputy Colonel-in-Chief of Royal Logistic Corps, met with soldiers from the 203 Transport Squadron to learn more about the role of the Regiment, and was also introduced to veterans from the East Midlands Royal Army Medical Corps Association. At Loughborough Bell Foundry, Britain’s last remaining major bell foundry, The Duke met the team - including the foundry’s bell ringers - and learnt about architectural history, before helping to cast his own commemorative plaque.
🦒🍃 The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, feed giraffes Bem and Dayo during a visit to @wildplaceproject in Bristol today. The Earl of Wessex is Patron of Bristol Zoological Society, a conservation and education charity, which runs and operates @bristolzoo and Wild Place. With some help from his family, His Royal Highness opened Bear Wood, the UK’s largest brown bear exhibit 🐻 #BearsAreBack Follow the link in our bio for more!
Happy Birthday to Prince George who is six years old today. 🎂 To honour the occasion The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shared three new photographs of the Prince. The photographs were taken by The Duchess of Cambridge, two of which were taken in the garden at Kensington Palace and another whilst on holiday.
Princess Alexandra today presented Telford Pride Awards to 13 publicly nominated groups and individuals in recognition of their work in the community. Cameron Watson (📸 1) has overcome a range of sensory and literacy difficulties from a young age. Cameron developed a passion for music at school and now studies at @salforduni. Environmental work, volunteering and educational and sporting achievements were all applauded at the ceremony. Congratulations to those who collected their Awards! 🎉
🏛 Each year in the summer months, the doors of Buckingham Palace are opened to visitors and a special exhibition is put on in the State Rooms. This year’s exhibition explores how Queen Victoria transformed Buckingham Palace into the busy Royal residence it is today. ‘Queen Victoria’s Palace’ mark’s the 200th anniversary of Victoria’s birth. Today The Queen – Victoria’s great-great-granddaughter – had a private preview of the exhibition. A highlight of ‘Queen Victoria’s Palace’ is the recreation of a magnificent ball which was held in 1856 to mark the end of the Crimean War and honour the returning soldiers. The recreation uses a Victorian illusion technique known as Pepper’s Ghost. For more see: @royalcollectiontrust
Happy Birthday to The Duchess of Cornwall.🎂 The Duchess was born on 17 July 1947 at King’s College Hospital, London. This photograph, released by @clarencehouse, was taken in the Caribbean on The Prince of Wales and Duchess’s tour in St Kitts & Nevis.
Congratulations to Gary Crosby - this year’s winner of The Queen’s Medal for Music and the first jazz musician to be awarded the honour. . As well as being a composer and double-bassist, he is also co-founder of @Tom_Warriors, which champions emerging new jazz artists. . . . . The band: Double bass: Gary Crosby 🥁 : @mosesboydexodus 🎷 : @cammyg1 🎺 : @dylanjonesez 🎹 : @roellaoloromusic
Yesterday, The Queen inspected the ceremonial "staff" that is carried by the Royal Gurkha Rifles regiment, during an audience at Buckingham Palace. The "staff" is 6 feet high and made of bronze and silver. Like a Sovereign’s "Colour" (a certain type of flag) it is greeted with a Royal salute when it appears or is marched off parade. The Queen held the audience to mark the 25th Anniversary of the formation of The Royal Gurkha Rifles regiment. @officialtheroyalgurkharifles
The Duke of York visited Huddersfield in West Yorkshire yesterday. He attended Graduation Ceremonies as Chancellor of Huddersfield University as well as presenting The Duke of York Entrepreneur Awards. 🎓Congratulations to all of this year’s graduates! Later in the day, The Duke visited Yorkshire Air Ambulance's Nostell Air Support Unit. The charity provides swift medical care across the county, from remote rural areas to motorways and towns. During his visit, The Duke of York met fellow Patron and former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott.
King George V and Queen Mary, accompanied by HRH Princess Mary, were the first members of the Royal Family to visit The National Institute of Agricultural Botany in 1921. In this first image from today’s #RoyalVisitCambridge The Queen plants a Hornbeam Tree to celebrate 100 years of the Institute and Queen Mary, The Queen’s grandmother planted a Mulberry Tree in 1921. In the second image The Queen was today presented with a bowl made from part of Queen Mary’s tree. In the fourth image The Queen planted a mountain ash tree in 1969, to celebrate the NIAB’s 50th anniversary. In the fifth image, also from 1969, The Queen cuts a cake marking the anniversary of the founding of the Institute. #RoyalVisitCambridge
Today The Queen visited Cambridge on a day of engagements including to visit The National Institute of Agricultural Botany, The Royal Papworth Hospital and Queens’ College, Cambridge. #RoyalVisitCambridge In the morning The Queen helped The NIAB to celebrate its 100th anniversary. NIAB is one of Britain’s oldest, and fastest growing, crop science research centres. Her Majesty learned about the work The NIAB does, saw visitor books which had been signed by King George V and Queen Mary, and The Duke of Cambridge. In the afternoon, Her Majesty visited The Royal Papworth Hospital where she was joined by The Duchess of Gloucester, who is Patron of the hospital. Her Majesty met transplant patients, consultants and visited the new hospital which has been built and will include 300 new beds for patients. At Queens’ College Cambridge The Queen met staff and graduates, as Patroness of the college.
Today, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie was christened at Private Chapel at Windsor Castle. The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge attended the Christening. Photograph 1 was taken in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. Seated (L - R): The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, The Duchess of Sussex, The Duchess of Cambridge Standing (L - R): The Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge This second photograph of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Archie was taken in the Rose Garden at Windsor Castle. 📷 Chris Allerton /©️SussexRoyal
All this week, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have been in Wales for their annual visit carrying out engagements. 🏴 The Prince of Wales’s first visit to Wales took place in 1958, when HRH spent time in Holyhead with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, and his sister The Princess Royal. See footage and turn the sound on for audio from that day. 🎥 The Queen gave The Prince of Wales his current title when he was nine years old and HRH was then formally Invested on July 1st 1969 when he was 20. (Swipe right in the gallery to see 📷 2) In 📷 3 see a portrait of The Prince which was released yesterday to mark the 50th Anniversary of the investiture. The photograph was taken at Llwynywermod, The Prince and The Duchess’s home in Wales. 📹 @clarencehouse 📷 Chris Jackson Follow @clarencehouse for more from #wales
Yesterday, @hrhthedukeofyork Patron of the Kohima Educational Trust attended the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Kohima Service at York Minster. HRH visited Kohima, Nagaland, during his visit to India as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012. #Kohima75 Inspired by what he saw in 2012, later that year The Duke invited Kohima Veterans to Buckingham Palace (📷 five) and accepted the invitation to become Patron of the Kohima Educational Trust, which raises funds to improve lives in the area around Kohima in order to repay the debt of gratitude to the local population (Naga’s) for their help during the battle. The battle is known as a turning point in WW2 when Japan – attempting to invade India across the Naga Hills – was defeated. Yesterday, The Duke laid a wreath at the memorial and seven Veterans of the Battle of Kohima were also able to attend to lay wreaths.
This week, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are carrying out engagements on their annual week in Wales. On Monday, The Prince attended a regimental memorial service and the laying up of the old Standard with 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards to mark the Regiment's sixtieth anniversary. The following day, His Royal Highness visited South Wales Police HQ to celebrate their 50th anniversary and dedicate the memorial garden, which features walls inscribed with the names of all colleagues who have died in service. The Prince also visited the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and The Duchess visited the Dolau Bran Lunch Club in celebration of the club's 40th anniversary. In the evening, Their Royal Highnesses hosted an evening of music and drama at their Welsh home, Llwynywermod. Yesterday, Their Royal Highnesses attended celebrations in Victoria Park for the 50th anniversary of Swansea's City status, which was granted in 1969 following The Prince's Investiture. The Prince visited The Morriston Tabernacle Chapel to meet members of the congregation and also visited the National Botanic Garden of Wales to learn more about The National Seed Bank of Wales The Duchess, meanwhile, visited The Lyric theatre and Carmarthen Market, which was recently named Best Market in Wales by Slow Food Cymru. Follow @clarencehouse for more this week.
Today, The Queen visited @gorgiecityfarm where Her Majesty met resident duck, ‘Olive’, and spoke to staff and volunteers about their work. The farm brings the countryside to inner city Edinburgh and is home to different animals including pigs, sheep and goats, and grows a range of fruit and vegetables. It also serves as an educational resource for visitors and promotes community development through its volunteer scheme. Thank you for following #HolyroodWeek2019! 📷 1 - @pa
This week The Duke of York has been in Scotland where His Royal Highness had the opportunity to visit retinal imaging company Optos as they were presented with their third Queen’s Award for Enterprise. HRH also toured Lindores Abbey Distillery - which is known as the spiritual home of whisky, and met entrepreneurs who are based at @HeriotWattUni’s new innovative GRID building. Find out more on @hrhthedukeofyork
The sun shone on the Palace of Holyroodhouse yesterday afternoon for the annual Garden Party hosted by The Queen during #HolyroodWeek! 🌞 The Princess Royal, @hrhthedukeofyork and The Earl of Forfar also attended and, alongside Her Majesty, met some of the 10,000 invited guests. Swipe ➡️ for images from the day.
🥃 The Earl and Countess of Forfar today visited Glenfiddich’s Distillery Visitor Centre which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. #HolyroodWeek2019 This is where William Grant hand-built the original distillery in 1887 - an achievement that helped kick start the local whisky tourist industry which now attracts more than 2 million visitors a year! Later, The Earl and Countess tried their hands at pinning and stitching kilts at Keith Kilt School and Textile Centre.
On Day 5 of #HolyroodWeek2019, Her Majesty held an #Investiture at The Palace of Holyroodhouse. Today’s recipients included Doddie Weir, @myname5doddie, Dame Louise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, @thecgf, Paramedic Paul Gowans and Paul Okroj, who received an OBE for Voluntary Service. Watch our video to see more from their day 🏅
The Earl and Countess of Forfar, as The Earl and Countess of Wessex are known in Scotland, laugh with 101 year-old May Balfour during a 2-day visit to Forfar, Angus – their first since their new Scottish titles were announced. In a day of engagements, The Earl and Countess learned about the work of @guidedogsscot, tried the famous ‘Forfar Bridie’, watched a Highland Dancing display and visited St John’s Episcopal Church where The Queen Mother, The Earl’s Grandmother, was confirmed. Swipe ➡️ to see The Queen Mother’s name (line 7) in the register of confirmations. See our story for more from today!
Wishing all our Canadian followers a very happy Canada Day #CanadaDay As Queen of Canada, Her Majesty has a deeply held affection for and loyalty to a country that she first toured as Princess Elizabeth in 1951 and to which she has returned over twenty times since. Members of the Royal Family also represent Her Majesty The Queen when they visit Canada. Swipe to see photographs of The Royal Family in Canada. The Queen is a constitutional monarch, acting entirely on the advice of Canadian Government ministers. Her Majesty is represented in Canada on a day-to-day basis by a Governor General at the federal level and by a Lieutenant Governor in each of the ten provinces, and is fully briefed by means of regular communications from her ministers, and has face-to-face audiences with them where possible.
‘It has been with great pleasure that over the years I have watched Scotland grow and prosper.’ Today, The Queen spoke at a ceremony to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. The event was also attended by The Duke of Rothesay (as The Prince of Wales is known when in Scotland). Her Majesty and The Duke went on to meet young people who share their birthdays with that of the Scottish Parliament - known as 1st July Babies, during a reception for young people in the parliament building. Follow our Instagram story for more details.
Today is #ArmedForcesDay! As Sovereign, The Queen is Head of the Armed Forces and maintains a close relationship with serving members and veterans of the Armed Forces, both in the United Kingdom @BritishArmy @RoyalNavy @royalairforceuk and in the Commonwealth. In 1945 The Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), learning to drive and maintain vehicles, becoming the first female member of the Royal Family to join the Armed Services as a full-time active member #ArmedForcesDay Over the years The Queen, as Commander-in-chief, has met many servicemen and women of all ranks, and their families, both at home and overseas. In 2009 HM spoke about how "deeply thankful" she, and the entire nation, are for those who serve in the Armed Forces. #ArmedForces #SaluteOurForces
Soldiers from F company @scots_guards form a Guard of Honour during the Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. The ancient ceremony takes place each time the Sovereign visits the city. Pipes and Drums were provided by 1st Battalion, Scots Guards and music was by the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland. See our story for updates during #HolyroodWeek2019! Image 1 - Royal Communications Images 2, 3 & 4 - @pa
Thank you to everyone at Greenfaulds High School for the wonderful welcome on Day 1 of #HolyroodWeek2019! Her Majesty was at Greenfaulds High School in Cumbernauld, where students can carry out their education in Gaelic. Last year Greenfaulds won the Scottish Education Award for Gaelic Education – a considerable achievement for a school in the central belt of Scotland where Gaelic is not the main language.
This week, Princess Alexandra visited Leeds Castle in Kent to celebrate its 900th anniversary. The castle dates back to 1119 and has been owned by six medieval Queens and was used by Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon as a Royal Palace. Princess Alexandra, The Queen’s cousin, is Patron of the Leeds Castle Foundation. Whilst there, Her Royal Highness officially opened ‘The Princess Alexandra Gardens’ and met young winners of the Leeds Castle Big 900 Writing Challenge, whose stories were locked in a time capsule. The Princess also awarded brooches to long-serving members of staff.
Ahead of the annual #PrideInLondon parade and in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, The Duke of Cambridge visited Albert Kennedy Trust ( @aktcharity) today to learn about the issue of LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, and the positive change that akt are enacting through their unique prevention and early action approach. The Duke officially opened akt’s new services centre in Hoxton, which will host drop-in sessions for young people and grow its youth engagement offering. See more on @kensingtonroyal.
Today The Countess of Wessex visited the Royal Norfolk Show, the annual showcase of the county’s farming, food and countryside. As #norfolkshow President this year, Her Royal Highness met children from Sparhawk Infant and Nursery school – 1 of 6 schools taking part in the ‘Learn about livestock’ project with the Food and Farming Discovery Trust. The Countess has a keen interest in the world of agriculture and is currently Patron of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO), the body representing the UK’s many agricultural, horticultural, equine and countryside events. 📷 Tim Rooke / Shutterstock
The Earl of Wessex yesterday attended the first @international_award Summer Reception, to celebrate The Duke of Edinburgh International Award’s work in more than 130 countries and territories. HRH has been Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2015. The Award was launched over 60 years ago and is available to all 14-24 year olds and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. The Earl congratulated International Award holders from countries including Zambia and Canada, and spoke to them about the Award’s benefits and opportunities it offers for development. The Earl of Wessex also attended the @cricketworldcup at Lord’s Cricket Ground yesterday, for the match between England and Australia. HRH met with @englandcricket representatives, including Chairman Colin Graves.
The Princess Royal yesterday visited the @commonwealthwargraves Commission in Beaurains, France, where Her Royal Highness opened the Commission’s new visitor centre, the CWGC Experience. #DYK there are approximately 60 discoveries of World War remains each year? The Princess was briefed on how bodies are recovered, identified and reburied before viewing tools, mechanics, carpentry and headstone production workshops. See our story for more.
Today, The Duchess of Cambridge joined young people from Action for Children for a photography session run by The Royal Photographic Society. The Duchess has recently become Patron for the society after The Queen passed the patronage on. Her Majesty was Patron for 67 years. In these archive photos, The Queen takes a photograph of the Duke of Edinburgh during their visit to the South Sea Islands of Tuvalu in 1982. And, The Queen is pictured taking a photo during a visit to the Lindsay Park Stud in South Australia in 1977. 📷 PA Images
Today, The Duchess of Cambridge joined two of her patronages, Action for Children and the Royal Photographic Society, for a special photography workshop. The Duchess of Cambridge joined young people from Action for Children for the sessions run by the Royal Photographic Society, which covered elements of photography including as portraits, light and colour. The workshop, run by RPS honorary fellows Jillian Edelstein and Harry Borden highlighted how photography provides a universal language for young people to express themselves and explore their thoughts and feelings. Action for Children, who are marking their 150th anniversary this year, are committed to helping vulnerable children, young people, and their families, across the UK. The Royal Photographic Society, of whom The Duchess today became Patron, is one of the world's oldest photographic societies. It was founded in 1853 with the objective of promoting the art and science of photography. Follow @kensingtonroyal for more.
The Queen, joined by The Duchess of Gloucester, tonight hosted a Faith Event in celebration of the work of UK faith and belief groups in bringing local communities together. Her Majesty met individuals working at grassroots and community level to support their local neighbourhoods and bring together different backgrounds and ethnicities.