13 May 2013 - 08:00
The Royal Week – Monday 13 May


Royal Diary Reporter

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His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh is Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. Today His Royal Highness is attending a Guards band concert and dinner in London.

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh are attending a service in the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace for Members of the Order of Merit. Members of the Order are personally chosen by The Queen for their distinguished service to the country and are often from military, cultural or scientific backgrounds. Afterwards Her Majesty and His Royal Highness are hosting a lunch for the members. Also at St. James’s Palace, The Duke of Edinburgh is attending a reception for the Air League. Prince Philip is Patron of the League, an organisation that helps young people to follow careers in aviation.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. The Duchess will see the exhibition ‘Rory McEwen The Colours of Reality’ in The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. The exhibition celebrates the varied work of the late Scottish artist and musician and includes pieces not seen since 1988.

The Countess of Wessex is visiting France. Her Royal Highness is Patron of the Central School of Ballet and is attending a performance and dinner at the residence of the British Ambassador to France in Paris.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester is visiting Staffordshire. The Duke is opening the Whitemoor Lakes Recreational Activity and Development Training Centre in Lichfield. The facility is one of three Action UK centres which offer outdoor education for young people. His Royal Highness is also opening care housing Chestnut Grange in Burton-upon-Trent and visiting Pye Green Community Centre in Hednesford.

The Duchess of Gloucester is visiting Hertfordshire. Her Royal Highness is opening the Activities, Recreation and College at St. Elizabeth’s Centre in Much Hadham. St Elizabeth’s is an Independent specialist college for young people with learning difficulties, disabilities and complex needs. The Duchess is also visiting Haileybury School in Hertford.

Prince Philip is presenting Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards at St. James’s Palace. The Gold Award is the highest achievement in the scheme and is usually awarded after completing voluntary work, developing various physical skills, taking part in an expedition and completing a residential course.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is attending the Royal College of Music’s annual awards ceremony in London. The Prince is President of the College, which was founded in 1882 by a previous Prince of Wales – Edward VII.

The Duchess of Cornwall is in London and will meet staff and members of the Peckham Branch of the London Mutual Credit Union, a financial co-operative that offers flexible savings and loans to members.

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The Countess of Wessex’s visit to France continues with a tour of the British School of Paris. The school was founded in 1954 for the British ex-pat community in Paris and follows the traditions of independent schools in Great Britain.

The Duchess of Gloucester is visiting the Regimental Headquarters of Adjutant General’s Corps in Winchester, Hampshire. The Duchess is Deputy Colonel in Chief.

The Duke of Edinburgh is attending the 130th annual dinner of The Royal Corps of Naval Constructors in Gosport. The Duke is Patron and an Honorary Member of the Corps, an institution of the Royal Navy for training in naval architecture. Prince Philip is also visiting 40 Commando in Taunton, Somerset, present Operational Medals. His Royal Highness is Captain General of the Royal Marines.

The Prince of Wales is visiting Stoke-on-Trent. His Royal Highness is meeting graduates, pupils and industrial cadets at the Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent; visiting the Wedgwood Institute and meeting local artists; meeting members of the Swan Bank Luncheon Club and young people who have been taking part in programmes run by The Prince’s Trust; and touring Middleport Pottery.

The Duchess of Cornwall is visiting the Devon County Show.  Her Royal Highness will tour the showground seeing many of the features and exhibitions which reflect country life in Devon.

His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex is hosting a lunch at Buckingham Palace for Northern Ballet. The Earl is Patron of Northern Ballet, a Leeds-based touring company, and will also watch a performance with The Countess of Wessex at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Also in London, The Countess of Wessex is chairing a meeting of Women in Business to promote The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The Duke of Gloucester is visiting Scotland. The Duke is opening student accommodation at Heriot-Watt University Campus in Galashiels and the Margaret Kerr Unit at Borders General Hospital in Melrose.

The Queen and Prince Philip are visiting Cornwall. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will visit the RNLI lifeboat station and the Tate art gallery at St.Ives. The Queen and The Duke are also visiting St. Michael’s Mount and will have lunch at the castle as guests of the St Aubyn family.

The Duke of Kent is visiting Exeter for the annual reunion of the Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association at Wyvern Barracks.

The Duke of Edinburgh is attending the Grenadier Guards Regimental Remembrance Day at Guards Chapel, London. His Royal Highness is Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, the most senior infantry regiment of the British Army.



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