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The Royal Week – Monday 6th May


Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is presenting prizes at the Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershire. The Duchess, an enthusiast of horse sports, is Patron of the British Equestrian Federation.

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh are visiting the medieval Temple Church in London to rededicate its refurbished organ. The Church was built in the 12th century by the Knights Templar, an order of crusading monks who protected pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land. The Queen and Prince Philip are attending the Choral Evensong service.

At Buckingham Palace, The Duke of Edinburgh is hosting a lunch for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association. Young people in over 140 countries participate in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. It aims to give individuals the skills and experience they need to succeed in life. Meanwhile The Earl of Wessex, a Trustee of the The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation, is attending a reception for the Foundation at the Embassy of Brazil.

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are hosting a reception at St. James’s Palace for British Caribbean Communities. Representatives from business, politics, sport, entertainment, charity and the media are invited. The London Community Gospel Choir and the Pimlico Academy Steel Band will entertain their Royal Highnesses and guests.

The Countess of Wessex is visiting Staffordshire. Her Royal Highness is opening the new County Council Offices in Stafford and visiting the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas for a Bevin Boys Memorial Dedication Service. Bevin Boys were young men chosen at random from conscripts and volunteers to work in British coal mines during the Second World War.

The Princess Royal is visiting Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. In Swindon, Her Royal Highness is opening the new Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust Hospital and visiting the Harbour Drop-In Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrant Workers. In Shrivenham The Princess is attending a lunch for Racing Welfare, a charity that helps people who have suffered racing injuries and accidents.

The Duke of Kent is visiting BAE Systems Shipyard in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria. The 169 acre shipyard is used to build large warships and nuclear powered submarines.

The Duke of Edinburgh is opening an exhibition board HQS Wellington to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. The Wellington was built in 1934 to patrol the Pacific, but was recalled to the UK during the Second World War for duties in the Atlantic. It is the last surviving ship of its kind and is moored on the Thames. The Wellington is Headquarters Ship (HQS) of The Honourable Company of Master Mariners, of which Prince Philip is Admiral.

The Countess of Wessex is in Windsor. Her Royal Highness is opening the Parapet Breast Unit in the Digital Imaging Department of the King Edward VII Hospital.

The Princess Royal is attending events for her charities Livability and Riding for the Disabled Association. Livability is a Christian charity that helps disabled and disadvantaged people live life to the full. Riding for the Disabled Association’s volunteer groups organise riding, carriage driving, vaulting and showjumping for to up to 28,000 disabled people every year. Princess Anne is also attending a garden party for International Students House at Great Portland Street in London.

The Duke of Gloucester is attending VE Day celebrations at the Churchill War Rooms in London, the wartime bunker used by Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his government. It was on this day (8th May) in 1945 that the Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. The Duke of Gloucester is also visiting the Manor Hotel at Weston on the Green in Oxfordshire for the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. His Royal Highness is President of the Institution, a charity that supports people in the farming community who are in need.

The Prince of Wales is visiting Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk to present Operational Service Medals. His Royal Highness is Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps. Prince Charles is also opening an art exhibition at Houghton Hall in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. The exhibition includes paintings on loan from Russian and American museums. Later the Prince is hosting a reception at St. James’s Palace for delegates of the UK Trade and Investment’s Global Investment Conference.

The Duchess of Cornwall is attending an event for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres at Vogue House in London. Her Royal Highness is President of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, places for anyone affected by cancer to get help and support.

The Countess of Wessex is visiting Surrey. The Countess is opening a new extension of St John the Baptist Church in Bisley; visiting the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham; and visiting St Dominic’s School in Godalming.

The Princess Royal is in Nottingham. Her Royal Highness is visiting Colston Bassett and District Dairy which is celebrating its centenary and unveiling a memorial for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue.

The Duke of Gloucester is attending the Annual General Meeting of the Crown Agents Foundation at Lancaster House in London. The Duke is President of the Foundation, a non-profit-distributing company that allocates funding to international social and developmental causes.

The Duke of Kent is in North Yorkshire. His Royal Highness is Colonel of the Scots Guards and is attending the Battalion Medal Parade at Catterick Garrison.

The Princess Royal is visiting Leominster in Herefordshire. The Princess is visiting Kingspan Insulation Limited and is attending a Rural Youth Work Showcase at the Teme Valley Youth Project. The Project is a voluntary organisation that provides fun learning activities and opportunities, information and support for local young people.

The Duke of Gloucester is at Windsor Castle and is attending a College and Chapel of St George’s Fabric Advisory Committee Meeting. The Committee advises the Dean and Canons of St George’s about the maintenance and enhancement of the Chapel and Cloisters.

The Princess Royal is Colonel-in-Chief of The King’s Royal Hussars and is attending a Cavalry Memorial Parade in London’s Hyde Park.

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