State & Ceremonial

Polish the Silver: Buckingham Palace prepares for State Banquet

As Great Britain awaits the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan, preparations are well underway at Buckingham Palace for the traditional State Banquet. The elaborate preparations for the exquisite banquet began weeks ago, and it is expected that around 150 people will be in attendance including various members of The Royal Family, officials from the UK and China…
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State & Ceremonial

All The Queen’s men: The Welsh Guards

The Welsh Guards have been around for exactly 100 years this year. They were founded by King George V on 26 February 1915 by Royal Warrant to include Wales in the national component to the Foot Guards. They were the last Guards to be created, and they began their first King’s Guard at Buckingham Palace just one week later on 1 March 1915. Their motto is ‘”Cymru am Byth” or…
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State & Ceremonial

Palace expenditure remained at £35.7m for last year

The Royal Household’s net expenditure (the money spent to fund The Queen’s official duties and maintain the Household) was £35.7m for the year 2014-15, Buckingham Palace say, as the official Sovereign Grant report is released – highlighting how The Queen’s Household has used its fixed public funding in the year. According to officials, a surplus was again run this year…
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State & Ceremonial

Billy Mott hangs up his bearskin after 13 years as Garrison Sergeant Major

The man responsible for organising London’s military parades and ceremonies, Garrison Sergeant Major Billy Mott, attends his final parade today as he prepares to leave the Armed Forces, having served in the post for the past 13 years. Garrison Sergeant Major Billy Mott Following the Queen’s Birthday Parade today, WO1 Billy Mott will hang up his bearskin for the last time as his…
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