In a week when summer made its presence well and truly felt in the UK, the royal diary remained packed. The long holiday might almost be upon us but that didn’t stop the Royal Family working its way through a busy agenda which included bells, bulls and bears. From Leicestershire to Llanelwedd, there have been plenty of royal engagements to enjoy. Here’s a look back at the royal week just gone, in pictures.
Politics and Power
There was the small matter of welcoming a new Prime Minister to Downing Street this week and the Queen delayed her summer break to Balmoral to greet Boris Johnson at Buckingham Palace as he took the reins of power at Westminster.Embed from Getty Images
The Prince of Wales met the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, at Highgrove House this week. The prince and the president held private talks while Charles also underlined his delight to be visiting Rwanda next year for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.Embed from Getty Images
The Prince of Wales also met the King of the Zulus this week. Charles and Camilla spent the day with King Goodwill and Queen Mpumi during their time at the Royal Welsh Show held in Llanelwedd, Powys. The show was marking 140 years since the Anglo-Zulu War.Embed from Getty Images
Camilla also toured the flower pavilion while Charles handed out cups and looked rather serious as he came face to face with some prize winning cattle.Embed from Getty Images
Talk to the Animals
The Prince of Wales wasn’t the only royal taking an interest in the animal kingdom this week. The Earl and Countess of Wessex, accompanied by their children Louise and James, headed to Bristol for a day out at the Wild Place Project which is home to bears and giraffes amongst other animals. Prince Edward is patron of the Bristol Zoological Society.Embed from Getty Images
The Duke of Sussex heard about projects to protect endangered species as he attended the ‘Roots and Shoots’ Global Leadership Meeting held at Windsor Castle and led by primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall. The event, part of her global project involving young people and focused on improving the environment, also focused on reducing plastic waste.Embed from Getty Images
Keeping It Royal
Prince Harry also visited Sheffield in the week where he opened a new wing at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and added his name to the guest book signed thirty years ago by his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. His day also included a stop at Sheffield Hallam University where he heard about the new Virtual Reality rehabilitation project being developed there. And he popped into the Invictus UK Trials being held in Sheffield.Embed from Getty Images
The Duke of Kent also had a poignant reminder of his past as he visited Bexley. He was shown a tree planted by his mother, Princess Marina, as he stopped off at Hall Place and Gardens. The duke also visited Crayford to mark the centenary of the first transatlantic flight.
The Duke of Gloucester meanwhile was ringing in the changes in Leicestershire where he visited the UK’s last remaining major bell foundry at Loughborough. He also spent time with 203 Transport Squadron in Loughborough – he is the Deputy Colonel in Chief of the Royal Logistics Corps.
The Duchess of Cornwall was surrounded by blooms for much of the week and rounded it all off with a visit to the Sandringham Flower Show alongside Prince Charles.Embed from Getty Images
Meanwhile, Prince George turned six and starred in a new set of photos taken by his mum, the Duchess of Cambridge.
And that was the royal week, in pictures.