A Message From The Queen Following The Landslides In Sierra Leone

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Attack in Manchester

Prince Philip and I were deeply saddened to learn of the terrible flooding and landslides in Freetown that have led to the deaths of so many people.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have lost loved ones and those whose homes and livelihoods have been affected.

Elizabeth R.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
The massed pipes and drums during the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.

The Duke of Rothesay, accompanied by The Duke of Cambridge,
will attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh Castle

16th August 2017

The Duke of Rothesay, accompanied by The Duke of Cambridge, Commodore-in-Chief, RN Scotland, HMNB Clyde and The Submarine Service, will attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.  

The Duke of Rothesay will be the Guest of Honour at the Tattoo which this year has the dual theme of “The Year of the Aircraft Carrier” to mark the launch of HMS PRINCE OF WALES, of which HRH The Duchess of Rothesay is Lady Sponsor, and, to mark Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, “A Splash of Tartan”. 

In addition to attending the Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle, Their Royal Highnesses will view a short pre-Tattoo performance on the Forecourt at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The first Edinburgh Tattoo took place in 1950 and there were eight items in the programme. The first overseas regiment to participate was the Band of the Royal Netherlands Grenadiers. The year was 1952, and there were also performers from Canada and France. Since then, 48 countries from across six continents have been represented at the Tattoo.

Brigadier David Allfrey, a former Commander of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, has been producer of the Tattoo since 2011. New £16 million spectator stands and hospitality facilities were put in place at the Castle Esplanade for the summer of 2011.

The Tattoo has sold out for eighteen consecutive years and more than 14 million people have attended the Tattoo since it began. The annual audience is around 220,000. Not a single performance of the Tattoo has ever been cancelled.

The Tattoo has always been staged at Edinburgh Castle. The word ‘tattoo’ comes from the closing-time cry in the inns in the Low Countries during the 17th and 18th centuries – ‘Doe den tap toe’ (‘Turn off the taps’). The Tattoo is set up and run for charitable purposes and over the years, it has gifted some £8 million to service and civilian organisations.

At the last official independent count, visitors to the Tattoo contributed an estimated £77 million to the Scottish economy.

For further information please visit www.edintattoo.co.uk.

Clarence House Open

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Clarence House Open

The official residence of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall

1st – 31st August 2017

Visit Clarence House, the official residence of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and one of the last remaining aristocratic townhouses in London.

Clarence House is the official London residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Here Their Royal Highnesses receive official guests from this country and overseas on behalf of the nation, and bring together people from all walks of life through official seminars, lunches, receptions and dinners. Several thousand official guests are received at the House annually, many connected with the charitable organisations with which The Prince or The Duchess is involved.

The Prince of Wales first lived at Clarence House between the ages of one and three, when Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh moved there following their marriage. By the time of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s death in April 2002, more than 50 years had passed since the last major refurbishment of the house, and much work needed to be done before The Prince of Wales was able to take up residence.

The Royal Household Property Services carried out the refurbishment and worked with organisations such as the Forest Stewardship Council to specify and buy sustainable materials and timber from responsibly managed forests. The internal decoration was carried out under the direction of the interior designer, Robert Kime.

Robert Kime introduced new colour schemes and furnishings, while maintaining the familiar atmosphere of a much-loved family house. The arrangement of the rooms and the grouping of their contents remain recognisably as they were in Queen Elizabeth’s time, with much of Her Majesty’s collection of works of art and furniture in their former positions.

The Prince of Wales returned to Clarence House on 4 August 2003, the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s birth.

To learn more about the history of Clarence House, accompanied by gorgeous pictures of its interiors, why not purchase your copy of Royal Life issue 25.

Inside Clarence House

Opening times

  • Monday to Friday 10:00-16:30 (last admission 15:30)
  • Saturday and Sunday 10:00-17:30 (last admission 16:30)

A typical visit lasts 1 hour, including a 45 minute guided tour.

To book your tickets click here.

Reading From The Last Post Ceremony

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Reading by The Duke of Cambridge at the Last Post ceremony in Belgium
Reading by The Duke of Cambridge at the Last Post ceremony in Belgium

Sunday, July 30th 2017

Every evening the city of Ieper falls silent at eight o’clock and the Last Post is played by the buglers of the Last Post Association. With the sounding of this bugle call, the two hundred and fifty thousand British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed on the Ypres Salient during the First World War are remembered.

The battlefields of the Salient came to define the war for many British and Commonwealth soldiers. The defence of the city at such great cost meant that it became hallowed ground. Winston Churchill said of Ypres, ‘a more sacred place for the British race does not exist in all the world’.

It was from here, along the Menin Road, that so many marched towards the frontline. After the war, when a location was being sought for a lasting memorial to these men, it seemed fitting for it to be built by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in this place.

Today, the Menin Gate records almost fifty four thousand names of the men who did not return home; the missing with no known grave. Members of our families; our regiments; our nations; all sacrificed everything for the lives we live today.

At the Memorial’s inauguration, the British commander Field Marshall Lord Plumer spoke movingly to the assembled families, saying of their lost loved ones: ‘He is not missing; he is here’.

The local Police Superintendent attended the same inauguration ceremony. He heard the sounding of the Last Post and was so moved, that he and his friends later resolved to play it, here, every evening in perpetuity. A simple tribute from local people to those who fought.

We extend our deep gratitude to the Last Post Association and the people of Ieper for this daily act of homage in honour of our fallen.

During the First World War Britain and Belgium stood shoulder to shoulder. One hundred years on, we still stand together, gathering as so many do every night, in remembrance of that sacrifice.

Thank you for the honour that you do us.

Duke of Cambridge Thanks EAAA Colleagues

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Duke of Cambridge EAAA
The Duke of Cambridge with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) at Cambridge Airport, July, 2015.

The Duke of Cambridge on leaving the East Anglian Air Ambulance

As I arrive for work at East Anglian Air Ambulance this evening, my last shift with this incredible team, I wanted to say thank you to my colleagues, team mates and the people of East Anglia who I have been so proud to serve. Over the past two years I have met people from across the region who were in the most desperate of circumstances. As part of the team, I have been invited into people’s homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief. I have watched as incredibly skilled doctors and paramedics have saved people’s lives. These experiences have instilled in me a profound respect for the men and women who serve in our emergency services, which I hope to continue to champion even as I leave the profession. I am hugely grateful for having had this experience.

From the moment I joined, when that phone rang at the base for the first time, it was clear that I was a fellow professional, a pilot with a job to do – in such a team there can be no other option, but still I am grateful to my colleagues for accepting me so readily. At EAAA, our helicopters are airborne within four minutes of getting a call and can reach patients anywhere in the region within 25 minutes. We land in residential gardens, school playing fields, beaches, roadsides, anywhere it is safe to do so. As a pilot, my job is to get the medical team to the patient as quickly and safely as possible, so they can give treatment as soon as possible after injury. We are sent to only one per cent of ambulance call outs, where having a trauma team and getting the hospital to the patient quickly, can mean the difference between life and death. I have watched our medical team perform surgery on a patient within minutes of jumping off the helicopter – their level of skill is astounding. As a pilot at the scene, we will sometimes try and help by co-ordinating the area around the medical team, carrying their kit and doing whatever it takes to ensure they can focus on their work. It is a joint effort, and every member plays his or her role with great professionalism and dedication.

As a team, we travel to some very daunting incidents and we have been though some incredibly tough times together, witnessing some appalling tragedies. One of the first call outs I made was to a young man who had committed suicide; it was an incredibly tough day and had a profound effect on all of us, not least in my determination now to draw attention to this issue. Another rescue that sticks in my mind was to a young man who was involved in a road accident. His uncle in the car with him sadly didn’t survive, and I was sure that from what we were faced with he wouldn’t either – but thanks to the skills of our medical team he is alive today. We were first on scene and in such circumstances we all had to pitch in to fight to save the young man’s life. It is days like this, when you know you have made a difference, that give you the determination to keep going.

I have seen at first-hand how our doctors, paramedics, police, fire and emergency services teams work together with such skill and professionalism in stressful situations. I have also been very fortunate to work with an organisation which recognises the stress its staff deals with and puts their welfare as such a high priority. You need to be physically and mentally fit to do this job properly and so we are encouraged to talk through the things we have seen, to share the trauma within the team. I now know though that there are things that cannot be unseen and experiences that our first responders deal with on a daily basis that they will carry with them for life. I have the utmost respect for the job that our emergency services carry out, without fuss, on a daily basis.

Having had the great good fortune to experience serving the East Anglian Air Ambulance, I would like to finally say thank you to the community who fund, support and keep the air ambulance flying. As I hang up my flight suit, I am proud to have served with such an incredible team of people, who save lives across the region every day.

Duke of Cambridge Completes Last Shift With EAAA

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The Duke of Cambridge on his first day with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) at Cambridge Airport, 2015.

THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE TO COMPLETE HIS LAST SHIFT WITH THE EAST ANGLIAN AIR AMBULANCE

Cambridge Airport

Thursday, 27th July 2017

The Duke of Cambridge will complete his last shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday 27th July at Cambridge Airport. On his final day at work, The Duke will arrive for a night shift, and attend the hand over briefings from the day team as usual. He will then join his team-mates at the helicopter he has flown for the past two years for a group photograph.

The Duke joined EAAA as an Air Ambulance pilot in March 2015. After completing an initial period of job-specific training involving simulator, aircraft and in-flight skills training, he began piloting his first operational missions in July 2015. Throughout his service, The Duke has been based out of Cambridge Airport, as part of a team including specialist doctors, critical care paramedics and pilots providing emergency medical services across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

EAAA helicopters can reach patients anywhere in the region within 25 minutes. They provide rapid, effective treatment as soon as possible after injury, and transport patients directly to hospital if required. Regular landing areas for EAAA helicopters include residential gardens, carparks, beaches, roadsides, and any open space deemed possible by the captain. Last year, the EAAA carried out 2361 missions.

Over the last two years, The Duke has enjoyed the opportunity to connect directly with the community of East Anglia and has valued being part of a team that provides such a critical and often life-saving public service.

In statement issued by Kensington Palace earlier this year the Duke of Cambridge said:

“It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my Royal work for decades to come.

“I would like to thank the people of East Anglia for being so supportive of my role and for letting me get on with the job when they have seen me in the community or at our region’s hospitals. I would especially like to thank all of my colleagues at EAAA, Babcock, and Cambridge Airport for their friendship and support. I have loved being part of a team of professional, talented people that save lives every day. My admiration for our country’s medical and emergency services community could not be any stronger.”

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Earl Spencer remembers his sister Princess Diana

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Diana: Designing A Princess

Earl Spencer remembers his sister Princess Diana

At the end of next month it will be 20 years since the death of Diana Princess of Wales – an anniversary marked by her sons this week when they spoke in an ITV documentary.

Mishal Husain spoke to the Princess’s brother Earl Spencer, who discussed the impact Diana had, her relationship with the tabloid media and the challenge of having to write his sister’s eulogy.

To listen to the podcast, click the play button below.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Last Official Engagement Announced

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Duke of Edinburgh's Last Official Engagement Announced
The Duke of Edinburgh after presenting campaign medals to members of 40 Commando who have completed their first tour of Afghanistan, at Norton Manor Camp, Somerset, following their return.

The Duke of Edinburgh attends The Captain General’s Parade

Wednesday 2nd August 2017

The Duke of Edinburgh, Captain General, Royal Marines, will attend a Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt on Wednesday 2nd August 2017.

His Royal Highness’s association with the Royal Marines dates back 64 years to 2nd June 1953 upon appointment as Captain General in succession to the late King George VI.

As previously announced, The Duke of Edinburgh will no longer undertake his own programme of public engagements. The Captain General’s Parade will bring His Royal Highness’s individual programme to a conclusion, although he may choose to attend certain events, alongside The Queen, from time to time.

The Royal Marines are the amphibious troops of the Royal Navy, acknowledged as one of the world’s elite commando forces. The 1664 Global Challenge is raising funds and awareness for The Royal Marines Charity, marking the symbolic significance of 1664 as the year in which the Corps was founded. This year, the challenge will see Royal Marines from around the country running 16.64 miles each day for 100 days, totalling a distance of 1664 miles.

His Royal Highness will arrive on the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace and take position on the dais for the Royal Salute and the National Anthem. The Duke will meet representatives from the runners’ contingent, including two Royal Marines who have completed the entire 1664 miles. His Royal Highness will also meet veterans and cadets before returning to the dais to receive the 1664 Global Challenge baton.

The Parade will conclude with a march past, a Royal Salute and three cheers for the Captain General.

Background – The Duke of Edinburgh, Captain General, Royal Marines

The Duke of Edinburgh was appointed Captain General of the Royal Marines on 2nd June 1953, in succession to the late King George VI.

His Royal Highness carries out a number of engagements with the Royal Marines each year to include the following over the last 12 months:

25 March 2017 Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall
22 November 2016 The Royal Marines Colonels Commandant lunch (London)
18 November 2016 60th Anniversary Dinner – Op MUSKETEER (Plymouth)
28 October 2016 Visit to the Royal Marines School of Music (Portsmouth)
26 May 2016 Audiences with outgoing/incoming Commandants General

The Duke of Edinburgh has also undertaken a number of overseas visits to the Royal Marines including:

April 1960 40 & 42 Commando Exercises in the Mediterranean and Malta
June 1968 Presentation of Colours to 42 Commando, Singapore
February 1980 Royal Marines on Winter Training in North Norway
October 1984 40 Commando in Cyprus
September 1988 Royal Marines Exercise Teamwork ’88 in Norway
April 1993 75th anniversary of the Raid of the Mole at Zeebrugge, Belgium
June 2000 Service of Dedication at Ouistreham-Riva-Bella, Normandy (as Patron of Normandy Royal Navy/Royal Marines Memorial Fund)

Other key dates and information

Since 1948, The Duke of Edinburgh has been Honorary President of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Association and Club (a society for past and present members).

Since 1974, The Duke of Edinburgh has been Patron of the National Museum of the Royal Navy (was the Royal Marines Museum), in Portsmouth.

To mark the Royal Marines 350th anniversary year, in 2014, The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied The Queen to the State Opening of Parliament wearing Full Ceremonial Uniform as Captain General Royal Marines. Also in 2014, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh also attended the Royal Marines 350th Anniversary Beat Retreat.

This year, in 2017, a Band of the Royal Marines played at the DofE Gold Awards Presentation at the Palace of Holyroodhouse (expected to be HRH’s last Gold Awards).

A summary of statistics for The Duke of Edinburgh dating from 1952 to 2nd August 2017:

  • Total number of solo engagements – 22,219
  • Total number of solo overseas visits – 637 (Commonwealth countries – 229 visits to 67 countries / other countries 408 visits to 76 countries)
  • Total number of speeches given – 5,496
  • Total number of patronages – 785 organisations
  • Presentation of colours – 54
  • Number of service appointments – 32
  • Number of books authored – 14

The Royal Marines 1664 Global Challenge

Over the past four months, 1500 Royal Marines and Army Commandos from around the United Kingdom have taken part in the 1664 Global Challenge to raise funds for The Royal Marines Charity.

The 1664 running challenge began in Plymouth on the 25th of April and will finish 1664 miles and 100 days later on 2nd August at Buckingham Palace.

In addition to the 1664 mile run, Royal Marines from around the globe have been participating in extreme events which include a 34 mile swim underwater and a company of Royal Marines lifting 24,000 tonnes and running 10,000km over 20 days.

History of the Royal Marines

On 28th October, 1664, an Order-in-Council was issued calling for 1,200 soldiers to be recruited for service in the Fleet, to be known as The Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot. As The Duke of York was The Lord High Admiral, it became known as the Admiral’s Regiment. The Regiment was paid by the Admiralty, it and its successors became the only long service troops in the 17th and 18th century navy. On 1st August, 1923, the Royal Marine Artillery amalgamated with the Royal Marine Light Infantry to become ‘The Royal Marines’.

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Princes Share Family Photographs

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This photograph released by Kensington Palace, from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, shows the princess holding Prince William whilst pregnant with Prince Harry. Photo credit: The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS IN ‘DIANA, OUR MOTHER: HER LIFE AND LEGACY’

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are pleased to share three photographs from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales that feature in the new ITV documentary ‘Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.’

The 90-minute film, made by Oxford Film and Television, celebrates the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales in the 20th anniversary year since her passing. In the documentary, The Duke and Prince Harry recall fond memories from their childhood as they look through photographs in a family album assembled by the late Princess.

Diana, Our Mother: Life and Legacy‘ will air on ITV at 21.00hrs on Monday 24th July.

This photograph released by Kensington Palace, from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and taken by Prince William shows the princess sitting and playing with Prince Harry on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Photo credit: The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
This photograph released by Kensington Palace, from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, shows Prince William and Prince Harry in borrowed policemen outfits. Photo credit: The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
This photograph released by Kensington Palace, from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, shows the princess holding Prince William whilst pregnant with Prince Harry. Photo credit: The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
This photograph released by Kensington Palace, from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, shows the princess and Prince Harry on holiday. Photo credit: The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
This photograph released by Kensington Palace, from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, shows Prince William and Prince Harry sitting on a picnic bench together. Photo credit: The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Prince George Celebrates 4th Birthday

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness's fourth birthday.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness's fourth birthday.

OFFICIAL PORTRAIT OF PRINCE GEORGE TO MARK HIS FOURTH BIRTHDAY

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness’s fourth birthday tomorrow.

The photograph was taken at Kensington Palace at the end of June by Chris Jackson, Getty Images Royal Photographer.

The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this lovely picture as they celebrate Prince George’s fourth birthday, and would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received.

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