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Commonwealth Day Message from Her Majesty The Queen

Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth
Queen Elizabeth II after the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, London March 13, 2017.

Commonwealth Day Message from Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth

Theme: ‘Towards a Common Future’

Monday 12th March 2018

We all have reason to give thanks for the numerous ways in which our lives are enriched when we learn from others. Through exchanging ideas, and seeing life from other perspectives, we grow in understanding and work more collaboratively towards a common future. There is a very special value in the insights we gain through the Commonwealth connection; shared inheritances help us overcome difference so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division.

We shall see this in action at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which takes place in the United Kingdom next month, bringing together young people, business and civil society from across the Commonwealth.

These gatherings are themselves fine examples of how consensus and commitment can help to create a future that is fairer, more secure, more prosperous and sustainable. Having enjoyed the warm hospitality of so many Commonwealth countries over the years, I look forward to the pleasure of welcoming the leaders of our family of 53 nations to my homes in London and Windsor.

Sport also contributes to building peace and development. The excitement and positive potential of friendly rivalry will be on display next month as we enjoy the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Contributing to the success of the Games, alongside athletes and officials, will be thousands of volunteers.

Voluntary effort, by people working as individuals, in groups or through larger associations, is so often what shapes the Commonwealth and all our communities. By pledging to serve the common good in new ways, we can ensure that the Commonwealth continues to grow in scope and stature, to have an even greater impact on people’s lives, today, and for future generations.

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Prince Harry to Deliver Keynote Speech at Veterans’ Mental Health Conference

Prince Harry to Deliver Keynote Speech at Veterans’ Mental Health Conference



Thursday 15th March 2018

Prince Harry will deliver a keynote speech at the annual VeteransMental Health Conference held at Kings College London, on Thursday March 15th.

The event is organised by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research supported by the Forces in Mind Trust. It brings together leading academics, researchers, medical professionals and charities to discuss the key issues in military mental health.

His Royal Highness, who attended the event last year, will join the morning session of the conference before making a speech about the progress that has been made by the sector in the past year.

Prince Harry is also expected to discuss the work he is pursuing at The Royal Foundation for mental health in the Armed Forces Community, and highlight key collaborative successes such as the service platform Contact, and the recently-signed agreement with the Ministry of Defence aimed at improving support and training for those people currently in service.

This year’s event is taking place under the theme From Enlistment to Retirement’. In addition to Prince Harry and researchers from the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, the conference will also feature Tobias Ellwood MP, and further speakers from Forces in Mind Trust, the University of Southern California, Combat Stress, and the Ministry of Defence.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Attend St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Attend St. Patrick's Day Parade


Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow

Saturday 17th March, 2018

The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, accompanied by The Duchess of Cambridge, will visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow on Saturday 17th March.

350 soldiers will march onto the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks led by their mascot, the Irish Wolfhound Domhnall. Her Royal Highness will step forward to present the shamrock to Officers and Warrant Officers, who will in turn issue it along the ranks. The parade will conclude with a march-past where His Royal Highness will take the salute.

The Duke and Duchess will then meet members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess photographs, and afterwards they will meet soldiers and their families. Finally, The Duke and Duchess will visit the Guardsman’s lunch where the longest-serving Guardsman in the Battalion will propose a toast to Their Royal Highnesses, and thank The Duchess for presenting the gift of shamrock.

1st Battalion Irish Guards trooped its Colour at the Queen’s Birthday Parade in June 2016, before returning to their primary role of light role infantry. Exercises in Otterburn and Sennybridge followed in the autumn, preparing for two overseas deployments. In November, Number 1 Company travelled to the Falkland Islands for three months, conducting training and patrolling across the islands. Number 2 Company flew to Thailand for a month, where they took part in a jungle exercise with the Royal Thai Army – the first UK-Thai joint exercise for over 20 years. In the New Year, the Battalion returned to public duties, notably conducting Changing of the Guard in the heavy snow of Storm Emma last week.

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Prince Harry to Present Army Air Corps Pilots’ Wings

Prince Harry to Present Army Air Corps Pilots' Wings


Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Hampshire

Friday 16th March, 2018

Prince Harry will return to the Army Aviation Centre where he undertook advanced helicopter training to present the latest graduates with their Wings.

His Royal Highness will present 12 pilots from Course 17/02 of the Army Air Corps with their Wings at a ceremony in the Museum of Army Flying. He will then move outside for a photograph in front of an Apache helicopter with the graduates.

Prince Harry was a graduate in the same ceremony in 2010 when the Prince of Wales, the Army Air Corps Colonel in Chief, was the Presenting Officer.

This will be the final Wings Parade to be held at Middle Wallop, before the ceremony transfers to the Defence Helicopter Flying School at Shawbury as part of the expanded new tri-service helicopter training operation.

The Wings Parade takes place after each student completes the operational training phase, and as graduates they are presented with the insignia distinguishing them as qualified Army Pilots.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Invite Members of the Public to Wedding!

Royal Wedding Part 1



Members of the Public Invited to Windsor Castle

Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their Wedding Day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too. This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the Bride and Groom.

In addition to the Carriage Procession in Windsor, they have today shared some further details of how the public will be involved on May 19th. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have invited 2,640 people into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrivals of the Bride and Groom, and their wedding guests, at the chapel and to watch the carriage procession as it departs from the castle. This group will be made up of:

  • 1,200 members of the public from every corner of the United Kingdom will be nominated to attend by nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices. The couple has asked that the people chosen are from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities.
  • 200 people from a range of charities and organisations which Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have a close association with, including those which Prince Harry serves as Patron.
  • 100 pupils from two local schools: The Royal School, Great Park, Windsor and St George’s School, Windsor Castle – both of which have a strong affiliation with the Windsor Castle community.
  • 610 Windsor Castle community members, including residents of Windsor Castle and members of the St George’s Chapel community.
  • 530 Members of The Royal Households and Crown Estate.

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Queen to Mark 70th Year of International Maritime Organization

Her Majesty to Host Commonwealth Diaspora Reception

Her Majesty The Queen will visit the International Maritime Organization

Tuesday 6th March 2018

Her Majesty The Queen will visit the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London on Tuesday 6th March 2018 to mark the 70th year of its formation. Her Majesty will be greeted by Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary General, of the IMO before viewing a model of RMS Queen Mary 2. The Queen will listen to a short speech by the Secretary General and unveil a plaque to mark Her Majesty’s visit. The Queen will view the lighthouse optic, a gift to the IMO from Trinity House, and an exhibition about the role of modern shipping, before cutting a cake to mark the anniversary and departing.

The International Maritime Organization
As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.

Shipping is a truly international industry, transporting more than 80 percent of global trade to peoples and communities all over the world. The world relies on a safe, secure and efficient international shipping industry – and this is provided by the regulatory framework developed and maintained by IMO.

IMO measures cover all aspects of international shipping – including ship design, construction, equipment, manning, operation and disposal – to ensure that this vital sector remains safe, environmentally sound, energy efficient and secure.

IMO has 173 Member States and is the only United Nations agency to be headquartered in the UK. 2018 marks the 70th year since it was formed, by the adoption of an international convention in Geneva. Her Majesty opened the headquarters building in 1983.

Duke of Cambridge to Visit Israel, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian


The Duke of Cambridge will visit Israel, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian


His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge will visit Israel, Jordan, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the Summer. The visit is at the request of Her Majesty’s Government and has been welcomed by the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities.

Further details will be announced in due course.

Prince Harry to Visit Silverstone Circuit

Prince Harry to Visit StreetGame's Fit and Fed


Silverstone, Northamptonshire

Wednesday 7th March, 2018

Prince Harry, Patron of the Silverstone Experience, will visit the site to officially mark the start of construction on Wednesday 7th March.

His Royal Highness will visit the Silverstone University Technical College, which is located alongside the circuit. In the school’s engineering workshops, Prince Harry will meet current students and alumni who are now working successfully in the motorsport industry, as well as representatives from the Williams F1 Engineering Academy. His Royal Highness will then visit the hangar where the Silverstone Experience is due to be installed to receive an update on the build programme and signal the start of construction. There will be Formula 1 cars on display to represent Silverstone’s first race in 1948, and also this year’s race in 2018 which marks Silverstone’s 70th anniversary.

The Silverstone Experience is due to open at Silverstone in Spring 2019. The project will bring the extensive heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing to life through the creation of a dynamic, interactive and educational visitor experience. The Silverstone Experience will celebrate the circuit and the country’s position at the heart of the global motorsport industry. Using the latest technology, the Silverstone Experience will tell the amazing stories of people who have been part of the site, and the history of the sector, in order to inspire future generations.

The Silverstone UTC (University Technical College) opened in September 2013 and is an educational facility for 14-18 year olds that helps those who want to pursue careers in High Performance Engineering and Business and Technical Events Management. Past pupils have gone on to study engineering at university and on to apprenticeships and employment in companies including Red Bull Racing, Renault F1, Mercedes F1 and Cosworth Engineering.

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New Patronages Announced for The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge, will attend the 2017 Portrait Gala, held at the National Portrait Gallery in London on Tuesday the 28th March

New patronages announced for The Duchess of Cambridge in the field of global health

The Duchess of Cambridge has today become Patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and Patron of the Nursing Now campaign.

The new patronages have been announced ahead of Her Royal Highness’ visit to the RCOG later today, followed by a visit to St. Thomas’ Hospital where The Duchess will officially launch the Nursing Now campaign. The visits will see The Duchess learning about and supporting women’s healthcare and global health work, and championing the professionals who work on the front-line.

The RCOG is a medical charity that champions the provision of high quality women’s healthcare in the UK and beyond, by setting standards for clinical practice, providing doctors with training and lifelong learning, and advocating for women’s healthcare worldwide. Founded in 1929, the College now has over 16,000 members globally, and works with a range of partners both in the UK and abroad to encourage the study of obstetrics and gynaecology and advance its science and practice.

Nursing Now is a major global campaign aimed at raising the profile and status of nursing and nurses worldwide. The Nursing Now campaign will support more nurses to play a greater role in health policy decision-making, helping countries meet the pressing health challenges of the 21st century. The three-year global campaign is being run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

The Duchess has seen first-hand the impact of front-line medical professionals during visits to hospitals and hospices, and through her work in support of children’s mental health and early intervention. The Duchess’ patronages at RCOG and Nursing Now provide an
opportunity to shine a light on these vital professions, both in the UK and internationally.

Professor Lesley Regan, President of the RCOG, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that The Duchess of Cambridge has graciously accepted our invitation to become the RCOG’s second Patron, after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It is a great honour for the
College, now in its 89th year, and its 16,000 members in the UK and around the world.

“We are very grateful to Her Royal Highness whose support will help to raise our profile as a medical charity that champions the provision of high quality women’s healthcare at home and beyond. We know that maternal health and mental wellbeing is an issue close to The
Duchess’s heart, as a young mother herself. We hope that this new relationship will build on our work to improve healthcare for women everywhere, and ensure that women’s views on the care they receive are at the heart of everything we do.”

Lord Nigel Crisp, Co-Chair Nursing Now Campaign, said: “On behalf of Nursing Now supporters across the world I am delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as our Patron. Our campaign aims to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of nurses worldwide – influencing policymakers and supporting nurses themselves to lead, learn and build a global movement.

“We are delighted to have a Patron with such a strong commitment to nursing and a history in her family of volunteer nurses. We look forward to working with Her Royal Highness as we support nursing and nurses across the world.”

As previously announced, The Duchess will today visit the RCOG to learn more about the College’s education and training programmes and global health work to reduce maternal and newborn mortality worldwide, and will attend a roundtable discussion on tackling the stigma around women’s health.

Later today, The Duchess will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital in London to launch the Nursing Now campaign. Her Royal Highness will visit a nurse-led children’s ward before joining a roundtable discussion with nurses across the career spectrum. Finally, The Duchess will join the launch event where she will be speaking to mark the launch of the campaign.

The Duchess also holds the following positions:
o Patron of Action on Addiction
o Patron of Action for Children
o Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
o Patron of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
o Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
o Royal Patron of The Art Room
o Patron of the Lawn Tennis Association
o Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, London
o Patron of Place2Be
o Patron of SportsAid
o Patron of the 1851 Trust
o Patron of the Natural History Museum
o Patron of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and
Prince Harry
o Honorary Air Commandant of The Air Cadets

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Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle to Visit Birmingham

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit Birmingham



Thursday 8th March, 2018

Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will visit Birmingham on Thursday 8th March to learn more about the work of two projects which support young people from the local community.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will firstly attend an event at Millennium Point to celebrate International Women’s Day, which aims to inspire the next generation of young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Hosted by social enterprise Stemettes, the event will bring together female students from local secondary schools and include interactive activities, a panel discussion, speed networking opportunities with local businesses, and information on work experience, apprenticeships, A-level choices, and university degrees in STEM. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will join the young women as they take part in building apps and touchpads, before hearing more about their motivations to pursue STEM subjects.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will then visit Nechells Wellbeing Centre to join Birmingham’s Coach Core apprentices as they take part in a training masterclass led by Create Development. The Coach Core apprenticeship scheme was designed by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to train young people aged 16 – 24 with limited opportunities to become sports coaches and mentors within their communities. During the year-long apprenticeship, which now operates in ten cities across the UK, the apprentices learn technical sport skills alongside an inclusive and holistic approach to coaching, with an emphasis on employability and mentoring skills. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will chat to the apprentices about their experiences of the programme – which launched in Birmingham in March 2017 – before joining them in the sports hall as they deliver practice training sessions.

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