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The Sovereign Grant Report 2017-2018



The Royal Household today published its annual financial statement, The Sovereign Grant Report. For the financial year 2017-18, the Sovereign Grant amounted to £76.1m. For the first time, it included a dedicated amount – £30.4m – to fund the Reservicing of Buckingham Palace, a major 10 year overhaul of essential building services including electrical wiring, pipework, boilers and generators.

The Sovereign Grant was supplemented by additional income of £17.3m, generated from sources including facilities management charges and property rental. Official expenditure met by the Sovereign Grant in 2017-18 amounted to £47.4m. The excess of the Sovereign Grant and other income over expenditure of £28.7m was transferred to the Sovereign Grant Reserve. This includes £26.3m to meet future commitments for the Reservicing Programme.

Other highlights of the 2017-18 Report include:

  • An increase of 16% in income generated to supplement the Sovereign Grant.
  • A 7% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a 2% fall in energy consumption, as part of a broader commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • Details of Reservicing Programme activity in 2017-18 and forthcoming plans for 2018-19 – including High Priority Works (replacement of boilers and generators) and the decant of the East Wing of the Palace.
  • Official duties: in 2017-18 The Queen undertook 154 official engagements, while some 3000 engagements were carried out by the Royal Family as a whole.

Reflecting on the year 2017-18, the Keeper of the Privy Purse, Sir Michael Stevens, said:

“For the first time since the reign of Queen Victoria, there are three generations of the royal family at work together in support of The Queen. Each generation brings its own style and personality. What everyone shares is a desire for the monarchy to reflect and serve all parts of our country and the wider Commonwealth.”

Commenting on the Reservicing of Buckingham Palace, Sir Michael added:-

“The programme addresses the urgent need to overhaul the Palace’s essential services – some of which have not been updated since the 1950s. These important works will help avert the very real danger of a catastrophic building failure such as a flood or fire. During the first year of Reservicing, we removed the oldest and highest-risk electrical cabling. We set up a programme office and appointed key roles including the architect, design team and surveyors. We also commissioned a 3D survey of the building which has given us an unprecedented level of detail about the Palace.”

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Her Majesty to Attend Parade and Reception for No. 603 Squadron RAUXAF

Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, will host The Queen's Dinner at Buckingham Palace on the evening of Thursday 19th April, 2018.


Tuesday 3rd July, 2018

As part of RAF100 year, 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron RauxAF has been honoured with the Freedom of The City of Edinburgh, to be exercised by marching down the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, where they will mount a Parade on the Forecourt on Tuesday 3rd July 2018. Her Majesty The Queen, Honorary Air Commodore, will then give a Reception for the squadron.

Speech by The Duke of Sussex at the Final Queen’s Young Leaders Reception


Speech given by The Duke of Sussex at the final Queen’s Young Leaders Reception

Thank you Sir John Major for the introduction.

It’s an honour to be here today to recognise and celebrate this year’s Queen’s Young Leaders.

This programme was launched four years ago in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s service to the Commonwealth and Her belief in young people as a force for positive change.

As many of you know, this is the last year of The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards, but the legacy of the programme will no doubt carry on for generations to come.

This year we are recognising the incredible work of the final group of exciting young change-makers from across 38 Commonwealth countries, who are working to improve the lives of people in their communities and beyond.

The issues all of you have chosen to take on are at the core of some of the world’s biggest challenges – from tackling stigma around mental health and promoting gender equality, to changing mind-sets and habits in order to conserve our natural world – you are all making a huge difference.

Your generation is the first that will have to deal hands-on with topics and issues that have been known about for a very long time. You are the future leaders who will need to pick up the baton on issues such as climate change, food security, equality and access to education, and improving the lives of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

The pace of change is happening so much faster than it did 100 years ago, or even 50 years ago. A more interconnected world means that any local problem can become a global problem overnight, but at the same time the technology and innovation driving this inter-connectivity means that any local solution can become a global solution just as fast.

In this rapidly changing world, it is heartening to meet so many inspiring young people gathered here today, who have already stepped up as leaders and improved the lives of so many people across the Commonwealth. You are the hope and optimism the world needs and we will all do everything that we can to support you in it.

One of the best things about The Queen’s Young Leaders coming together this week is having the chance to share the projects you’ve taken on – you are now part of a community of people trying to do good. I encourage you to nurture these new relationships, share your ideas, stay connected and keep working together. What you have achieved individually is formidable, but collectively, the possibilities are limitless.
This is not the last you will hear from me. Earlier this year, I was honoured to have been named The Queen’s Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, and I am committed to supporting the legacy of The Queen’s Young Leaders and the 1.4 billion Commonwealth youth.

I guess you can say you’re stuck with me. I, together with my wife Meghan, look forward to convening young people from around The Commonwealth to hear your ideas, work with you to build platforms for you to collaborate and form partnerships, and continue to meet with many of you as we travel around in our work on behalf of The Royal Family. We look forward to meeting many of you this evening – but we also hope to see you in action in your home countries someday too.

The complete network of Queen’s Young Leaders has now been established, forming a powerful group of 240 young people from across 53 Commonwealth countries that will connect, collaborate and change lives together for years to come. I can’t wait to see all that you will do to change the world!

Thank you and good luck.

Her Majesty to Attend the Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse




Her Majesty The Queen will attend the Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Monday, 2nd July, 2018. The Guard of Honour will be Balaklava Company, The Argyll and Sunderland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS). Pipes and Drums will be provided by The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS) and music by The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Gold Quarter Sovereign Released to Commemorate Queen’s Sapphire Coronation Jubilee

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‘World First’ Gold Quarter Sovereign to Commemorate the Queen’s Sapphire Coronation Jubilee is Released

Featuring a portrait of the Queen on horseback, one of these limited edition coins was donated to equestrian charity, The Horse Rangers Association, at a ceremony in Hampton Court on May 30th.

London, Thursday 31st June: Collectables firm The Bradford Exchange has released a brand new Gold Quarter Sovereign to commemorate the Queen’s Sapphire Coronation Jubilee, marking Her Majesty’s incredible milestone when she becomes the first British monarch to reach the 65th anniversary of their coronation on Saturday 2nd June. The 2018 Gold Quarter Sovereign features a portrait of the Queen on horseback, recalling a similar image which was used on the first commemorative coin of her reign, the 1953 Coronation Crown, and then on subsequent coins celebrating her Majesty’s Jubilees over the decades. However, this is the first time the equestrian portrait has been used on a Gold Quarter Sovereign, making it a ‘world first’ to mark this historic occasion.

Only 2,018 Gold Quarter Sovereigns are being issued, making this a limited edition coin that is expected to sell out quickly. The coins are 14mm in diameter, made of solid 22-carat gold, produced to brilliant uncirculated quality and are available for purchase for £98 exclusively at or by calling 0333 003 0019.

In a fitting event for the official release of this unique coin, The Bradford Exchange today presented one of them to The Horse Rangers Association at a ceremony at the charity’s stables at The Royal Mews, Hampton Court Road. In addition, they donated the other two coins that make up the full Sapphire Coronation Jubilee set, the Enthroned Queen Half Sovereign and Double Effigy Full Sovereign, taking the full donation to a value of over £1,500.

The Horse Rangers Association was chosen to receive this donation as it is dedicated to supporting children and young people from all backgrounds and abilities by giving them the opportunity to develop confidence and life skills through learning to ride and care for horses. This is a cause close to royal hearts, with the Queen still enjoying riding at the age of ninety-two and with its patron being Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent.

At this morning’s event, Bradford Exchange Managing Director, Stephen Lee, presented the coins to Stable Manager of The Horse Rangers Association, Theresa Barrett, in front of VIP guests and a number of the charity’s young members who benefit from its work.

Stephen Lee said: “With the 2018 Gold Quarter Sovereign being a ‘world first’ with its portrait of the Queen in the saddle, we could not have found a more appropriate and deserving charity to receive this donation. We are delighted that our coins will help The Horse Rangers Association to continue with the amazing support it gives children and teenagers, teaching them equestrian skills and responsibilities that help them build confidence and friendships that set them up for life.”

Theresa Barrett added: “What a great morning! We would like to thank The Bradford Exchange for their kind donation as we rely on fundraising and public support to keep the stables going. Having met the Queen, I know how incredibly passionate she is about horses and the positive impact they can have in encouraging children to develop and grow as individuals. It was therefore an honour to receive this equestrian coin commemorating Her Majesty’s Sapphire Coronation Jubilee.”

Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Visit Ireland

Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Ireland

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Ireland from Tuesday 10th July to Wednesday 11th July. This visit is at the request of Her Majesty’s Government.

Over the course of the trip, Their Royal Highnesses will meet the people of Dublin and will visit organisations which are central to Irish life. This will include a Gaelic sports festival at Croke Park, the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The Duke and Duchess will also attend a summer garden party at the British Ambassador’s residence, where they will meet people from across Ireland’s arts, sports, military and social enterprise sectors.

During their visit to Dublin, Their Royal Highnesses will learn about Ireland’s culture and heritage, including a visit to Trinity College, where they will see the Book of Kells, one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures. The Duke and Duchess will also have a moment for reflection at the Famine Memorial, before visiting EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum, telling the story of the 10 million Irish people who have emigrated across the world.

Their Royal Highnesses will also learn more about the bright future of Ireland during their time in Dublin, with a visit to DogPatch Labs, a co-working space for technology start-ups. Here, The Duke and Duchess will meet children and young people taking part in free coding workshops, and will also have the opportunity to talk to female tech entrepreneurs.

The programme will include official meetings with The President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, and with The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.

Speech by The Duke of Cambridge at The Queen’s Birthday Party in Jordan


Speech given by The Duke of Cambridge at The Queen’s Birthday Party in Jordan

Your Royal Highnesses, distinguished guests, ladies and gentleman, thank you for coming this evening to celebrate the Official Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.

I arrived in Amman just a few hours ago; and I have already been enormously touched by the warmth of the welcome. Jordanian hospitality is world renowned, and I can already see why.

The ties between our Royal Families stretch back over generations. My grandmother, The Queen, and His Late Majesty King Hussein ascended to the throne exactly one month apart in 1952. The Queen to this day talks fondly of the special bond of friendship that existed between them. Your Royal Highnesses, I look forward to continuing to strengthen this bond between our Families in the years to come.

These same bonds extend also to our militaries. We in the United Kingdom treasure our links with your Armed Forces enormously. The idea of service to one’s country has always been a value that we share. From the Great Arab Revolt of 1917 to the battle against Da’esh today, our Armed Forces and security organisations have stood, and will continue to stand, side-by-side against shared threats and in defence of shared values.

I greatly admire the resilience you in Jordan have shown in the face of the many security and humanitarian challenges that have confronted you as a result of conflicts in this region.

The way in which you opened your doors to hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria, not to mention your longstanding commitments to Palestinian refugees, is remarkable. You should be enormously proud of what you have done. In so many ways, Jordan as an open and stable society is a beacon of hope for many other people in the Middle East.

My wife Catherine is very sorry she cannot be here with me so soon after the birth of our son Louis, but her family remembers very fondly the almost three years she spent here as a child when her father worked for British Airways in Amman. Catherine’s experience is not unique – the interchange between our two countries is real and deep: work, study, tourism and family links. Our historic ties and friendship are played out in the lives of thousands of people who consider both countries home.

It is the links between our young people that excite me above all, because they show so clearly what we are capable of together. I am now 36 so I am not sure that I can call myself young any longer – but I am delighted this visit will allow me to meet so many talented young Jordanians.

Just now, I met with students active in His Royal Highness’s Crown Prince Foundation. Their passion, creativity and dedication, their commitment to make a difference in Jordan is inspirational.

Jordan’s strength has always been the calibre of its people. Education and training are vital to ensure this most precious resource is nurtured and helped to reach its full potential. Britain is working closely with Jordan to help empower youth, create jobs and boost the economy.

If the future of a country lies in the hands of its youth, then Jordan’s future is bright.

To conclude, I bring warm greetings from my grandmother The Queen. She would like me to convey to you the following message:

Prince Philip and I send our warmest good wishes to all of you attending the celebrations this evening.

We have fond memories of our State visit to Jordan in 1984, when we were able to explore the history of Petra and experience the charm and hospitality of Amman and Aqaba. I am delighted that 34 years later, The Duke of Cambridge will be able to experience the heartfelt welcome we received in Jordan for himself.

In 1984, I spoke of how, for me and my people, Jordan represented not only a country where legend and history meet, but also a staunch and long held friend. I am pleased to say that this remains the case to this day and our two kingdoms continue to work together in the spirit of friendship.

I hope you all have a most enjoyable evening.

Signed, Elizabeth R

Your Royal Highnesses, ladies and gentlemen – I would like to conclude with the traditional toasts offered at this occasion,

First, His Majesty King Abdullah The Second bin Al Hussein, and the enduring strength of the relationship between the Royal Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

His Majesty The King (toast with glass)

And to conclude, to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second

The Queen (toast with glass)

And finally: shukran jazeelan (thank you very much)

Queen to Attend Service for the Order of St. Michael and St. George

Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, will host The Queen's Dinner at Buckingham Palace on the evening of Thursday 19th April, 2018.

Her Majesty The Queen will attend a Service of Commemoration and Dedication, marking the 200th Anniversary of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George at St Paul’s Cathedral

Thursday 28th June

Her Majesty The Queen, Sovereign of the Order, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, Grand Master, will attend a service marking the 200th Anniversary of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, on the 28th June.

The Order of St Michael and St George is one of the orders of chivalry from which honours are granted by The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister each year.

The Order was founded by The Prince Regent, later King George IV, in 1818 to commemorate the Ionian Islands being placed under British protection and Malta being placed under British Sovereignty. Originally the Order was used to recognise meritorious service to these islands. In 1879 the Order was expanded and is now used to honour distinguished services in connection with foreign affairs and service overseas.

The Chapel of the Order of St Michael and St George is housed at St Paul’s Cathedral and was formally dedicated in 1906. The Knights and Dames Grand Cross display their banners of arms in the Chapel.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Attend ‘Your Commonwealth’ Youth Challenge Reception

Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Autumn Tour
The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales.


Marlborough House, London

Thursday 5th July, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will meet young leaders from across the Commonwealth at a reception hosted by The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, marking the culmination of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Youth Leadership Workshop at Marlborough House in London. The event marks an opportunity for The Duke, who was appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador earlier this year, to learn more about how the Commonwealth Youth Forum is supporting inspiring young people to shape the future. The Duke and Duchess will also meet youth representatives from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga ahead of their tour this Autumn.

The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) provides an opportunity for the young people of the Commonwealth to build cross-cultural connections and networks, debate the challenges facing its young people, agree youth-led initiatives to influence decision makers and ensure young people have a voice in its future. The Youth Leadership Workshop brings together the newly elected Commonwealth Youth Council Executive and leaders of the Commonwealth Youth Networks, with the aim of empowering these young leaders to think about the future, and their role in shaping it.

The final day of the workshop will bring together 120 young people, scholars, youth leaders, and youth representatives of High Commissions to take part in the ‘Your Commonwealth’ Youth Challenge event. Working in groups, these talented young people are encouraged to generate ideas about the type of Commonwealth they want to see in 2040. As part of a Commonwealth where 60% of the population is under 30, these emerging leaders will be asked how they can work together and use the networks they are building now to make their ideas a reality.

The reception will begin with an overview of the day, before The Duke of Sussex and the Secretary-General address the reception. Their Royal Highnesses will then meet the young people who have taken part in the workshops to hear from them directly about their ideas for the future, and the support they need to ensure that their voices are heard.

Queen to Host Final Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony

Her Majesty The Queen's Speech at Formal Opening of CHOGM

Her Majesty will host the final Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony

Tuesday 26th June 2018

Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, accompanied by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will host a reception at Buckingham Palace to present awards to the Queen’s Young Leaders for 2018.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates the achievements of exciting young change-makers from across the Commonwealth. This year’s cohort, from across 38 countries, are working to improve the lives of people across a diverse range of issues including supporting people living with mental health problems, access to education, promoting gender equality, food scarcity and climate change.

Among the guests at the reception will be the Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Sir John Major, Sir Lenny Henry, David Beckham, Nicola Adams, Caspar Lee, Neelam Gill, Ore Oduba and Tina Daheley.

The Queen was 26 years old when she became Head of the Commonwealth. The Queen’s Young Leaders programme was launched in 2014 in honour of Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth – a global network of 53 countries and 2.4 billion people, of whom 60% are under 30 years old. In April 2018, The Duke of Sussex was appointed a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by The Queen.

In the week leading up to the reception, the winners will travel to the UK to participate in a programme of training, mentoring and networking opportunities. This includes workshops at the University of Cambridge and visits to No 10, the UK headquarters of Facebook and the BBC World Service.

The award presentation will be broadcast on Facebook Live, bringing the winners’ families from around the Commonwealth inside the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace.

Background – The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme and the Awards

The Queen’s Young Leaders Award is part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, an initiative established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief, the Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge, in recognition of Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

Launched in 2014 by The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex the first round of Queen’s Young Leaders visited the United Kingdom in 2015. Each year from 2014 to 2018, 60 exceptional young people were selected to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ – one for every year that The Queen had served as Head of the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. Guided by the values of the Commonwealth Charter, the goal of the programme is to enable young people to step up as leaders and improve the lives of people across the Commonwealth.


The complete network of Queen’s Young Leaders has now been established. While the Programme may no longer be looking for new Award winners, this is just the beginning of The Queen’s Young Leaders’ journey. Over the next 18 months, the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme will continue to champion the initiatives being undertaken by award winners and Highly Commended Runners-Up, support their networks and share their stories. A £200,000 Legacy Fund, open to all 240 Queen’s Young Leaders and 282 Highly Commended Runners-Up, to apply for grants to help elevate their work and enable them to work together to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the Commonwealth will also open in September 2018.

The Queen’s Young Leaders form a unique, dedicated and powerful group of young people from 53 Commonwealth countries who are connecting, collaborating and changing lives together – and they will continue to do so for years to come.

More information about The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme and the Awards is available via the following link:

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