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The Duke of Cambridge to Visit United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce

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THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE WILL VISIT ROYAL MAIL’S INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS CENTRE TO SEE THE UNITED FOR WILDLIFE DECLARATION IN ACTION

Heathrow, London

Thursday 6th September, 2018

The Duke of Cambridge will visit Royal Mail’s Worldwide International Logistics Centre at Heathrow to see how United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce members are working together to disrupt attempts to traffic illegal wildlife products. The Duke will be joined by Lord Hague of Richmond, who leads The United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products.

Royal Mail is a signatory of United for Wildlife’s Buckingham Palace Declaration, which brought together the global transport industry leaders in March 2016 to identify ways the transport sector can close down criminal supply routes, and thwart the traffickers as part of efforts to address the urgent poaching crisis. The United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce has over 100 members and provides the transport sector, and those that work with it, support to detect and disrupt trafficking of wildlife products. Through an information sharing system the Taskforce members have received 38 alerts and have supported 32 law enforcement investigations. The alerts are shared with 80% of the world’s shipping fleet and 62 Airlines.

Through close cooperation between Royal Mail, Border Force and Police this group has developed highly professional and sophisticated working relationships to prevent the mail network being used by wildlife traffickers. Membership of Taskforce has enabled the Royal Mail to understand the specific threat to wildlife, and in particular how the postal service could be illegally exploited to import and export items. It has also allowed Royal Mail to build on an already solid foundation and partnership with Border Force, to share knowledge and insight into how these items are hidden in the mail stream. At a local level Royal Mail has provided resources and where needed equipment to facilitate Border Force’s operation. Also, on a wider level it has helped Border Force understand how the postal logistic chain works, how mail flows across the globe, and the way postal operators work. This insight is also used at global level where Royal Mail uses its reach and influence with other postal operators, NGOs, sector stakeholders and policy makers to help stop items being injected and assist national border agencies to intercept these items.

In 2017 Border Force made 139 seizures of ivory items on export through Royal Mail Postal Services from the UK as part of targeted operations. The ivory was destined for Hong Kong and mainland China and included items such as billiard balls, hair brushes, fans, carved finished items and napkin rings. The goods were identified through the use of x-ray technology by screening export mail flows. In February 2018 a single shift targeting Thailand mail imports resulted in 25 seizures by Border Force’s CITES team based at Heathrow who deployed to the depot as part of a targeted operation. These included endangered orchids, health supplements containing cactus extracts and crocodile leather fashion items.

During their visit to the centre, The Duke and Lord Hague will be briefed on the centre’s operations, and see how mail workers are trained to spot parcels. They will then meet Border Force staff who operate on site, view some of the products that have been seized by Border Force officers, and get a briefing on how they work together. They will also meet with some of the officers from the police specialist wildlife crime unit, to see how criminal investigations can result from their partnership work.

Duke of Cambridge to Visit The Great Exhibition of the North

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THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE WILL VISIT THE GREAT EXHIBITION OF THE NORTH

Newcastle and Gateshead

Friday 7th September, 2018

The Duke of Cambridge will visit Newcastle and Gateshead on Friday 7th September to attend the Great Exhibition of the North. The Great Exhibition of the North is a three-month celebration of the North of England’s pioneering spirit. Showcasing great art and culture, design and innovation from across the North, the Exhibition tells the story of the North of England and how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers have shaped our present and are inspiring our future.

The Duke will first visit Sage Gateshead, an international music centre which is one of three dedicated Exhibition hub venues. His Royal Highness will listen to musical performances and meet with performers. The Duke will also visit the centre’s CoMusica programme, which uses music to engage with young people experiencing challenging circumstances.

His Royal Highness will then visit PROTO: The Emerging Technology Centre, which is dedicated to testing and creating new digital solutions for future business challenges. The Duke will meet with businesses using the centre, and see demonstrations of how new technologies, such as motion capture and augmented reality are being used by different sectors. His Royal Highness will finish his tour by officially opening the building.

Next, The Duke will visit the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art where he will attend a reception to celebrate and acknowledge all those who have been involved in making the Great Exhibition happen. During the reception His Royal Highness will meet some of those involved in the Exhibition including volunteers.

Finally His Royal Highness will visit Ryder Architecture Cooper’s Studios. The Duke will tour the ‘Horse to Hyperloop’ exhibition and hear about the potential of using Hyperloop technology to travel in the future, including proposals to create a Northern Arc transport loop. Hyperloop uses electricity to propel pods through low-pressure tubes at speeds of up to 700mph. His Royal Highness will meet with engineers, before viewing a Hyperloop pod prototype designed by graduates from the University of Edinburgh. The Duke will also learn about Cooper’s Studios’ youth engagement programme.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Attend 100 Days to Peace

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX WILL ATTEND A COMMEMORATIVE CONCERT IN AID OF MENTAL HEALTH CHARITIES

Central Hall Westminster, London

Thursday 6th September, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend 100 Days to Peace, a gala music evening marking the centenary of the end of the First World War at Central Hall Westminster.

Presented by the Royal Armouries, the one-off concert will be an evening of music and reflection in aid of three charities all working to support military veterans facing mental health challenges; Help for Heroes, Combat Stress and Heads Together – The Royal Foundation’s campaign and mental health initiative.

The first half will include two performances by Lesley Garrett; ‘He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’ – a poem by WB Yeats published in 1899, and the opening lines from ‘For the Fallen’, written by Laurence Binyon in 1914 and adapted by Sir Karl for 100 Days to Peace. The event will also bring together Samuel Bordoli’s The Great Silence, written in memory of choristers killed in the First World War, with the charity Remembered, featuring their 2018 Armistice installation ‘There But Not There’.

For the second half, Sir Karl Jenkins will conduct his internationally acclaimed The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, performed by the Royal Choral Society and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Originally commissioned by the Royal Armouries to mark the turn of the millennium to create a legacy of peace and hope for the future, this will be the only performance of The Armed Man in England in 2018 to be conducted by Sir Karl himself. The music will be performed against a backdrop of Hefin Owen’s film of The Armed Man.

During the intermission, Their Royal Highnesses will meet some of the evening’s performers during a reception in the Presidents Room, as well as representatives from the three charities, and the Royal Armouries’ Trustees and Sponsors.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Attend Annual WellChild Awards

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX TO ATTEND WELLCHILD AWARDS CEREMONY

Royal Lancaster Hotel, London

Tuesday 4th September, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the annual WellChild Awards at The Royal Lancaster Hotel on Tuesday 4th September. Their Royal Highnesses will commend the courage of seriously ill children and their families, and thank those who care for and support them. The WellChild Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country’s seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who go the extra mile to keep children healthy and happy, including the outstanding health, social care and education professionals.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend a pre-ceremony reception where they will meet the young winners of each award category and their families, and the nominated healthcare professionals. They will then attend the ceremony where The Duke will present the Award for Most Inspirational Child (aged four-six) and deliver a speech.

The Duke of Sussex became Patron of WellChild in 2007. WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children and their families. Across the UK, growing numbers of children remain in hospital simply because there is no support enabling them to leave. Through a nationwide network of WellChild Children’s Nurses, home makeover projects and family support programmes, WellChild works to give this growing population of children and young people the best chance to thrive – properly supported at home, together with their families.

A Message from HRH The Prince of Wales to the President of Greece

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Prince of Wales to Visit Antigua and Barbuda, BVI and Dominica

A message from HRH The Prince of Wales to the President of Greece

My wife and I wanted you to know how deeply saddened we were to learn of the tragic loss of life following the devastating wildfires in Attica.

Above all, our hearts go out to all the families who have been so cruelly bereaved, and our deepest sympathy to those who have been injured or whose property has been destroyed.

Having been with you in Athens only recently, and recalling the joy of our visit and the welcome we received from the Greek people, we can only assure you of our affectionate thoughts and special prayers at such a heartbreaking time.

H σύζυγός μου κι εγώ θα θέλαμε να γνωρίζετε πόσο βαθιά λυπηθήκαμε μαθαίνοντας τα τραγικά νέα για τις απώλειες ανθρώπινης ζωής στις καταστροφικές πυρκαγιές που έπληξαν την Αττική. 

Πάνω απ’όλα, συμμεριζόμαστε ολόψυχα την οδύνη των οικογενειών που θρηνούν θύματα,  και συμπάσχουμε με τους τραυματίες και όλους όσοι είδαν τις περιουσίες τους να καταστρέφονται.

Έχοντας ακόμα νωπές τις μνήμες της τόσο πρόσφατης και τόσο χαρούμενης επίσκεψής μας στην Αθήνα αλλά και της θερμής υποδοχής που μας επιφύλαξε ο Ελληνικός λαός, θα θέλαμε να σας διαβεβαιώσουμε ότι oι Έλληνες είναι στη σκέψη μας και στις προσευχές μας σ’ αυτήν την τόσο δύσκολη ώρα.

A Message from The Queen to the President of Greece

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Queen Elizabeth

A message from The Queen to the President of Greece

“Prince Philip and I offer our deepest sympathies to the people of Greece in the wake of the devastating fires in Attica and across Greece.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims of this terrible tragedy and to all those who have lost their homes.

I pay tribute to the courage and dedication of the Greek emergency services and the volunteers that have provided support.”

Elizabeth R

A Speech by The Duke of Sussex at the International AIDS Conference

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A speech by The Duke of Sussex at the International AIDS Conference

Good morning everyone.

This conference has a proud history. For more than 30 years it has been a place where science, activism, government, and medicine have come together in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

These communities have come together to rise to the big challenges the fight has required:

  • The smashing of the deadly stigma around the virus – and calling out the prejudice that has fuelled it;
  • The heart-wrenching work to prioritise treatment and research;
  • And the work to make the world’s governments play their full role in tackling the epidemic.

What we have learned, is we succeed when we put people at the heart of our strategies.

When we focus on the reality of the child born with the virus; when we respect the young woman at risk due to the behaviour of her partner;

When we try to understand the perspective of the man who lacks access to information and testing;

When we harness the huge potential of people living with HIV to help guide the delivery of services and the campaign against stigma;

And when we create platforms for young people to shape and direct the services they rely on;

When we do all of these things, we succeed in developing approaches that make a real and lasting difference.

I am honoured to be sharing the stage with someone who has always put people at the centre of his work – Sir Elton John.

For over a quarter century, Elton has worked tirelessly to fund research and services in communities around the world. And today, he has come to Amsterdam to announce his latest endeavour – a billion dollar global partnership to break the cycle of male transmission of HIV, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

We stand here at a moment when the progress we have fought so hard for is at risk from a dangerous complacency. Too many around the world are still ignoring the damaging knock-on effect on education and other community services from not prioritising HIV prevention and treatment.

This is a time when new, energetic and innovative solutions are needed more than ever before – and that is exactly what you are about to see from Elton and the Men Star Coalition partners.

This initiative is focused on the tough but essential work of truly changing mind-sets.  Inspired by the growing alarm at the rate of new HIV infections among young women, this campaign is bravely tackling the root cause of this problem — the lack of awareness of HIV prevention amongst hard-to-reach young men. And it will be guided by listening to and respecting the voices of the young men the coalition is trying to reach.

I would like to congratulate the Elton John AIDS Foundation on convening this impressive coalition with major financial backing.

I am a firm believer that we must work together across agencies, charities, and industries to make change at scale.

To formally announce the Men Star Coalition, it is my honour to introduce my friend, Sir Elton John.

Win One of Five Copies of Edward VIII

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Edward VIII: An American Life

WIN A COPY OF EDWARD VIII: AN AMERICAN LIFE

Edward VIII is perhaps best known these days as the only British sovereign to abdicate voluntarily. He stepped down in 1936 to marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson and was King for less than a year.

Now, in a fascinating new book, Ted Powell, Former Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Downing College, Cambridge, and a lecturer in medieval studies, provides a significant new interpretation of the life and reign of this controversial King.

Before he fell in love with Wallis Simpson, Edward VIII had fallen in love with America. As a young Prince of Wales, Edward witnessed the birth of the American century at the end of the First World War and, captivated by the energy, confidence, and raw power of the USA as it strode onto the world stage, he paid a number of subsequent visits: surfing in Hawaii; dancing with an American shop-girl in Panama; and partying with the cream of New York society on Long Island.

Eventually, of course, he fell violently in love with Wallis, a Southern belle and latter-day Scarlett O’Hara. Forceful, irreverent, and sassy, she embodied everything that Edward admired about modern America. Edward’s fascination with America was not unreciprocated. America was equally fascinated by the Prince, especially his love life, and he became an international media celebrity through newsreels, radio, and the press. Indeed, even in the decades after his abdication in 1936, Edward remained a celebrity in the US and a regular guest of Presidents and the elite of American society.

If you have ever wanted to know more about this fascinating character then this is the book for you. Ted Powell has done a wonderful job of getting to the heart of one of Britain’s most contentious Royals, a man who put love above duty to his country but paved the way for an even greater monarch in George VI.

We have five copies of Edward VIII: An American Life to give away to Royal Life readers. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning one of these absorbing books is answer this simple question.

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Floris of London Perfumers WardrobeWorth £225, The Perfumer’s Wardrobe is the ultimate gift set which includes 9 unisex travel size eau de parfum bottles from the family’s most prestigious range of perfumes, The Private Collection. Inspired by people and events, past and present, each of the unique fragrances combines exquisite ingredients sourced from around the world. These oils and essences have been specially selected before being meticulously developed by the Floris in-house perfumer to express a story behind each creation.

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New Portrait of The Duke of Rothesay Unveiled at Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay
H.R.H. The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, by Victoria Crowe OBE FRSE RSA (b.1945). Oil on linen, 92 x 122 cm. Collection: National Galleries of Scotland. Commissioned with the support of benefactors of the National Galleries of Scotland.

NEW PORTRAIT OF HRH THE PRINCE CHARLES, DUKE OF ROTHESAY, UNVEILED AT SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A stunning new portrait of HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, will be unveiled in the Great Hall of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG) in Edinburgh today (Tuesday 24 July 2018).

The portrait, painted in oil on linen, is the work of the distinguished artist Victoria Crowe and was painted at Birkhall on the Balmoral Estate in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland earlier this year. This is the first portrait of the Duke of Rothesay to enter the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) collection.

Victoria Crowe OBE FRSE RSA (b.1945) is a widely admired artist whose practice encompasses portraiture, still life and landscapes. Portraits by her are included in a number of major public and private collections, including that of the National Galleries of Scotland.

The first major exhibition of Crowe’s portraits, Victoria Crowe: Beyond Likeness, which is now on show at the SNPG, will be a highlight of the 2018 Edinburgh Art Festival programme, which opens this week and runs until 26 August. Victoria Crowe: Beyond Likeness will continue until 18 November.

Crowe often uses objects and other personal symbols and sympathetic settings to evoke the personalities of her sitters, and the resulting portraits are richly layered with personal resonance and meaning. Numerous prominent cultural figures, ranging from actors, authors, publishers, composers and scientists, including Nobel Laureate Sir Peter Higgs, composer Thea Musgrave and astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell are among the sitters whose portraits are included in Beyond Likeness.

Victoria Crowe commented on her new portrait of The Duke of Rothesay: “This commission was a very great pleasure… I had four sittings at Birkhall. The first visit was intensely vivid, with beautiful light on the landscape, thick snow around and plummeting temperatures. His Royal Highness was extremely relaxed and generous during the sittings and we talked about painting, the Royal Drawing School and shared interests, as well as attitudes to conservation and ecology. The more we spoke the more I realised the importance Birkhall and the sanctuary it had provided. So, the landscape element of the painting became very specific. I felt that so much of his thinking was rooted in a deep love of the natural world… and indelibly linked with a philosophy of respect and sustainability. I was not painting a symbol of power or establishment but an engaging, thoughtful and sympathetic human being. Because of time constraints, I had to paint as directly as possible… no time for many sketches”.

Christopher Baker, Director of European and Scottish Art and Portraiture at the National Galleries of Scotland said: “We are delighted with this new portrait for the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland. It is a deeply thoughtful and sensitive portrayal of His Royal Highness and encompasses all the subtlety, insight and delight in painterly effects that Victoria Crowe’s work is rightly renowned for. It also perfectly complements the experience of seeing her impressive exhibition currently at the Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. ”

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