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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Visit The Royal Opera House

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attend a gala cultural performance in the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, in Havana, Cuba, as part of an historic trip which celebrates cultural ties between the UK and the Communist state, 2019.

THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL VISIT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE 

Thursday 10th June

The Prince of Wales, President of The Royal Ballet and Patron of the Royal Opera House, and The Duchess of Cornwall attend a performance by The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House to celebrate the return of the arts and entertainment post lockdown.

On arrival, Their Royal Highnesses will be greeted by Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House and Sir Simon Robey, Interim Chairman of the Royal Opera House. 

Their Royal Highnesses will privately watch Balanchine and Robbins, a performance which celebrates the American choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. 

After the performance, The Prince and The Duchess will join a reception to meet with performers and Royal Opera House staff. 

Their Royal Highnesses will enjoy a performance celebrating the rich history of American ballet in works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. The programme includes two classic works by Balanchine; Apollo and Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux and Dances at a Gathering by Jerome Robbins. 

Further details here. (Live stream available.) 

The Royal Ballet 

Under the directorship of Kevin O’Hare, The Royal Ballet unites tradition and innovation in world-class performances and is a driving force in the development of ballet as an art form. Based at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, it brings together today’s most dynamic and versatile dancers with a world-class orchestra and leading choreographers, composers, conductors, directors and creative teams to share awe-inspiring theatrical experiences with diverse audiences worldwide. 

The Royal Opera House 

Home to The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera House brings together the world’s most extraordinary artists in live, streamed and broadcast events and performances that thrill, move and excite; that transport people to other worlds. Royal Opera House’s theatres are in London’s Covent Garden but their work is accessed and experienced across the UK and globally through touring partnerships, cinema programmes, free outdoor screenings, radio, TV and live-streaming. 

Since closing their doors due to the global pandemic in March 2020, the Royal Opera House have continued to bring together the world’s most extraordinary artists and curated the #OurHouseToYourHouse programme, made up of nine live concerts (six for opera, two for ballet and two galas), 38 streamed productions and a suite of online content that has been viewed over 15 million times in 183 countries, together with a suite of cultural highlights in partnership with the BBC, Sky Arts and Netflix and a host of online home learning opportunities wherever you are in the country. 

Royal Opera House are hugely excited to welcome people back to theatres, showcasing the very best of art forms and bringing the joy of live performance back to audiences. 

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall 

The Prince of Wales has been President of the Royal Ballet since 2003 and Patron of the Royal Opera House since 2009. 

Last year, The Prince of Wales joined Classic FM presenter Alan Titchmarsh for a radio programme highlighting his love of music and the arts, as well as his concern about the effect of the current health crisis on the lives and livelihoods of live performers and arts bodies. 

During the show, The Prince remarked: 

I have no doubt when we are finally allowed to enjoy concerts and theatrical performances once again, our brilliant orchestral players, singers and dancers will be ready to thrill us all, their talents possibly shining all the brighter because of their enforced silence and absence. I’m sure they know how deeply they touch people’s lives so this entire programme is dedicated to them as a tribute to the sheer joy and solace they bring us all.” 

The Duchess of Cornwall shares His Royal Highness’ love of ballet and is Patron of Elmhurst Ballet School herself and is also a keen dancer. 

Last year, The Duchess joined a video call with Dame Darcey Bussell, President of the Royal Academy of Dance and Angela Rippon, Silver Swans Ambassador. The Duchess discussed the Royal Academy of Dance’s, of which The Duchess is Vice Patron, Silver Swans programme, RAD’s specially designed ballet classes for over 55s and described how ballet is: 

“…something that will make you feel better. It gives you a certain amount of confidence in yourself. It’s just a bit of discipline there, which I think we all need in our lives.” The Duchess went on to say, “I love dance in any form.” 

In November 2019, during Their Royal Highness New Zealand Tour, The Duchess attended an Active Ageing event during which The Duchess watched a demonstration class led by Silver Swans Licensee, Celia Bosman. The Duchess discussed with the dancers how experiencing ballet as an older learner has improved their wellbeing, and the many benefits of ballet for all ages. 

Their Royal Highnesses take a great interest in the arts and is passionate about how it can benefit others. The Prince and The Duchess regularly attend theatre and opera performances and classical concerts, as well as visit exhibitions and galleries, sometimes as public events to support charities and sometimes privately. 

The Queen’s Official Birthday 2021

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Trooping the Colour 2019
Queen Elizabeth II rides to Buckingham Palace in London, on June 08, 2019, after attending Trooping the Colour at the Horse Guards Parade, the Queens birthday parade

The Queen’s Official Birthday 2021

The Queen will view a military parade in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark Her Majesty’s Official Birthday, on Saturday 12th June. The parade will be held by the Household Division, and The Queen’s Colour of F Company Scots Guards will be trooped. His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, Colonel, Scots Guards, will accompany The Queen.

The parade will be led by the Foot Guards, who will be joined in the Quadrangle by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. Music will be played by a Massed Band of the Household Division, which will include 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums.

Upon The Queen and The Duke of Kent’s arrival in the Quadrangle, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will be greeted by a Royal Salute, and the National Anthem. The parade will commence with the Musical Troop as the Band plays. The Colour will then be trooped through the ranks, and the parade will conclude with a second Royal Salute.

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will then fire a 41 Gun Royal Salute, to mark Her Majesty’s Official Birthday, from the East Lawn at Windsor Castle.

View coverage from previous years in the following issues of Royal Life:

Trooping The Colour 2019
Trooping The Colour 2019 Royal Life Magazine – Issue 43
Trooping the Colour
Trooping The Colour 2018 Royal Life Magazine – Issue 37
Trooping The Colour Issue 24
Trooping The Colour 2017 Royal Life Magazine – Issue 24
Trooping The Colour
Trooping The Colour 2015 Royal Life Magazine – Issue 17
Celebrating The Birth Of A Monarch- Trooping The Colour
Trooping The Colour 2014 Royal Life Magazine – Issue 11

The Duchess of Cornwall Visits Garden Museum and Opens British Flowers Week Festival

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Photograph of HRH's flower arrangement - British Flowers Week. Credit: Clarence House, 2020

THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL WILL VISIT THE GARDEN MUSEUM AND OPEN THE BRITISH FLOWERS WEEK FESTIVAL, LONDON 

THURSDAY 10TH JUNE 2021

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Garden Museum to open the annual British Flowers Week festival in collaboration with New Covent Garden Flower Market. Her Royal Highness will tour the floral installations which are designed around the theme ‘Healing’. The displays will showcase the unique seasonal quality of British flowers, plants and foliage. 

Her Royal Highness will then visit the museum’s new exhibition, Constance Spry and Fashion for Flowers, curated by Royal florist Shane Connolly. 

Her Royal Highness will be greeted by The Deputy Lieutenant, Ms Rosi Prescott at the Garden Museum and Shane Connolly (who holds The Prince of Wales’s Royal Warrant). 

Her Royal Highness will then be greeted by Christopher Woodward (Director of the Garden Museum) and Mark Fane (Chairman). Her Royal Highness will be escorted by Shane Connolly around 10 floral installations that make up the British Flowers Week festival. During the tour The Duchess will have the opportunity to meet the florists alongside their displays. 

HRH will also meet representatives from Covent Garden Flower Market. Shane Connolly will then say a few words about British Flowers Week before presenting HRH with a bouquet with rosemary in as a sign of remembrance, acknowledging that today would have been the birthday of The Duke of Edinburgh. 

HRH will then proceed to the gallery to view the exhibition Constance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers before meeting two representatives from Floral Angels of which Her Royal Highness is Patron. Floral Angels is a charity that recycles donated flowers from events and arranges them for use in hospices, women’s refuges and care homes throughout London. 

Her Royal Highness will also visit the Clore Learning Space and meet pupils from Notre Dame Girls School and their Head of Science, Lorna Carroll, taking part in a Plant Science Learning session lead by Samia Qureshi, Garden Museum Science Learning Officer. Her Royal Highness will have opportunity to take part in an experiment herself. 

After this, will be given a posy by Samia Qureishi’s daughter, prepared by Shane Connolly. 

Her Royal Highness provided a video message last year to mark Flower Week. 

Her Royal Highness last visited British Flowers Week in the Garden Museum in June 2018 when she opened the exhibition. The Museum reopened to the public, post-COVID, on Monday 17th May. 

British Flowers Week 

Founded by New Covent Garden Market in 2013, British Flowers Week is an annual, national celebration of the wealth and variety of British cut flowers, plants and foliage. The week aims to: 

  • Showcase great British-grown flowers, plants and foliage through great British floristry and talent in floral design 
  • Raise awareness of which British flowers are in season when 
  • Encourage the public to buy more British flowers 

In 2018 New Covent Garden Market partnered with the Garden Museum on what is now the annual British Flowers Week exhibition. The exhibition is an opportunity for five of the finest floral designers in Britain to showcase their creativity through site specific pieces on a theme, creating innovative installations using environmentally sustainable methods (and no floral foam), transforming the Garden Museum into an immersive floral wonderland filled with the scents and colours of beautiful British-grown blooms. 

The 2020 exhibition had to be postponed due to the pandemic, and therefore this is the first exhibition for two years. 

Garden Museum 

The Garden Museum is the UK’s only museum dedicated to the art, history and design of British gardens. House in the medieval/Victorian deconsecrated church where Britain’s first great gardeners, the John Tradescants, are buried, and were founded in 1977 by Mr and Mrs John and Rosemary Nicholson. The Prince of Wales is the Patron of the museum. 

Education is at the heart of the Garden Museum. The museum runs Food Learning and Science Learning programmes for children and adults. The Clore Learning Space classroom is used for school groups, to study plant biology using microscopes and plants grown in the museum’s gardens. The Learning Studio kitchen is used by children and adults to make meals from scratch, as well as study nutrition and the origins of the food on our plate. 

The Museum attracts over 70,000 visitors per year to its exhibitions and award-winning Café. 

Constance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers 

This summer the Garden Museum is celebrating the doyenne of flowers, the 20th century’s most influential floral decorator, Constance Spry. Guest curated by floral designer and writer Shane Connolly, this new exhibition explores Spry’s exceptional life, achievements and legacy, with exclusive access to her archive at the RHS Lindley Library. 

For this exhibition the Garden Museum has gained exclusive access to Spry’s personal archives, which were deposited at the RHS Lindley Library after her death and have not been displayed publicly since. The exhibition features 100 never before seen photographs, documents and personal items from these archives, a precious record of an extraordinary life. 

The Prince of Wales Joins Cyclists to Kickstart ‘Palace on Wheels’

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the British Asian Trust reception and dinner at the Natural History Museum in London, 2016.

THE PRINCE OF WALES WILL JOIN CYCLISTS TO KICKSTART THE BRITISH ASIAN TRUST’S ‘PALACES ON WHEELS’ SPONSORED BIKE RIDE 

Thursday 10th June 2021 

The Prince of Wales, Royal Founding Patron, will join representatives of the British Asian Trust before they embark on the charity’s ‘Palaces on Wheels’ cycling event.

At Highgrove, the starting point for the British Asian Trust’s ‘Palaces on Wheels’ cycling event, The Prince of Wales will hear from cyclists about their previous fundraising activities. The pathway lined with Indian dhol drummers, The Prince will then join participants on bicycle for a short distance to kick-start the event. 

The British Asian Trust’s ‘Palaces on Wheels’ cycling event will cover 420km / 250 miles over the course of four days, stopping at a number of Royal Residences along the way. Beginning at Highgrove on Thursday, cyclists will travel through the Cotswolds towards Windsor Castle, onto London to Buckingham Palace, from the Tower of London to Cambridge with riders celebrating the end of the cycle at Sandringham on Sunday. Over the past 4 years, the group of cyclists have taken part in multiple fundraising rides, including in Sri Lanka, India, Tanzania and Cambodia. Follow the ‘Palaces on Wheels’ ride on Instagram @palacesonwheels2021 and Twitter @theBATPoW

The Prince of Wales founded the British Asian Trust in 2007, alongside a group of pre-eminent British Asian business leaders. The charity works to reduce poverty and disadvantage for communities in South Asia. This includes work in areas of anti-trafficking, education, livelihoods, mental health and conservation. 

At The Prince’s request in April 2021, the Trust launched the Oxygen for India Emergency Appeal to raise funds for oxygen concentrators, which will be rapidly deployed to the hospitals and Covid-19 patients in India who need it most. His Royal Highness shared an official message to announce the appeal. 

Find out more about the British Asian Trust: https://www.britishasiantrust.org/ 

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For millions of people, both in Britain and across the world, Queen Elizabeth II is the embodiment of monarchy. Her long life spans nearly a century of national and global history, from a time before the Great Depression to the era of Covid-19. Her reign embraces all but seven years of Britain’s postwar history; she has been served by fifteen UK prime ministers from Winston Churchill to Boris Johnson, and witnessed the administrations of fourteen US presidents from Harry S. Truman to Joe Biden.

The vast majority of Britons cannot remember a world without Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and the Commonwealth.

In this brand- new biography of the longest-reigning sovereign in British history, Matthew Dennison traces her life and reign across an era of unprecedented and often seismic social change. Stylish in its writing and nuanced in its judgements, The Queen charts the joys and triumphs as well as the disappointments and vicissitudes of a remarkable royal life; it also assesses the achievement of a woman regarded as the champion of a handful of ‘British’ values endorsed – if no longer practised – by the bulk of the nation: service, duty, steadfastness, charity and stoicism.

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      The Prince of Wales Visits Poundbury

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      The Prince of Wales during his visit to Ty'n-y-Coed Forest, Llantrisant, to meet horse loggers, and learn about the work they have been doing in the forest, 2019.

       THE PRINCE OF WALES WILL VISIT POUNDBURY 

      WEDNESDAY 9th JUNE 2021 

      The Prince of Wales, in his role as Duke of Cornwall, head of the Duchy of Cornwall, will visit Rainbarrow Farm near Poundbury, Dorset, to view its ground-breaking Anaerobic Digestor plant and officially open BioCarbonics, a new joint venture that will produce green CO₂ in a sustainable manner for use by the food and drink and horticultural industry.

      His Royal Highness will be greeted on arrival by board members from J V Energen, a joint venture partnership between the Duchy of Cornwall, local farmers and Active Business Partnership. The Prince will undertake a tour of the site to see the production process, inspect the soil enricher bagging plant, the new CO₂ plant and hear about various upgrade work. During the tour, His Royal Highness will meet site staff who have been instrumental in the project’s success. Before departing, The Prince will unveil a plaque to officially open the BioCarbonics joint venture. 

      J V Energen at Rainbarrow Farm 

      Championed by The Prince of Wales, the pioneering Rainbarrow Farm AD plant was the UKs first commercial biomethane-to-grid plant, currently generating enough gas to reach 7,500 houses mid-winter and over 100,000 houses in summer, five times the population of Dorchester. Biogas produced at Rainbarrow Farm was first cleaned and injected as biomethane into the national gas network on 11 October 2012. This led to a joint venture partnership being formed, J V Energen LLP, between the Duchy of Cornwall, local farmers who needed more sustainable break crops and fertiliser sources, and Active Business Partnerships. 

      Further development at Rainbarrow Farm has led to the digestate by-product of the AD process being used and sold as an organic, peat free, nutrient rich soil enricher called ‘Bloomin AmazingTM’, which is bagged as a soil enricher for sale to over 350 garden centres, and helps local farmers significantly reduce reliance on artificial fertilisers. 

      For more information on how the anaerobic digestion process works, see these helpful diagrams. 

      BioCarbonics 

      The inaugural opening of this BioCarbonics joint venture green CO2 facility marks the launch of a pioneering model for the UK’s CO2 industry, where green CO2 is recovered from a network of renewable energy sources to produce a more sustainably sourced product with an improved continuity of supply to be used by local independent businesses. The CO2 produced at J V Energen’s Rainbarrow Farm Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant is captured and processed into a high-quality food and beverage grade product, where it is used for the carbonation of beverages, to enhance photosynthesis in glasshouse production of fruits and vegetables, and for other various applications. 

      Most of the CO2 used in the UK comes from industrial fossil fuel processes with an historically unreliable continuity of supply. BioCarbonics is changing that by relying on multiple, smaller sources of “green” CO2, which is recovered from biomethane production, where clean, green feedstocks are being converted into green gas for use in the national gas network to heat local homes and businesses. 

      The launch is a landmark moment for J V Energen, to complete the sustainable usage of its by-products, and complement its renewable green energy production of gas and electricity. Green CO₂ recovery at Rainbarrow Farm currently operates 12-14 hours per day, and will be moving to 24/7 production by mid-June. This facility will produce ±24 lorries per month when fully loaded. 

      The Prince of Wales 

      For over fifty years, The Prince of Wales has used his unique position to champion action for a sustainable future. In the context of global challenges that include the climate crisis, deforestation, and ocean pollution, The Prince has promoted sustainability to ensure that the natural assets upon which we all depend, soil, water, forests, a stable climate and fish stocks among others, endure for future generations. His Royal Highness believes that economic and social development will best succeed when it works in harmony, rather than in conflict, with Nature. 

      Over the decades, The Prince of Wales has launched a number of sustainability initiatives aimed at delivering practical outcomes. In late 2019, His Royal Highness launched the Sustainable Markets Initiative. As well as addressing environmental challenges, The Prince promotes a more sustainable approach to planning and designing homes and communities in ways that enhance and add to the social, natural and built environment. 

      The Duchy of Cornwall 

      The Duchy has been run under the stewardship of The Prince of Wales, the current Duke of Cornwall, since 1969. He is the longest serving Duke of Cornwall in history, with 2019 marking his 50th year in charge. The Duchy is run in accordance with The Prince’s own social and environmental values. He ensures that, as well as providing him with an income, the estate must also focus on supporting the communities who live and work there, as well as protecting the land itself for future generations. This dual strategy has been at the heart of The Prince’s vision for the last five decades and makes the estate unique amongst other similar organizations. 

      Poundbury is an urban extension to the Dorset county town of Dorchester, built on Duchy of Cornwall land according to architectural principles advocated by The Prince of Wales. The Prince has long been concerned by the quality of both the natural and built environments in which we live. 

      To date, approximately 1,600 homes have been built for around 3,500 people, 35% of which are affordable housing. Poundbury is providing employment for more than 2,300 people working in the 183 shops, cafés, offices and factories. When completed in around 2026, Poundbury will have grown to 2,600 homes, increasing Dorchester’s population by approximately twenty-five per cent. 

      As Poundbury has developed, it has demonstrated that there is a genuine alternative to the way in which we build new communities in this country, adding real value that benefits the local community, economy, landowner and developers alike. It gives priority to people, rather than cars, and commercial buildings are mixed with residential areas, shops and leisure facilities to create a walkable community. The result is an attractive and pleasing place, in keeping with the character of Dorchester, in which people live, work, shop and play. As an exemplar of modern development, it regularly hosts visits from architects, town planners, policy makers, academics, developers and house builders from across the world. 

      The Duchess of Cornwall Visits ‘On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100’

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      The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attend a gala cultural performance in the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, in Havana, Cuba, as part of an historic trip which celebrates cultural ties between the UK and the Communist state, 2019.

       THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL VISITS ‘ON POINT: ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE AT 100’ AT THE V&A 

      Wednesday 9th June 2021 

      The Duchess of Cornwall, Vice-Patron of the Royal Academy of Dance, will visit, ‘On Point: Royal Academy of Dance At 100’ the Academy’s Centenary Display at the V&A.

      On arrival, The Duchess of Cornwall will be greeted by, Colonel Jane Davis, Vice Lord-Lieutenant, who will introduce Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A and Nicholas Coleridge, Chair of the V&A. 

      The Duchess will proceed to the Raphael Court where Her Royal Highness will view the Raphael Cartoons, lent to the V&A from the Royal Collection by Her Majesty The Queen and learn of recent research and work. 

      The Duchess will move on to the display ‘On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100’. In the gallery, Her Royal Highness will meet Luke Rittner, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Dance, who shall present, Dame Darcey Bussell, President of the Royal Academy of Dance, Guy Perricone, Chairman of the Royal Academy of Dance, and display curators, Jane Pritchard, Curator of Dance, Theatre and Performance at the V&A, and Eleanor Fitzpatrick, Archives and Records Manager at the Royal Academy of Dance alongside Ottilie McKinley, a RAD student. 

      Her Royal Highness will hear about and tour the space before meeting Dame Monica Mason, Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Dance, Aud Jebsen, Arts Philanthropist and Lady Anya Sainsbury, former dancer and Arts philanthropist. 

      The Duchess will be invited to sign the Guest Book for the Royal Academy of Dance at the conclusion of the visit. 

      Royal Academy of Dance 

      The visit will be The Duchess’ first official engagement as Vice Patron of the RAD. 

      Her Royal Highness acquired the title last year and in taking on the role, The Duchess joined Her Majesty The Queen, who has been Patron of the Royal Academy of Dance since 1953. To mark the occasion, Her Royal Highness joined a video call with Dame Darcey Bussell, President of the Royal Academy of Dance and Angela Rippon, Silver Swans Ambassador. The Duchess discussed the Silver Swans programme, RAD’s specially designed ballet classes for over 55s and described how ballet is, ‘something that will make you feel better. It gives you a certain amount of confidence in yourself. It’s just a bit of discipline there, which I think we all need in our lives.’ The Duchess went on to say ‘I love dance in any form.’ 

      In February 2018, The Duchess visited the Royal Academy of Dance and met older students taking part in a Silver Swans ballet class. 

      On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100 

      This project is a partnership and the display has been curated between V&A and RAD. 

      The free display at the V&A in London, celebrates 100 years of the RAD and tells the story of how it shaped the future of dance training, the famous faces who lead the way, and how it continues to bring the joy of dance to the lives of people across the world. The RAD is home to one of the largest dance collections in Europe, and this is the first time in its history it has given access to its archive on this scale. 

      The display presents costumes, designs, photographs and more from the RAD’s archive and the V&A’s Theatre & Performance Collection, exploring the RAD’s story from its foundation to its influence on ballet and dance internationally. It highlights the role of successive presidents, including Nureyev’s first performance in Britain in partnership with Dame Margot Fonteyn. 

      Original ballet costumes and accessories worn by RAD founders and presidents are on display, along with 60 original objects and over 80 supporting archival images. Other items include busts and sculptures, sketches and drawings, as well as letters, posters, programmes, audio-visual footage and some original photographs 

      The Victoria and Albert Museum 

      The Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A) is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity, spanning 5000 years of human creativity. It was established in 1852 to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, its purpose is to champion creative industry, inspire the next generation, and spark everyone’s imagination. 

      Displays Will Commemorate The Life and Work of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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      The Coronation Robe and Coronet worn by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation on 2 June 1953. Credit: Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved
      The Coronation Robe and Coronet worn by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation on 2 June 1953. Credit: Royal Collection Trust/All Rights Reserved

      Displays Will Commemorate The Life and Work of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

      Special displays at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse this summer will commemorate the remarkable life and legacy of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Britain’s longest-serving consort. 

      Opening at Windsor Castle on 24 June and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on 23 July, the two separate but closely linked displays will chart significant events and achievements in The Duke of Edinburgh’s life through a total of more than 150 objects. 

      Themes explored in Prince Philip: A Celebration will include The Prince’s early life and naval career, his role as consort and his support for the sovereign at home and abroad. The displays will also focus on His Royal Highness’s wide-ranging patronages and associations, including sport, science and industry, conservation and the environment, art and collecting, and encouraging younger generations. 

      A highlight of the display at Windsor Castle will be a section devoted to Prince Philip’s role in The Queen’s Coronation of 1953. His Royal Highness chaired the Coronation Committee, one of two committees convened to plan the event, and played a key role in the decision to broadcast parts of the service live on television. The Coronation Robe and Coronet worn by Prince Philip during the service will be on display, alongside his Chair of Estate which is usually located in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. 

      Many of the objects in the Windsor display have been selected to highlight Prince Philip’s close associations with the Castle and the local community. His Royal Highness’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, was born at Windsor Castle in 1885, and the Journal in which her great-grandmother Queen Victoria recorded the birth and described the new-born as ‘very pretty’ will be on display. Prince Philip’s roles as Ranger of Windsor Great Park, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter and Chair of the Restoration Committee following the Windsor Castle fire of 1992 will also be explored. Items on display will include George A Weymouth’s portrait of The Prince standing in the shell of St George’s Hall after the fire, holding a roll of floorplans. 

      Gifts presented to Prince Philip during State Visits, overseas tours and official engagements at home and abroad will form part of the displays at both Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Examples at Windsor Castle will include a First Nations feather headdress presented to The Prince during a Commonwealth visit to Canada in 1973 and a wine cooler in the shape of a giant grasshopper presented by President Pompidou of France in 1972. 

      The Duke of Edinburgh was installed as a Knight of the Garter in St George’s Chapel in 1948 and marked many public and private occasions there. His funeral took place in St George’s Chapel on 17 April 2021. A display of archival material and historic photographs in the Chapel’s south quireaisle will celebrate his faith and service to society, his support of the Chapel and his role in the foundation and development of St George’s House consultation centre. 

      Exploring similar themes to the Windsor display, the display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will include a section charting Prince Philip’s early life and naval career. In The Prince’s Midshipman’s log book from 1940–1, he describes his role operating the ship’s searchlight during the Battle of Cape Matapan while stationed on the HMS Valiant off the coast of Greece. Another section will bring together items from his wedding to HRH The Princess Elizabeth in 1947, including the wedding invitation, order of service and wedding breakfast menu. On the occasion of their wedding, Prince Philip was granted the royal dukedom of Edinburgh and the display will look particularly at his connections to Scotland and its capital city. 

      HMY Britannia, also known as the Royal Yacht Britannia, was built in the Clydebank shipyard in Scotland and launched by The Queen in 1953. The Duke of Edinburgh took a keen interest and active role in both the technical aspects of Britannia, drawing on his own practical naval experience, and the interior design of the Royal Apartments. The display in Edinburgh will include two of the architect Sir Hugh Casson’s original design sketches for the yacht’s sun lounge and dining room, as well as a silver model of Britannia presented to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping in 1972. 

      Prince Philip was a keen collector of contemporary Scottish art, and between 1958 and 1996 he acquired a large number of works from the annual exhibitions of the Royal Scottish Academy. Paintings from this collection, including works by Robin Philipson and James Orr, will be on display at the Palace, with many reflecting His Royal Highness’s interests in Scottish landscapes and wildlife.

      BOOK TICKETS – Prince Philip: A Celebration is part of a visit to Windsor Castle from 24 June until 20 September 2021, and part of a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse from 23 July until 31 October 2021.

      The Prince of Wales Undertakes Engagements in Oxford

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      The Prince of Wales meets Mason during a visit to Bletchingdon Parochial Church of England School on the Bletchingdon Estate Development in Oxfordshire, 2019.

      THE PRINCE OF WALES WILL UNDERTAKE ENGAGEMENTS IN OXFORD 

      TUESDAY 8TH JUNE 2021 

      Engagement 1

      The Prince of Wales will visit Somerville College as it celebrates its 140th anniversary and marks 100 years of Oxford degrees for women. His Royal Highness will also meet representatives from the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development and learn about the Somerville Sustainability Plan.  

      The Prince of Wales will be greeted on arrival by Somerville’s Principal, Baroness Janet Royall. Baroness Royall will then accompany His Royal Highness through the college gardens to the oldest part of the college, to view an exhibition celebrating the centenary of women being awarded Oxford degrees. The Prince will then be introduced to the Directors and scholars of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) to discuss their work advancing researching on the complex challenges and opportunities posed by sustainable development in the India subcontinent. Moving into the College’s gardens, His Royal Highness will meet with students and staff involved in Somerville’s Sustainability Working Group before planting a tree to commemorate the visit. 

      Somerville College 

      Named in honour of the Scottish mathematician and scientist Mary Somerville, Somerville College was created for women at a time when universities refused their entry. It was also the first Oxford College to be founded as nondenominational and it remains religiously non-aligned to this day. Following dedicated work lasting many years by Principal Emily Penrose (1848-1942) and others, the University of Oxford finally granted women the right to matriculation and to all degrees in 1920. Notable alumnae include: Vera Brittain, Dorothy Sayers, Dorothy Hodgkin (the first and so far only British woman to receive a Nobel prize for science), Indira Gandhi, Shirley Williams and Margaret Thatcher. In 1994, the college admitted men as well as women and today its student population stands at 435 undergraduates and 243 postgraduate students from all over the world. Sustainability is an issue close to the heart of the entire Somerville community. Key initiatives include the adoption of locally sourced or sustainably produced food (including more plant-based options) and, as of March 2021, a full divestment from fossil fuel. Under the guidance of its Sustainability Working Group, the college is implementing a subsidised scheme to encourage academics and students to reduce their carbon footprints by avoiding air travel. 

      The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) 

      OICSD is a ground-breaking Oxford-India partnership created to advance knowledge on the complex challenges and opportunities associated with sustainable development in India. Empowering the next generation of Indian policy-makers and leaders is vital because, at present, 40- 50% of Indian post-graduate applicants who qualify for Oxford cannot take up their places. Against this background, the OICSD has already established a network of 18 alumni scholars, all of whom have returned to India, with a further 16 current scholars pursuing research across issues ranging from sanitation and hygiene to electric mobility in cities. In addition, the OICSD also has core research commitments under the directorship of Professor Radhika Khosla. These include reforestation as a climate mitigation strategy, mapping the impact of cooling technologies on the environment, developing novel healthcare technologies for use in home and community settings and examining the pressure on India’s cities to balance growing energy needs with protecting the environment. 

      In 2007 The Prince of Wales founded the British Asian Trust, bringing together the diaspora community in the UK to work towards a South Asia that is prospering and fair for all. Its work supports large-scale, sustainable solutions that enable poor and marginalised people to achieve their full potential and has had a positive impact on the lives of almost five million people in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Last month, The British Asian Trust launched ‘Oxygen For India’, an emergency appeal in response to the Covid-19 crisis in India, which has now raised over £4million. 

      Engagement 2

      The Prince of Wales, Patron, Oxford Botanic Garden, will make a visit to mark the Garden’s 400th Anniversary. His Royal Highness will undertake a tour highlighting the Garden’s work in research, conservation, education and inspiration for a new generation of botanists. 

      The Prince will be greeted on arrival at the Garden by Professor Louise Richardson, Vice Chancellor of Oxford University. Professor Simon Hiscock, Director of the Botanic Garden and Arboretum and Mr Mark Brent, Botanic Garden Curator and Head of Horticulture will then accompany His Royal Highness on a tour, taking in Bobart’s Yew, the Garden’s oldest tree which was planted in 1645, and the newly reconfigured Rock Garden which celebrates Professor John Sibthorp’s 18th century botanical expeditions to the Eastern Mediterranean. Moving into the Literary Garden, The Prince will be invited to plant a tree grown from seed of the original black pine that grew in the Garden from the 1830s-2014 and was much loved by writer JRR Tolkien. His Royal Highness will next visit the conservatory to view plant specimens relevant to the Garden’s research, teaching and conservation. Before departing, The Prince will be gifted with a bottle of Oxford Physic Gin which is made using botanicals from the Garden. 

      Oxford Botanic Garden 

      Oxford Botanic Garden is the UK’s oldest botanic garden, celebrating 400 years this year. It was founded as a physic garden (Oxford Physicke Garden) in 1621 by Henry Danvers, first Earl of Danby, for the cultivation of medicinal plants for the University of Oxford’s medical students. Its name was changed to the Botanic Garden in 1834 to reflect its changing use to a place of botanical research. The Garden therefore occupies a unique place in history and academic location as the birthplace of botanical science in the UK. 

      Today Oxford Botanic Garden remains a centre for plant science research and teaching. Its mission is ‘to share the scientific wonder and importance of plants with the world’. Together with its sister site, the Harcourt Arboretum, it holds a collection of over 5,000 different types of plant. Some are extremely rare in the wild and some exist nowhere else in the world, making the collections internationally important for plant conservation. 

      The Prince of Wales has been Patron of the Oxford Botanic Garden since 1991. 

      Engagement 3

      The Prince of Wales will visit the MINI plant in Oxford to celebrate UK manufacturing and innovation in the production of electric vehicles.

      On arrival, His Royal Highness will be greeted by members of MINI UK’s Senior Management team to hear about the company’s sustainability and environmental work, focussing on ambitions for their new Electric MINI. The Prince will then undertake a tour of the plant’s factory floor, pausing to meet apprentices using virtual reality technology as part of their training. His Royal Highness will view a new electric battery being inserted into an Electric MINI before meeting long serving staff, some of whom are fourth generation employees of the plant. Finally, The Prince will have the opportunity to drive a new Electric MINI off of the production line. Before departing, His Royal Highness will unveil a plaque to commemorate the visit. 

      For over fifty years, The Prince of Wales has used his unique position to champion action for a sustainable future. Over the decades, The Prince of Wales has launched a number of sustainability initiatives aimed at delivering practical outcomes. In late 2019, His Royal Highness launched the Sustainable Markets Initiative. The Prince uses his position to help raise public awareness about sustainability challenges and solutions through his speeches, articles, books and films. He is also Patron of a wide range of organizations working for sustainability, offering support and encouragement for their work. 

      As well as promoting sustainability through his work, His Royal Highness has taken many steps personally to live in a more sustainable way. Around half of his office and domestic energy use comes from renewable sources such as woodchip boilers, air-source heat pumps, solar panels and “green” electricity. Their Royal Highnesses’ Household strives to minimise its environmental impact across its activities, including travel, energy use and the indirect impact of the products and services it uses. 

      MINI Oxford 

      The visit of HRH The Prince of Wales to the MINI plant in Oxford falls at a key time as the BMW Group is celebrating twenty successful years of MINI production, with more than five million cars built at the plant in that time, exported to 110 countries around the world. Most recently this has included the MINI Electric, which has been a great success since its launch in 2020 and will see volumes doubling in 2021. 

      His Royal Highness will hear about the importance of electric cars in helping to reduce CO2 emissions and BMW Group’s ambitious targets in this regard. The company has committed to reducing CO2 from its production operations by 80 per cent by 2030, compared to 2019 and by 40 per cent for its cars over the same period. Plant Oxford features one of the largest roof-mounted solar power plants in the country with enough power to supply 850 houses. 

      BMW Group endeavours to encourage young people to choose a career in engineering and is particularly proud of its apprenticeship scheme. The Prince will meet some of the 130 apprentices on the programme, who will demonstrate some of their innovative training. He will also meet a number of the company’s longest-serving staff. A quarter of the employees have worked on site for more than twenty years and a number are from third or even fourth generations of the same family. 

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