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New Patronage Announced for The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge during the V&A Photography Centre Opening at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on October 10, 2018.

New patronage announced for The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge has today become Patron of Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

The new patronage has been announced ahead of Her Royal Highness’ visit to Evelina London later this morning with The Duke of Cambridge. The visit will see Their Royal Highnesses learn more about how the hospital supports children and their families, and the specialist services provided to children with rare and complex conditions.

Through visits to hospitals and hospices The Duchess has seen first-hand the impact that comprehensive care and support can have upon young children. Her Royal Highness’s new patronage of Evelina London provides an opportunity to champion the medical professionals working on the front-line in children’s healthcare, and shine a light on their work supporting children in their early years.

The hospital, which is next year marking its 150th anniversary, is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, of which The Queen is Patron. Evelina London cares for children and young people from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life. The hospital provides a range of services to children across south London and south east England. Evelina London also provides community services for children and their families in Lambeth and Southwark.

Marian Ridley, Director of Evelina London, said: “We are absolutely delighted and deeply honoured The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become our Patron. The Duchess shares our passion for giving children and young people the very best start in life and Her Royal Highness’ support will help champion the life-saving care our staff are providing to our patients.

“It is a huge pleasure to welcome Their Royal Highnesses back to our hospital and we are absolutely delighted that they are able to join us as we begin to celebrate our milestone 150th anniversary. We are immensely grateful for Their Royal Highnesses’ support and we look forward to working closely with The Duchess as our Patron.”

The Queen and The Duke of York to Visit The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Queen Elizabeth II meets members of the public during a visit to the Lexicon shopping centre in Bracknell.


Thursday 13th December 2018

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of York, will visit The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn on 13th December 2018 to officially open the new Ashworth Centre, and re-open the recently renovated Great Hall.

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn is a Society for lawyers which houses a number of barristers’ chambers and solicitors’ offices. Lincoln’s Inn itself has a long history and holds the earliest records of any of the four Inns of Court dating from 1422.

The Queen will arrive with The Duke of York – Royal Bencher of the Inn – and be welcomed into the Ashworth Centre, a new teaching facility for students and newly qualified barristers attached to the Inn. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will meet people involved in the building’s construction as well as students, scholars and staff from the Education department. The Queen will unveil an inscription to mark the official opening of the new facility.

The Royal Party will then move to the top of the Ceremonial Steps to mark the re-opening of the Great Hall before moving inside to view a painting of Queen Victoria opening the Great Hall in 1845 and a portrait of Princess Margaret. In the Great Hall, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will meet tutors, Education Committee members, Past Treasurers, Senior Benchers and key members of the Inn’s staff.

The Queen will unveil a plaque to re-open the Great Hall, after which both Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will sign the Golden Book, a visitor’s book previously signed by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The Queen and The Duke of York will be shown one of the Library’s legal manuscripts, an illuminated and elaborately decorated volume of statutes from 1239 to 1451, as well as a small collection of silver, with a Royal provenance.

Built in 1845, the Great Hall is the physical and symbolic centrepiece of the Inn and was opened by Queen Victoria on 30th October 1845. In celebration of the 100th anniversary, Queen Mary planted a walnut tree in the North Lawn in 1945. Her Majesty last visited the Inn in 1967. The Duke of York first visited in 2012 when introduced as a Royal Bencher, and again in 2015.

The Inn has two Royal Benchers, HRH The Duke of York (2012) and HRH The Duke of Kent (2002).

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Duke of Cambridge to Represent Her Majesty at Sovereign’s Parade



Sandhurst Military Academy

Friday 14th December, 2018

The Duke of Cambridge will represent Her Majesty The Queen as the Reviewing Officer at The Sovereign’s Parade on Friday 14th December. His Royal Highness will inspect the Parade and present awards including the Sword of Honour, the Overseas Sword and The Queen’s Medal.

The Sovereign’s Parade at the end of each term marks the passing out from Sandhurst of Officer Cadets who have completed the Commissioning Course. The Parade will mark the completion of a year’s intensive training for 169 officer cadets from the UK and 25 from 19 overseas countries.

The first Commissioning parade of the new Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was held in July 1948 in the presence of His Majesty King George VI, who decreed henceforth that the Parade was to be known as The Sovereign’s Parade.

The original Royal Military Academy (RMA) was established at Woolwich for the training of Artillery and Engineer officers in 1741. Cavalry and Infantry officers were trained at the Royal Military College (RMC), which was founded in 1802 and moved to Sandhurst in 1812. The RMA and RMC merged after WW2 and formed the current establishment: the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Visit Children’s Hospital and Homeless Centre

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Celebrate Commonwealth



Tuesday 11th December, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Evelina London Children’s Hospital and homeless resource centre The Passage on Tuesday 11th December.

Their Royal Highnesses will firstly visit Evelina London, which is preparing to mark its 150th anniversary in 2019. Evelina London, which is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, of which The Queen is Patron, provides comprehensive health services to children and families from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life. Evelina London also offers specialist services for children with rare and complex conditions from across south London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex and beyond.

The Duke and Duchess will meet a number of children receiving care at the hospital, and will hear more from staff and parents about Evelina London’s life changing care and support for families. Their Royal Highnesses will then join some of the children as they take part in a number of Christmas-themed activities, before joining celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the hospital.

The Duke and Duchess will then travel to The Passage, where they will hear from frontline workers about some of the challenges relating to street homelessness, including drug addiction and mental health issues. Their Royal Highnesses will also meet a number of The Passage’s service users as they join an arts and crafts workshop to prepare cards and gifts ahead of centre’s Christmas party the following week.

Established in 1980, The Passage provides resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to make lasting and long-term changes to their lives. The organisation runs the UK’s largest resource centre for homeless and insecurely housed people, a number of homelessness prevention projects and two innovative accommodation services. Since its inception, The Passage has helped over 130,000 people in crisis.

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Duke of Sussex to Attend Gala Performance of Bat Out of Hell

The Duke of Sussex, speaks at the Invictus Games opening ceremony in Sydney, Australia, October 20, 2018.


Dominion Theatre, London

Thursday 6th December, 2018

The Duke of Sussex will attend a gala performance of the musical Bat Out of Hell at the Dominion Theatre on Thursday 6th December. The evening will raise awareness and support for the Invictus Games Foundation, of which The Duke is Patron.

Jim Steinman’s West End show Bat Out of Hell brings to life the anthems of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf, and follows the story of the young leader of a rebellious gang as he falls in love with the daughter of a tyrannical ruler.

Earlier this year, Bat Out Of Hell announced a wide-ranging global partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, the governing body of the Invictus Games. The partnership involves private tours and family theatre workshops for wounded, injured or sick (WIS) serving or ex-service personnel interested in a career in the theatre. A large number of tickets have also been made available to veterans and their families from military charity partners of the Invictus Games Foundation to attend on the night of the gala performance.

On arrival, The Duke will meet a number of WIS serving and ex-servicemen and women whose families have been invited to the gala performance. His Royal Highness will then address the audience on stage on behalf of the Invictus Games Foundation, alongside the show’s producer and cast members. The Duke will then take his seat to watch the performance.

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Her Majesty to Visit Coram to Open The Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Lexicon shopping centre in Bracknell.


Wednesday 5th December 2018

Her Majesty The Queen will visit Coram’s central London campus on 5th December 2018 to open The Queen Elizabeth II Centre – a national centre of excellence for children named in Her Majesty’s honour.

As the UK’s oldest children’s charity, Coram has been helping vulnerable children since 1739. The Queen Elizabeth II Centre has been launched as a celebration of the 350th anniversary of the birth of the founder, Thomas Coram, who campaigned for 17 years before the Royal Charter was issued in 1739. The charter established Coram as The Foundling Hospital – the first home in London to care for abandoned babies and vulnerable children.

Coram’s new Queen Elizabeth II Centre will bring together specialist organisations to share infrastructure, ideas and expertise for a common vision dedicated to the promotion of children’s rights and best practice.

Her Majesty will arrive on the site of the original Foundling Hospital in front of the statue of Thomas Coram. During a tour of the campus, The Queen will view the Royal Charter and meet children and families who have benefited from Coram’s services including Mr Edward Newton, aged 104, the oldest surviving pupil from The Foundling Hospital.

At The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Her Majesty will meet people involved in the building construction alongside supporters of Coram, including Sir Trevor McDonald and David and Carrie Grant. In the new Lecture Hall, The Queen will watch a performance and unveil a plaque to formally open the new Queen Elizabeth II Centre. Upon departure, Her Majesty will hang a decoration on Coram’s Christmas tree.

The Queen first visited Coram in 1936 as a young princess with her grandmother Queen Mary and her sister Princess Margaret. Her Majesty also visited in 1975 and 2009.

The Coram story began more than 275 years ago when it was established by Thomas Coram as the Foundling Hospital, London’s first home for babies whose mothers were unable to care for them.

Coram began a campaign to create a home for these babies by enlisting the support of leading members of the aristocracy, the city, the arts and the sciences though a series of petitions. Early supporters of the Coram’s endeavors included the composer George Frideric Handel, the artist William Hogarth and author Charles Dickens.

Thomas Coram’s 17-year campaign was brought to the attention of King George II who signed a Royal Charter on 17 October 1739 for the creation of the Foundling Hospital in Bloomsbury, London, then surrounded by fields.

Mothers brought their babies to the Foundling Hospital to be cared for, with many hopeful that their circumstances would change so they could one day reclaim them. The Hospital arranged for foster families to care for the babies and young children until the age of five. They were then brought to live and be educated in the Foundling Hospital until the age of 15, many being trained for domestic or military service.

The charity evolved to begin pioneering work in adoption, early years and parenting from its original London site. The Thomas Coram Foundation for Children, today known as Coram, developed new approaches to childcare and education, informed by developments in child psychiatry which highlighted the importance of children’s emotional wellbeing and need for secure family placement.

Over the centuries, more than 25,000 children’s lives were saved. Today, as the children’s charity Coram, Thomas Coram’s legacy continues by creating better chances for thousands of children across the UK.

The Queen Elizabeth II Centre was made possible by the donations from a number of supporters, led by The Queen’s Trust and the Rangoonwala Foundation.

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The Duke of Sussex Speaks at Reception in Lusaka, Zambia


A speech by The Duke of Sussex at a reception hosted by the British High Commissioner in Lusaka, Zambia

Honourable Minister of Tourism and Arts, Mr Charles Banda [MP],

Ambassadors and High Commissioners,

Members of the British Chamber of Commerce and their Zambian business colleagues,

Members of the Conservation community, ladies and gentlemen.

And thank you High Commissioner for the warm and slightly wet welcome here in Lusaka.

It’s a great pleasure to be here today on my first official visit to the Republic of Zambia – one of the oldest members of the Commonwealth family.

It’s also wonderful to be at an event with so many people representing the sectors that together form the important bond between our two countries.

My grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, visited this country in 1979 for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting –
and since then, the friendship between Britain and Zambia has remained strong.

Britain is Zambia’s oldest relationship.
It is one that has thrived over the past 54 years, and it continues to evolve – from the UK’s development assistance, to growing mutually beneficial trade and investment.

The British Chamber of Commerce is exemplary of that.
The Chamber, working together with the British High Commission, has launched an effort to contribute to Zambia’s economic development – making it easier to do business in Zambia, and encouraging more British companies to trade and invest here.

There are many well-established British companies here already and more are arriving.
By creating jobs and wealth, the private sector is a catalyst to ending poverty.
Zambia also boasts an impressive portfolio of natural assets – from extraordinarily precious ecosystems, to natural resources, both of which harnessed responsibly and sustainably, will bring prosperity to the entire country.

It’s an honour to have the opportunity to learn more about Zambia – earlier today I met with His Excellency the President, and tomorrow we will pay tribute to the Zambians who served alongside British forces in the two world wars, at Burma Barracks.

I will also have the opportunity to visit Zambia’s first technology and innovation hub called Bongo Hive.
What began as a place to build skills and assist start-ups has evolved into an organisation that has supported and launched some of the most exciting new companies in Zambia and beyond.
I very much look forward to meeting these young entrepreneurs and seeing their projects in action.

Over the past year, I have had the honour of taking on two roles that are dear to my heart.
As President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, and as Her Majesty’s Commonwealth Youth Ambassador; I am committed to celebrating young people across the Commonwealth who are making a difference in their communities.

The goal is to create a platform not only where young people’s voices are heard, but where they are supported in achieving their goals.
I am excited to see some of that work in action tomorrow at Circus Zambia, where The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust has helped young Zambians to achieve their aspirations through education and social enterprise.

Following on from my visit here in Lusaka, I will travel to Kafue National Park to attend the board meeting of African Parks, of which I am very privileged to be President.
It is cause-driven work that is very close to my heart and having a truly remarkable impact.

African Parks has been working together with the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife and other partners, for more than a decade in the Bangweulu wetlands and Liuwa plains.

These parks have become exceptional examples of how people and wildlife can co-exist and benefit in a shared landscape.

Finally, Zambia is home to such amazingly diverse wildlife and natural beauty that is not just important for the tourism sector – they represent some of Zambia’s most important natural resources, which are essential for community development and economic prosperity.

We were delighted to have the Minister of Tourism and Arts attend last month’s Illegal Wildlife Trade conference in London which is a major step forward in ensuring that communities in Zambia benefit from safeguarding and protecting their ecosystems for generations to come.

And I want to pay tribute to the women and men who are passionately devoted to conservation across this nation, some of you whom are here tonight.

Over the next two days I look forward to seeing more of what this incredible country has to offer.

For now, thank you – and Zikomo….

New Official Residence for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will Attend the Royal Variety Performance
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the naming and unveiling of a new Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft at Dubbo City Regional Airport, in Dubbo, New South Wales, on the second day of the royal couple's visit to Australia.

New Official Residence for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child. The couple have lived at Nottingham Cottage since their engagement last year.

Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate.

The Duke and Duchess’s office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Host Christmas Party

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Visit Sunderland


London and Cyprus

Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th December, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake two engagements in support of deployed military personnel and their families who will be apart over the festive period. Their Royal Highnesses wish to deliver a message of support to deployed personnel and to acknowledge and honour the fact that many Serving personnel are away from their families at this time of the year.

Approximately 7,500 military personnel are currently serving overseas or away from home on exercises. A large portion of these have children who will have a parent away over the festive period.

On Tuesday 4th December, Their Royal Highnesses will host a Christmas party in London for families and children of deployed personnel from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham serving in Cyprus. The Duke is Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, which is home to Typhoon Sqns, who currently deploy to Cyprus in support of Op SHADER. RAF Marham have 31 Squadron, who are also contributing to OP SHADER.

The event is being supported by The Royal British Legion in recognition of the unique contribution and sacrifices Serving personnel and their families make year round, and especially when they are separated during the festive period. The support of their families and loved ones is vital not only when personnel are serving, but through transition, recovery and civilian life after service, and The Royal British Legion ensures that those family members are supported in return.

The family focused event will feature a number of stalls where children can take part in activities including stocking decorating, cracker making, snow globe decorating and creating Christmas party kits. There will also be children’s entertainment from Sharky and George, as well as a photo booth and a post box so that guests can take pictures and send messages to their loved ones in Cyprus.

The following day on Wednesday 5th December, The Duke and Duchess will fly to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to meet with Serving personnel, families living on the base, wider station personnel and members of the local community. RAF Akrotiri is home of the Cyprus Operations Support Unit which provides joint support to British Forces Cyprus and operations in the region to protect the UK’s strategic interests.

On arrival in Cyprus, Their Royal Highnesses will meet deployed personnel from 11 and 31 Squadrons, operating Typhoon and Tornado GR4 Squadrons aircraft respectively, who are engaged on operations in support of Op SHADER, the UK’s contribution to the ongoing campaign against Daesh. They will also meet personnel from the lead infantry company of 2 Mercians, who have recently been supporting Op TORAL in Afghanistan.

The Duke and Duchess will then visit and officially open the Oasis centre which is used by Serving personnel on the base as a recreation area when they are not on shift. The centre has recently been renovated by staff working on the base, with trade work having been provided by members of the local Cypriot community. Before unveiling a plaque, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the cinema room, the video room where personnel can make private calls to their family and friends back home, and the café area which is run by CESSAC. CESSAC is The Church of England Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Club which operates amenity centres in military stations and other places at home and abroad and manages rented housing for elderly ex-Forces personnel and their families.

Their Royal Highnesses will then have the opportunity to meet station personnel, their families and representatives from British Forces at the Sergeant’s Mess. On arrival, The Duke and Duchess will do a short walkabout to meet as many people as possible based at RAF Akrotiri. They will then join a number of families at a Christmas reception where they will have the opportunity to find out more about life on the base. Before departing, Their Royal Highnesses will hand over presents to personnel from 11 Squadron from families they met the previous day at the Christmas party.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Visit Leicester

Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit at County Hall in London on October 9, 2018.


Wednesday 28th November, 2018

The Duke, President of the Football Association, and The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Leicester on Wednesday 28th November to pay tribute to those who were tragically killed in the helicopter crash at Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium on Saturday 27th October. Their Royal Highnesses knew the Club’s Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and wanted to visit the city to recognise the warmth and compassion that the people of Leicester and fans of Leicester City Football Club have shown in reaction to the accident.

The Duke and Duchess will begin the day by visiting the tribute site near the stadium to pay their respects to those killed in the accident, before meeting with a group of players and members of the Club’s management team. Their Royal Highnesses will then meet volunteers and club supporters who helped to relocate the thousands of tributes which were left outside the front of the stadium to the site.

Afterwards, The Duke and Duchess will visit King Power Stadium itself where they will meet with representatives from local charities who were supported by Mr. Srivaddhanaprabha. Their Royal Highnesses will hear how his support enabled the charities to better the lives of people in the wider Leicester community.

Next, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the University of Leicester to hear about some of the educational programmes that Leicester City Football Club has helped to support. This includes a £1m donation made by Mr. Srivaddhanaprabha in May 2018, which will be used to help fund medical research and training at the University through the creation of a Professorship in Child Health.

Their Royal Highnesses will then have the opportunity to speak with students, before meeting some of the University’s Centenary scholars. The Centenary scholar programme has been created as the University prepares to celebrate 100 years since a fund was established by Dr Astley Clarke for its foundation. It was created as a living memorial to those who fought and made sacrifices in the First World War. The Duke and Duchess will have a chance to meet the people of Leicester in the University’s Centenary Square before departing.

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