Charles II: Art & Power Exhibition

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After over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule, the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England.  The court of Charles II became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art, which served not only as decoration for the royal apartments but also as a means of glorifying the restored monarchy and reinforcing the position of Charles II as the rightful king.

From John Michael Wright’s monumental portrait of Charles II in his coronation robes and a glittering silver-gilt plate which adorned the high-altar of Westminster Abbey during the King’s coronation, to old master paintings, tapestries and spectacular silver-gilt furniture, the exhibition shows the rich material world of Charles II’s court and the role of the arts in the re-establishment of the Stuart monarchy.

Location: The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Dates: Friday, 8 Dec 2017 – Sunday, 13 May 2018

Prices:

  • Adult £11.00
  • Over 60/ Student (with valid ID) £10.00
  • Under 17/ Disabled £5.50
  • Under 5 Free
  • Family £27.50 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Visit Sweden and Norway

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THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE'S TOUR OF SWEDEN AND NORWAY

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE’S TOUR OF SWEDEN AND NORWAY

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Sweden and Norway from Tuesday 30th January to Friday 2nd February. This visit is at the request of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

TOUR OUTLINE

  • Tuesday 30th January: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Wednesday 31st January: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Thursday 1st February: Oslo, Norway
  • Friday 2nd February: Oslo, Norway

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New Portrait of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

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New portrait of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

New portrait of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

A new portrait of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, painted in the year of his retirement from public engagements, has been released today.

The portrait, by Australian born artist Ralph Heimans, has been produced for display at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark. The Museum is holding a retrospective exhibition of Mr Heimans’ work in 2018, part of which aims to explore the historical and cultural connections between the Royal Families of Great Britain and Denmark.

Born a Prince of Denmark, His Royal Highness’ ancestry spans both the British and the Danish Royal Families. Prince Philip is connected to Denmark through his Grandfather, George I (of Greece) who was originally a Danish Prince born in Copenhagen. His Great Grandfather, Christian IX, was King of Denmark from 1863 to 1906.

Set in The Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle, The Duke of Edinburgh is depicted wearing the sash of the Order of the Elephant, Denmark’s highest-ranking honour.

Windsor Castle holds special significance in regard to The Duke of Edinburgh’s ancestry. At the end of the Grand Corridor is the Tapestry Room where His Royal Highness’ mother, Princess Alice, and maternal grandmother, Princess Victoria were born. Their Royal Highnesses both of whom also appear in the painting that hangs on the right side of the Grand Corridor, in the company of Queen Victoria.

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Their Royal Highnesses Announce Sculptor

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Diana, Princess of Wales meets children in an area of Sarajevo where she met more landmine victims.,1997.

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry
Announce Sculptor

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are pleased to announce that they have chosen Ian Rank-Broadley as the sculptor to create the statue of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

Their Royal Highnesses said: “We have been touched by the kind words and memories so many people have shared about our mother over these past few months. It is clear the significance of her work is still felt by many in the UK and across the world, even twenty years after her death.

“Ian is an extremely gifted sculptor and we know that he will create a fitting and lasting tribute to our mother. We look forward to unveiling the statue, which will allow all those who visit Kensington Palace to remember and celebrate her life and legacy.”

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Prince Harry to Attend the Sovereign’s Parade

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Prince Harry to Attend the Sovereign’s Parade

PRINCE HARRY WILL ATTEND THE SOVEREIGN’S PARADE AT THE ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY SANDHURST

Sandhurst Military Academy

Friday 15th December, 2017

Prince Harry will represent Her Majesty The Queen as the Reviewing Officer at the Sovereign’s Parade on Friday 15th December. His Royal Highness will inspect the Parade and present awards including the Sword of Honour, the Overseas Sword and The Queen’s Medal.

Prior to the inspection, Prince Harry will attend the commissioning service in the Royal Memorial Chapel.

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 162 officer cadets from the UK and 25 from 20 overseas countries.

Until WW2 the passing out of the parade at the Royal Military College was known as ‘Inspection Day’, later changed to ‘Dukes day’ after The Duke of Cambridge, Commander in Chief of the Army and who carried out the ‘inspection’. 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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Duchess of Cambridge to Join Families at Christmas Party

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Duchess of Cambridge to Join Families at Christmas Party

THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE JOINS FAMILIES AT COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARTY

Rugby Portobello Trust, Kensington, London

Tuesday 12th December, 2017

The Duchess of Cambridge will join children and families to celebrate the work of the Rugby Portobello Trust at its community centre in North Kensington. Her Royal Highness will also learn more about the centre’s range of support services for young people, families and the local community.

The Rugby Portobello Trust in North Kensington is part of a network of centres that help local communities, and provides support by running programmes for children and parents such as homework clubs, sporting activities, social groups and tuition.

The Trust and the centre staff in Kensington have also been pivotal in supporting people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. The Trust established a New Homes Team to provide practical support to residents in relation to their new accommodation, and has played an important role in helping them access grants that became available, both through the local authority and from private donations.

During the visit The Duchess will join the Christmas party for the ‘Magic Mums’ group which supports mothers, babies and toddlers. Her Royal Highness will meet young people taking part in a music workshop, and will also help staff and volunteers set up for their children’s Christmas party later in the day.

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Queen to Attend Scripture Union’s 150th Anniversary Service of Celebration

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The Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2016 reception at Buckingham Palace

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN WILL ATTEND SCRIPTURE UNION’S 150TH ANNIVERSARY SERVICE OF CELEBRATION AT ST MARY’S CHURCH, ISLINGTON

Wednesday 6th December, 2017

Her Majesty The Queen will attend Scripture Union’s 150th Anniversary Service of Celebration at St Mary’s Church, Islington on Wednesday, 6th December. Scripture Union (SU) is a Christian charity that invites children and young people to explore the difference Jesus can make in the challenges and adventure of life. It is active in 120 countries worldwide. The first meeting was held in December 1867 close to where St Mary’s Church stands.

Upon arrival, Her Majesty will be greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London Mr Kenneth Olisa, who will present the Rev. Simon Harvey, Vicar of St Mary’s, and the Rev. Tim Hastie-Smith, Scripture Union’s National Director.

The 150th Anniversary service will be led by the Rev. Hastie-Smith and the Rev. Harvey, with music by the All Souls orchestra. The congregation and service will include Baroness Floella Benjamin, singer Katherine Jenkins, presenter Pam Rhodes, Bishop Paul Butler and local school children, SU volunteers and supporters. A new SU Jubilee hymn, composed by Bishop Tim Dudley-Smith, will also be performed.

The service will be recorded by BBC’s Songs of Praise for future transmission.

Princes to Attend Star Wars: The Last Jedi Premiere

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Princes to Attend Star Wars: The Last Jedi Premiere

THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE AND PRINCE HARRY WILL ATTEND THE EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Royal Albert Hall, London

Tuesday 12th December, 2017

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend The European Premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday, December 12. The premiere is hosted in aid of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The Royal Foundation has invited more than 400 young people, military veterans and volunteers who have taken part in its programmes to join Their Royal Highnesses at the premiere. There will be representatives from Coach Core, Full Effect, and military programmes such as the Endeavour Fund. The premiere will be an opportunity to recognise and celebrate people who have worked so hard to change their lives and the lives of others.

On behalf of The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, The Royal Foundation has also invited some of the families who were affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, alongside representatives of the local fire services and the charities and organisations who are now helping them recover and try to rebuild their lives. Before the performance, Their Royal Highnesses will meet a selection of beneficiaries from The Royal Foundation and also some of the families and representatives of organisations working with those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. Their Royal Highnesses will then meet members of the film’s cast and crew, along with senior executives from Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm.

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of the UK’s biggest film of all time, The Force Awakens, join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.K. cinemas on December 14, 2017.

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The Queen’s Young Leaders Award Winners

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Her Majesty The Queen set to honour inspiring young people from across the Commonwealth dedicated to changing lives

The Queen’s Young Leaders programme is today delighted to reveal the latest winners of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. This prestigious Awards programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 from across the Commonwealth who are dedicated to transforming communities and lives.

The winners announced today are being recognised for work they are undertaking across a diverse range of issues, including supporting people living with mental health problems, helping children to receive a quality education, and promoting gender equality. They will receive their Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty The Queen at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, UK, next year.

To mark today’s announcement, His Royal Highness Prince Harry sent a special video message to the winners, where he offered his congratulations and encouraged them to enjoy and embrace the opportunity provided by the Award.

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, said:

“In this, the final year of The Queen’s Young Leaders programme, once again we have outstanding Award winners, leading the way in transforming people’s lives for the better in every part of the Commonwealth. We congratulate them all for their remarkable achievements. Over the coming year the programme will nurture and develop their talents, and equip them to go further in making a lasting change in their communities. I hope they find the experience to be truly life-changing and I’m delighted to welcome today’s winners to the now complete network of Queen’s Young Leaders.”

The Queen’s Young Leaders programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners receive bespoke training, mentoring and networking opportunities, and take part in a residential programme in the UK, to help them build on the work they are leading in their communities. They join a now complete network of 240 Award winners. In tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s lifetime of Service, this unique community of influential change-makers who represent all 52 Commonwealth countries will continue to connect and collaborate and change lives for years to come.

To see a full list of Award winners and highly commended runners up, and to read more about their inspiring stories, please visit www.queensyoungleaders.com.

Duke of York Appointed as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards

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Duke of York Appointed as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards

THE DUKE OF YORK APPOINTED AS COLONEL OF THE GRENADIER GUARDS

The Queen has been pleased to give her formal approval to the appointment of His Royal Highness The Duke of York as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

HRH The Duke of York will take over the appointment from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has been Colonel of the Grenadier Guards since 1975.

The Grenadier Guards who were formed in Flanders in 1656 by King Charles II as His “Royal Regiment of Foot Guards”, has fought in almost every major campaign of the British Army. They later became known as the First Regiment of Foot Guards, and now bear the title The First or Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards in honour of their defeat of the Grenadiers of the French Imperial Guard at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The bearskin caps seen on ceremonial duty are worn in recognition of that victory.

The Grenadier Guards boast 78 Battle Honours having served with distinction in campaigns throughout British history, particularly in the Napoleonic, Crimean, Boer, First and Second World Wars, winning a total of 14 Victoria Crosses and one George Cross. In the 21st Century they continue to serve their country with distinction and were one of the final units involved in ground combat in Afghanistan. A formidable force of hard and soft power the British Army’s Grenadier Guards are admired and recognised around the world.

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