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Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens Opens at the British Library

Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens. Credit: The British Library
Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens. Credit: The British Library

Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens Opens at the British Library

Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens (8 October 2021 – 20 February 2022) is the first major exhibition to consider Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots together, putting them both centre stage and giving them equal billing. The exhibition takes a fresh and revealing look at the infamous story of two powerful queens bound together by their shared Tudor heritage, whose turbulent relationship dominated English and Scottish politics for thirty years.

From amicable beginnings to distrust and betrayal, the exhibition explores the complex relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots through their own words. Despite their fates being intertwined, the queens never met and their relationship was played out at a distance, much of it by letter. This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see their original correspondence.

Drawing on the British Library’s outstanding collection of early modern manuscripts and printed books, Elizabeth and Mary’s autograph letters will be displayed alongside 16th-century state papers, speeches and cipher documents, as well as beautiful maps, drawings and woodcut engravings to illustrate key moments and events. There will also be paintings, jewels, textiles, maps, drawings and objects borrowed from private and public collections in the UK and Spain.

Dr Andrea Clarke, lead curator of Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens at the British Library, said:

‘Almost 500 years on, the story of Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots continues to fascinate and enthral. It is a story of two women whose lives were inextricably connected, for not only were they fellow sovereign queens but also, as Mary reminded Elizabeth in countless letters to her, ‘both of one blood, of one country and in one island’. It is remarkable that many of the themes woven through the exhibition narrative, such as Anglo-Scottish relations, international diplomacy and Europe, state surveillance and espionage, still have a deep resonance today.’

Revealing a dangerous world of plots, espionage and treachery, Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens will explore how the drama unfolded against the backdrop of an England and Scotland deeply divided between Protestants and Catholics and a Europe torn apart by religious conflicts and civil wars.

Exhibits include:

  • Elizabeth’s handwritten translation of her stepmother Katherine Parr’s Prayers and Meditations (1545), which was a gift for her father Henry VIII
  • Sonnet handwritten by Mary, Queen of Scots the night before she was executed (1587), which might be the last thing she ever wrote, on loan from the Bodleian Library
  • Elizabeth I’s mother of pearl locket ring (c.1575), which opens to display miniature portraits of herself and her mother Anne Boleyn, by kind permission of the Chequers Trust
  • Late 16th-century gold necklace and gold enamelled, heart-shaped locket set with two miniature portraits said to be of Mary and her son, James VI, on loan from National Museums Scotland. Known as the ‘Penicuik Jewels’, they are thought to have been given away by Mary, Queen of Scots at her execution  
  • ‘The Marian Hanging’ decorated with embroideries sewn during Mary Queen of Scots’ English imprisonment, on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots painted by the leading French painter François Clouet (c.1560-61), lent by Her Majesty the Queen from the Royal Collection
  • Portrait of Elizabeth I attributed to George Gower (c.1567), which provides one of the very best likenesses of her, on loan from a private collection
  • Elizabeth I’s speech dissolving parliament in 1567 where she attacked MPs questions about the succession as ‘lip-laboured orations out of such jangling subjects’ mouths’
  • Warrant confining Mary, Queen of Scots in Lochleven Castle in 1567, following her forced abdication for refusing to try her third husband, James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, for the murder of her second, Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, on loan from the National Library of Scotland
  • The first letter handwritten by Mary, Queen of Scots in English, sent to Sir Francis Knollys after fleeing across the border into England (1568)
  • Robert Beale’s eye-witness drawing of Mary, Queen of Scots’ execution (1587), depicting her entering the hall, disrobing, and placing her head on the block
  • Henry VIII’s last will and testament (1546), which established the succession after his death, on loan from The National Archives
  • King Henry VIII’s Great Bible (1540) printed by Edward Whitchurch on vellum and illuminated, which was later inherited by Elizabeth I
  • 15th-century carved stone head, which was once part of a full-length figure of St Andrew at St Andrews Cathedral and was toppled at the Reformation, on loan from the Board of Historic Environment Scotland
  • Hand drawn map of the British Isles by antiquarian Laurence Nowell (1564-5), which belonged to Elizabeth’s closest adviser, Sir William Cecil

There is a programme of talks, panel discussions, lectures and cultural events to accompany the exhibition, and a new catalogue edited by Professor Susan Doran with essays from leading Tudor historians, which is available from the British Library shop and all major bookstores.

The exhibition is sponsored by The Sir John Ritblat Family Foundation, with thanks to the John S Cohen Foundation and all supporters who wish to remain anonymous. The exhibition catalogue is supported by The Strathmartine Trust.

The early modern period is the first in British history to be so thoroughly documented in manuscripts, letters and state papers and, to coincide with the exhibition, the British Library has digitised 600 of its early modern manuscripts, many of them with the generous support of industrialist and philanthropist Mark Pigott, KBE, KStJ.

Full price tickets are £16 with a range of concessions available: https://www.bl.uk/events/elizabeth-and-mary.


Competition: Informally Royal - Royal Life Magazine: Issue 53
Competition: Informally Royal - Royal Life Magazine: Issue 53


A chance meeting in 1936 gave Lisa and Jimmy Sheridan the opportunity of a lifetime. Keen amateur photographers, their company Studio Lisa was engaged by the then Duke and Duchess of York to take casual photographs of their family, including the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, at their homes, Royal Lodge and at 145 Piccadilly, London.

At a time of tradition and formality, when it was unheard of for mere unknowns to be given such an opportunity, the hiring of Studio Lisa proved to be a revolutionary and popular move on the part of the Royals as it humanised them in the eyes of their subjects. They soon struck up an unlikely friendship with Lisa and Jimmy – one that would span over more than thirty years and yield thirteen separate photographic sessions, the last of which included Queen Elizabeth’s young children.

Informally Royal is the first book to tell the remarkable Studio Lisa story and showcase their unique Royal Family photographic collection. It charts the story of Studio Lisa, from its humble beginnings right through to the granting of two Royal Warrants.

For the first time Studio Lisa’s cache of remarkable royal photographs is brought together, producing a marvellous collector’s item and a treasure thankfully preserved for posterity.

Rodney Laredo is a travel writer, photographer and guest speaker whose career in print media marketing has taken him all over the world. His books have been published in his native New Zealand, America and the UK, where he continues a personal interest in the conservation and preservation of the English countryside and architecture.

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      The Queen to Launch The Queen’s Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022

      The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh and The Earl of Wessex, will Launch The Queen's Baton Relay for the XXI Commonwealth Games
      The Queen holds the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games baton in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, October 2013.


      Thursday 7th October 2021

      The Queen, accompanied by the Earl of Wessex, will launch The Queen’s Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022, the XXII Commonwealth Games, from the forecourt of Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 7th October 2021. The Queen and the Earl of Wessex are patron and vice-patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation respectively.

      Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will join a ceremony to launch the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay from the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, alongside representatives from the Commonwealth Games Federation and grassroots sports organisations in the West Midlands, as well as athletes who will be competing in the games next year.

      The baton will arrive at Buckingham Palace ahead of the Queen and the Earl of Wessex, having travelled down the Mall accompanied by a tri-service military band and the Birmingham 2022 ‘Hometown Heroes’ – a group of volunteers, coaches and managers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to support grassroots sports in the West Midlands.

      On arrival in the forecourt, the Queen and the Earl of Wessex will meet the design team behind this year’s Queen’s Baton, and hear about their creative process. For the first time, the baton, which has been designed in a collaboration between West Midlands businesses, includes a 360-degree camera, heart-rate monitor, atmospheric sensors and LED lighting. In recognition of Her Majesty’s 70 years of service to the nation and the Commonwealth in her Platinum Jubilee year, the baton also includes a platinum strand.

      In front of the assembled guests, the Queen, accompanied by the Earl on the dais, will place Her Majesty’s message for the Commonwealth Games into the baton, which will then be automatically sealed. The Queen’s message will be read out in full at next year’s Birmingham 2022 opening ceremony on 28 July 2022.

      The Queen will then present the baton to double Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox, the first batonbearer, marking the official start of the 16th Queen’s Baton Relay. At the Centre Gate of Buckingham Palace, the baton will then be passed to Team England squash player Declan James and Olympic Gold medal-winning Team Wales boxer Lauren Price to be taken around the Queen Victoria Memorial, before continuing down the Mall, passing on to further batonbearers.

      Other batonbearers include athletes from Team England, para swimmer Alice Tai MBE and artistic gymnast Alice Kinsella, Team Scotland hockey player Sarah Robertson, and Team Northern Ireland cyclist Mark Downey.

      Once the baton is safely on its way, the ceremony will close with a performance from Birmingham-based acapella group Black Voices.

      The ceremony will also include a live-streamed performance from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and an original poem read by Birmingham’s Poet Laureate for 2020-2022, Casey Bailey.

      The baton will next be seen at Birmingham Airport before departing for Cyprus, the first overseas stop on The Queen’s Baton Relay, where it will arrive on 9th October 2021.

      The Queen’s Baton Relay will span 294 days, and the baton will visit all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. Live coverage on BBC One from 11:45.


      The Duke of Rothesay to Undertake Engagements in Aberdeenshire

      The Prince of Wales meets residents and businesses affected by Storm Dennis February, 2020.
      The Prince of Wales meets residents and businesses affected by Storm Dennis February, 2020.


      Tuesday 5th October 2021 

      Engagement 1: The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, will visit Amity Fishing Company.

      Led by industry leader Jimmy Buchan, star of the BBC’s BAFTA award-winning Trawlermen TV series, the Amity Fishing Company sources only the best catch from the icy waters around the Scottish coastline using over 40 years of experience in the fishing industry. 

      Amity Fish Company is proud to be an approved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) supplier, keeping the chain of custody from sea to plate. Already supplying the offshore sector with MSC certified fish, Amity is a great advocate of championing the responsible fishing scheme which is an industry approved standard which their vessels work to. Well-known within the industry, Amity provides an opportunity to seek and source their customers’ chosen seafood so they have the confidence to promote the best Scottish seafood in their business.


      Engagement 2: The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, will visit Rora Dairy. 

      Rora dairy produces a range of pure Scottish yogurts on their organic family farm in Aberdeenshire. It was established in 2017 by Jane Mackie and her husband Bruce. The yogurts are made with organic milk and live culture in small batches without the addition of unnecessary sugar or additives. They use a range of Scottish fruits to flavour the yogurts, reducing the companies carbon footprint. All of the milk used in the yogurts are from the farm’s free-roaming grass-fed cows. Sustainability is at the heart of the brand; Scottish wind powers the farm and the dairy is powered by the sun. 

      The Farm 
      Middleton of Rora is a 565-acre farm, located in the northeast corner of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, close to the fishing town of Peterhead and about 30 miles north of Aberdeen. Bruce Mackie took over the farm from his father in 2008. He immediately looked to improve the land for the benefit of wildlife, building a wind turbine, planting seven new woodlands and creating a network of small native woodlands joined by wildlife corridors and hedges, linked with waterways. Biodiversity has increased significantly on the farm as a result of these developments. 

      The herd currently comprises 250 pedigree dairy cows: Holstein Friesians with some Jersey and Norwegian Red. They produce well over 2 million litres of milk each year; Jane and Bruce believe it’s their attention to the cows’ wellbeing and welfare which helps them make delicious, natural yogurt. They grow a variety of crops, grass, wheat and barley which is fed to the cows to supplement their rich grazing. In 2016, a robotic milking shed was built with the help of Nico Vreeburg of Cow Signals, which has won several awards. This development is part of work to optimise the wellbeing of the dairy herd, which in turn increases yield. 

      In 2021, the farm completed organic accreditation. This means that Rora dairy yogurt is all made with organic milk. 


      Engagement 3: The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, will visit Glen Garioch Distillery. 

      One of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland – and its most easterly – Glen Garioch has been making its Single Malt Scotch Whisky in the historic market town of Oldmeldrum, near Aberdeen in North East Scotland, since 1797. 

      Glen Garioch is currently undergoing a renovation and upgrade project, following a £6 million investment from Beam Suntory, to reinstate more traditional production processes and reduce the distillery’s carbon footprint. 

      The project includes the reintroduction of floor maltings as well as the installation of direct-fired heating to the wash still – traditional methods still used by only a handful of distilleries. The return to these traditional processes is a sign of Glen Garioch’s deep respect for its rich heritage, as well as the complexity and quality of its small batch, hand-crafted Highland single malt. 

      To complement this return to tradition, Glen Garioch has developed a state-of-the-art, highly efficient and safe method for direct fired distillation, which is expected to reduce the distillery’s carbon footprint by around 15%. 

      Beam Suntory is proud to employ more than 360 people in Scotland, the large majority of whom are involved in the production of its renowned Scotch whiskies at distilleries such as Glen Garioch. 


      Engagement 4: The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, will visit Inverurie Farmers Market and local shops around the Town Centre. 

      Inverurie Farmers’ Market is a monthly market featuring produce from the local area. It has been run by local volunteer, Ron Reid, since 2003 and Ron can be always be spotted on market day wearing his trademark red boiler suit. The market is open to the public from 9am to 1pm every second Saturday of the month. This Tuesday’s market is a trial to see what response there would be to a weekday market in the town. Stallholders include: 

      Ingram’s Aberdeenshire – Sandy Ingram 
      A family business specialising in the production of the finest quality pork from their farm near Newburgh in Aberdeenshire. 

      Udny Provender – Dr Liz Campbell 
      A small, local, family business, making and selling local honey, craft, shrubs and flavoured vinegars near Ellon in Aberdeenshire. 

      Wark Farm Pies – Laurel Foreman & Sabrina March 
      Craft pies produced on a farm near Alford in Aberdeenshire using fillings from Royal Warrant Holders, Belted Galloway Beef and Hebridean Lamb. 

      His Royal Highness will also meet representatives from: 

      Grampian Opportunities – Linda Singer 
      Grampian Opportunities promote learning, volunteering & employment opportunities. They also provide support for disabled people, people with mental health problems or other long-term conditions. They also launched their own Foodbank ‘Inverurie Community Larder’ within their premises earlier this year. 

      Inverurie Community Allotment – Archie Peebles 
      Inverurie Mens Shed was opened earlier this year thanks to land being donated by J George Ross of J G Ross Bakers Ltd. 

      About Inverurie 
      Inverurie is in the valley of the River Don at the centre of Aberdeenshire and is known locally as the “Heart of the Garioch”. It sits between the River Don and the River Ury and is only 10 miles from the imposing hill of Bennachie. The town centre is dominated by the grand Town Hall, built in 1862. In the middle of “The Square” as it is known locally is the ‘Inverurie & District War Memorial’, capped by a lone Gordon Highlander looking out over the town. Inverurie is very much still a market town and has a thriving retail sector with independent shops alongside national retailers. The town has recorded a higher occupancy of retail and commercial units than before the pandemic. 


      Engagement 5: The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, will visit Garioch Heritage Centre. 

      Garioch Heritage Centre opened in October 2017 and houses the collections of Garioch Heritage Society. The Society has been researching the area’s history and gathering artefacts since 1987. Housed in the former locomotive works, the Centre tells the story of life in the Garioch from earliest settlement to the present day and sheds light on the domestic and working lives of local people. 

      The upstairs gallery is constantly being reviewed and further enhanced, incorporating the use of increased technology, introducing a broader range of artefacts, and creating a meaningful historical timeline. Exciting ongoing projects include the planned reclamation and restoration of an original inspection barge from the era of the Aberdeenshire Canal and the creation of educational materials for virtual learning. 

      The Centre sits in the renovated Carriage and Waggon Workshop, part of the Inverurie Locomotive Works. The Works closed their gates for the last time in 1969 but have received a new lease of life as a home for the centre’s collections. The Heritage Centre keeps the memory of the Loco Works alive, all under the watchful eye of the original 20-tonne crane. 

      There is a gift shop, café and activities to amuse younger visitors. Guests can enjoy a guided tour by experienced volunteers and hear their stories of growing up in the Garioch. The reading area provides a space in which to research local history or to peruse the Society’s extensive collection of photographs and archive material. 

      Entry is free but donations are gratefully received. 


      Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers

      The Duke of Edinburgh
      The Duke of Edinburgh in his uniform as a Field Marshall in the British Army, one of his recent promotions.

      Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers

      For the first time on television, more than a dozen members of the Royal Family offer their personal thoughts and reflections as they pay an historic tribute to the extraordinary life of His Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.

      All the children of the Queen and the Duke, along with their adult grandchildren and other members of the Royal Family, have agreed to take part in this unique portrait of the longest-serving consort in royal history.

      Originally conceived to mark Prince Philip’s 100th birthday, this landmark documentary features interviews filmed both before and after the Duke’s death in April. The documentary-makers have been inside Buckingham Palace to meet the Duke’s long-serving staff and to capture his study, private office and library, exactly as they were during his seven decades at the heart of royal life.

      There are poignant recollections, plenty of humour and numerous fresh insights into the character and legacy of this royal pioneer. 

      With special access to the Queen’s private cine-film collection, this film is an unrivalled portrait of a man with a unique place in royal history – by those who knew him best.

      Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers airs Wednesday 22 September at 9pm on BBC One.

      The Duchess of Cambridge Visits Cumbria

      The Duchess of Cambridge helps make winter bird feed during a visit to the King Henry's Walk Garden in Islington, London to learn about a project bringing people together through a shared love of horticulture.


      Tuesday 21st September 2021

      The Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Cumbria on Tuesday 21st September where she will carry out visits highlighting the beneficial, lifelong impact that nature and the outdoors can have on young people.

      The Duchess, who is Honorary Air Commandant of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, will begin the day by joining a group of Air Cadets taking part in a number of outdoor activities, including mountain biking.

      Her Royal Highness’ visit will mark the re-opening of the RAF Air Cadets’ Windermere Adventure Training Centre following a £2m refit. The centre will enable hundreds of cadets from across the UK to be able to visit the Lake District each year and take part in a wide variety of activities, allowing them to build their confidence and leadership skills and achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

      The Duchess of Cambridge passionately believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children and young people’s future health and happiness, building foundations that last over a lifetime by encouraging active exploration and the opportunity to form and strengthen positive relationships.

      Next, Her Royal Highness will embark on a boat trip with two of the ‘Windermere Children’, a group of 300 child Holocaust survivors who came to stay in the Lake District in 1945 for a period of recuperation following the atrocities they experienced in concentration camps and the ghettos of Nazi-occupied Europe.

      The Duchess wanted to be able to meet some of the survivors in person and hear their stories, having previously learnt about the history of the Windermere Children. During the boat trip she will hear about the ways in which their time in the lakes and the innovative support that they received at the Calgarth Estate, including outdoor recreation, sport and art therapy, allowed them to be able to begin to heal from the trauma of their childhood experiences.

      Her Royal Highness will then disembark at the Jetty Museum, where she will meet relatives of survivors who will speak about how their loved ones’ time in Cumbria helped them to go on to build successful lives in the UK. The Duchess will also learn about the work of the Lake District Holocaust Project to document and educate the public about the experiences of the Windermere Children.

      The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay Visit Aberdeen Art Gallery

      The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and visit Old Clapham Town to celebrate the High Street and retail sector as non-essential shops reopen and Coronavirus restrictions ease, 2021


      Tuesday 21st September 

      The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay will officially open the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery.

      The Duke and The Duchess of Rothesay will be greeted by the Lord-Lieutenant of Aberdeen City, Barney Crockett on arrival. 

      Their Royal Highnesses will tour the gallery, meeting with staff and members of the team who delivered the redevelopment of the Art Gallery between 2015 and 2019, along the way. 

      The Duke and The Duchess will together visit the Remembrance Hall before separately viewing different exhibitions and displays around the Gallery. His Royal Highness will attend the Balmoral Phenomenon Gallery and view a display of dresses and costumes bequeathed by the late Mrs Frances Farquharson of Invercauld. Her Royal Highness will meet with children who have recently participated in the Gallery’s education scheme, the ‘Art Chat’ project. 

      Their Royal Highnesses will conclude the visit on the roof terrace where they will meet invited guests and unveil a plaque to officially open the Gallery. 

      The Duke and The Duchess of Rothesay 

      Their Royal Highnesses continue to show their support for tourism, art institutions and cultural organisations following the pandemic crisis. 

      In December 2020, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the National Gallery in London for their first official public engagement since the second lockdown in England ended. 

      In June 2021, The Duchess of Cornwall celebrated The Royal Academy of Dance’s 100-year anniversary by attending their exhibition at the V&A. 

      Earlier this month, Their Royal Highnesses visited Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow to mark their 120th anniversary. 

      Aberdeen Art Gallery 

      Aberdeen Art Gallery is home to one of the finest collections in the UK. Spanning over 700 years, the Collection of National Significance includes works by important Scottish artists, designers and makers such as Henry Raeburn, Joan Eardley, Samuel Peploe, Rachel McLean, Bill Gibb and James Cromar Watt, as well as nationally and internationally acclaimed artists including Barbara Hepworth, Francis Bacon, Tracey Emin and Claude Monet. For over 130 years, Aberdeen Art Gallery has been acquiring the best and most interesting contemporary artworks. 

      Designed in the neo-classical style by Alexander Marshall Mackenzie, Aberdeen Art Gallery opened in 1885. It was extended in the 1920s with the addition of the Cowdray Hall concert venue, the interior Remembrance Hall and the exterior Cenotaph, all by the original architect. Between 2015 and 2019, the Art Gallery underwent a landmark redevelopment supported by Aberdeen City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund and led by Hoskins Architects. Aberdeen Art Gallery was a joint winner of the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year prize 2020. The Aberdeen Art Gallery redevelopment project was also recognised recently with awards from the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 

      HRH Princess Beatrice Gives Birth to Baby Girl

      Official wedding photograph of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi outside The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor after their wedding with Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. July 18, 2020. Photo credit: Benjamin Wheeler/PA Wire.



      Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their daughter on Saturday 18th September 2021, at 23.42, at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.

      The baby weighs 6 pounds and 2 ounces.

      The new baby’s grandparents and great-grandparents have all been informed and are delighted with the news. The family would like to thank all the staff at the hospital for their wonderful care.

      Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well, and the couple are looking forward to introducing their daughter to her big brother Christopher Woolf.

      Royals to Attend World Premiere of “No Time To Die”

      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a drive-in cinema with NHS Charities Together at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. May, 2021.


      Tuesday 28th September 2021 

      Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the World Premiere of “No Time to Die” at the Royal Albert Hall.

      Their Royal Highnesses will arrive at the Royal Albert Hall, where they will be greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa and introduced to the Producers of “No Time to Die”, Mr. Michael G. Wilson and Ms. Barbara Broccoli. 

      Their Royal Highnesses will then be introduced to the President of the Royal Albert Hall, Mr. Ian McCulloch, before meeting Senior Film executives and the film Director, Cary Joji Fukunaga inside. Their Royal Highnesses will also meet some of the cast including Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux and Lashana Lynch, screenwriters including Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and “No Time To Die” performers Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell. 

      Their Royal Highnesses will be presented with posies and programmes before moving into the auditorium to view the film. A number of health care workers and members of the armed forces will join Their Royal Highnesses and other guests in the auditorium to watch the film. They have been invited to the event to celebrate and thank them for their extraordinary contribution to the nation’s response to the Covid pandemic. 

      The World Premiere will benefit charities supporting serving and former members of the three intelligence agencies (the Secret Intelligence Service, the Security Service and GCHQ). The evening will also assist charities supporting past and present members of the United Kingdom Special Forces. 

      No Time to Die 

      This is the 25th James Bond Film and fifth and final film featuring Daniel Craig as James Bond. 

      In “No Time To Die”, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. 

      The Prince of Wales 

      The Prince of Wales is Patron of The British Film Institute which promotes understanding of and access to film and television culture and operates a film archive. In December 2018, The Prince of Wales visited the BFI Southbank to celebrate 40 years as Patron of the British Film Institute. 

      In June 2019 His Royal Highness visited the film set at Pinewood where he met apprentices of the British Film Institute, of which His Royal Highness is Patron, who worked on the film. 

      In October 2012, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended the World Premiere of the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. 

      The Duke of Cambridge 

      The Duke of Cambridge has been President of The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) since February 2010, which in addition to its Award ceremonies has a year-round, international programme of learning events and initiatives that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia. 

      In October 2015 The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge attended the World Premiere of the 24th Bond film, Spectre, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. 

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