Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle Visit Belfast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Belfast


Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are visiting Belfast today for their first official joint visit to Northern Ireland. Throughout the day, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will have the opportunity to meet members of the public, to learn how young people are shaping the future of Northern Ireland, and to visit some of the city’s most loved sites.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s first stop will be the Eikon Centre in Lisburn, where they will attend an event to mark the second year of youth-led peace-building initiative Amazing the Space. Funded by the Northern Ireland Executive Office and organised by Co-operation Ireland, Amazing the Space was launched by Prince Harry in September 2017 and empowers young people across Northern Ireland to become ambassadors for peace within their communities.

The event will see young people sharing their aspirations for a peaceful future, not just at home, but on a worldwide basis, and will showcase the ground-breaking cross community and reconciliation work from young people across Northern Ireland. The couple will watch the performances and meet young people to hear about their ‘Peace Pledges’.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will then travel to one of Belfast’s most historic buildings, The Crown Liquor Saloon. Owned by the National Trust, the atmospheric former Victorian gin palace is bursting with character, including period gas lighting and private snugs, featuring the original metal plates for striking matches and an antique bell system for alerting staff. Here, the couple will learn from staff and National Trust representatives about the pub’s heritage.

In the afternoon, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will depart the pub after lunch and look forward to meeting members of the public gathered on Great Victoria Street.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will then travel to the Belfast campus of Northern Ireland’s next generation science park, Catalyst Inc, to meet some of Northern Ireland’s brightest young entrepreneurs and innovators.

An independent, not for profit organisation, Catalyst Inc is on a mission to build a community of innovators in Northern Ireland, providing the home, support and networks to nurture innovators and entrepreneurs to aim higher and succeed faster. In a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship these talented young people will showcase their products and inventions to the couple, talking them through the entrepreneurial journey, from the original idea through to development of the product and onto successful, growing companies.

Finally, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will visit the iconic Titanic Belfast. Voted the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards, Titanic Belfast tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to its maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. The couple will be guided through the interactive galleries, which explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of RMS Titanic, as well as the city and people who made her. During the visit, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will also hear about how the regeneration of the Titanic Quarter has provided Belfast with an exciting new urban space.

Invitations to the Wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle Issued

Invitations to the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle


Wedding Invitations

Invitations to the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have been issued in the name of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Around 600 people have been invited to the service at St George’s Chapel.

All 600 guests have also been invited to the lunchtime reception at St George’s Hall, which is being given by Her Majesty The Queen.

Later that evening, around 200 guests are being invited to the private reception at Frogmore House given by The Prince of Wales.

The Invitations:

The invitations, posted this week, have been produced by Barnard & Westwood. The company has held a Royal Warrant for Printing & Bookbinding by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen since 1985. In January 2012, it became one of the privileged few to be awarded a second Royal Warrant for Printing by The Prince of Wales. The invitation is die-stamped in gold and then burnished. The text on the invitation is also die-stamped. The edges of the invitation are bevelled then gilded. The invitation features The Three Feather Badge of The Prince of Wales. The names of invited guests are added later by a calligraphy printer.

Austen Kopley, Managing Director, said:

“The wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will be a truly special occasion and we are thrilled to be able to create equally special invitations for their guests. We are incredibly honoured to continue our longstanding work for The Royal Family, and to be involved in such an important moment for the couple and their family and friends.”

Further Information on the Printing Process:

The plate for the black text was engraved into copper whilst the plate for The Three Feather Badge of The Prince of Wales was a pre-existing die that was hand-etched into steel a number of years ago.

The process of die-stamping is an embossed printing technique, meaning the finished print has a subtle raised texture. To create this raised image, a piece of card was trimmed by hand around the area to be printed. This is known as a ‘force’. This pushes that specific area of the paper up into the engraved die so the ink can be applied.

Each invitation was then fed by hand into the press and the black ink printed onto the face. Once completed, the press was washed up and re-set ready for the gold print run of the crest. To give the metallic shine that die-stamping is renowned for, the invitations were passed through the machine twice, once to apply the gold ink and a second ‘burnishing’ run (used to smooth out imperfections in the ink and polish up the image).

As a final finishing touch, the printed invitations were bevelled and gilded in gold along the edges. The bevelled and gilded edge allows the gold border to be viewed when looking straight down at the invitation as opposed to just being visible from the sides.

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Queen to Attend Royal Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel


The Queen will attend the Royal Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor

Thursday 29th March 2018

Her Majesty The Queen will attend the Royal Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel Windsor on Thursday 29th March.

The Queen will arrive at the North Door of the Chapel and be met by the Dean of Windsor, The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO and the Lord High Almoner, the Right Reverend Dr. John Inge. The Queen will be presented with a nosegay at the start of the service, during which Her Majesty will distribute the Maundy money.

Following the service, The Queen will proceed to the foot of the West Steps where an official photograph will be taken of Her Majesty and the Royal Maundy party.

Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. The Queen commemorates Maundy by offering ‘alms’ to senior citizens – retired pensioners recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations, in recognition of service to the Church and to the local Community.

During the Royal Maundy Service The Queen will distribute the Maundy money to 92 men and 92 women – one for each of The Queen’s 92 years. Each recipient receives two purses, one red and one white.

This year the Red Purse contains a £5 coin, commemorating four Generations of Royalty and a 50p coin commemorating the Representation of the People Act 1918, which reformed the electoral system in Great Britain and Ireland, giving some women the right to vote for the first time. Both coins have been minted in 2018. Historically, this sum of £5.50 in the Red Purse is made up of £3 for clothing, £1.50 in lieu of provisions and £1 for the redemption of the Sovereign’s gown which, before Tudor times, used to be divided between the Recipients.

The White Purse contains uniquely minted Maundy Money. This takes the form of one, two, three and four silver penny pieces, the sum of which equals the number of years of the Monarch’s age. This year ninety two pennies of silver coins (9 sets of 10p per set and a two pence piece) will be distributed.

Royal Maundy is one of the most ancient ceremonies retained in the Church of England.

On duty during the service is The Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard, in their full uniform. This is the oldest military body in the United Kingdom. Their record dates back to 1485 and they still wear the Tudor crown ornament which commemorates their original appointment. Also on duty will be the Military Knights of Windsor who are the oldest military establishment in the Army List, having been founded in 1348 by King Edward III.

St George’s Chapel

A tower in the Castle wall near the Chapel was formerly known as Almonry Tower, marking the historic link between the Royal Almonry and Windsor. From the 12th century the King’s Almoner and his staff were allocated quarters in this tower, and in adjacent buildings that were demolished to make way for the building of the present Chapel in the 15th century.

The Chapel of St George is part of the College of St George, which was founded in 1348, the same time as the Order of the Garter. Although the College is located within Windsor Castle, the buildings are owned and occupied by the College itself.

The Chapel is a Royal Peculiar, which means it is not subject to a Bishop or Archbishop but owes its allegiance directly to the Sovereign. The Chapel, together with the remainder of the College of St George, is governed by the Dean and Canons of Windsor, who, with their officers and staff, are independent of the Royal Household. St George’s Chapel remains an active centre for worship, with daily services open to all.

The Chapel has strong links with the Royal Family. Each year on Garter Day, The Queen presides over the service of thanksgiving for the Order of the Garter at St George’s Chapel. The Queen and other Members of the Royal Family also attend matins in the Chapel on Easter Sunday.

Many Royal Weddings have been celebrated in St George’s Chapel, such as the marriage of The Earl and Countess of Wessex in 1999. In 2005 a service of dedication and prayer was held in the Chapel following the marriage of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

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Duchess of Cambridge Announces Plans to Support Early Intervention



  • During a speech at The Royal Foundation’s Symposium on Early Intervention, The Duchess of Cambridge set out her ambition to support efforts to give every child the best possible start in life.
  • Her Royal Highness will convene academics, practitioners and charities to focus on early intervention to support the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of young children.
  • The Duchess’s longer term aim is to create long-term collaboration between experts and organisations in order to build strong partnerships, and to raise awareness of issues relating to perinatal, maternal and infant mental health, as well as the need to support parents, families and teachers.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is establishing a steering group to explore how best to support academics, practitioners and charities in their work to provide all children with the best possible start in life.

The group will be coordinated by The Royal Foundation and will consider a range of questions surrounding the support provided to children, parents and teachers, from the earliest years.

For several years The Duchess has been working with experts and organisations that are championing the importance of early intervention to provide solid social and emotional platforms for children to make them healthier and more resilient later in life; and provide them with the foundations to lead to healthy adulthood.

Stemming originally from her work on issues like addiction and family breakdown, Her Royal Highness has observed that so many of society’s greatest social and health challenges, and the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage, could be mitigated or entirely avoided by providing the right support for children in the earliest years in life.

The Duchess’s longer term aim is to create a partnership between experts and organisations in order to build strong collaboration, and to raise awareness of issues like perinatal, maternal and infant mental health, and the need for parenting support and advice, as well as resources for schools and educators.

The steering group will work in the months ahead and report back to The Duchess on options for long-term collaboration.

The questions include:

  • How can we highlight the importance of early intervention, as evidenced by academic research, for the benefit of all children, parents and schools?
  • What is the best model to encourage further collaboration between academics, charities and funders working in these areas?
  • How can mind-sets be changed so that parents and caregivers prioritise their own mental health and that of their children as much as they do their physical health? What is the role for awareness raising activities?
  • How can existing initiatives be scaled to provide long-term and multi-generational support to children, their parents and educators?

The steering group will report back to Her Royal Highness later this year and it is expected that The Royal Foundation’s strategy for collaborative action on these issues will be announced in late autumn 2018 / early 2019.

A speech delivered by The Duchess of Cambridge at The Royal Foundation’s Symposium on Early Intervention for Children and Families:

As I look around the room, I see friends from many different sectors: friends who have shared with me their knowledge, and who have answered my questions patiently whilst I’ve interrogated them in my endeavour to learn about this complex range of issues.

  • Academic colleagues who have shown me their ground-breaking research into the causes of perinatal and post-natal depression, and how they are addressing these in the clinic;
  • Those who I have visited over the years who provide crucial links within the community, and whose services help families with essential parenting support and guidance;
  • and other wonderful organisations which have done so much to improve support for the emotional wellbeing of children in schools.

I could name so many of you, but I’m utterly grateful to you all for giving your time and wisdom so freely.

We all know how important childhood is; and how the early years shape us for life. We also know how negative the downstream impact can be, if problems emerging at the youngest age are overlooked, or ignored. It is therefore vital that we nurture children through this critical, early period.

But as we’ve heard, at what stage in a child’s development could we, or should we, intervene, to break the inter-generational cycle of disadvantage?

The more I have heard, the more I am convinced that the answer has to be: ‘early’ and ‘ ‘the earlier, the better’.

In fact, it would seem that we cannot intervene early enough.

We do need mental health support in primary schools before the biological changes and academic pressures of adolescence kick in.

We also need a focus on parenting and family support, so that parents feel able to get their children ‘school ready’, and are confident that they themselves can cope with the mental and emotional needs of their own children.

We need to highlight how important it is to support mothers too, potentially before they even give birth. They need to be aware how vulnerable they might be and, critically, know where they can find help for themselves, as well as for their babies and toddlers.

But potentially we could start to look even earlier, by teaching parenting and relationship skills to teenagers, to get the next generation of parents child-ready, well before they have to put these skills into practice.

After listening to those working in this complex area, my own view is that children’s experiences in their early years are fundamental. They lay the foundations not only for healthy outcomes during the teenage years, but also for adulthood.

Addressing the issues only when they take root, later in life, results in huge detriment; detriment to the healthcare, education and social support systems in our country; but, perhaps more importantly, detriment to future generations over the long term.

In 2011, Graham Allen, who is with is here today, wrote a report for Government on the need for early intervention.

I hope, Graham, you don’t mind me quoting from your report, in which you referred to the cycle of deprivation and dysfunction, from generation to generation.

There, you said that, “If we intervene early enough, we can give children a vital social and emotional foundation, which will help to keep them happy, healthy and achieving throughout their lives and, above all, equip them to raise children of their own.”

I could not agree more.

Because these are ‘lifetime’ issues, they require a very long term perspective. But the issues are also complex and multi-sided, so they need integrated, collective approaches to create real impact. This is what I am so keen to explore.

We are here today because we all believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life.

I have therefore entrusted The Royal Foundation, under the leadership of Aida Cable, to gather a group of experts to develop the thinking in this critical area: experts and partners to build upon existing work, and to look at developing sustainable solutions which will help deliver our shared ambitions.

Providing children in their earliest years with social and emotional security builds strong foundations which last a lifetime. I really do feel so passionately about the importance of early intervention, and that by working on new approaches together, we can make a real difference for generations to come.

Thank you.

BBC to Mark Queen’s Birthday with Celebratory Programmes


BBC to Mark the Relationship Between Her Majesty The Queen and the Commonwealth with a Trio of Celebratory Programmes

· BBC One and BBC Radio 2 will mark the Queen’s birthday, which falls at the end of this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, with a live music extravaganza.

· George Alagiah will retrace the steps of the fascinating history of the Queen’s Commonwealth in ‘The Queen: Her Commonwealth Story’

· Sir Lenny Henry will examine the deep-rooted relationship between Britain, the Commonwealth and its 2.3 billion people in ‘The Commonwealth Kid’

On Saturday 21 April, BBC One and BBC Radio 2 will broadcast a special concert in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 92nd birthday, live from the Royal Albert Hall. The concert comes at the end of a week when many Commonwealth Leaders will be gathered in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. It will be attended by the Queen and many members of the royal family, with performances from a host of musical stars.

Already confirmed are Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Anne Marie, Shawn Mendes, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Sting & Shaggy, who will come together to put on a birthday party like no other.

With celebratory performances from acts from across the world and stars from around the Commonwealth, ‘The Queen’s Birthday Party’ promises something for all the family. Tickets are available from 9am on Wednesday 21 March from the Royal Albert Hall

Highlights of the concert will be broadcast on BBC World Service English, giving listeners around the world the chance to hear the celebrations.

BBC newsreader George Alagiah will present a new film for BBC One exploring the fascinating history of the Queen and the Commonwealth that she has led for over 60 years. Walking in Her Majesty’s footsteps, George discovers how the role of heading-up this family of nations progressed, exploring moments of triumph, diplomacy, challenge and political intrigue.

George’s journey starts in Tonga, one of the furthest flung stops on the Queen’s first Commonwealth tour in 1953, where he meets Princess Pilolevu, granddaughter of Queen Salote of Tonga, who welcomed the 27-year-old Queen.

From there George’s own Commonwealth tour takes him to Australia, Ghana, India and South Africa. George explores how, amidst safety fears and the risk of political unrest, the Queen travelled to newly independent Ghana and charmed President Nkrumah. And looking at how royal visits to Commonwealth countries haven’t always run so smoothly, the film explores how the Queen’s arrival in India in 1997 meant revisiting the painful memories of the 1919 Amritsar massacre, with many expecting an apology for this difficult episode in Britain’s past.

George Alagiah said: “What we see in this film is the transformation of a young, diffident woman into a confident figure able to command the respect of leaders around the world. We discovered that as Head of the Commonwealth she has far more room to manoeuvre – able to influence world events in a way she cannot at home.”

Gathering testimony from people who have met the Queen across the years and from experts who have followed her fascinating journey, George builds a picture of how deftly the Queen has played her role as head of the Commonwealth.

The Princess Royal talks about her own experiences of royal walkabouts and the Queen’s role in a male dominated world.

Other interviewees include former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, the second Commonwealth Secretary-General Sir Sonny Ramphal and South African politician Mamphela Ramphele, who reveal unique insights into the Queen’s contribution to the history of the Commonwealth.

Also airing on BBC One in April, this special film follows Dudley-born, Jamaica-bred Sir Lenny Henry as he examines the deep-rooted relationship between Britain, the Commonwealth and its 2.3 billion people.

Fascinated with his own heritage and the Commonwealth, Lenny considers himself a Commonwealth Kid, born to Jamaican parents who came to the UK as part of the post-Windrush generation in 1957. It’s an issue close to his heart and a subject he feels deeply passionate about.

In this hour-long film, Lenny will set off on a tour of the Caribbean visiting the Bahamas and his homeplace of Jamaica to hear what the Commonwealth means to the people who actually reside there. In this funny and fascinating journey into the body, mind and soul of the Caribbean, Lenny will investigate the experiences of those who live so far from the UK, but remain members of this vast and populous club.

From street vendors to government officials and teachers to students, he will examine the special bond that exists between the people of the Caribbean and the UK, a microcosm of the wider relationship between all of the people of the Commonwealth.

Claire Ptak to Make Royal Wedding Cake

Claire Ptak to Make Royal Wedding Cake



For their wedding cake Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of London based culinary gem Violet Bakery.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have asked Ms. Ptak to create a lemon elderflower cake to incorporate the bright flavours of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. They are very much looking forward to sharing this cake with their wedding guests on May 19th.

California-raised, Ms. Ptak formerly worked as a pastry chef under the legendary Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. Upon moving to London she worked at The Anchor and Hope and staged at St John and Moro. Ms. Ptak then started her own business as a market stall on Broadway Market, East London, cooking from home.

She opened Violet Bakery in 2010, with a focus on using high quality, seasonal and organic ingredients in her cakes, and works as a food stylist and food writer.

Ms. Markle had previously interviewed Ms. Ptak for her former lifestyle website where she celebrated food and travel, and featured interviews with friends and role models to discuss philanthropy and community.

Claire Ptak said:

“I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be chosen to make Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding cake. Knowing that they really share the same values as I do about food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and most importantly flavour, makes this the most exciting event to be a part of.”

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Celebrate Commonwealth

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Celebrate Commonwealth


North and East London

Thursday 22nd March, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake two engagements celebrating the Commonwealth on Thursday 22nd March, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April.

The Duke and Duchess will begin the day at a SportsAid event at the Copper Box in the Olympic Park. SportsAid is the only national charity of its kind – helping young British sportsmen and women aspiring to be the country’s next Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and world champions. Their Royal Highnesses will watch a wheelchair basketball session and meet the players, some of whom hope to compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in which the sport will feature for the first time. The Duke and Duchess will then be shown a media training session for young athletes. Every year SportsAid supports over 1,000 athletes – the vast majority aged 12-18 – by providing a financial award to help with training and competition costs. The charity also helps develop other vital skills for professional athletes, such as media training, nutritional advice and performance lifestyle guidance.

The Duke and Duchess will finally take part in a Commonwealth Quiz in which athletes, coaches and supporters will be questioned on their knowledge of the Commonwealth. The visit comes less than a month before the 2018 Commonwealth Games get underway on the Gold Coast with hundreds of previous SportsAid recipients set to represent the home nations across a wide range of sports.

The Duke and Duchess will go on to take part in preparations for a Commonwealth Big Lunch at St Luke’s Community Centre, London. The Centre provides services and activities for locals at the heart of the EC1 community, and has a range of facilities including a fully-equipped Cookery School, which runs community classes on healthy, home cooking and avoiding food waste. On arrival Their Royal Highnesses will be given a briefing on the work of the community centre in the café, meeting staff and volunteers. They will take part in a recipe workshop and discussion in the kitchen with service users, who regularly discuss their favourite dishes and what inspires them to make them.

The Centre hosts a ‘Big Lunch’ every year as part of the Eden Project’s Big Lunch initiative. The Big Lunch aims to encourage as many people as possible to have lunch with members of their community once a year to share food and encourage friendship. Commonwealth Big Lunches are part of the official celebrations leading up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and are taking place from Commonwealth Day on 12th March until 22nd April. The Duke and Duchess will help put the finishing touches to the meal that is being prepared for this year’s Big Lunch, alongside centre users and volunteers.

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Duchess Convenes Symposium on Early Intervention for Children and Families

The Duchess of Cambridge



Wednesday 21st March, 2018

On behalf of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal Foundation has organised a symposium of leading academics and charities that are championing the importance of early intervention to provide solid social and emotional platforms for children in their early years to make them healthier and more resilient later in life, and thus avoid serious problems which often emerge only in adolescence or in adult years.

Stemming originally from her interests in issues such as addiction and the effects of family breakdown, and her visits to charities and support organisations, Her Royal Highness has been struck time again that so many of society’s greatest social and health challenges often stem from problems that start to manifest themselves in the earliest years in life.

The symposium, hosted by The Royal Foundation and chaired by President of The Royal Society for Medicine and Regius Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, will bring together academics, researchers, practitioners, educators and charities to explore issues such as perinatal, maternal and infant mental health; parenting support and advice; and resources for schools and educators.

The Duchess has been exploring these issues on an individual basis through a number of engagements and roundtables in recent months. The symposium will draw these strands together enabling the gathered experts to explore the potential for an integrated strategy on early intervention.

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Queen to Attend HMS Ocean Decommissioning Service

Queen to Attend HMS Ocean Decommissioning Service


Tuesday 27th March

Her Majesty The Queen will visit Plymouth to attend the decommissioning ceremony for HMS Ocean, on Tuesday 27th March.

She will arrive at Plymouth Railway Station by Royal Train and proceed by car to HMNB Devonport. To mark The Queen’s arrival at the base there will be a 21 Gun Salute.

The car will proceed to HMS Ocean where The Queen will be met by Captain Robert Pedre, Commanding Officer, who will present Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord, and Commodore Ian Shipperly, the Naval Base Commander.

The Queen will proceed to the dais for the Royal Salute and decommissioning ceremony. At the conclusion of the ceremony, and as the ship’s Lady Sponsor, The Queen will say a few words.

The Queen will proceed onboard by car via the ship’s ramp to attend lunch. After which she will meet with families and ship’s personnel before departing by car.

There will be a 21 Gun Salute as The Queen leaves Devonport. The Queen will leave Plymouth Station by Royal Train.

HMS Ocean, or the Mighty O as she is known throughout the Fleet, is paying off, having completed 20 years of service. Ocean has been involved in operations off Sierra Leone (2000), Iraq (2003), Libya (2011), and, most recently she carried out humanitarian operations in the Caribbean following the disastrous affects that Hurricane Irma wreaked in British Overseas Territories. Her deployments pays testament to her extraordinary operational record spanning two decades of Royal Navy service.

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Queen to Visit Royal Academy of Arts

Queen to Visit Royal Academy of Arts


Central London

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Her Majesty The Queen will visit the Royal Academy of Arts in central London to mark the completion of a major redevelopment of the site. Touring and officially opening the Burlington Gardens building, The Queen will meet those involved in the design and construction process, which has been completed in the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary year. She will unveil the first painting to be installed in the new spaces, ahead of the full public opening of the new Royal Academy on 19th May. During the course of the visit, Her Majesty will also have an opportunity to view the Royal Academy’s current exhibition, Charles I: King and Collector.

Founded in 1768 the Royal Academy of Arts has been a voice for art and artists for 250 years. It is an independent charity led by eminent artists and architects—the Royal Academicians – which promotes the appreciation and practice of the visual arts and architecture through exhibitions, education and debate.

The landmark anniversary is being marked with a transformative redevelopment designed by the internationally acclaimed architect, Sir David Chipperfield RA, with support from the National Lottery. The new Royal Academy will open up and reveal more of the elements that make the RA unique – sharing with the public historic treasures from its Collection, the work of its Royal Academicians and the Royal Academy Schools, alongside its world-class exhibitions programme.

One of the most significant outcomes of the redevelopment is the link between Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, uniting the two-acre campus. This will provide 70% more space than the original Burlington House footprint, enabling the Academy to expand its exhibition and events programme and to create new and free displays of art and architecture across the campus for visitors throughout the year.

During the visit, The Queen will view the Charles I: King and Collector exhibition, which reunites for the first time the masterpieces of a magnificent collection. King Charles I acquired works by some of the finest artists from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century, including Titian, Mantegna, Holbein, Dürer, Van Dyck and Rubens. Following the King’s execution in 1649, his collection was sold off and scattered across Europe. While many works were retrieved by Charles II during the Restoration, others now form the core of museums such as the Louvre and the Prado. The current exhibition, which closes on the 15th April, includes major works loaned by the Royal Collection with the permission of Her Majesty The Queen.

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