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The Duchess of Cornwall to Carry Out Engagements in West Midlands

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The Duchess of Cornwall, in her role President of the Royal Voluntary Service, during her visit to the Dolau Bran Lunch Club to celebrate the club's 40th anniversary at Dol Y Wern in Llandovery.

THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL WILL CARRY OUT ENGAGEMENTS IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Engagement 1

The Duchess of Cornwall will tour Elmhurst Ballet School of which she is Patron and visit the school’s newest department, the Health and Wellbeing Centre. HRH will meet staff and pupils, observe a ballet class and watch a performance during the visit.

The Duchess of Cornwall will meet donors, parents, governors and Elmhurst Vice Presidents, Wayne McGregor (Resident Choreographer at the Royal Ballet) and Carlos Acosta (recently appointed Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.) The Duchess will then move on to the Health and Wellbeing centre. Here HRH will learn of how Elmhurst works to prevent injury, meet with physiotherapists, school nurses and the school’s strength and conditioning coach.

HRH will also meet a number of school representatives, including Head Boy, Bradley Howell and Head Girl, Maddie Irwin.

The Duchess will then observe a ballet class in Studio One and go on to the auditorium where she will watch a short (10 minute) performance, meet with the school’s Senior Leadership Team and pause for a photograph with pupils. HRH will sign the visitors’ book before departing.

Elmhurst Ballet School

The Duchess of Cornwall and The Prince of Wales share a strong appreciation of dance. Last year The Duchess attended a reception at Victory Services Club to mark the Ninetieth Anniversary of the British Dance Council. The Duchess has acted as Patron of Elmhurst since 2006 and last visited the school in November 2014. The Prince of Wales has been President of Birmingham Royal Ballet since 2003.

Elmhurst Ballet School is a world-renowned centre of excellence in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet and prepares talented young dancers aged between 11 and 19 to become the thinking dance professionals of the future. The school nurtures individuality through a holistic approach which helps students to become independent, collaborative and versatile artists, ready to take their professional places on the world stage. Elmhurst’s dance training is of the highest quality and is delivered by current and former dance professionals. This training is enhanced by opportunities to work with Birmingham Royal Ballet, visiting choreographers and dance artists. Elite but not elitist, Elmhurst believes that talent is classless and its exceptional training opportunities should be available to young dancers regardless of their financial, social or cultural backgrounds. Whilst Elmhurst is an independent school, typically some 80% of students benefit from Government support to train at the school.

New Vice President

Elmhurst welcomed Wayne McGregor CBE, multi-award-winning Choreographer and Director and Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet, to their eminent board of Vice Presidents. Wayne’s experience and unique outlook is already influencing Elmhurst’s students through a three-year dance collaboration with Studio Wayne McGregor, which brings a new dimension of our dance training. Launched in September 2018, the collaboration brings opportunities for final year students to perform excerpts from Wayne’s complex and inspiring contemporary repertoire, and to work with his team.

Health and Wellbeing

Carlos Acosta CBE opened the new state-of-the-art Health and Wellbeing Centre in 2016, a dedicated facility which enables the school to grow its sector leading health and wellbeing programme. The centre was in development the last time HRH visited the school in 2014.

The programme covers all aspects of physical and emotional health, from nutrition to reactive and preventative interventions. Sustaining an injury serious enough to warrant time out of training or work for recovery and rehabilitation is a sad reality for most dancers. Working with the University of Wolverhampton, leaders in sports science research, Elmhurst has been conducting studies into the correlation between body strength and injury avoidance and management. Early results are extremely promising and strength and conditioning is now an integral part of their programme.

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Engagement 4

The Duchess of Cornwall will celebrate British craftsmanship by visiting the Launer Factory to tour the workshop and meet owners, staff and apprentices.

Her Royal Highness will tour the factory accompanied by CEO, Gerald Bodmer throughout and witness the product-making process, during which she will try her hand at gold-blocking (applying gold lettering to leather.) On the first floor, HRH will meet staff and watch the final product-making process. HRH will then enjoy tea and cake with all 22 workers and owners of the factory.

Launer London is an established British luxury leather brand of more than 75 years. Its head office is located in Surrey, a showroom in Regent Street, London and factory in Walsall. The factory is the heartbeat of the company and hand makes all handbags and leather goods for men and women using traditional and time honoured methods. Launer designs are crafted by skilled artisans and can take up to four weeks to produce. Each finished design is then packaged for shipping to customers and stores Internationally as well as the UK.

The brand was awarded the Royal Warrant in 1968 and saved from extinction in 1981 by Gerald Bodmer who has with his wife Sue Bodmer ensured the brand flourished. It now enjoys its greatest success with a global presence and prestige reputation. Launer is unique with a contemporary appeal built on a legacy of tradition and meticulous craftsmanship. Its signature bag is the Traviata with ‘twisted rope’ logo.

The Duchess of Cornwall to Visit Prospect Hospice in Swindon

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall browse a fruit stall during a visit to Swiss Cottage Farmers' Market in London.

THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL WILL VISIT PROSPECT HOSPICE IN SWINDON

Monday 20th January 2020

The Duchess of Cornwall, President, will visit Prospect Hospice in celebration of their 40th anniversary year and to unveil a new embroidery designed by Marlborough Embroiderers Guild, hand-sewn for the milestone.

Prospect Hospice

Prospect Hospice is a local charity that supports a community of more than 300,000 people in Swindon, Marlborough and North East Wiltshire. The hospice cares for and supports around 7,300 patients, carers and family members each year, offering a range of services developed to bring care, comfort and confidence at life’s most difficult time. For patients, there are teams of nurses, doctors and therapists, bringing care at the hospice in Wroughton, at the outreach centre in Marlborough, in their own homes as well as care homes, and through a palliative care team based at the Great Western Hospital. Carers and family members are also helped with access to services designed to support them following the death of a loved one who received care provided by the hospice.

In 2020, Prospect Hospice celebrate 40 years of delivering these vital services to local people and is proud to be able to offer them free of charge. This is thanks to the dedication of the local community that continues to raise these vital funds.

Her Royal Highness has been President of Prospect Hospice since August 2013.

Marlborough and District Embroiderers Guild

The group meet in Lockeridge in Wiltshire and arrange stitch days, speaker workshops and tutored courses for those with a passion for embroidery or who are looking to learn a new skill. They also run a Young Embroiderers group which meets during school holidays and is aimed at girls and boys aged 6 to 18.

The embroidery has taken over 30 women from the group, four years to complete and depicts flowers mentioned in the poem ‘All These I Learnt’ by travel writer Robert Byron. The poem was read by The Prince of Wales on BBC Radio 4 to celebrate National Poetry Day in 2006.

The scene on the embroidery represents Savernake Forest in Wiltshire and is divided into three parts showing the forest in spring, summer and autumn. Each flower was individually drawn by organiser Margret Heath before they were painted onto cloth and sewn over. The finished embroidery will be revealed for the first time during Her Royal Highnesses visit to the Hospice.

A Statement from Her Majesty The Queen

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the District 6 Homecoming Centre where they were met by a small group of former residents., Cape Town, South Africa.

A Statement from Her Majesty The Queen

13 January 2020

Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.

My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.

Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.

It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.

These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.

Statement on Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

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The Duke of Sussex, watched by the Duchess of Sussex, makes a speech during a visit to Tembisa township near Johannesburg, where they met with local youth entrepreneurs and viewed skills initiatives addressing the rising unemployment challenge faced by youth in South Africa, on the last day day of their tour in Africa.

Statement on Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

8 January 2020

 

Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.

To read The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s personal message, click here.

A Personal Message from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie during a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Tutu at their legacy foundation in cape Town, on day three of their tour of Africa.

A Personal Message from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

January, 2020

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family, and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”

– Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

To read Buckingham Palace’s statement on discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, click here.

 

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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The Duke of Sussex will Host Rugby League World Cup 2021 Draws

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The Duke of Sussex (centre), holding a gift of a small rugby shirt for his son Archie, as he attends a Terrence Higgins Trust event with former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas (centre right) and Harlequin rugby club members and their captain Chris Robshaw (centre left) at the Stoop, Twickenham, ahead of National HIV Testing Week.

THE DUKE OF SUSSEX WILL HOST THE RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP 2021 DRAWS

Thursday 16th January 2020

The Duke of Sussex will host the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws for the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 16th January 2020.

His Royal Highness was announced as Patron of the Rugby Football League in December 2016, succeeding Her Majesty The Queen, who held the role for 64 years.

The draws will be streamed live across the Royal Family and Rugby League World Cup 2021 Twitter and Facebook channels. Prior to the draws, the Duke will meet with representatives from all 21 nations taking part in the tournament, as well as watch children from a local school play rugby league in the Buckingham Palace gardens.

The Rugby League World Cup 2021
The tournament is the pinnacle event for rugby league and will take place from 23rd October – 27th November 2021 in 17 cities across England. Sixteen men’s, eight women’s and eight wheelchair nations from 21 nations, including Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, France, Greece, Jamaica, Italy, Ireland, Lebanon, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga and Wales, will be competing to be crowned world champions. It will be the first time in tournament history that the men’s, women’s and wheelchair events are held simultaneously.

The Duke of Sussex has always strongly believed in the role of sport to bring communities together and change people’s lives. Rugby League World Cup 2021 is keen to ensure a real social impact from the three tournaments, focusing on communities across some of the most deprived areas in England. Its InspirationalALL legacy programme includes the provision of funding to enable organisations to develop their facilities. The legacy programme will deliver initiatives covering health, culture and education using this major sporting event to engage local communities.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Visit Bradford

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at Blackpool Tower, where they will join a round table briefing about the town's recent history and challenges.

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE TO VISIT BRADFORD

Wednesday 15th January 2020

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Bradford on Wednesday 15th January to visit a number of projects which support the community and promote cohesion within it, in one of the UK’s most diverse cities.

Their Royal Highnesses will first visit City Hall in Bradford’s Centenary Square to join a group of young people from across the community to hear about life in Bradford. The Duke and Duchess will then meet representatives from local employers and businesses who are helping young people into employment. Before departing Centenary Square, Their Royal Highnesses will have the opportunity to meet members of the public gathered outside City Hall.

The Duke and Duchess will visit one of Bradford’s Khidmat Centres, whose main focus is to help the most vulnerable members of the community from minority ethnic backgrounds. On arrival, Their Royal Highnesses will hear about the activities and workshops offered at the centre, and the organisations that they support.

The Duke and Duchess will then join a session involving groups supported by Better Start Bradford, which delivers over 20 projects to pregnant women and families with children under the age of 4. Their Royal Highnesses will meet families from the ‘Older Yet Wiser’ project, a unique and innovative workshop series for grandparents who have child-caring responsibilities for their grandchildren. Participants in the workshop are given tools to enhance their relationship with their grandchildren whilst receiving up-to-date information on raising children in the 21st century.

The Duchess’s longstanding work on the early years has highlighted the importance of supporting children and families during this seminal period of their lives, and the importance of all members of society in raising children.

Finally, The Duke and Duchess will join a workshop run by Near Neighbours, an organisation which brings people together in communities across the UK that are religiously and ethnically diverse, so that they can get to know each other better, build relationships of trust, and collaborate together on initiatives that improve the local community that they live in.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Mark UK-Africa Investment Summit

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Margallah Hills on the second day of the royal visit to Pakistan.

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE WILL HOST A RECEPTION TO MARK THE UK-AFRICA INVESTMENT SUMMIT

Monday 20th January 2020

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, will host a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit on Monday 20th January.

The UK-Africa Investment Summit, hosted by the UK government, will take place in London on Monday 20 January. It will bring together heads of state and government and senior representatives from African countries, key multilateral agencies and high profile UK and African businesses.

The summit will demonstrate the strength of the relationship between the UK and Africa, showcase and promote the breadth and quality of investment opportunities across Africa, and highlight the UK’s commitment to supporting economic development in Africa, including through the creation of jobs and new partnerships.

The Duchess of Rothesay to Attend University of Aberdeen Special Graduation Ceremony

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay while in Scotland, visit Dunnottar Castle, the cliff top fortress which was once the home of the Earls Marischal, near Stonehaven.

THE DUCHESS OF ROTHESAY TO ATTEND UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN SPECIAL GRADUATION CEREMONY AND BANCHORY SPORTS VILLAGE

Tuesday 14th January 2020

Engagement 1

The Duchess of Rothesay, Chancellor, University of Aberdeen, will attend a special graduation ceremony to confer honorary degrees upon Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Professor Janet Darbyshire. The Duchess will also present an award in recognition of outstanding service to the community at Elphinstone Hall, King’s College, Aberdeen AB24 3EE.

Around 400 guests – University alumni, staff, students, supporters and civic and industry leaders – will attend the formal ceremony.

The event will see The Duchess of Rothesay, as Chancellor, confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws upon The Princess Royal marking her outstanding contribution to public life and sport for more than four decades, with much of her work relating to education and charities based in Scotland.

Professor Darbyshire will receive the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science for the significant impact she has made in clinical science over the past 40 years. Professor Darbyshire was awarded an OBE in 1996 and a CBE in 2010 for services to clinical sciences. In 2018, she was the first ever female recipient of the MRC Millennium Medal, awarded to an outstanding scientist who has made a major contribution to improve human health through world class medical research.

The Denis Law Legacy Trust will also be recognised at the ceremony, with The Principal’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Community. The Trust has worked with children and young people from across Aberdeen for many years. The organisation aims to reduce instances of youth crime and anti-social behaviour, promote heath and wellbeing and encourage inclusivity through sport, physical activity and creative endeavour.

During the ceremony the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir will sing a newly composed piece by the University’s Head of Music, Dr Phillip A. Cooke. A staff choir will also perform a newly written piece by the University’s Royal composer Professor Paul Mealor with words by Welsh poet Dr Grahame Davies.

After the ceremony, Their Royal Highnesses will meet and greet guests at a short reception.

Engagement 2 

The Duchess of Rothesay will visit and formally open Banchory Sports Village, a new state-of-the-art facility from Aberdeenshire Council supported by community fundraising. Her Royal Highness will tour the leisure facilities and meet community users taking part in various activities around the centre.

The new Banchory Sports Village opened to the public in August 2019. The £8.5 million facility at Hill of Banchory has been funded by Aberdeenshire Council with help from North Banchory Company who supported both the development land and links with the local renewable biomass heating system.

In addition, Banchory Sports Village Trust raised £700,00 for the project through extensive community fundraising.

The new centre provides state-of-the-art sporting facilities including a six-lane swimming pool suitable for competitions, a training pool, three-court sports hall, fitness room, two squash courts and accompanying changing and cafe areas, as well as areas specially designed to meet the needs of people with complex care needs.

The Prince of Wales to Visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

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HRH Prince of Wales officially opens the Moneypenny centre at Wrexham.
HRH Prince of Wales officially opens the Moneypenny centre at Wrexham. Prince Charles shares a joke with some of the workers.

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES WILL VISIT ISRAEL AND THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

23rd January – 24th January 2020

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, on behalf of the British Government between Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th January. At the invitation of the Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin, The Prince will attend the World Holocaust Forum on 23rd January, to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. His Royal Highness will also undertake a programme of engagements in Israel. At the invitation of Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, The Prince will later visit the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

His Royal Highness will begin his official programme on Thursday 23rd January. During his time in Israel, His Royal Highness will meet President Rivlin at his Official Residence in Jerusalem. The Prince will later attend the World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, where he will join other world leaders in honouring the memory of all those who were killed in the Holocaust. His Royal Highness is one of a small number of international visitors who have been asked to address the event. The Prince will also lay a wreath on behalf of the United Kingdom.

His Royal Highness will then undertake a number of engagements in Israel focused on his deep interest in Jewish faith and culture and on the vibrancy of the U.K. – Israel relationship.

On Friday 24th January His Royal Highness will travel to Bethlehem. Here The Prince will be received by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and will carry out a number of engagements reflecting Bethlehem’s historic religious significance.

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