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The Duchess of Cornwall, Colonel-in-Chief, Visits 1st Battalion, The Rifles

The Duchess of Cornwall with staff during her visit to the Jasmine Villa Hospice as part of her tour of the Cayman Islands.


Monday 7th September 2020

The Duchess of Cornwall, Colonel-in-Chief, The 1st Battalion, The Rifles, will undertake her first visit to the Battalion, following her new appointment as Colonel-in-Chief. 

Her Royal Highness will be greeted with a Royal Fanfare on arrival at the barracks. HRH will then receive a short private briefing by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Shercliff. 

HRH will then meet with Riflemen who will have recently completed their initial training course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick and are currently undertaking further training at The Rifles Training Team, based with 1 RIFLES at Beachley Barracks, before they join their Battalions. HRH will be shown some of the equipment that they have been using during their training. HRH will also present The Rifles Coin (in a socially distanced manner) to the best Rifleman from the overall training course. 

HRH will then join a small reception (outside) where she will meet Riflemen and their families. Including Riflemen who have been deployed throughout Wales in support of the Welsh NHS and many communities during the pandemic. 

Following the reception, The Commanding Officer will say a few words before HRH departs. 

This will be the first visit The Duchess of Cornwall has undertaken to The 1st Battalion, The Rifles since taking up the position as Colonel-in-Chief. Her Royal Highness took over the position from The Duke of Edinburgh on the 22nd July 2020. There was a short ceremony at Windsor Castle and Highgrove House to mark the occasion. 

The Duke of Edinburgh was Colonel-in-Chief since its formation in 2007 and was connected to successive Regiments, which now make up The Rifles, since 1953. The Duchess of Cornwall is also Royal Colonel of The 4th Battalion of The Rifles having taken up the position in 2007. 

Over the past few months The 1st Battalion, The Rifles (1 RIFLES) has been deployed throughout Wales supporting the fight against Coronavirus. The assistance the battalion has provided to the civil authorities has included: the installation of hospital beds at the Dragon’s Heart Hospital in Cardiff, the deployment of ambulance drivers to support the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST) and the deployment of COVID testing teams throughout Wales. 

1 RIFLES returned from their most recent operational deployment in Afghanistan (Op TORAL) in October 2019 having supported the UK’s contribution to NATO’s mission in Kabul. The battalion contributed to the Kabul Security Force (KSF) providing protection to NATO’s advisers who transited through Kabul’s districts. 

Royal Taste Tour

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.

This week, we hope you’ll join us as we take a taste tour around the United Kingdom with TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince Charles and Camilla are taking a look back at some of their visits across the country, featuring all things food. They may even share a recipe or two along the way.

To whet your appetite, here are some fun facts about The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and their love of food…

– The Duchess of Cornwall revealed that her husband loves cheese, “He loves local cheeses. He’s a huge cheese fan. Anything to do with cheese, he’ll love.” She went on, saying, “And eggs, with a bed of local vegetables — he’d love that…You’d definitely see a smile.”

– Inspired by the Greek classic moussaka, Prince Charles, who enjoys cooking with grouse, has replaced the lamb with the game bird and called the culinary creation “Groussaka.”

– One of Prince Charles’ favorite dishes is pheasant crumble pie.

–  According to Tom Parker-Bowles, Camilla’s son, his mother is a huge fan of scrambled eggs. Clarence House has also shared one of Prince Charles’ favourite brunch recipes – cheesy baked eggs.

– The Prince of Wales has admitted that he skips lunch most days and takes his Darjeeling tea with a splash of milk and honey.

– Former royal chef, Carolyn Robb, commented on the eating habits of Prince Charles and Camilla: “They were always very thrifty and economical. If we made roasted lamb and there were leftovers, we’d probably go and make shepherd’s pie the next night.”

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall Releases Summer Reading List

The Duchess of Cornwall Releases Summer Reading List
The Duchess of Cornwall Releases Summer Reading List Credit: Clarence House

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall releases summer reading list

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has released a summer reading list to provide inspiration to those looking for their next read over the summer period.

Her Royal Highness’s introduction is as follows:

“I am delighted to share a few more of my favourite books. At present, it might be ambitious to describe them as ‘beach reads’, but I very much hope they provide a welcome bit of escapism.”

The Woman In White – Wilkie Collins

A menacing and mysterious tale spun by this great Victorian writer with a penchant for drama.

Girl – Edna O’Brien

This brilliant Irish novelist lays bare the trauma of Nigeria’s abducted schoolgirls in this harrowing novel.

Roy Grace series – Peter James

If you have never read Peter James’ crime thriller series about the Sussex detective, Roy Grace, I would highly recommend you give it a try!

The Queen’s Necklace – Alexandre Dumas

A thrilling mystery about a missing diamond necklace. An epic tale of love and hatred, betrayal and courage, set at the court of Louis XVI.

The Island – Victoria Hislop

An evocatively told story of four generations rent by war, illicit love, violence and leprosy, from the thirties, through the war, to the present day.

The Princess Royal at 70

Princess Anne attending the Procession from the Garter Knights and Ladies to St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, on June 17, 2019

This week we’re celebrating the milestone 70th birthday of The Princess Royal.

The only daughter of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise was born at Clarence House in London on the 15th of August 1950. Her mother was then Princess Elizabeth as she had yet to be crowned Queen.

To mark the special occasion, The Royal Family has been looking back at her life and work and revealed some fascinating facts about the seventh holder of the title ‘Princess Royal’…

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to Attend 75th Anniversary of VJ Day

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall looking at graves during the Royal British Legion's Service of Remembrance, at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery, in Bayeux, France, as part of commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.


 Saturday 15th August 2020

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will attend a national service of remembrance marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. 

Their Royal Highnesses will lead a national two minute silence at the event. The Prince will lay a wreath and deliver a speech as part of the service, before joining Her Royal Highness to meet veterans and descendants of those who served in the Asia- Pacific region. 

The Prince and The Duchess attended events in London for the 70th anniversary of VJ Day in August 2015. 

Victory over Japan Day 

Whilst VE Day marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still involved in bitter fighting in the Asia-Pacific region. Victory over Japan would come at a heavy price, and Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marks the day Japan surrendered on the 15 August 1945, which ended the Second World War. 

Fighting took place from Hawaii to North East India. Britain and the Commonwealth’s principle fighting force, the Fourteenth Army, was one of the most diverse in history – over 40 languages were spoken, and all the world’s major religions represented. The descendants of many of the Commonwealth veterans of that army are today part of multicultural communities up and down the country, a lasting legacy to the success and comradeship of those who fought in the Asia-Pacific region. 

This year’s commemorations remember the contribution of all Commonwealth and Allied Forces without whom victory, the freedoms and way of life enjoyed today, would not have been possible. 

National Memorial Arboretum and The Royal British Legion 

The National Memorial Arboretum (NMA), located in Staffordshire, celebrates lives lived and commemorates lives lost in service. Part of The Royal British Legion, it is the nation’s year-round centre of remembrance and home to over 350 memorials nestled amongst almost 30,000 trees. 

The Legion has worked in partnership with UK Government and the BBC to stage the socially-distanced commemorations at the NMA, home to numerous memorials that are linked to the campaign in the Asia-Pacific region during the Second World War. These include The Far East Prisoners of War memorial Building, Sumatra Railway, Burma Railway (including some original rails and sleepers), Burma Star Memorial, Chindit Memorial, and the original Lych Gate from Changi Prison in Singapore amongst many others. 

Their Royal Highnesses last visited the NMA in May 2018 when they attended a dedication service for the National Memorial to British Victims of Overseas Terrorism. 

Burma Star Memorial Fund 

Earlier this year, The Prince of Wales hosted a reception for the Burma Star Memorial Fund at Clarence House. During the reception His Royal Highness met some of the last surviving Burma Star veterans and delivered a speech, which is available to read here

The Prince also became Patron of the Fund, following in the footsteps of both his great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, who was Patron of the Fund’s connected charity, the Burma Star Association, from its inauguration in 1951 and his father, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, who succeeded Lord Mountbatten as Patron in 1979. 

75th Anniversaries 

Their Royal Highnesses have attended many 75th anniversary commemorative events relating to the Second World War. In June last year, The Prince and The Duchess joined events in Normandy remembering the D-Day landings and in September His Royal Highness visited The Netherlands to commemorate the Battle of Arnhem. 

In January of this year, Their Royal Highnesses marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz at separate events in Israel and Poland, and most recently marked VE Day by leading the nation in a moment of silence at the Balmoral War Memorial. 

Windsor Castle’s East Terrace Garden Opens to Public

The east façade of Windsor Castle and the East Terrace Garden
The east façade of Windsor Castle and the East Terrace Garden - Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020 Photographer: Will Pryce

Windsor Castle’s East Terrace Garden opens to the public for the first time in more than 40 years

From Saturday, 8 August, the East Terrace Garden at Windsor Castle, created by George IV in the 1820s, will open to visitors at weekends for the first time in decades.

The large formal garden, overlooked by Windsor Castle’s famous east façade, features clipped domes of yew and beds of 3,500 rose bushes planted in a geometric pattern around a central fountain. On weekends in August and September, visitors with tickets to Windsor Castle will be able to explore the garden and enjoy the view from its terraces across the surrounding area.

The East Terrace Garden was first designed for George IV by the architect Sir Jeffry Wyatville between 1824 and 1826, to provide a pleasant view from the King’s new suite of royal apartments along the east front of the Castle. It was created on the site of an old bowling green made for Charles II in the 1670s. Plants were specially imported for the new scheme, including 34 orange trees, sent to George IV by the French King, Charles X. Statues were brought from the Privy Gardens at Hampton Court, including a set of four bronze figures by Hubert Le Sueur, made for Charles I in the 1630s and which remain in the garden today.

In the 19th century, Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, took particular interest in the garden’s planting scheme. Victoria recorded in her diary: Albert is daily occupied…in superintending the planting of the garden in the inside of the Terrace. The plots were before so
scrubby & scraggy, but are now being very nicely arranged with laurustinus, bays, &c. During their 20 Christmases spent at Windsor, Victoria and Albert were woken early on New Year’s morning by a band playing from the East Terrace beneath the royal apartments.

The garden has been open to the public intermittently over the centuries. George IV sought total privacy there, but public access was granted by his brother, William IV, and continued throughout the 19th century. In the early 20th century, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra held large garden parties there each summer.

During the Second World War, some of the flowerbeds were repurposed as allotments to grow vegetables. Her Majesty The Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) and her sister, Princess Margaret, were each assigned a small plot on which to cultivate tomatoes, sweetcorn and dwarf beans. After the War, the planting scheme was simplified into the pattern of formal rose beds seen today. In 1971 His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh redesigned the flowerbeds and commissioned a new bronze lotus fountain based on his own design for the centre of garden. The East Terrace Garden has served as a backdrop for several official portraits of members of the Royal Family, including a photograph of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh by Patrick Lichfield in 1997, and a portrait of Her Majesty by Annie Leibovitz in 2016.

In addition, on Thursdays and Fridays in August, visitors with young children will be given special access to the Castle’s Moat Garden beneath the iconic Round Tower. This secluded informal garden is thought to date from the reign of Edward III, and it is believed that Geoffrey Chaucer used it as the setting for The Knight’s Tale, the first story from his The Canterbury Tales. Visitors to the Moat Garden will be able to join guided walks, take part in family art activities, relax with a picnic on the lawn and climb the Castle motte for magnificent views of the surrounding area.

The Duchess of Cornwall Undertakes Engagements in London

The Duchess of Cornwall with therapy dog, Meg, and Liam Curtis at Kerikeri Primary School, the Bay of Islands

Tuesday 28th July 2020

Engagement 1

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the recently reopened National Gallery to meet with staff involved in the organisation’s Covid-19 response and reopening process.

Her Royal Highness will arrive at the National Gallery where she will be received by Director, Gabriele Finaldi and Chair, Lord Hall. The Duchess will then meet a number of National Gallery staff who assisted with the organisation’s response to the Covid-19 lockdown and facilitated the building’s safe reopening for the public. Larry Keith, Head of Conservation and Keeper will next direct Her Royal Highness to the newly restored Anthony van Dyck painting, Equestrian Portrait of Charles I. The Duchess will view the recently renovated Room 32 before departing. 

After an unprecedented 111 days with its doors closed, the National Gallery started welcoming visitors again on Wednesday 8 July – the first major national art museum to reopen in the UK after the Covid-19 shutdown. 

In line with best practice learnt from colleagues in European and American museums, some changes have been made to the Gallery that puts the safety of their visitors and staff first. All visits are now booked online and in advance, in order to manage the number of people in the Gallery, limit queueing and reduce contact. There are two meter social distancing measures in place throughout the Gallery, and three, one-way art routes to guide visitors through different areas of the collection have been introduced. An enhanced cleaning regime is in operation and hand sanitizer stations can be found at regular intervals throughout the building. All staff are wearing face coverings and it is recommended that all visitors do too. From 22 July, the Gallery extended its opening hours to meet demand. 

Room 32 – the largest and one of the most visited rooms displaying 17th-century Italian paintings by artists including Caravaggio, Artemisia and Orazio Gentileschi, Guido Reni and Guercino – has reopened after a 21-month refurbishment project, as the Julia and Hans Rausing Room. Thanks to their support, the Gallery has re-instated the decorative design of its original architect, Edward M Barry, replaced the wooden floors and wall fabrics, and installed an air conditioning system. 

Another highlight is the newly restored Equestrian Portrait of Charles I by Van Dyck (about 1637/8) back on show in Room 21 after more than two years. This monumental work (measuring 367 × 292.1 cm) has been off display since September 2017 undergoing conservation. 

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has been Patron of the National Gallery since 2017. 

Engagement 2

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Boots Piccadilly Store to hear about their support of the charity Hestia’s Safe Spaces programme for victims of domestic violence, and receive an update on the Wash Bags project initiated by Her Royal Highness. The Duchess will also meet store and pharmacy staff to learn about the company’s response to the coronavirus crisis. 

Arriving at Boots Piccadilly, The Duchess will be greeted by Tracey Clements, Chief Operating Officer for Boots as well as the Chief Pharmacist for Boots, Marc Donovan, and move upstairs to the pharmacy area. There she will see a consultation room which can be used for the Safe Spaces programme and speak to Lyndsey Dearlove from the charity Hestia on how the initiative is helping those who have been affected by domestic violence, especially during the lockdown period. In this consultation room, The Duchess will also see an example of a Boots washbag and receive an update on the project with Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs). Before departing, Her Royal Highness will meet store and pharmacy colleagues to learn how they have adapted to support the NHS, its patients and customers in the communities it serves during the pandemic. 

Her Royal Highness first visited a rape crisis centre (RASASC) in Croydon, in November 2009. Since then, The Duchess has made frequent visits to other Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Referral Centres throughout the UK and overseas. The stories she heard during these visits have left Her Royal Highness with a strong desire to raise awareness about rape and sexual abuse and to try to help those affected. In June of this year The Duchess became Patron of domestic abuse charity Safe Lives. 

Boots Safe Spaces 

Beginning in May, Boots UK announced that it was working in partnership with the charity Hestia and its UK SAYS NO MORE campaign to offer victims of domestic abuse access to safe spaces in Boots pharmacy consultation rooms across its 2,400 stores. Once inside the consultation room, victims can contact specialist domestic abuse services for support and advice, including information on Hestia’s Bright Sky app, which saw an increase of 47% in downloads during lockdown. The scheme is in response to the desperate situation facing many victims who were/are isolating with perpetrators during lockdown. It’s times like these that accessibility to services from convenient high street locations takes on an increased importance. Across all Boots stores, in the first week of the spaces being available, it is estimated over 100 people accessed them. 

The Wash Bag Project 

Launched in 2017, the Wash Bag Project is a scheme in which wash bags containing a range of toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste and toothbrush etc.) are provided to victims of rape or sexual abuse. The wash bags are provided to Sexual Assault Referral Centre clients who have undergone a forensic examination so that they can use them when having a shower and getting dressed afterwards. The aim is that this gesture provides them with a small degree of comfort and familiarity at a very sensitive and often dehumanising time. 

The Wash Bag Project, conceived by The Duchess of Cornwall, is inspired by the stories Her Royal Highness heard during visits to Sexual Assault Referral Centres. The scheme was developed in consultation with UK Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) and successfully piloted since 2013 at The Haven in London. It launched nationally in March 2017 when The Duchess visited the Boots Support Office in Nottingham. Since 2017, Boots UK has supplied 36,385 bags to over 50 SARCs across the UK. Last month, a delivery of 3,993 was made to SARCs across the UK, this also included six new SARCs in remote areas of Scotland. 

Boots’ role in the COVID-19 pandemic 

Boots has been at the heart of healthcare in the UK for 171 years. It has lived through many crises, some as life-changing as the one we are facing today, but each time Boots has believed that it is its duty to step forward and do all it can to care the nation in its time of need. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. The vast majority of its stores remained open throughout lock down, supporting patients and customers throughout by providing essential pharmacy services. 

Throughout this time, it has also worked to support the UK Government, setting up and running the first drive-through COVID-19 testing station for NHS workers in just 5 days. Today it continues to support over 30 sites across the UK, with hundreds of Boots colleagues performing swab tests on those with suspected COVID-19 symptoms. 

Among other initiatives, throughout the pandemic, Boots has also donated over half a million products to those who need them most, including to: 

  • The Hygiene Bank/Fareshare, and getting important hygiene products including sanitary items/soaps into foodbanks to help the most vulnerable 
  • NHS front line workers – including more soap/hand wash and moisturisers to help protect their skin after wearing additional PPE 
  • Care home staff as a thank you for all that they are doing 


Hestia supports adults and children in times of crisis. It delivers services across London and the surrounding regions, as well as campaign and advocate nationally on the issues that affect the people it works with. This includes victims of modern slavery, women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, young care leavers and older people. From giving someone a home, to helping them to get the right mental health support, Hestia supports people at the moment of crisis and enable them to build a life beyond a crisis.

It is proud to be the home of UK SAYS NO MORE, bringing together a diverse coalition of individuals, charities, businesses and public sector organisations to campaign for an end to domestic abuse and sexual violence. The Safe Spaces initiative was in response to the challenges faced by victims of domestic abuse during the COVID-19 lockdown and their inability to access specialist support services. 


Prince George 7th Birthday
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share two new photographs of Prince George ahead of his seventh birthday. © TRH THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE


Today we’re celebrating the seventh birthday of Prince George Alexander Louis, born on 22nd July 2013 at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.

We’re delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have again chosen to release photographs to mark His Royal Highness’s special day. The two images (one shown above and the other below) were taken earlier this month by The Duchess of Cambridge.

To celebrate Prince George’s special day, we’re sharing some lovely quotes, made by Members of the Royal Family, about the birthday boy!

Prince George 7th Birthday
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share two new photographs of Prince George ahead of his seventh birthday. © TRH THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE

Quotes about Prince George

– Prince William comments on his son’s bath time habits: “At the moment, bath time is quite painful, but hopefully donning a snorkel and mask might calm him down.”

– Prince Harry on welcoming Prince George to the family, “It’s fantastic to have another addition to the family. I only hope my brother knows how expensive my babysitting charges are.”

– The Duke of Cambridge reveals Prince George is passionate about TV shows, “Some of them are really good but you have to pretend you’re really interested because George gets very upset if you’re not showing due diligence to the characters.”

– The Duchess of Cambridge, speaking at the Natural History Museum, revealed a family secret: “George loves the T Rex because it’s the noisiest and the scariest.”

– “I hope that George doesn’t keep you up. He has been known to be particularly vocal at 3 am,” Prince William told his governor’s residence hosts during a visit to New Zealand. “I swear I heard him doing the haka this morning.”

Princess Beatrice Marries in Secret Royal Wedding

Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Photo credit: Princess Eugenie


The private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi took place at 11am on Friday 17 July at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor. The small ceremony was attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and close family.

The wedding took place in accordance with Government Guidelines.

Anyone For Tennis?


Anyone For Tennis?

This week would have seen the best tennis players in the world walk onto the grass courts of Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.

The Championships and the strawberries and cream, which were due to start this week, have now been postponed to 2021 and we’re not the only ones now counting down the days till next year’s event.

Today the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club released a short video, narrated by The Duchess of Cambridge, reminding us of all the special Wimbledon moments over the years and that the wait for next years programme will be worth it. You can watch the video below or by clicking here.

Here are a few fun facts you may not have known about Wimbledon Tennis…

– Considered to be the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, the Wimbledon Championships have taken place at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club since 1877 and have been at the current ground, Church Road, since the 1922 tournament. The Championships were originally based off Worple Road, also located in Wimbledon.

– Slazenger has been the Official Supplier of tennis balls to The Championships since 1902, with yellow balls being used for the first time in 1986 so they could be more visible on television. 53,000 balls are used during The Championships’ period.

– 191,930 portions of strawberries and cream were served to spectators and players at the 2019 Championships. Only Grade 1 strawberries from LEAF-registered farms in Kent are used, these are picked the day before and arrive at Wimbledon at 5.30 am prior to being inspected and hulled.

– The grass courts at the Championships are cut to playing height of 8mm and are composed of 100% rye grass.

– Rufus, a Harris Hawk, flies for one hour (9.00 am) most mornings of The Championships, to provide a deterrent to local pigeons. He is trained by Imogen Davis of Avian Control.

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