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Duke of Sussex to Attend Commonwealth Youth Roundtable

The Duke of Sussex joins schoolchildren as they take part in a tree planting project in support of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy initiative, together with the Woodland Trust at St Vincent's Catholic Primary School, Acton.

The Duke of Sussex will attend a Commonwealth Youth Roundtable

Thursday, 11th July 2019

The Duke of Sussex, Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, will meet Youth Ministers from across the Commonwealth for a roundtable discussion at Marlborough House on Thursday, 11th July.

The roundtable, hosted by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, will allow The Duke to hear directly from Youth Ministers on the key issues affecting the Commonwealth’s youth population in their countries, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2020 (CHOGM).

Representatives at the roundtable will include ministers responsible for youth engagement from across the Commonwealth. The event will also provide an opportunity for His Royal Highness to share the learnings, ideas and ambitions of the young people he has met from across the network of nations during his first year as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.

The Commonwealth represents a global network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people, a third of the world’s population, of whom 60 percent are under 30 years old.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, with old ties and new links enabling cooperation towards social, political and economic development, which is both inclusive and sustainable.

The Duke of Sussex was made a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by Her Majesty The Queen in 2018. In this role, The Duke will work to create links between young people and youth leaders of the Commonwealth and to encourage them to use Commonwealth platforms to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of their generation.

His Royal Highness’ work to highlight youth-led initiatives throughout the Commonwealth also extends through his role as President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), an organisation of which Her Majesty is Patron and The Duchess of Sussex is Vice President. The QCT exists to champion, fund and connect young leaders around the world.

In recent years, The Duke has also been involved in supporting two major projects launched in recognition of Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth – Queen’s Young Leaders and The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

Christening of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
Credit: Chris Allerton / SussexRoyal

Today, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie was christened at Private Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge attended the Christening.

The official photograph above was taken in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle by Chris Allerton.

Seated (L – R): The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, The Duchess of Sussex, The Duchess of Cambridge.

Standing (L – R): The Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
Credit: Chris Allerton / SussexRoyal

This second photograph of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Archie was taken in the Rose Garden at Windsor Castle on Archie’s christening day.

The Christening of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

The christening of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

Saturday 6th July, 2019

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened in a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday 6th July.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to sharing some images taken on the day by photographer Chris Allerton.

The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private.

For more on The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s most recent engagements, be sure to purchase the latest issue of Royal Life magazine here.

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Her Majesty The Queen to Visit Cambridge

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II visits Hauser & Wirth Somerset gallery at Durslade Farm in Bruton, Somerset.

Her Majesty The Queen will visit Cambridge

Tuesday July 9th 2019

Her Majesty The Queen will undertake a day of engagements in Cambridge, visiting NIAB, (National Institute of Agricultural Botany), Queens’ College and Royal Papworth Hospital.

At NIAB, which The Queen first visited in 1969 on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Her Majesty will view an exhibition celebrating 100 years of crop research and learn about the new building facilities. She will meet staff before moving to the glasshouse to meet NIAB plant breeders to view plants and learn about research work to improve yield and crop resilience. At the conclusion of the visit The Queen will plant a tree and unveil a plaque to mark the visit in their centenary year.

Her Majesty, Patroness, will continue by car to Queens’ College where she will take lunch as a guest of the college.

In the afternoon The Queen accompanied by The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron of Royal Papworth Hospital, will visit the new hospital site. The Royal party will tour the new building visiting the catheter laboratories and the critical care unit. They will meet recent transplant patients and consultants before unveiling a plaque to mark the formal opening of the hospital.

NIAB is one of Britain’s oldest, and fastest growing, crop science research centres. The National Institute of Agricultural Botany, as it was originally known, was founded in 1919 as a charitable trust, to promote the improvement of British crops, under the slogan ‘Better Seeds: Better Crops’. NIAB provides scientific research, technical services and practical advice to improve the yield, efficiency and resilience of crop production across the arable, forage and horticulture sectors. NIAB marks its centenary this year.

100 years on, food security is back on the agenda, and the world is again turning again to improved crop production – through better seeds, varieties and agronomy – to help global food supplies keep pace with a growing world population in the face of climate change and pressure on finite natural resources.

Since its foundation by a Deed of Trust in 1919, NIAB has been honoured to have Royal support and is proud to have Her Majesty The Queen as Patron. HM King George V and Queen Mary, accompanied by HRH Princess Mary, were the first members of the Royal Family to visit, opening the new NIAB building on Huntingdon Road on 14 October 1921. King George VI became NIAB’s first Patron, followed by HM Queen Elizabeth II. HM The Queen returned with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, in 1994 for NIAB’s 75th anniversary.

Queens’ College University of Cambridge

Queens’ College was founded in 1448 by two Queens of England, Margaret of Anjou (wife of Henry VI) and Elizabeth Woodville (wife of Edward IV). It is one of the oldest and largest constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge, with around 500 undergraduate students, 450 postgraduate students and 60 Fellows, across a broad range of academic disciplines. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the current Patroness of the College and, before her, the Patroness was Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Royal Papworth Hospital

Royal Papworth Hospital is the UK’s leading heart and lung hospital, treating more than 100,000 patients each year from across the UK. Since carrying out the UK’s first successful heart transplant in 1979, the hospital has established an international reputation for excellence in research and innovation. The new hospital will include five operating theatres, five catheter laboratories (for non-surgical procedures) and two hybrid theatres. There will be about 300 beds for patients, including a 46-bed critical care unit, and most patients will have their own single, en-suite rooms.

As well as performing more heart and lung transplants than any other UK centre, Royal Papworth Hospital has the UK’s largest Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre (RSSC). It is the only centre in the UK for a number of specialist services including Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy (PTE) and Balloon Pulmonary Angioplasty (BPA).

Catch up on Her Majesty’s most recent engagements in the latest issue of Royal Life.Busy as a Queen Bee - Queen Elizabeth II Still Flying the Flag for Britain

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The Duke of Sussex Speaks at The Diana Award National Youth Mentoring Summit


A speech delivered by The Duke of Sussex at The Diana Award National Youth Mentoring Summit

Thank you. It really is a pleasure to be here this afternoon and feel the inspiration percolating in this room –  it’s the quintessential combination of enthusiasm and optimism, something that we can all feel when surrounded by empowered youth.

I’m struck by a few things today, most of which is the power of the invisible role model. The person who may be sitting here today that doesn’t realise that someone looks up to them, that – for that person – you inspire them to be kinder, better, greater, more successful, more impactful.

Perhaps it’s the newfound clarity I have as a father knowing that my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behaviour, one day maybe even following in my footsteps.

But it’s not just my role as a father that shows me that;  it’s in the people I see every day that don’t realise how inspirational they are to those watching.

From small acts of kindness, to large measures of character – each move that we make matters, especially when we don’t think anyone is watching. That is when our true character comes to light.

To that I say be visible.  Own it.  Take seriously the responsibility we have to lead by example, and do that, by the values you reflect and the way you move in the world.  It doesn’t require much – it’s about who you are as opposed to what you do.

As a human being rather than a human doing.  Because when we are being we are able to acknowledge and feel our own internal state, who we are, and rediscover the things that matter most.

My mother, Princess Diana, was a role model to so many, without realising the impact she would have on so many lives.  You don’t have to be a princess or a public figure to be a role model, in fact it’s equally valuable if you’re not because it’s more relatable.

Being a role model and mentor can help heal the wounds of your own past and create a better future for someone else.

As proven by today’s inspirational youth, and many of the stories we’ve heard this afternoon, the impact of a mentor has the power to make society richer, happier, kinder and more aligned.

On a more personal level, it’s the power to change the course of a life, to be the North Star for a young person having trouble navigating their own path.

Sometimes it’s a school teacher, but we know how overworked they are. They don’t always have the capacity and they are figures of authority. What we need is relatable people to collaborate and guide us — mentors.

I have visited thousands of community centres, sports clubs, and youth zones over the years – and I have witnessed first-hand the alchemy that occurs when two people are in sync and mutually benefitting each other.

That is why I am urging businesses and organisations to pledge their commitment to mentoring, to shift the scale of social mobility for generations to come and unlock a resource which can transform society.

I encourage each of you to see the value you bring to those around you, and to make a conscious effort to not inspire quietly and invisibly, but rather to step up to the task and help someone shine their light even brighter.

To the mentees here today, I am incredibly proud of what you’ve achieved, and I can safely say that my mother, who would have turned 58 yesterday, would feel the same.

Video credit: The Royal Family Channel

Princes William and Harry to Take Part in King Power Royal Charity Polo Day

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry take part in the Jerudong Trophy at Cirencester Park Polo Club, Gloucestershire this past Saturday
Prince Harry and Prince William take part in the Jerudong Trophy charity polo match at Cirencester Park Polo Club.

The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex to take part in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day

Billingbear Polo Club

Wednesday 10th July, 2019

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex will take part in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on Wednesday 10th July.

The charity match will help raise funds and awareness for charities supported by Their Royal Highnesses. These organisations include African Parks, The English Schools Swimming Association, Fields in Trust, Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, The Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, The Invictus Games Foundation, Irish Guards Appeal, Map Action, Mountain Rescue England and Wales, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Rhino Conservation Botswana, The Royal Marsden, RFU Injured Players Foundation, The Passage and the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust.

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s RHS Back to Nature Garden at Hampton Court Garden Festival

Duchess of Cambridge RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden
The Duchess of Cambridge in the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed 'Back to Nature' garden during build week ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s RHS Back to Nature Garden at Hampton Court Garden Festival

  • Following its success at the Chelsea Flower Show, The Duchess of Cambridge’s RHS Back to Nature Garden will transfer to RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival
  • Inspired by the original Chelsea design, the Hampton garden is double the size and includes new playful features to stimulate engagement with nature and free play, including a hill, a bee friendly meadow and a pond to paddle in
  • The garden will demonstrate the pivotal role that being outdoors can play in child’s future health and happiness
  • Her Royal Highness has invited children from her patronages to a picnic in the garden this afternoon [Monday 1st July]. Children from the Anna Freud Centre, Evelina Children’s Hospital, Action for Children and Place2Be will join Her Royal Highness in a treasure hunt and insect spotting activity.

As part of her push to inspire families and communities to spend time in the great outdoors, The Duchess of Cambridge’s RHS Back to Nature Garden will transfer to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July. Thousands more families will be able to enjoy the garden, in addition to over 19,500 visitors who saw it at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The RHS Back to Nature garden at the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is double the size of the original. The design has the same wild and natural feel but has been developed further in order to create additional opportunities for children and families to interact with nature. The design for this garden has once again been created through a collaboration between Her Royal Highness, landscape architects Davies White and the RHS.

As part of her longstanding work on Early Years, The Duchess believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children’s future health and happiness. Her garden highlights how time spent in natural environments can help build the foundations for positive physical and mental wellbeing that last through childhood and over a lifetime. Features like the hollow log and rustic dens will return from Chelsea, in addition to a new hidden burrow, rolling hill and stream. These environments enable children to develop skills for life through free play, building their confidence, strength, resilience and social skills.

In addition to the physical and mental health benefits of being in nature, spending quality time with parents and carers outside has a valuable impact on children’s early development. In the garden, families can explore together and enjoy nature as a playground. There is a pond to paddle in, a bug hotel that provides habitats for all sorts of wildlife, as well as a bee-friendly wildflower meadow.

This afternoon [Monday 1st July] The Duchess will host a picnic for her patronages in the garden. Children from the Anna Freud Centre, Evelina Children’s Hospital, Action for Children and Place2Be will have the opportunity to explore the garden and experience the positive effects of spending time outside. Children from the patronages will also bring their family members, carers and teachers to enjoy the garden, and demonstrate the importance of their role in raising a child. Her Royal Highness will join the children in a treasure hunt and insect spotting activity before having a picnic in the middle of the garden.

To learn more about The Duchess of Cambridge’s RHS Back to Nature Garden, be sure to get a copy of Royal Life Issue 43 today.

Royals at The Chelsea Flower Show

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will Visit Pakistan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Cutty Sark in London, May 2019 to officially launch the King's Cup Regatta.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Pakistan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Pakistan at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The visit will take place in the Autumn.

Further details will be advised in due course.

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Her Majesty The Queen’s Scottish Parliament Speech


Her Majesty The Queen’s Scottish Parliament Speech

Presiding Officer, First Minister, Members of the Scottish Parliament, The Duke of Rothesay and I are pleased to join you today in marking the Twentieth Anniversary of the Scottish Parliament.

We fondly remember that proud day, when new Members gathered in the Assembly Hall to celebrate Scotland’s first parliament in 300 years.

I have noted on previous occasions my great affection for Scotland, and the many happy and personal connections I enjoy with this wonderful country.  It has been with great pleasure that over the years I have watched Scotland grow and prosper, and have been with you at each stage of your parliamentary life, including on landmark occasions such as today.

Twenty years on, this chamber continues to be at the centre of Scottish life, as an important forum to engage and unite diverse communities and also a home for passionate debate and discussion.  Through new initiatives you continue to strive to be responsive and accountable to the people you serve, and to engage and involve those who might not otherwise participate in political debate.

It is perhaps worth reflecting that at the heart of the word “Parliament” lies its original meaning: a place to talk. I have no doubt that for most of these last twenty years this striking chamber has provided exactly that, a place to talk. But of course it must also be a place to listen — a place to hear views that inevitably may differ quite considerably, one from another — and a place to honour those views. In turn, this occasion today gives us all an opportunity to honour those who help turn talk into action, not just Members of the Scottish Parliament but all those behind the scenes — the many unseen, unsung individuals who are not afforded recognition by the nature of their role in Parliament, but who nonetheless join together to support parliamentary work in the service of others, and the success of the nation as a whole.

Presiding Officer, as we look to the future, it is my sincere hope that this Parliament, and all those who come to serve in it, will use the power of this chamber to celebrate those invisible pillars of our communities, and follow their example by working tirelessly to improve people’s lives, and strengthen the bonds of friendship and partnership both at home and abroad.

Today, with the echo of excitement and enthusiasm I encountered twenty years ago, I extend to you all my warmest good wishes on this special anniversary, for the continuing prosperity of the people of Scotland, and for those who represent them in this remarkable Parliament.

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Duke of Rothesay Visits Castlebank Park and Horticultural Centre

The Prince of Wales on a walkabout during a visit to The Bank Buildings in Belfast



The Duke of Rothesay will visit Castlebank Park and Horticultural Centre to learn about its renovation and meet with volunteers and members of local organisations who use the park.

During the visit, His Royal Highness will undertake a walking tour of Castlebank Park, taking in the recently renovated terraced William Wallace Memorial Rose Garden where The Duke will be introduced to volunteers in the Bog Garden and Fairy Dell His Royal Highness will see local Scouts building a woven willow tunnel and meet a Beavers group. The Duke will also meet the Centre’s Educational Gardener who will show His Royal Highness the new beehives, which The Duke will then open. Before departing, His Royal Highness will plant a locally grown Scots Pine tree to commemorate the visit.

Castlebank Horticultural Centre is a rural hub for education, training, volunteering and enjoying the great outdoors. Located in Castlebank Park, on the site of former tennis courts and outbuildings, the Horticultural Centre is the result of years of dedicated work by Lanark Community Development Trust and local volunteers to transform derelict areas of the park and bring them back into community use. As a result, the Trust and its volunteers were recently awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Lanark Community Development Trust has increased volunteer participation in both the horticulture centre and the wider gardens of the park. Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Brownies, Firemen and many schoolchildren have helped along the way. Over the past year, volunteers have given approximately 5,000 hours of work, with regular volunteers drawn from members of Friends of Castlebank, Lanark in Bloom, Social Services, The Prince’s Trust Team Programme and Community Payback Service.

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