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Royal Attendance at Engagements to Mark Remembrance Day

Royal Festival of Remembrance


The Queen and members of the Royal Family will attend a number of engagements to mark Remembrance Day in 2019.

Wednesday 6th November

The Queen, Patron, Royal British Legion, will visit the Royal British Legion Industries’ Village in Aylesford, which provides accommodation and welfare support to veterans and the wider Armed Forces community.

Thursday 7th November

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cornwall, Patron, The Poppy Factory, will visit the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.

Saturday 9th November

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, will attend the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 9th November.

The Festival commemorates all those who have lost their lives in conflicts, and this year will mark the 75th anniversary of a number of crucial battles of 1944 – Monte Cassino, Kohima and Imphal, and D-Day – with a particular emphasis on the role of the Commonwealth and Allied Forces.

The event will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and pay tribute to the company of RFA Mounts Bay who were instrumental in delivering supplies and aid to the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian this year.

The Royal Party will be received by Mr Ian McCulloch, President of the Royal Albert Hall, and Lieutenant General James Bashall, President of the Royal British Legion.

Members of the Royal Family who will be attending this year include:

The Queen
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
The Duke of York
The Earl and Countess of Wessex
The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
The Duke of Kent

The festival will be broadcast on BBC One at 9pm on Saturday 9th November.

Sunday 10th November

The Queen and members of the Royal Family will attend the annual Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.

The Queen will view the service from the balcony of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office building. A wreath will be laid on the Queen’s behalf by the Prince of Wales. An equerry will lay a wreath on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The service at the Cenotaph will also be attended by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent.

Following the service the Duke of York will take the salute at the march-past of veteran organisations on Horse Guards Parade.

Monday 11th November

The Duke of Kent will attend the National Memorial Arboretum Armistice Day service in Staffordshire.

You can reflect on all of last year’s events in Royal Life issue 40.

A Time for Remembrance - Lest We Forget

Her Majesty The Queen to Visit Royal British Legion Industries Village

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II at Durslade Farm in Bruton, Somerset


Wednesday 6th November 2019

Her Majesty The Queen will visit the Royal British Legion Industries village in Kent on Wednesday, 6th November 2019, to celebrate the charity’s centenary year. The Queen will officially open the new Appleton Lodge care facility and visit the Centenary Village housing project for veterans and their families, marking the beginning of the next stage of its development.

Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) is a national charity supporting Armed Forces personnel and veterans and their families, as well as those with a disability and people who have been long-term unemployed. The charity provides crucial support through accommodation, welfare, training and employment.

At RBLI’s Appleton Lodge, named after WWI frontline nurse Edith Appleton, Her Majesty will see how the new development has been designed to provide high quality care to 15 residents, as well as offering day care for locals who need support with health, nutritional, social and daily living needs. During the visit, the Queen will see how residents are benefitting from the recreational and social activities on offer, including arts & crafts, flower arranging and reading sessions with local schoolchildren. The Queen will meet RBLI village’s eldest resident, 99-year old WWII veteran John Riggs, and his family. Her Majesty will unveil a plaque to officially open the facility.

The Queen will also visit the RBLI Centenary Village, to see the completed first phase of the development, which includes 24 specially-adapted apartments for wounded former military personnel. Her Majesty will be shown plans for the next phase, which will support hundreds of ex-servicemen and women into the future.

Her Majesty will meet village residents and staff of the on-site social enterprise, ‘Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company’ and join a lunch celebration for the charity’s 100th anniversary. The Queen will bury a time capsule at the Centenary Village to commemorate the visit, to be opened in 100 years by future residents.

The Duke of Sussex to Attend Terrence Higgins Trust Event Ahead of National HIV Testing Week

Prince Harry speaks to staff during a visit to the Burrell Street Sexual Health Centre in Southwark, London, where he is highlighting the fight against HIV and AIDS.


Friday 8th November 2019

The Duke of Sussex will attend a Terrence Higgins Trust event with former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas ahead of National HIV Testing Week at the Twickenham Stoop, home of Premiership Rugby club Harlequins, on Friday 8th November.

National HIV Testing Week, which will run from 16th to 22nd November, aims to increase awareness and acceptance of HIV testing by dispelling the stigma that surrounds the virus. The week, which promotes the benefits of regular testing and treatment for both the individual and the community, also raises the awareness of how quick and easy it is to test for HIV – be it in clinical settings, in primary care, through community-based rapid testing or via postal testing. This helps to improve early diagnosis and treatment of HIV, thus reducing onward transmission.

Terrence Higgins Trust, the largest voluntary sector provider of HIV and sexual health services in the UK, works to empower and support people living with HIV to lead healthy lives, and to eradicate stigma and discrimination. The charity recently established an independent HIV Commission with National AIDS Trust to develop recommendations for an effective action plan to help reach the ambitious goal of ending new HIV transmissions in England by 2030.

The Commission is chaired by Dame Inga Beale and commissioners include Mercy Shibemba who is a young HIV campaigner born with the virus. The Duke has supported Terrence Higgins Trust for a number of years and has been involved in National HIV Testing Week for the past three years. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a Terrence Higgins Trust event to mark World AIDS Day in December 2017, one of their first official visits following their engagement.

During his visit the Duke will meet with players from Harlequins’ men’s and women’s teams, as well as inclusive rugby club Kings Cross Steelers, who will share how much of an impact Gareth Thomas has had since speaking out about his HIV status. The Duke and a Harlequins player will be shown an HIV self-testing kit, which can give a result in just 15 minutes. Before departing, His Royal Highness will meet with representatives from the HIV Commission who will discuss their aims and objectives before joining a group photo with the Harlequins team and guests present on the day.

The Duchess of Cambridge To Open ‘The Nook’ Children’s Hospice

Duchess of Cambridge Visits Norfolk Hospice
The Duchess of Cambridge participates in a craft session with Isabella Benton and Amy Hewett, in the Art Therapy room, during her to visit East Anglia's Children's Hospices.


Framingham Earl, Norfolk

Friday 15th November 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, will visit the charity’s new hospice ‘The Nook’ on Friday 15th November to meet children and families being supported by EACH, tour the hospice, and unveil a plaque to officially open the building.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk and supports their families. Their care service includes specialist nursing care, symptom management nursing, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies, counselling and volunteer services in the family home; all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.

After a five-year public appeal to raise £10 million and two years of building work, EACH has now welcomed children, young people and families to The Nook, a purpose-built hospice in Framingham Earl near Norwich. The Duchess attended the launch of The Nook appeal in November 2014.

Her Royal Highness also visited the charity’s previous Norfolk hospice in Quidenham in January 2017, which served as a home-from-home for over 25 years, where she received an update on the appeal.

The new building, which contains more areas for clinical care and dedicated therapy rooms, will allow EACH to meet the increased demand for its service and the ever-changing and more complex needs of those it cares for. Her Royal Highness will undertake a tour of the facilities, including the hospice’s sensory room. The Duchess will also visit the hospice’s main care area where she will meet families and children taking part in arts and crafts activities.

Her Royal Highness will then join a reception before making a short speech and unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening of The Nook.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been royal patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices since 2012.

The Duchess of Cornwall To Attend London Library Gala Dinner

The Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the National Literary Trust, during her visit to North Swindon Library, where she learned about the Trust's Swindon Hub and met children involved in the Lost Words project.


Wednesday 6th November 2019

The Duchess of Cornwall, Vice-Patron of the London Library, will attend a gala dinner to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Prince Albert, the first Royal Patron of the London Library.

Her Royal Highness will arrive at the London Library and be greeted by Sir Tim Rice, President. The Duchess will then join a reception in the Issue Hall, meeting guests, members and supporters as well as participants on the Library’s Emerging Writers Programme. Her Royal Highness will view a collection of books donated to the Library by Prince Albert, and say a few words ahead of the dinner.

The London Library is the world’s largest lending library, providing access to a borrowing collection of over one million books and periodicals (dating from 1700 to the present day) and extensive online resources. It has long been considered one of the country’s foremost literary institutions – 10 Nobel Prize winners in Literature have been members and for nearly two centuries it has been used by a range of well-known writers and thinkers.

The Library was founded in 1841 by Thomas Carlyle and its founder members include Charles Dickens, William Gladstone, John Stuart Mill and Harriet Martineau. Prince Albert, whose bicentenary is celebrated this year, became the Library’s first Patron and donated a number of books to the collection in the 1840s.

During the course of its history, members have ranged from Charles Darwin, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot, to Stanley Kubrick, H.G. Wells, and Cristobel Pankhurst. Today’s membership comprises writers, academics, students, researchers and members of the public, all sharing a love of the written word. Current members include Jessie Burton, Simon Schama, Sarah Waters, David Hare, Philippa Gregory and Kazuo Ishiguro.

The Library is a charity and relies on membership subscriptions and donations. It has 6,700 current members and through a funding scheme originally established by T.S. Eliot, offers financial support to writers unable to use the Library’s resources through their own means. The Library is active in its support for emerging writers, offering a year-long development programme (Emerging Writers Programme) for writers yet to have works published. 37 young writers are on the current programme, launched this year, and benefit from free access to the Library’s collection and free masterclasses. The Library has also recently partnered with Jacaranda Books to support black authors in the UK.

Alongside offering extensive online resources, the Library facilitates remote usage through posting books to members in Europe and the USA, participating in the Inter-Library loans scheme and offering remote access membership packages. It also runs an active events programme open to members and non-members alike and featuring fortnightly talks by leading authors.

Her Majesty The Queen is Patron of the London Library and The Duchess of Cornwall has been Vice-Patron since 2012.

Legacy of Prince Albert Miniature Sheet Stamp Collectable
Legacy of Prince Albert Miniature Sheet Stamp Collectable

The Prince of Wales to Undertake Engagements in Herefordshire

The Prince of Wales, Patron for The Prince's Countryside Fund, visits bag maker Hayley Hanson, who creates sustainable leather bags and goods, and whose company has benefited from The Princes Countryside Fund Farm Resilience Programme, during a visit to Brecon in Wales.


Tuesday 5th November 2019

Engagement 1

The Prince of Wales will visit ETL Systems Ltd, a global technology company that is one of the world’s leaders in radio frequency manufacture to the satellite industry, Coldwell Radio Station, Kingstone, Hereford, Herefordshire HR2 9NE.

The Prince of Wales will tour the company and meet members of staff who are involved in the manufacture of their products. He will watch demonstrations of the company’s products in action and then unveil a plaque to officially commemorate the visit.

ETL Systems is fast growing technology company, which designs and manufactures radio frequency (RF) equipment to enable and optimise satellite communications networks.

ETL has received three Queen’s Awards for Enterprise (2007, 2009 & 2013), recognising impressive growth in international trade. From a secure facility set amongst cider apple orchards, ETL exports about 80% of sales to over 120 countries.

ETL’s equipment is used by 14 of the top 20 global satellite operators and 75% of the main NATO governments use ETL products to protect their citizens. Customers include Lockheed-Martin, Airbus, Thales, Intelsat, BBC and NOAA.

ETL Systems supports engineers of the future, as one of the founder members of NMiTE (New Model in Technology and Engineering), an initiative backed by government, educators, and industry, to transform engineering education in Britain. Located in Hereford, NMiTE aims to secure university status and become Britain’s first wholly new, purpose built UK University in 40 years.

Engagement 2

The Prince of Wales will visit Ross-on-Wye and officially launch the Gilpin 2020 Festival, to celebrate the town’s role as the birthplace of British tourism. Old Market House, Market Place, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 5NX.

The Prince of Wales will arrive in Ross-on-Wye where he will meet a range of local voluntary and philanthropic organisations, as well as environmental groups. There will be a celebration through Broad Street and entertainment from local groups, demonstrating how a range of issues, from local to international, are being supported by the local community.

His Royal Highness will tour a local producers’ market, will meet local businesses and charities and will watch a dance by the children of Walford Primary School to celebrate 26 years of civic twinning between Ross-on-Wye and Namutumba, Uganda.

The Prince will have an opportunity to meet stallholders and sample some of their local Herefordshire produce. He will also greet well-wishers from the balcony of the Market Hall. The Prince will then be invited to light a torch to formally open the Gilpin 2020 Festival.

Ross on Wye is a town steeped in culture and history and the only town in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a community where voluntary and business action aim to enhance society and the environment and the local economy is inspired by a rich heritage.

In 2020 the town will celebrate the Gilpin 2020 Festival, which celebrates the Wye Valley as the birthplace of modern British tourism. When Rev. William Gilpin visited Ross 250 years ago, he documented his trip with the UK’s first ‘tourist guide’. This brought more and more visitors to the town who, using his book, took cruises along the picturesque River Wye, dined at specific locations, and took walks to particular viewpoints. It made the ‘Wye Tour’ one of the first ‘package’ holidays. By 1850 over twenty guidebooks had been published, firmly establishing Ross-on-Wye and the Lower Wye Valley as the birthplace of modern British tourism.

The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will launch their booklet The Picturesque Wye Tour, which has been written to celebrate the Gilpin 2020 Festival.

The Duchess of Cornwall Attends Premiere of “Riding A Dream”

Duchess of Cornwall
The Duchess of Cornwall meets two police horses and their riders, named Rebel, left, and Urbane, right, with riders Officier Turnball, and Goldstien, during her visit to Caxton Hall Community Centre where she met members of the Malmesbury Residents Association taking part in a litter pick.



The Duchess of Cornwall, President, Ebony Horse Club, will attend the premiere of “Riding A Dream” at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW2 1JG.

Arriving at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, The Duchess of Cornwall will meet with the film’s subject, Khadijah Mellah, the first British Muslim woman to win a horserace in the UK, and representatives from the Ebony Horse Club, of which Her Royal Highness is President. The Duchess will then join a screening of the film hosted by ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar, followed by a Q&A with Khadijah, the film’s producer Oli Bell and the film’s directors Mattia Reiniger and Tommy Bolwell. Other guests expected to attend include jockey Hayley Turner OBE, TV star Georgia Toffolo (Made and ITV newsreader Alastair Stewart.

Riding a Dream

“Riding a Dream”, which will be shown on ITV this November, follows the story of Khadijah Mellah, 18, from Peckham, South London, who made history and global headlines this summer by becoming the first British Muslim woman to win a horserace in the UK – an achievement that came at one of British horseracing’s most prestigious festivals, Glorious Goodwood, barely four months after she had sat on a racehorse for the first time.

Charting her journey from the charity Ebony Horse Club in Brixton, where she first learnt to ride, the documentary follows Khadijah as she prepares to compete in the Magnolia Cup, an all-female charity race against the likes of Olympian Victoria Pendleton, model Vogue Williams, and professional event rider Sophie van der Merwe. Riding a Dream has been produced by brothers Oli and Philip Bell and is directed by Mattia Reiniger and Tommy Bolwell.

Ebony Horse Club

Based in Brixton, Ebony Horse Club is a community riding centre teaching riding and horse care with the aim of helping children to learn new skills, develop aspiration and take on new responsibilities. Through youth services work, the charity mentors children, giving support to those that need it most. This year, Ebony has provided 1700 rides to 110 riders per week.

Her Royal Highness became President of Ebony Horse Club in 2009 and most recently hosted a reception for the Club, where Her Royal Highness met Khadijah Mellah, at Clarence House in July 2019. Following her win at Goodwood, Khadijah received a note of congratulations from The Duchess.

The Prince of Wales to Visit India

Prince Charles and Camilla to Visit Singapore, Malaysia and India


13th to 14th November, 2019

At the request of the British Government, The Prince of Wales will undertake an official visit to India. The visit will take place from 13th to 14th November and will include engagements to celebrate British-Indian connections. His Royal Highness will arrive in New Delhi on Wednesday 13th November and will carry out engagements with a focus on sustainable markets, climate change and social finance.

Further details will be announced in due course.

Catch up on The Prince of Wales’ last visit to India, as part of a joint official tour with The Duchess of Cornwall to Brunei, India, Singapore & Malaysia in November 2017, in issue 8 of Royal Life.

A Passage To India- Charles And Camilla's Indian Diary

The Duke of Cambridge to Launch National Emergencies Trust



St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

Thursday 7th November 2019

The Duke of Cambridge will attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Thursday 7th November.

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The NET was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017.

The trust will work collaboratively with charities and other bodies to direct public donations to NET appeals, and to distribute funds fairly and efficiently at the time of a national emergency. The concept of a collaborative approach to public emergency response has been proven by the Disasters Emergency Committee, which has been responding to overseas disasters for more than 50 years, and will be applied by the NET to domestic emergencies.

Upon arrival, His Royal Highness will meet a small group of people affected by previous disasters, including the Grenfell Tower fire and the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack. In 2017, Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke visited families and first responders following the fire at Grenfell Tower. His Royal Highness also joined the crew of DIY SOS in 2018 on a major project to support those affected by the fire.

During the launch event, the Duke will make a short speech before meeting representatives from the emergency services, NGOs, and some of the NET’s charitable partners.

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