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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

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Queen Elizabeth II smiling during a visit to the headquarters of British Airways at Heathrow Airport, London, to mark their centenary year.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

There will be year-long Platinum Jubilee celebrations throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world as communities come together to celebrate The Queen’s historic reign.

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old.

Throughout the year, Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family will travel around the country to undertake a variety of engagements to mark this historic occasion culminating with the focal point of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June.

An extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone. The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.

Thursday 2nd June

The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour): Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional Parade to mark The Queen’s official birthday, usually held on the second Saturday in June. 

Beginning at Buckingham Palace, the Parade will move down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, joined by Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. The Parade will close with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by The Queen and Members of the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony.

View coverage from previous years in the following issues of Royal Life:

Platinum Jubilee Beacons: The United Kingdom’s long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons will be continued to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

A beacon chain, once used as a tool for communication, has now become a symbol of unity across towns, borders, countries and continents and is often the central point of focus for any outdoor gathering or celebration. In 1897, beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1977, 2002 and 2012, beacons commemorated the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees of The Queen, and in 2016 Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. Over 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

There are three kinds of beacon events:

  • Community Beacons – thousands of beacons will be lit by communities, charities and different groups throughout the regions of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.
  • Commonwealth Beacons – beacons will be lit in all capital cities of the Commonwealth – 54 in total.
  • Principal Beacon – to be lit on the 2nd June in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Find out more at: www.queensjubileebeacons.com

Friday 3rd June

Service of Thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral. Further events will be announced in due course.

Saturday 4th June

The Derby at Epsom Downs: Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.

Platinum Party at the Palace: The BBC will stage and broadcast a special live concert from Buckingham Palace that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven decade reign.

Tickets will be allocated via a ballot (now closed), with remaining tickets being made available to charitable organisations including those who work in support of young people, the military, the environment and those who supported communities during the pandemic.

Broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and supported across the entire BBC network, the Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday, 4th June, will bring together the world’s biggest entertainers to perform in front of Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

With state-of-the-art technology and a stunning stage design, the event will feature an incredible range of highlights from global music stars with a full, live orchestra – to actors from film, TV and the stage telling the story and celebrating some of the most significant cultural moments from The Queen’s seven decade reign.

Find out more at: www.platinumjubilee.gov.uk

Sunday 5th June

The Big Jubilee Lunch: Every year since the idea began in 2009 The Big Lunch has encouraged communities to celebrate their connections and get to know each other a little bit better, coming together in a spirit of fun and friendship. In 2022 The Big Lunch will bring the Jubilee celebrations into the heart of every community. 

People are invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. A Big Jubilee Lunch can be big or small – street party or picnic, tea and cake or a garden barbeque. The Big Lunch provides tips and ideas for hosting an event. Over 1400 people have registered to host Big Jubilee Lunches so far, with events being planned across the length and breadth of the country.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: Artistic performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers will unite to tell the story of The Queen’s 70 year reign in an awe-inspiring festival of creativity. The London based Pageant will combine pomp and ceremony, street arts, theatre, music, circus, costumes as well as cutting-edge visual technology, drawing on talent from every part of the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth.

Forming an important part of the Platinum Pageant, the ‘River of Hope’ section will comprise of two hundred silk flags which will process down The Mall, appearing like a moving river. Primary and secondary school children are invited to create a picture of their hopes and aspirations for the planet over the next 70 years. A selection of these creations will be transferred on to silk flags, which will carried by secondary school pupils in the Pageant.

The artwork for the flags will be focused on climate change and incorporate the children’s messages for the future. Teachers from applying schools will be provided with step-by-step guides to creating a beautiful digital artwork with their students, of which 200 will then be selected for the flags. The selected artwork will also be shown up and down the country on screens as part of the Jubilee celebrations. For more information and to register your school’s interest to take part please go to riverofhope.co.uk.

Further Platinum Jubilee events:

The Queen’s Green Canopy: As the Platinum Jubilee year begins, over 60,000 trees have already been planted in the UK through the project in the two months since the planting season began. Green-fingered communities and cities from Cornwall to Glasgow have come together to make 2022 a truly special year to “plant a tree for the Jubilee” as a celebration of The Queen’s 70 years of service to the nation and the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is generating the planting of large, celebration trees, new majestic avenues of trees, urban planting, and expansive new forests that will benefit future generations. Every planting is being recorded on a digital Queen’s Green Canopy map which will be presented to Her Majesty at the end of the Jubilee year.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is also working to protect 70 ancient trees and woodlands that are a valuable part of the UK’s heritage and history and has launched a special training programme to teach unemployed young people new skills in tree planting and management, as well as a Young Foresters Award to highlight the value of trees to school children. The Queen’s Green Canopy will continue throughout 2022 and into March 2023.

Royal Collection Trust: Three special displays marking significant occasions in Her Majesty’s reign – the Accession, the Coronation and Jubilees – will be staged at the official royal residences from July 2022.

At the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, portraits of The Queen taken by photographer Dorothy Wilding between 1953 and 1956 will be on display, alongside items of Her Majesty’s personal jewellery worn for the sittings.

At Windsor Castle, the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by The Queen for her Coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953 will be on display, while at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, visitors will see outfits worn by Her Majesty on occasions to celebrate the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

The Queen’s Private Estates: Celebrations will also take place on The Queen’s private estates, Sandringham and Balmoral, for local residents and visitors to enjoy.

Events free for members of the public to take part in over the Bank Holiday weekend will include ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’ on the big screen in the Royal Parkland at Sandringham – a live screening of the BBC Concert celebrating the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven-decade reign.

The lighting of the Sandringham beacon will also take place in the Royal Parkland, accompanied by live music from the Norwich Pipe Band and the Hunstanton Band.

The Platinum Jubilee Celebration: From 12th -15th May the Platinum Jubilee Celebration will see over 500 horses and 1,000 performers create a 90-minute piece of arena theatre that will include actors and artists, musicians, international military displays, dancers and global equestrian displays.

The show takes place in the same arena used by Royal Windsor Horse Show during the day and is the fourth in a series of events at the same venue that have marked significant moments in the life of The Queen. The production will take the audience on a gallop through history from Elizabeth I to the present day.

Unique Platinum Coins to be used at Wimbledon to mark Jubilee celebrations and Centre Court tennis centenary

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The Duchess of Cambridge presents Karolina Pliskova with the runner-up trophy after the final of The Championships Wimbledon 2021
The Duchess of Cambridge presents Karolina Pliskova with the runner-up trophy after the final of The Championships Wimbledon 2021

Unique platinum coins to be used at Wimbledon to mark Jubilee celebrations and Centre Court tennis centenary

Unique set of platinum coins will be used in the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s singles finals coin toss for the first time – commemorating both Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the centenary of Centre Court

In the year of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the coins to be used in the Wimbledon Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s singles finals coin toss will be made of platinum for the first time in The Championships’ history. The coins are being presented to The Championships by the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC).

Made of 70 g pure platinum – each gram representing a year of service from Her Majesty – the coins have been specially designed to commemorate both Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the centenary of Wimbledon’s Centre Court at the All England Club’s Church Road Grounds.

The obverse, ‘heads’, side of each coin carries the official emblem of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and has been inspired by the themes of service, endurance and strength. The design incorporates a quotation from Her Majesty’s famous speech made on her 21st birthday on 21 April 1947, ‘my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service’, as well as an oak leaf motif inspired by the Royal Badge of the House of Windsor.

The reverse, ‘tails’, side of each coin is inscribed with the famous Wimbledon Roundel, as well as its centenary mark, specially designed for use in Centre Court’s centenary year. The Centre Court allusion continues with the use of the inspirational Rudyard Kipling quote, ‘If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same’; words that are famously inscribed above the players’ entrance to Centre Court. 

Designs for the platinum coins to be used at this year’s Wimbledon Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s singles finals coin toss. Credit: Heirloom London and AELTC
Designs for the platinum coins to be used at this year’s Wimbledon Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s singles finals coin toss. Credit: Heirloom London and AELTC

Commenting on the platinum coins, All England Club Chairman, Ian Hewitt, said:
“We are enormously grateful to the World Platinum Investment Council for these bespoke platinum coins, which not only honour Her Majesty the Queen, but also highlight the significance of Centre Court in its milestone centenary year at our Church Road Grounds. This wonderful symbolic gesture will add a special element to proceedings this year at The Championships, in a year of double celebration.”   

Paul Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, WPIC, said:
“As a global market authority on platinum investment, we are delighted to be able to showcase platinum in this way. It is, of course, the pre-eminent precious metal chosen to symbolise a 70th anniversary, a fitting tribute for the most important and memorable of occasions. Beyond that, platinum serves our planet by improving air quality and paving the way for hydrogen, particularly green hydrogen, the next generation, zero-emissions fuel – and its associated uses.”

The coins have been designed by bespoke jeweller Heirloom London in collaboration with the All England Club. They will be produced in England by Heirloom London, using a combination of modern technology and traditional hand-engraving techniques. 

Happy 4th Birthday Prince Louis!

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Happy 4th Birthday Prince Louis! Image credit: The Duchess of Cambridge
Happy 4th Birthday Prince Louis! Image credit: The Duchess of Cambridge

Happy 4th Birthday Prince Louis!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share four new photographs of Prince Louis, which were taken earlier this month in Norfolk by The Duchess.

Image Released to Celebrate The Queen’s 96th Birthday

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Her Majesty The Queen celebrates 96th birthday Credit henrydallalphotography.com.
Her Majesty The Queen celebrates 96th birthday Credit henrydallalphotography.com.

IMAGE RELEASED TO CELEBRATE HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’S 96TH BIRTHDAY

Royal Windsor Horse Show organisers have released a photograph to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 96th birthday, 21 April.

The photograph is the fourth in a series, following images released to celebrate the Golden Jubilee, Diamond Jubilee and Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

The photograph of the Queen with two of her fell ponies, Bybeck Katie and Bybeck Nightingale, was taken by Henry Dallal in the grounds of Windsor Castle last month.

The Royal Windsor Horse Show, taking place from 12-15 May 2022, was first staged in 1943 and has been attended by the Queen every year since its inception. Her Majesty has a record number of entries at the 2022 show, with 41 horses entered.

The 2022 show will also celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with ‘A Gallop through History’, taking place each evening of the show and featuring more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers.

rwhs.co.uk.

Copyright: henrydallalphotography.com.

A Service of Thanksgiving for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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The Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh in his uniform as a Field Marshall in the British Army, one of his recent promotions.

A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will take place at Westminster Abbey today, Tuesday 29th March 2022, at 1130hrs.

The service will give thanks for The Duke of Edinburgh’s dedication to family, nation and Commonwealth and recognise the importance of his legacy in creating opportunities for young people, promoting environmental stewardship and conservation, and supporting the Armed Forces.

The service will in particular pay tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh’s contribution to public life and steadfast support for the over 700 charitable organisations with which His Royal Highness was associated throughout his life. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, founded by His Royal Highness in 1956, will feature prominently in the service.

The Service of Thanksgiving will incorporate some elements planned for the funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh, which were unable to go ahead due to Covid restrictions in place at the time. This includes Gold Award Holders from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and representatives from UK Cadet Force Associations, step lining the entry routes into Westminster Abbey for members of the Royal Family and other guests. His Royal Highness was Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Cadet Force, a role he first took up in 1953.

The Queen has also been actively involved in the plans for today’s Service of Thanksgiving, with many elements reflecting Her Majesty’s wishes.

Before the service begins, The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth (Royal Band), directed by Lieutenant Colonel Jason Burcham RM, Principal Director of Music, will play as the congregation arrives. The Duke of Edinburgh was Captain General of the Royal Marines for more than six decades. The service will be sung by the Choirs of Westminster Abbey, and Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, directed by James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers, Westminster Abbey.

The service will be conducted by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, who will give the Bidding. Ms Doyin Sonibare, who holds her Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards, will give a tribute to His Royal Highness’ legacy, recognising the impact of the Award on young people across the globe. Ms Sonibare, who signed up for the Award through her local youth club in Barking, will share how the opportunity empowered her to fulfil her potential – both personally and professionally – and will continue to do the same for generations to come.

The First Lesson, Isaiah 40:25-31, will be read by The Right Honourable the Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The Second Lesson, Philippians 4:4-9, will be read by The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royals.

The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO, the Dean of Windsor, will then give the Address. David Conner has held the position as Dean of Windsor since 1998 and preached at services in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on the occasions of The Duke of Edinburgh’s 80th and 90th birthdays in 2001 and 2011 respectively. In April 2021, he led the funeral service for The Duke of Edinburgh in St George’s Chapel.

After the Address, the Choir will sing Te Deum in C by Benjamin Britten, originally selected by The Duke of Edinburgh for his funeral service.

It was also His Royal Highness’ expressed wish that clergy from the Royal Estates of Windsor, Sandringham and Balmoral – known as The Queen’s domestic chaplains – played a part in the funeral service, given The Duke’s active role in the day-to-day management of the Estates. As this was not possible due to Covid restrictions in April 2021, the Minister of Crathie Church, the Rector of Sandringham and the Chaplain to the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor Great Park, will offer prayers today recognising The Duke of Edinburgh’s energy and spirit of adventure.

Guide me, O thou great Redeemer will then be sung by the congregation. The hymn was part of the plans for His Royal Highness’ funeral service pre-Covid, at The Duke’s request. In line with government guidelines at the time, there was no congregational singing at the funeral service for The Duke of Edinburgh in April 2021.

At the conclusion of the Thanksgiving Service, The Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the Blessing, and the National Anthem will be sung by the congregation. The final piece of music, The Seafarers, will be played by The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth as the guests depart Westminster Abbey.

Flowers at the service will be in shades of red, white and blue. The larger floral arrangements will feature red roses, carnations and Gerbera, white roses, Eustoma and large white chrysanthemums and blue agapanthus, delphinium and eryngium (known as sea holly). The smaller posies will feature red freesias, alstroemeria and spray roses, white dendrobium orchids, freesias and Eustoma and blue iris and eryngium. Orchids featured in The Queen’s wedding bouquet in 1947, and sea holly echoes The Duke of Edinburgh’s career in the Navy, and lifelong affection for the sea.

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      ROYAL MAIL MARKS PLATINUM JUBILEE WITH 8 NEW SPECIAL STAMPS

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      Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee First Day Cover (BC702)
      Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee First Day Cover (BC702)

      ROYAL MAIL MARKS HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE WITH EIGHT NEW SPECIAL STAMPS

      Royal Mail is celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with eight new stamps featuring a selection of images showing The Queen’s dedication to service during her 70-year reign.

      Each stamp shows a different facet of her work, from Trooping the Colour to visits across the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the wider world.

      This is the first time a Platinum Jubilee has been celebrated in the UK and will be both of national and international significance.

      Accession Day falls on 6 February. Celebrations are planned to take place throughout 2022, including a special extended Bank Holiday weekend, from 2 to 6 June. The weekend will feature celebratory activities throughout the UK and across the Commonwealth.

      Simon Thompson, CEO, Royal Mail, said: “These stamps are a celebration of the second Elizabethan Age and a tribute to a remarkable lifetime of duty and public service. We are honoured to be releasing them to mark the occasion of the first Platinum Jubilee in the UK’s history, a momentous occasion.”

      Her Majesty The Queen during a visit to the headquarters of MI5, London, February 2020
      Her Majesty The Queen with His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh during a tour of the United States, Washington, October 1957
      Her Majesty The Queen on a walkabout in Worcester, April 1980
      Her Majesty The Queen during Trooping the Colour, London, June 1978
      Her Majesty The Queen after touring the Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, May 2005
      Her Majesty The Queen during the Silver Jubilee celebrations, Camberwell, June 1977
      Her Majesty The Queen during a tour of the West Indies, in Victoria Park, St Vincent, February 1966
      Her Majesty The Queen at the Order of the Garter ceremony in Windsor, June 1999

      Celebrate the occasion by purchasing your very own First Day cover to celebrate the event.

      Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee First Day Cover (BC702)
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      The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Cambridge Visit The Prince’s Foundation, Trinity Buoy Wharf

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      The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay when in Scotland after unveiling a knitted art installation during a visit to Dumfries House in Ayrshire, in celebration of the Prince's Foundation achieving its aim to get the world knitting. September 9, 2021.

       THE PRINCE OF WALES, THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL AND THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE VISIT THE PRINCE’S FOUNDATION, TRINITY BUOY WHARF 

      Thursday 3rd February 2022 

      The Prince of Wales, Founder and President of The Prince’s Foundation, accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Cambridge visit The Foundation’s Trinity Buoy Wharf, a training site for arts and culture.

      On arrival to the Trinity Buoy Wharf site, Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duchess of Cambridge will be greeted by representatives of The Prince’s Foundation and site-owner, Mr. Eric Reynolds. 

      There will be a short photo opportunity by the Thames (against the O2 Arena and London skyline backdrop) before Their Royal Highnesses begin their tour of the site. 

      Their Royal Highnesses will start by meeting students from The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, who will be working on geometry and mosaic projects. They will then proceed to meet photography and animation students. 

      Next, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the oldest part of the building, the Future Textiles Studio and Pattern-cutting studio, which was once the old Hemp Store where dock-workers made rope from hemp. Here, home-school students will demonstrate their sewing-machine skills and invite Their Royal Highnesses to try their hand at sewing a straight seam. 

      Graduates and Entrepreneurs from The Modern Artisan project, a collaboration between The Prince’s Foundation and YOOX Net-a-Porter Group, will then discuss techniques behind traditional kilt production and silk smocking and demonstrate hand-sewing onto fabric. 

      In the Clore Drawing Studio, Their Royal Highnesses’ will engage with tutors and students. Students on The Prince’s Foundation Diploma Year programme will be practising life-drawing (with a dressed model.) 

      Finally, Their Royal Highnesses will move through the sculpture studio, where wax sculpture work will be on display. Their Royal Highnesses will learn of staff and student experiences along the way. 

      The Duchess of Cambridge was invited to join the visit by The Prince of Wales in recognition of Their Royal Highnesses shared interest and longstanding support of the arts and creative industries. Some examples of The Duchess of Cambridge’s Patronages include the National Portrait Gallery, V&A and Royal Photographic Society. 

      The Duchess of Cornwall equally champions the work of The Prince of Wales and The Prince’s Foundation and herself, takes a keen interest in the arts and creative industries. Her Royal Highness is Patron of the Royal School of Needlework, The Water-Colour World, Ditchling Museum and the Fan Museum 

      The Prince’s Foundation was created through the merger, in 2018, of The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. 

      The Prince’s Foundation | Prince of Wales 

      Site, school, students & courses 

      Trinity Buoy Wharf is a creative quarter located on the banks of the River Thames, opposite the O2 Arena, in the Tower Hamlets area of East London. 

      The Royal Drawing School previously used this site and this year is the first year under The Prince’s Foundation. The Foundation have established a base at Trinity Buoy Wharf, where it runs courses for all ages in traditional building skills such as thatching, blacksmithing and stonemasonry as well as associated skills such as geometry and sculpting. 

      The charity’s Future Textiles programme, successfully proven at Dumfries House, has been expanded to Trinity Buoy Wharf, where it aims to bridge the gap created through the demise of sewing and textiles as part of the school curriculum. Through the programme, practical workshops are delivered to school pupils aged 14-18 and professional development (CPD) sessions are run for teachers so that they can continue to teach traditional skills in the classroom. 

      The Prince’s Foundation’s Diploma Year, an intensive, focused, full-time, one-year course for school-leavers with ambitions of studying fine art or applied art and who are seeking a stepping stone to art school or university. In its first year, students of the course have gained places at art schools at Oxford and Cambridge, among others. 

      Trinity Buoy Wharf 

      Previous work 

      In June 2020, The Duchess of Cornwall was joined by The Duchess of Cambridge on a joint video call to mark Children’s Hospice Week.

      In February 2020, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were joined by The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge on a Leicestershire Away Day.

      The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Visit Kent

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      New Patron for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
      The Duchess Of Cornwall with Willow the dog during her visit to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

      THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL WILL VISIT KENT 

      WEDNESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2022

      Engagement 1

      The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Sheppey Matters at Sheerness Healthy Living Centre and meet community groups who help and promote the health of the local community. Their Royal Highnesses will also meet a local settled migrant family.  

      On arrival at Sheppey Matters, the Gillingham Community Choir will be performing. Their Royal Highnesses will be met by the Lord Lieutenant and Nigel Martin, the CEO of Sheppey Matters, before meeting those involved with the Community Chef food truck and ‘Sheppey Wheels’ community bus. 

      Upon entering the Centre, TRHs will walk past The Battle of Britain Commemorative Lace Panel displayed on the wall, one of around 30 made as a tribute to “those who gallantly saved this island” depicting scenes of the bombing of London, the aircraft used in the battle, the badges of the Allied air forces and the floral emblems of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. 

      TRHs will meet a settled migrant Syrian family who have been helped through the Kent Refugee Action Network (‘KRAN’). They will be accompanied by Dr Razia Shariff, CEO of KRAN which recently won the 2022 Hans Albrecht Human Rights Award for outstanding contribution to Human Rights. The charity’s main focus is highly practical, in supporting refugees and asylum seekers through advocacy, teaching and support, and developing the opportunities to engage with the local community. 

      TRHs will then tour the centre, meeting several community groups including those dealing with men’s mental health, a group that supports people and families with ADHD, a creative art project, a loneliness support group and a Nordic Walking group. 

      TRHs will then visit the award-winning community radio station – 92.2 Sheppey FM and meet some of the volunteer presenters and production team before signing a visitor’s book on departure. 

      Sheppey Matters 

      Sheppey Matters was formed in 1994 due to significant concerns around local health issues and the high rates of morbidity. Driven initially by the NHS, several organisations and service providers were consulted, the result being the formation of Sheppey Matters. The newly formed group was chaired by Michael Brown, and it still is 28 years later. 

      Today the bulk of Sheppey Matters’ projects that promote and protect the health of those living in the Isle of Sheppey are based at the HLC, but recent years have seen a branching out across the Island. The Community Radio Station project (92.2 Sheppey FM) operates out of The Pavilion next to the Healthy Living Centre. The charity also has a third base in Eastchurch village hall (HUB), a community allotment in Minster and a beach hut in Leysdown. 

      There is a CEO and currently 28 members staff and 76 volunteers. 

      Projects to be visited by TRHs 

      1,2,3 ADHD and Me – The 123, ADHD & Me project works alongside the Rural Youth Project in tackling the significant need for support for young people and their families affected by ADHD and Autism. 

      Hub Crafting Group – The hub at Eastchurch was set up 8 years ago and invites residents from across the Island to join informal sessions including a book club, IT training and assistance, crafting and sewing groups as well as community projects such as “green days”. They have a beach hut at Leysdown that is used for meeting groups and individuals. 

      Mentalk Group – The Mentalk project was formed in 2019 with Ryan Thompson and Sheppey Matters – working towards a united goal of getting men to talk. 

      In 2020 a total of 5,449 suicides were recorded in the UK, three quarters of these were men. Mentalk aims to encourage men to talk about mental or physical health problems or anything else deemed “private”. It hosts several informal drop-ins supported by men who have lived experience of mental health issues and, in some cases, as suicide survivors, offering support and a safe space to talk. 

      So far, there are three drop-in sites across the island with additional activities planned such as a charity football match, a race car event, the building of a sensory garden for all to enjoy and the growing of vegetables to donate to food banks. 

      Isle Connect You Project – Loneliness and social isolation in older adults brings a serious public health risk that affects a significant number of people in the UK, putting them at risk of dementia and other serious medical conditions. 

      Isle Connect You is a lottery funded project aimed at reducing isolation and loneliness in the over 65’s, offering a bespoke befriending service for every participant, from garden gates, arts and crafts to day trips. 

      The project’s biggest achievement so far is getting the elderly generation digital, especially as many have been even more isolated during the pandemic. The oldest client, aged 95, has successfully learned how to Zoom – enabling her to be included in virtual events. 

      Nordic Walking – Nordic Walking works the whole body, building lean muscle tissue, cardiovascular fitness and improves bone health, it works on the similar principle as being buoyant in the water, but the upper body supports the lower body with the aid of poles. 

      Community Radio Station – Built in 1924, the historic bowling pavilion had been left derelict for over 7 years until it was repurposed for community use as the ‘Sheppey Community Media Centre’. The internet community radio station was established in 2012 as a Sheppey Matters project and media training courses were delivered to local schools and disadvantaged people. The radio station was so successful that it achieved its FM status from Ofcom in 2017 in recognition of its outstanding community achievements. The ethos of 92.2 Sheppey FM is to support people from all walks of life by offering volunteer and work experience opportunities and accredited Arts Awards qualifications to young people. The station is predominantly run by volunteers and has a thriving Youth Show. 

      Awards given to the station include the ‘Swale Business Award’ for ‘Impact in the Community’, several ‘Swale Volunteer Awards’ and six national community radio awards. Sheppey FM provided a vital link for the community during the lockdowns, broadcasting throughout. In May 2021 the station became the home of the official Tourist Information Centre for the Island. 

      Community Chef and FoodTruck – The Community Chef project was launched as part of Kent County Councils “Towards 2010” targets. Its aim was to explore a range of potential community healthy eating opportunities together with the development of existing initiatives on the Isle of Sheppey. 

      As an initial single year ‘pilot’ project, Community Chef went on to develop its programme with all Swale’s Children Centres and further commissions have seen the project work with Jobcentre Plus across the County. The project was commended for its outstanding results where over 70% of course participants went back into full time employment. 

      As a multifaceted project, Community Chef has worked with the elderly, isolated, mental health, and drugs/alcohol teams and, more recently, with the Prison Service. In 2017 Mike Spackman, Community Chef, was nominated locally and won the National BBC Food & Farming Awards ‘Cook of the Year’ 2017 title. 

      Engagement 2

      The Prince of Wales, Patron Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, will visit Elmley National Nature Reserve, Kent. 

      Elmley is unique in being the only family owned and managed farm to be designated a National Nature Reserve in the UK. Philip Merricks and his wife Corinne have transformed an intensive arable and livestock farm over 40 years into a site with international wildlife significance. Their pioneering landscape scale approach has resulted in the restoration of nature to the 3,300 acre site. The Reserve is particularly renowned as a successful breeding site for wading birds, including lapwing and redshank, and thousands of visitors visit the marsh to see the flocks of migrating waders and wildfowl. 

      Engagement 3

      The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, will make her first visit to the charity’s centre in Brands Hatch, Crowhurst Lane, Ashford, Kent TN15 7HH. 

      On arrival at the centre, Her Royal Highness will be greeted by members of staff and a ‘Doggy Guard of Honour’. The Duchess will then tour the dog kennels and cattery before joining Battersea Ambassador, Paul O’Grady MBE, on a brief woodland walk with a rescue dog which is yet to be rehomed. Inside the clinic building, The Duchess’s own dogs, Beth and Bluebell, will be invited to join one of Paul O’Grady’s dogs in a training challenge known as ‘Temptation Alley’. The premise of the game is that the dogs are encouraged to ignore dog treats set out on a path and walk straight to their owner at the other end. 

      About Battersea Brands Hatch 

      Battersea Brands Hatch opened on 26 October 1999 and provides a calmer environment for those dogs and cats struggling to cope with the busier centre in London. 

      The centre, located in the Kent countryside, is surrounded by 12 acres of fields, including a woodland trail, to help with training and providing a spacious tranquil setting for the animals in their care. 

      Battersea has three centres, of which Brands Hatch is the largest in terms of land. The centre has rehomed around 3,000 dogs and cats over the past five years alone and cares for 41 dogs and 20 cats on average at any one time. 

      About Battersea 

      Founded over 160 years ago in 1860, Battersea is committed to helping every dog and cat in need – championing their rights, loving their imperfections, and expertly caring for them. The charity has helped more than three million animals and believes every dog and cat should live in a home where they are treated with love, care and respect. 

      In recent years, Battersea’s influence has extended well beyond the gates of its three centres and they continue to use their voice to affect changes in legislation, including increases to sentences for animal cruelty. Five years ago, Battersea launched its Academy, supporting and training animal rescue practitioners and organisations from around the world. To date over 43,000 animals have been helped beyond Battersea’s gates. 

      Since 2012, Battersea have worked with ITV on the popular prime-time TV series, Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs and will be filming on the day of the visit. Paul became a Battersea Ambassador in 2012 and is the proud owner of several Battersea rescue dogs. 

      As a charity, Battersea is reliant on the generosity of the public to continue to fund the vital work they do helping dogs and cats and the people who care for them. 

      www.battersea.org.uk 

      Battersea in numbers (figures for 2020): 

      • More than 3,000 animals helped across the three sites in 2020 
      • A further 43,000 animals supported through the charity’s wider work. 
      • 345 dogs reunited with their owners. 
      • An average of 7 animals rehomed each day. 
      • 2,500 operations carried out by Battersea’s world-class veterinary team 

      Battersea and Royal Patronage 

      The Duchess of Cornwall has been the Royal Patron of Battersea since February 2017. This is her first visit to the Brands Hatch centre. 

      As Battersea’s Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness has previously visited the charity’s Old Windsor centre in 2017 and again in December 2020. 

      The Duchess of Cornwall’s relationship with Battersea stretches back to October 2010, when Her Royal Highness visited the charity’s iconic South London centre to open its state-of-the-art Cattery, in its 150th anniversary year. The Duchess returned to Battersea in 2012, accompanied by her two Battersea rescue dogs Beth and Bluebell. Her Royal Highness later opened the new Veterinary Hospital and Centre of Excellence in September 2016. 

      Battersea’s Royal patronage began in 1865 with Queen Victoria. The Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII, became the first Royal guest when he visited the Home in 1879 and five years later his youngest brother The Duke of Albany was the first member of the Royal Family to rehome a Battersea dog, a Fox Terrier. Queen Elizabeth II became Royal Patron in 1956. 

      In addition to the Home’s Royal Patronage, HRH Prince Michael of Kent is Battersea’s President and is a proud owner of a Battersea Labrador, Shadow. 

      Engagement 4

      As Patron of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, The Prince of Wales will visit The Historic Dockyard Chatham, two days before the 2022 season opening to see some of the Dockyard’s flagship projects, including the Command of the Oceans Gallery and the story of Namur, the ship “beneath the floor.” His Royal Highness will be the first to visit new, temporary exhibition Diving Deep: HMS Invincible 1744 (opening 12 February) and see the Dockyard’s three historic warships, HMS Gannet, HMS Cavalier and HM Submarine Ocelot, the latter of which will be celebrating her 60th birthday in May. His Royal Highness will also meet staff and volunteers.  

      On arrival at Chatham Dockyard HRH will be greeted by The Mayor of Medway, Mrs Jan Aldous; Chief Executive, Medway Council, Mr Neil Davies. 

      The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will then walk through a small honour guard made up of the Sheppey and Medway Sea Cadets. 

      Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, Chairman, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and Richard Morsley, the Chief Executive, will escort HRH to the Command of the Oceans galleries, where the award-winning project will be explained. The galleries were opened to the public in 2016 following a £9.2m capital project and tell the story of Chatham through the Age of Sail. 

      HRH will see the exquisite model of HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, before viewing objects recovered from the 1758 wreck of HMS Invincible and the remains of HMS Namur which is a unique archaeological find and has been described as the most significant maritime archaeological discovery since the Mary Rose. Over 10% of the frame of this 90-gun ship was discovered beneath five layers of floor of the Wheelwrights Shop in 1995. 

      HRH will then visit the No1 Smithery, a scheduled ancient monument, which was constructed in 1800 to help meet the Dockyard’s growing need for ironwork. Today the building houses temporary exhibition, ‘Diving Deep: HMS Invincible 1744’, a partnership project with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust and Bournemouth University. Opening on Saturday 12th February, the exhibition, tells the story of Invincible, her capture and the lasting contribution she made to the Royal Navy. 

      HRH will then view the three historic warships: HMS Gannet, HM Submarine Ocelot and HMS Cavalier. HMS Cavalier and the adjacent bronze memorial form the National Destroyer Memorial, remembering the 142 Royal Navy destroyers and 11,000 service men lost during the Second World War. The unveiling of a bronze monument created by the artist Kenneth Potts was conducted by HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh in 2007. 

      Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust (CHDT) – The Charity 

      Established in 1984 on the closure of the Royal Dockyard CHDT was given the freehold of the 80-acre Georgian dockyard and charged with its stewardship and a remit to provide education services explaining its importance in supporting the Royal Navy over a 400-year history. The legacy of 100 Georgian buildings and structures, 47 of which are Scheduled Ancient Monuments, represented both an opportunity to place the Historic Dockyard back at the heart of local pride and identity and an enormous challenge. CHDT has always seen itself as a significant player in the regeneration of the Medway towns so socially and economically damaged on the departure of the Royal Navy in 1984. 

      Command of the Oceans 

      Command of the Oceans is an award-winning series of galleries that tell the Age of Sail story associated with the Royal Dockyard at Chatham. 

      The Namur (1756) 

      The Namur is a unique archaeological find and has been described as the most significant maritime archaeological discovery since the Mary Rose. Over 10% of the frame of this 90-gun ship was discovered beneath five layers of floor of the Wheelwrights Shop in 1995. Following an extensive process of identification, the ship was discovered to be the Namur, a 2nd Rate Ship of the Line built in Chatham in 1756. Namur was the flagship of Vice-Admiral Edward Boscawen in the capture of Louisburg in 1758. General James Wolfe had sailed across the Atlantic in Namur on this occasion before his capture of Quebec. Also on this journey was 6th Lieutenant Michael Henry Pascal, with his slave and servant Olaudah Equiano. In his book, Equiano wrote that the ceremony of surrender was “the most beautiful procession on the water I ever saw”, and gives more detail of the occasion. Namur was the flagship of Admiral Sir George Pocock in the Battle of Havana and also fought in the Battle of Cape St Vincent (1797) under the command of Captain James Hawkins-Whitshed. Namur was astern of HMS Captain, under the command of then Commodore Horatio Nelson, at the beginning stages of the battle. 

      The ship was broken up in Chatham c.1833 and was laid to rest under the floor of the Wheelwrights Shop but to this day, the Trust has no record of why this action was taken. 

      No.1 Smithery 

      No.1 Smithery was constructed in 1801 to help meet the Dockyard’s growing need for ironwork. Today, in a joint project between the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, Royal Museums Greenwich and Imperial War Museums, visitors can unearth incredible stories told through objects, paintings and play. It houses over 3,000 ship models and artefacts from our partner museums. A selection of these collections are on display within a permanent exhibition gallery. No.1 Smithery is also home to a temporary exhibition gallery which hosts a programme of changing exhibitions throughout the year. 

      Diving Deep: HMS Invincible 1744 

      Diving Deep: HMS Invincible 1744 is The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s temporary exhibition for 2022, opening to visitors on Saturday 12 February. Visitors will be able to tread the seabed virtually and investigate the exciting finds from HMS Invincible – the darling of the Royal Navy that ran aground on a sand bank over 260 years ago, dramatically sunk beneath the waves and was preserved for over two centuries on the ocean floor. While Invincible’s final resting place remains the bottom of the Solent, this exhibition, collated after an emergency underwater excavation of the famous 18th century battleship, tells the story of Invincible, her capture, the lasting contribution she made to the Royal Navy fleet and her subsequent sinking and rediscovery by a fisherman in 1979. The exhibition is a partnership between Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust and Bournemouth University. 

      Three Historic Warships – which will be seen outside on the dock 

      HMS Gannet 

      A sloop of the Victorian Royal Navy, HMS Gannet was built on the River Medway at Sheerness in 1878. Designed to patrol the world’s oceans, she ‘flew the flag’ protecting British interests around the world. She saw service in the South Pacific, the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. Powered by both sail and steam, with a hull constructed from stout teak planking on a strong iron frame, this highly significant vessel forms part of the United Kingdom’s core national collection of historic ships. 

      HMS Cavalier 

      HMS Cavalier is a retired C-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was laid down by J. Samuel White and Company at East Cowes on 28 March 1943, launched on 7 April 1944, and commissioned on 22 November 1944. She served in the Second World War and in various commissions in the Far East until she was decommissioned in 1972. 

      HM Submarine Ocelot 

      Launched in 1962, HM Submarine Ocelot was the last Royal Navy warship built at Chatham. She was one of 57 submarines built at Chatham between 1908 and 1966. 

      Engagement 5

      The Duchess of Cornwall will open ‘The Making of Dickens’ exhibition an immersive exhibition about the life of Charles Dickens who was born and lived in the county. 

      On arrival at the museum Her Royal Highness will be met by dignitaries including the Deputy Lieutenant of Kent Wing Commander Peter Gilbert, Leader of Medway Council Cllr Alan Jarrett, and Richard Hicks, Director of Place and Deputy Chief Executive, Medway Council. HerRH will also be greeted outside by a number of guests wearing Dickensian/Victorian dress. 

      On entering the building HerRH will learn of the council’s involvement in promoting tourism in the area as she heads to the first floor of the museum. 

      HerRH will open ‘The Making of Dickens’ exhibition and undertake a tour of the exhibition. During the tour HerRH will be shown some of Charles Dickens’s personal artefacts. 

      HeRH will then join local school children from St Margaret’s at Troy Town, Church of England Primary School, to listen to an extract being read from Great Expectations. It will be read by Gerald Dickens, great, great grandson of Charles Dickens. The children may also ask The Duchess questions about her love of reading. 

      The Duchess of Cornwall is passionate about shining a light on the importance of literacy, with a particular interest in encouraging a love of reading and writing from an early age. 

      In 2021, The Duchess launched an Instagram page, The Reading Room. The @duchessofcornwallsreadingroom Instagram page offers new seasons of HRH’s book recommendations, as well as exclusive insight from the authors themselves in a community space for book lovers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. 

      “The Making of Mr Dickens” Exhibition 

      The Making of Mr Dickens is a new immersive exhibition about Charles Dickens. It explores Dickens the man, and the inspiration he derived from living in Medway. 

      The new gallery is housed in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester, and will be the starting point of a visitor’s journey to Medway to understand Dickens. 

      Charles Dickens went to school and spent his childhood in Chatham and later in life he bought his dream home at Gads Hill Place just north of Rochester. To Dickens, as a child, Medway would have been filled with industry, the Navy and military as well as many vibrant and lively theatrical performances. His childhood and later life in Medway would have given him lots of insights into characters, local people as well as local places and buildings which you can still see in Medway. 

      The exhibition explores his life and inspirations and was developed working with ‘Guildhall Live Events’ a delivery company which is part of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. The exhibition starts with stories of his childhood – there is a giant replica model of his childhood house followed by a small theatre stage showing a short film about his childhood and life. 

      The exhibition briefly explores the difficulties he experienced when he worked in a blacking factory and his father being in a debtor’s prison. A further room celebrates his successful career as a journalist and writer and a large shop window illustrates this with artefacts from this era. The visitor then enters a room dressed as his study at Gads Hill Place where you find out about his later life and final years in Medway. This room contains a few personal effects of Dickens such as his walking stick, paperweight and letter opener. 

      As you leave the exhibition there is a map showing all the locations in the area with links and connections to his life in Medway but also buildings which have been his inspiration in some of his novels. Each room has sound and projection telling the story and setting the scene as well as artefacts and graphics. 

      The Guildhall Museum, Rochester 

      The Guildhall Museum is housed in one of the finest 17th century civic buildings in Kent (built in 1687). The building is topped with a superbly gilded weather-vane in the form of a fully rigged 18th century warship. The Guildhall displays a rich selection of civic silver dating back to 1660 and the Council Chamber is lined with 18th century portraits of local dignitaries. 

      The museum and collection was founded in 1897, in honour of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. It was first set up in Eastgate House, further along Rochester High Street, and was moved into the Guildhall in 1979. 

      Engagement 6

      The Prince of Wales will visit Copper Rivet Distillery at Chatham Docks, Kent. 

      The Copper Rivet Distillery, set in the historic and magnificent Victorian Pump House No. 5, is a craft distillery which produces small batches of exceptional gins, whiskies and vodkas from scratch in bespoke stills. 

      It is the only spirit maker in Kent, and one of just a few in the UK that undertakes the complete process of brewing and distilling from grain to glass as it uses Kentish grain grown in fields within 20 miles of the distillery. 

      Engagement 7

      The Duchess of Cornwall Patron Medway Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPS) will meet volunteers who restore and preserve historical aircraft. Her Royal Highness will also view the organisation’s new home and hanger at Rochester Airport.

      On arrival at the MAPS hangar, HerRH will be met by Philip Cole, the Director of MAPS. HeRH will also meet the director of the airport before being introduced to groups of volunteers. 

      HerRH will be given a brief update on their plans for the new Visitor Centre and HerRH will be shown the project that they are currently working on which is the restoration of a 1930’s sea plane – Short S.16 Scion 11 Floatplane G-AEZF. 

      Following the tour of the hanger, HerRH will join the MAPS chaps for a group photograph in front of the Scion fuselage, before departing

      MAPS is made up of a group of volunteers from the Medway Branch of The Royal Aeronautical Society. The volunteers restore and preserve aircraft and artefacts for public display. 

      In 2010, the members received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. In 2011 Her Royal Highness became MAPS Patron. 

      The society started in 1977. The first restoration at Rochester Airport was the RAF Manston ‘gate guardian’ Mk XVI Spitfire, which now is now housed in the Memorial Building at the airport

      The sea plane HerRH is going to view is a Short S.16 Scion 11 Floatplane G-AEZF and it was designed and built by Short Brothers at Rochester in the mid 1930’s. 

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