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Changes to The Queen’s Diary in the Coming Weeks

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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.

Changes to The Queen’s Diary in the Coming Weeks

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Tuesday 17th March 2020

As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances, a number of changes are being made to The Queen’s diary.

Audiences due to take place this week at Buckingham Palace will go ahead as planned. These include receiving the Prime Minister, the Commanding Officer of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and the Bishop of Hereford. Future Audiences will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, in line with the appropriate advice.

Her Majesty will move to Windsor Castle for the Easter period on Thursday 19th March, one week earlier than planned. It is likely The Queen will stay there beyond the Easter period.

In consultation with the Medical Household and Government, a number of public events with large numbers of people due to have been attended by The Queen, and other Members of the Royal Family, in the coming months will be cancelled or postponed.

The annual Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel on 9th April will not go ahead. Three Garden Parties hosted by The Queen, due to be held at Buckingham Palace in May, will now not take place. Guests already invited to these Garden Parties will be asked to attend in 2021. Two additional Garden Parties given for the Not Forgotten Association and the National Trust will also not take place. Investitures will be rearranged to later dates.

Further announcements on Trooping the Colour, the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the State Visit by the Emperor and Empress of Japan will be made in due course, in consultation with Government.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Make Official Visit to Ireland

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Make Official Visit to Ireland

24 February 2020

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Ireland between Tuesday 3rd March and Thursday 5th March, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The visit, which will see Their Royal Highnesses spend time in Dublin, County Meath, County Kildare and Galway, will highlight the many strong links between the UK and Ireland.

From its thriving cities to rural communities, the programme will take in Ireland’s rich culture, its impactful community initiatives and spectacular scenery. Following Her Majesty The Queen’s historic visit in 2011, the visit will also focus on the relationship between the two countries, and build on the theme of remembrance and reconciliation.

During the three-day tour, The Duke and Duchess will learn about local organisations working to support and empower young people and projects which provide opportunities to help them develop important life skills. Their Royal Highnesses will also hear more about Ireland’s conservation initiatives and efforts to protect its environment, with a particular focus on sustainable farming and marine conservation.

2020 will see Galway host the European Capital of Culture on behalf of Ireland – a showcase of events highlighting the richness and diversity of Irish culture, art and sport. During their time in Galway, The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to experience a taste of modern and traditional Irish culture for themselves.

Throughout the visit, Their Royal Highness will meet a broad range of people, including the President, the Taoiseach and senior political leaders, children and young people, and those working in the creative arts, business and charity sectors.

The UK’s links with Ireland are extensive, and The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people.

Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Engagement 1:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will arrive at Dublin Airport, where they will be met by representatives from the Irish government and the British Ambassador to Ireland.

Engagement 2:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be received by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, at Áras an Uachtaráin, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Engagement 3:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a ceremony and lay a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin city centre. A place of remembrance and reflection, the Garden of Remembrance is dedicated to those who gave their lives for Irish independence.

Engagement 4:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet caretaker Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings, Merrion Street, Dublin.

Engagement 5:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a reception at Guinness Storehouse’s Gravity Bar hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland. Their Royal Highnesses will meet a broad range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors.

Wednesday 4th March 2020

Engagement 1:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the mental health support service Jigsaw in Dublin’s Temple Bar district. TRH will meet young people who have been supported by the charity.

Engagement 2:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Savannah House in Co Kildare, a residential facility run by the social justice charity Extern. The couple visited their Roscor youth village last year.

Engagement 3:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be in Co. Meath to hear more about Teagasc Research Farm’s to promote sustainable farming across Ireland and meet farmers who have implemented the research into their own practices.

Engagement 4:
The Duke and Duchess will visit Howth Cliff, a spectacular cliff walk north of Dublin with views out over the Irish Sea. Here, Their Royal Highnesses will meet representatives from the Marine Institute, a state agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland. As they walk along the cliff path, the Duke and Duchess will learn more about the impact of climate change and conservation efforts around Ireland’s coastline.

Engagement 5:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a reception hosted by the Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, at the Museum of Literature Ireland in central Dublin.

Thursday 5th March 2020

Engagement 1:
2020 will see Galway host the European Capital of Culture on behalf of Ireland – a showcase of events highlighting the richness and diversity of Irish culture, and the country’s proud history of artistic endeavour. The Duke and Duchess will attend a special event at Tribeton featuring a number of Galway 2020’s acts, including Livefeed, Hoops and the Galway Community Circus, and will meet performers, young people and volunteers.

Engagement 2:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Tig Coili, a family-owned, traditional Irish pub in Galway city centre, where they will meet local Galwegians who volunteer to promote the city and its people. On departure, Their Royal Highnesses will have the opportunity to meet members of the public gathered on King Street.

Engagement 3:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit a local Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club to learn more about traditional sports which are popular across Ireland, including hurling and Gaelic football. The GAA has over 2,200 clubs in all 32 counties of Ireland. Every summer, the inter-county All-Ireland Championships in hurling and football capture the attention of the Irish public and around 1.5 million people attend the GAA Championships from May to September.

During the visit, Their Royal Highnesses will join children and young people from the club’s teams as they take part in matches on the pitch.

Catch up on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s most recent engagements, in the latest issue of Royal Life magazine.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will Attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London, Nov, 2019.

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX WILL ATTEND THE MOUNTBATTEN FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

Royal Albert Hall

Saturday 7th March 2020

The Duke of Sussex, Captain General, Royal Marines, accompanied by the Duchess of Sussex, will attend the annual Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 7th March.

The festival brings together world-class musicians, composers and conductors of the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. This year, the performance will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the 80th anniversary of the formation of Britain’s Commandos.

The festival sees the Royal Marines Bands showcase their incredible musicianship and pageantry. The performance features a wide range of musical styles, including music from the big screen and superb solo items, as well as traditional marches and overtures.

Proceeds from the event go to the Royal Marines Association – The Royal Marines Charity and CLIC Sargent, who support those under 25 who are battling cancer and their families.

The Prince of Wales will Attend Royal College of Music’s Awards Ceremony

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The Prince of Wales, Patron, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, presents Alis Huws (right), his new Official Harpist, with the Royal Harpist's brooch, during an evening of music and drama at his Welsh home Llwynywermod in Llandovery, Carmarthenshire.

THE PRINCE OF WALES WILL ATTEND THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC’S ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

Tuesday 3rd March

The Prince of Wales, President of the Royal College of Music, will confer honours on Conductor and Music Director of the Royal Opera House Sir Antonio Pappano, tenor Jonas Kaufmann, celebrated composers Debbie Wiseman OBE and Rachel Portman OBE, and many other leading musicians.

Following the ceremony, His Royal Highness will view the progress made to the building project at the Royal College of Music (RCM). Here, His Royal Highness will hear a special performance by RCM lutenist Augustin Cornwall-Irving from the original autographed manuscript of the Welde Lute Book, an important 17th Century collection of English lute works on long-term loan to the RCM Library.

Royal College of Music

Founded in 1882, the Royal College of Music (RCM) is one of the world’s leading conservatoires, providing specialised musical education and professional training at the highest international level for performers, conductors and composers. Since its foundation by The Prince of Wales, later Edward Vll, the college has been linked with the Royal Family. Its Patron is currently Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has been President since 1993.

Sir Antonio Pappano

Conductor and Music Director of the Royal Opera House Pappano has nurtured many former students as they progress from the RCM Opera Studio on to the professional stage, with numerous students having been accepted onto the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in recent years.

Jonas Kaufmann

Described by the New York Times as ‘the most important, versatile tenor of his generation’, Kaufmann rose to fame through his spinto roles, most notably at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He has won four Gramophone Awards for his operatic albums, of which Pappano conducted Verismo Arias, winning the Recital Award in 2011.

Rachel Portman OBE

Academy Award-winning composer Rachel Portman was the first female composer to win an Academy Award in the category of Best Musical or Comedy Score (for Emma in 1996). She was also the first woman to receive the Richard Kirk Award at the BMI Film & TV Awards for her contributions to film and television music.

The Queen and Members of The Royal Family to Celebrate Commonwealth Day 2020

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Commonwealth Day 2019
Queen Elizabeth II leads the Royal family in procession at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London.

THE QUEEN AND MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY WILL CELEBRATE COMMONWEALTH DAY 2020

Monday 9th March 2020

Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, accompanied by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day – Monday 9th March.

The Commonwealth represents a global network of 54 countries, including the Maldives who re-joined earlier this year. Working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, the Service seeks to highlight a vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old.

The Commonwealth theme for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’, placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth’s natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the service will celebrate the Commonwealth’s continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all.

Highlights of the service – the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom – will include a reflection given by international boxing champion and Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua, and special musical performances by chart-topping singer/songwriters Alexandra Burke and Craig David.

Guests of honour among the 2,000 strong congregation will include the Prime Minister, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, alongside High Commissioners, Ambassadors and dignitaries, senior politicians from across the UK and Commonwealth, faith leaders and over 800 school children and young people.

Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the service will be broadcast live on BBC One and across BBC World Service, in celebration of Her Majesty’s lifetime commitment to the Commonwealth.

The service will commence with a procession of Commonwealth Flags. The Queen and members of the royal family will meet people involved in the service and walk by the Commonwealth Flag Bearers upon departure.

That evening, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be guests of the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, at the annual Commonwealth Day reception at Marlborough House, the home of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Catch up on previous Commonwealth Day celebrations in these issues of Royal Life…

52 Nations Coming Together – Celebrating Commonwealth Day 2017 Royal Life Issue 29
A Connected Commonwealth
Celebrating Diverse Cultures – A Connected Commonwealth 2019 Royal Life Issue 42

The Duke of Sussex will Officially Open The Silverstone Experience

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Prince Harry

THE DUKE OF SUSSEX WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN THE SILVERSTONE EXPERIENCE

Friday 6th March 2020

The Duke of Sussex will officially open The Silverstone Experience, a brand-new immersive museum that tells the story of the past, present and future of British motor racing, on Friday 6th March.

Located in a renovated Second World War RAF hangar at the entrance to the world-famous Silverstone circuit, The Silverstone Experience is the new home to the archive of the British Racing Drivers’ Club. The museum brings the extensive heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing to life through a dynamic, interactive and educational visitor experience. It celebrates the circuit and the country’s position at the heart of the global motorsport industry. Using the latest technology, The Silverstone Experience tells the amazing stories of people who have been part of the site, and the history of the sport, in order to inspire future generations. One of its main charitable missions is to inspire the next generation of engineers through its exhibitions and learning programme.

During his visit, the Duke will be joined by six-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton MBE. Together they will tour the Silverstone Experience, where they will have the chance to view the different sections of the museum, try out some of the interactive displays such as the pit gun challenge and meet with some of the volunteers.

The Duke and Lewis will also meet with students from two local schools in the Tech Lab section, where they will be learning about the incredible science and technology that goes into racing. Before departing, the Duke will officially open the Silverstone Experience.

The Duchess of Cambridge to Host Gala Dinner for Place2Be’s 25th Anniversary

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The Big Assembly
The Duchess of Cambridge attends Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards November, 2016

THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE WILL HOST A GALA DINNER FOR THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF PLACE2BE

Buckingham Palace

Monday 9th March 2020

The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Place2Be, will host a gala dinner at Buckingham Palace in celebration of Place2Be’s 25th anniversary. Set up in 1994 by Dame Benny Refson DBE, Place2Be provides emotional support at an early age and believes that no child should face mental health difficulties alone. Over the past 25 years, more than 250,000 children and their families have been directly supported by Place2Be, which currently works with 639 schools across the UK.

Since her patronage began in 2013, the Duchess has met pupils, families and staff at Place2Be partner schools to see the vital work being done by the charity. Place2Be have also collaborated with The Royal Foundation on a number of projects: they are a charity partner for the Heads Together Campaign and Mentally Healthy Schools website, in addition to working with Shout – a free, 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis which was launched nationally in 2019.

Children’s mental health has long been a priority for The Duchess. Over the last eight years she has explored how experiences in early childhood often lie at the root of the hardest social challenges the country faces today. What we experience in the earliest years – from in the womb to the age of five – is instrumental in shaping our future lives. Last month the Duchess launched the survey ‘5 Big Questions on the Under-Fives’, which aimed to spark the biggest ever conversation on early childhood that will ultimately help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come.

The Duchess of Cambridge will meet two school choirs who will be performing at the event, and Place2Be supporters, before giving a speech.

The Prince of Wales to Undertake Engagements in Newquay

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

THE PRINCE OF WALES WILL UNDERTAKE ENGAGEMENTS IN NEWQUAY

FRIDAY 6TH MARCH 2020

Engagement 1

The Prince of Wales, Patron, Campaign for Wool, will visit Celtic Sheepskin & Co. Ltd. to mark the firm’s 30th anniversary.

His Royal Highness will tour the Celtic Sheepskin & Co. Ltd. warehouse, meeting staff members as they explain the production process of their slippers from raw sheepskin to finished item ready for sale. The Prince will then join a small reception for longstanding employees, company stakeholders and representatives from the Campaign for Wool in the shop. Before departing, His Royal Highness will unveil a plaque to mark the company’s 30th anniversary.

Nick and Kath Whitworth started Celtic Sheepskin & Co. Ltd. 30 years ago as a small boot-making business, with just seven pairs in stock, teaching themselves how to sew. The manufacturing side of the business is still at the heart of its operations and the wide range of sheepskin boots, slippers and accessories are still made by hand in the factory in Newquay.

The company passionately believes in maintaining British manufacture, enabling them to employ local people that may otherwise find it difficult to find work in the winter months in Cornwall, while shipping to customers in over 60 countries. Celtic & Co. employs 52 permanent staff and achieved £8.9m turnover at year end Jan 2020.

In recognition of international growth in recent years, the company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2018 for International Trade.

Sustainability has always been at the heart of the business and as pioneers of the slow fashion movement, Celtic & Co. only ever create styles that will stand the test of time both in quality and design. Only sustainable materials such as wool, sheepskin and linen are used to create these products.

Engagement 2 

The Prince of Wales will attend a reception to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Cornish based charity Surfers Against Sewage and officially open the Nansledan development’s new school.

Surfers Against Sewage

Cornwall based charity Surfers Against Sewage was founded in May 1990 in response to chronic and widespread sewage pollution of the UK coastline. At that time, only a quarter of UK beaches would have passed the minimum bathing water standards now in place. Today over 98% of UK beaches pass these standards, benefitting the ocean, beaches and everyone that enjoys the country’s coastline for surfing, swimming, sailing and recreation. Surfers Against Sewage works with over 100,000 community volunteers around the UK, protecting our beaches for the future. The charity founded the Plastic Free Community movement, now active in 650 locations nationwide, and the Plastic Free Schools initiative which will reach 1.3 million school children in 2020. The charity will be rolling out an ambitious programme of marine conservation in 2020, and setting out a vision for the decade ahead, tackling issues including plastic pollution, climate change, habitat loss and water pollution.

In 2015, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall joined Surfers Against Sewage in its Ocean Plastic Awareness Day at Fistral Beach in Newquay. In 2018 Their Royal Highnesses visited the Surfers Against Sewage headquarters at Wheal Kitty, St Agnes for a follow up event promoting the solutions to plastic pollution, which highlighted just how much progress is being made across society by individuals, communities and businesses.

Skol Nansledan

The two-form entry, 14-classroom Nansledan School (‘Skol Nansledan’ in Cornish) opened its doors to its first intake of pupils in September 2019. Operated by the Aspire Academy Trust, its mission is to provide an outstanding education that ensures all pupils can reach their greatest potential and live by life’s highest values. The innovative STEAM curriculum is built around the principles of active discovery and experiential learning, using Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points.

Originally established as a single academy trust in 2010, the Aspire Academy Trust now comprises 28 primary academies across Cornwall, from Carbis Bay in the West to Bude in the North East. Each academy proudly retains its own identity and sense of place in the local community but as a member of the Aspire family, better provision, richer resources, higher standards and exceptional learning experiences can be ensured for all.

Nansledan

Nansledan is a 540-acre extension to the coastal town of Newquay on the north coast of Cornwall in South West England. The name is Cornish for ‘broad valley’. The development embodies the principles of architecture and urban planning championed by HRH The Prince of Wales.

It is being led by the Duchy of Cornwall, which owns most of the land that will make up Nansledan. The Duchy is a private estate established in 1337 which funds the public, charitable and private activities of The Prince of Wales and his family. The Prince has long been concerned with the quality of the natural and built environment, urging a return to sustainable human-scale development that is land-efficient, uses low-carbon materials and is less car dependant. His vision is to plan connected urban centres where mixed-income housing, shops, offices and leisure facilities combine so that daily needs can be met within walkable neighbourhoods.

To date, 344 homes have been completed in Nansledan. Over time, it will evolve into a community of more than 4,000 homes supporting a similar number of jobs through its own High Street and public facilities, helping to meet the future needs of Newquay in a complementary and sustainable way.

The Duchess of Cornwall to Attend Grand Opening Session of WOW Festival 2020

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The Duchess of Cornwall attends a roundtable discussion on domestic abuse during a visit to the charity Shine in Auckland, on the third day of the royal visit to New Zealand.

THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL WILL ATTEND THE WOW (WOMEN OF THE WORLD) FESTIVAL

6TH MARCH 2020

The Duchess of Cornwall, President, WOW (Women of the World) will attend the Grand Opening Session of the WOW Festival 2020, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX.

The Duchess of Cornwall will give a speech at the WOW Festival’s Grand Opening Session: Domestic Abuse – Everyone’s Problem. With two women a week in Britain dying at the hands of their partners, the panel will discuss whether the dial has moved on domestic abuse. Speakers include: Businesswoman and Campaigner Gina Miller; Survivor, SafeLives Pioneer, Domestic Abuse and Youth Violence consultant Naomi Donald; artist, activist and SafeLives Pioneer Celia Peachey; and SafeLives CEO Suzanne Jacob. The session will be chaired by WOW Founder, Jude Kelly.

Launched by Jude Kelly in 2010, WOW (Women of the World) Festivals aim to celebrate women and girls by raising awareness of the issues that prevent them from achieving their potential and discussing solutions together. Run by The WOW Foundation, to date WOW has reached over two million people in 17 countries on six continents across more than 80 festivals and events including in Australia, Brazil, China, Finland, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Somaliland, the UK and the USA. In 2018, WOW took place in Rio, Karachi, Beijing, Cardiff and Bradford, as well as London, New York, Dhaka, Pakistan, Atlanta, Istanbul and China in 2019 and 2020.

The Duchess of Cornwall became President of WOW (Women of the World) in 2015 having been involved with the organisation since 2010. HRH launched WOW Australia in Sydney in 2012 and WOW Washington in America in 2015. More recently, The Duchess joined a series of discussions for Women of the World in New Zealand in 2019 and West Africa in 2018.

The Prince of Wales will visit Jesus College and Kellogg College

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The Prince of Wales makes a speech during a community event focused on oceans at the Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara, during day three of the royal visit to the Solomon Islands.

THE PRINCE OF WALES WILL VISIT JESUS COLLEGE AND KELLOGG COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Thursday 5th March 2020

Engagement 1

The Prince of Wales will visit Jesus College in recognition of the reinstatement of the Jesus Chair of Celtic, a professorship in Celtic Studies at Oxford University.

Upon arrival His Royal Highness will have the opportunity to meet current students, staff and College Fellows. In addition, pupils from three Welsh primary schools, visiting the college for the day, will offer The Prince daffodils in recognition of St. David’s Day which will have been celebrated a few days prior to the visit. The Prince will then meet the College Principal and the newly appointed Chair of Celtic, as well as college alumni in the dining hall. Whilst in the hall, His Royal Highness will listen to a college choir performance of a Welsh prayer. Before departing, The Prince will view The Red Book of Hergest, a medieval manuscript on special display for the visit.

His Royal Highness previously visited Jesus College in 1971 to open the Habakkuk Building as part of the college’s 400th anniversary celebrations.

Jesus College

The college was founded in 1571 by Queen Elizabeth I, at the request of a Welsh lawyer and clergyman, Hugh Price. Today the college continues to maintain strong links with the Principality. About 15% of current undergraduates are Welsh. Chalk drawings of Welsh dragons sit at the entrances to staircases in one of the college quads, and student rooms are bedecked with the Welsh flag.

Jesus Chair of Celtic and Welsh initiatives at Oxford

Since 1877, the Jesus Chair of Celtic has been entrusted to support the scholarship and preservation of Celtic languages, literature and history at the University of Oxford. It is the only Professorship in Celtic at an English University and the appointment to the Jesus Chair of Celtic has been made for the sixth time in its distinguished history to Dr David Willis from the University of Cambridge. Dr Willis’ appointment comes following an eight-year hiatus and a £3.35m fundraising campaign to permanently safeguard the role.

A further £1m donation from Jesus alumnus, Oliver Thomas and his family, will go towards supporting continued Welsh access at the college. The funds will go specifically to the college’s flagship Welsh Access Summer School. The annual summer school, a collaboration with the Welsh Government’s Seren Network (regional hubs in Wales to help sixth formers in Welsh state schools to get into Russell Group universities), invites students from the Principality to experience life at Oxford. In the past three years, nearly 200 young people from Welsh state schools have been welcomed to Oxford to take part in an interactive week of lectures and seminars. Not only has the summer school encouraged more applications from Welsh state schools to Oxford, it has improved the offer rate for these schools that are often underrepresented at the university.

The Red Book of Hergest

The Red Book of Hergest, believed to have been written sometime between 1375 and 1425, is a compilation of chronicles, mythology, romances and court poetry, including a Welsh version of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.

It is best known as a source of the tales of the Mabinogion, along with the White Book of Rhydderch. The manuscript was named after its former home, Hergest Court in Herefordshire, and for its red leather binding. It was presented to Jesus College, Oxford in 1701 by the Reverend Thomas Wilkins of Llanbleddian and is kept at the university’s Bodleian Library.

Engagement 2

The Prince of Wales will visit Kellogg College to receive the Bynum Tudor Fellowship. His Royal Highness will also have the opportunity to hear about the progress being made on a new Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation, in partnership with The Prince’s Foundation.

His Royal Highness will first meet with representatives from both the college and The Prince’s Foundation to hear about the developing plans for the new Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation. In The Hub, The Prince will meet with staff, alumni and current students to hear about their work relating to the impact of rapid urbanisation on health and wellbeing concerns, before meeting multiple Chelsea gold medal winner Andy Sturgeon, to hear about his concept for the redesign of the college gardens. Finally, His Royal Highness will formally receive the Bynum Tudor Fellowship.

His Royal Highness last visited Kellogg College in May 2017, when he met Burmese students seconded to Kellogg College through a relationship with The Prince’s Foundation and heard about the work both organisations were undertaking collaboratively in response to rapid urbanisation.

Bynum Tudor Fellowship

In November 2019 it was announced that His Royal Highness was elected the Bynum Tudor Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year, the highest award Kellogg College gives. The Bynum Tudor Fellowship was established in 2004 as part of the college’s mission to engage with influential thinkers and experienced practitioners in business, policy making, and culture. Previous Fellows include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, entrepreneur Lord Bilimoria, industrialist Sir David Brown, Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Director of the McCall MacBain Foundation Marcy McCall MacBain, and businessman and educationalist Dr Ralph Walter.

This year’s award is being given in recognition of His Royal Highness’s contribution to the field of sustainable urban development over the last 30 years. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of Kellogg College.

Kellogg College and The Prince’s Foundation

The Prince’s Foundation and Oxford University have a longstanding relationship through an MSc in Sustainable Urban Development, which although run by the Department for Continuing Education, has historically had a strong connection to Kellogg as most faculty members and students on the MSc are members of the college. Kellogg College and The Prince’s Foundation have also run an Urban Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series over the past two years. This successful seminar series lay the ground for establishing the Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation.

Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation

The new centre is a joint initiative between Kellogg College and The Prince’s Foundation. It has been established to foster a better understanding of the interaction between these two disciplines (healthcare and urbanisation) to make urban centres environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable, and to provide an environment that supports and sustains health and wellbeing.

The centre brings together leading and influential thinkers, together with the public, in an interdisciplinary approach embracing evidence-based healthcare, sustainable urban development and education, to provide a collaborative forum for organisations active in these disciplines to address crucial issues in current practice.

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