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  • 2 October 2021

    Windsor Castle

    The Queen, accompanied by The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay and The Duchess of Rothesay, this morning drove to the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, and was received at Queensberry House by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh (Councillor Francis Ross, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost), Ms. Alison Johnstone MSP (Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament) and the Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP (First Minister of the Scottish Government).

    The Presiding Officer welcomed Her Majesty and Their Royal Highnesses and The Queen was graciously pleased to address the Scottish Parliament.

    The First Minister subsequently addressed the Parliament and the Presiding Officer closed the Session of Parliament.

    A Guard of Honour was found by The Queen's Body Guard for Scotland, Royal Company of Archers at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the High Constables of the Palace of Holyroodhouse were on duty.

    Subsequently, The Queen, accompanied by The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay and The Duchess of Rothesay, attended a Reception for individuals from across Scotland who have been recognised for their contribution to their communities during the pandemic.

    Her Majesty arrived at Windsor Castle this afternoon.

  • 1 October 2021

    Palace Of Holyroodhouse

    The Queen, accompanied by The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, Patron, this morning planted a tree on the Balmoral Estate to mark the start of the official planting season for The Queen's Green Canopy.

    Her Majesty, accompanied by His Royal Highness, met local schoolchildren who were attending an education session on the Estate.

    The Queen arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse from Balmoral Castle this afternoon.

    The Queen was represented by Colonel Toby Browne (Crown Equerry) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Mrs. David Tudway-Quilter which was held in Wells Cathedral, Somerset, this afternoon.

  • 30 September 2021

    Balmoral Castle

    The Queen was represented by The Duke of Kent at the Memorial Mass for Major General Jeremy Phipps which was held at the Brompton Oratory, Brompton Road, London SW7, this morning.

  • 30 September 2021

    Appendix To Court Circular

    The Queen has been pleased to make the following appointments in Her Majesty's Household:

    Air Vice-Marshal Elaine West to be a Lady Usher; and

    Air Vice-Marshal the Hon. David Murray to be a Gentleman Usher.

    The appointments to date from 1st October, 2021.

  • 29 September 2021

    Balmoral Castle

    Pipe Major Richard Grisdale was received by The Queen this morning when Her Majesty decorated him with the Royal Victorian Medal (Silver).

    The Queen held a Council via video link at 11.30 a.m..

    There were present: the Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP (Lord President), the Rt. Hon. James Cleverly MP (Minister of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Middle East and North Africa), the Baroness Evans of Bowes Park (Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal) and the Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss MP (Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs).

    The Rt. Hon. Sir Colin Birss and the Rt. Hon. Sir Mark Warby were sworn in as members of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

    The Rt. Hon. Stewart Hosie MP and the Rt. Hon. Dame Elisabeth Laing made affirmation as members of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

    The Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss MP took the Oath of Office as Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, kissed hands upon appointment and received the Seals of Office.

    Mrs. Ceri King was in attendance as Deputy Clerk of the Council.

  • 27 September 2021

    Balmoral Castle

    By command of The Queen, Mr. Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon Her Excellency Mrs. Yamina Karitanyi at Rwanda House, 120-122 Seymour Place, London W1, this morning in order to bid farewell to Her Excellency upon relinquishing her appointment as High Commissioner for the Republic of Rwanda in London.

  • 22 September 2021

    Balmoral Castle

    The Queen was represented by The Earl of Wessex at the Memorial Service for Mr. Galen Weston (Extra Equerry to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall) which was held in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, this morning.

  • 21 September 2021

    Balmoral Castle

    The Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP (First Minister of the Scottish Government) and Mr. Peter Murrell have left the Castle.

  • 20 September 2021

    Balmoral Castle

    The Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP (First Minister of the Scottish Government) and Mr. Peter Murrell have arrived at the Castle.

    The Rt. Hon. Robert Buckland MP had an audience of The Queen this afternoon via video link and delivered up the Great Seal and took leave upon relinquishing his appointment as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

    The Queen held Council via video link at 4.30 p.m..

    There were present: the Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP (Lord President), the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP, the Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab MP and the Rt. Hon. Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP.

    Ms. Nadine Dorries MP was sworn in as a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

    Mr. Nadhim Zahawi MP made affirmation as a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

    The following took the Oath of Office or made affirmation, kissed hands upon appointment and received the Seals of Office: the Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab MP (as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice), the Rt. Hon. Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP (as Secretary of State for International Trade), the Rt. Hon. Nadhim Zahawi MP (as Secretary of State for Education), the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP (as Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities; and Housing, Communities and Local Government) and the Rt. Hon. Nadine Dorries MP (as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport).

    Mr. Richard Tilbrook was in attendance as Clerk of the Council.

    The Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP had an audience of The Queen before the Council.

    After the Council the Rt. Hon. Stephen Barclay MP had an audience of The Queen, was sworn Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, kissed hands upon his appointment and received from Her Majesty the Seals of Office.

    The Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP was received in audience by The Queen this evening.

  • 13 September 2021

    Balmoral Castle

    Mr. Peter Troughton was received by The Queen this evening when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.