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  • 13 July 2021

    Windsor Castle

    The Queen, Patron, The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, today spoke via video link to Ms. Nicola Brentnall (Founder) and four young leaders from across the Commonwealth.

    Her Majesty, Duke of Lancaster this afternoon held a Meeting with Sir Alan Reid (Chairman of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster) and Mr. Nathan Thompson (Chief Executive Officer) via telephone.

    By command of The Queen, Mr. Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Yousef Ali Al-Khater at 1 South Audley Street, London W1, this morning in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the State of Qatar to the Court of St. James's.

  • 8 July 2021

    Windsor Castle

    The Queen this morning arrived at Manchester Victoria Railway Station and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester (Sir Warren Smith), the Lord Mayor of Manchester (Councillor Thomas Judge) and the Mayor of Trafford (Councillor Laurence Walsh).

    Her Majesty drove to the set of "Coronation Street" at ITV Studios, Coronation Street, Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, to mark their Sixtieth Anniversary and was received by Mrs. Sharman Birtles (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester).

    The Queen, escorted by Mr. Iain Macleod (Series Producer), walked along "Coronation Street", meeting members of the cast and crew, before being received by Dame Carolyn McCall (Chief Executive Officer, ITV plc) and meeting further members of the cast in the "Rovers Return".

    Her Majesty afterwards visited Manchester Cathedral to mark the Six Hundredth Anniversary of the Cathedral and was received by the Dean (the Very Reverend Roger Govender) and the Bishop of Manchester (the Right Reverend Dr. David Walker), before meeting members of the Cathedral community.

    The Queen, escorted by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, moved into the gardens and met the Lord-Lieutenants of Cheshire and Cumbria, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire and a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside and members of their respective communities.

    The Princess Royal, on behalf of The Queen, held an Investiture at St. James's Palace this morning.

  • 7 July 2021

    Windsor Castle

    Her Excellency Mrs. Tzipi Hotovely was received in audience by The Queen today via video link and presented the Letters of Recall of her predecessor and her own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the State of Israel to the Court of St. James's.

    Mr. Or Hay Alon was also received by Her Majesty.

    His Excellency Mr. Zheng Zeguang was received in audience by The Queen via video link and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the People's Republic of China to the Court of St. James's.

    Mrs Hua Mei was also received by Her Majesty.

    Sir Philip Barton (Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs) was present.

  • 6 July 2021

    Windsor Castle

    His Excellency Mr. Papa Owusu-Ankomah was received in audience by The Queen today via video link and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Commission as High Commissioner for the Republic of Ghana in London.

    His Excellency Mr. Mohsen Baharvand was received in audience by Her Majesty via video link and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Court of St. James's.

    Sir Philip Barton (Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs) was present.

  • 2 July 2021

    Windsor Castle

    Dr. Angela Merkel (Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany) was received by The Queen this afternoon.

    Her Majesty held a Council via video link at 4.45 p.m..

    There were present: the Baroness Evans of Bowes Park (Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal, acting for the President), the Rt. Hon. Robert Buckland MP (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice), the Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP (Secretary of State for Transport) and the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP.

    The Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP made affirmation as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, kissed hands upon his appointment and received the Seals of Office.

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

  • 1 July 2021

    Palace Of Holyroodhouse

    The Queen, accompanied by The Princess Royal, this morning visited Edinburgh Climate Change Institute, High School Yards, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh (Councillor Francis Ross, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost) and the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh (Professor Peter Mathieson).

    Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness, escorted respectively by Professor David Reay (Executive Director) and Dr. Katherine Crowley (Co-Director), toured the Institute, meeting staff and students and viewing demonstrations, before meeting representatives from the Children's Parliament who presented a commemorative tree to Her Majesty which will be planted in the grounds as part of The Queen's Green Canopy.

  • 30 June 2021

    Palace Of Holyroodhouse

    The Queen, accompanied by The Princess Royal, this morning visited the Children's Wood, 76 Kelbourne Street, Glasgow, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Glasgow (Councillor Philip Braat, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost), the Chairman (Ms. Alison Spurway), Ms. Emily Cutts (Director) and local young people.

    Her Majesty, escorted by the Director, and Her Royal Highness, escorted by the Chairman, viewed a session in the beekeeping area and met members of the community gardening group and schoolchildren who benefit from the use of the woods.

    The Queen, accompanied by The Princess Royal, later visited AAC Clyde Space and Spire Global, Skypark 5, 45 Finnieston Street, Glasgow, and was received by Mr. Luis Gomes (Chief Executive).

    Her Majesty, escorted by the Chief Executive, and Her Royal Highness, escorted by Mr. Graham Turnock (Chief Executive Officer of the United Kingdom Space Agency), having viewed a briefing by the United Kingdom Space Agency, viewed the Clean Room where satellites are produced, before moving to Spire Global where Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness viewed a showcase and demonstrations on data generated by satellites and met members of staff.

    By command of The Queen, Mr. Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) telephoned His Excellency Mr. Vladimir Beratovic this morning in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from Montenegro to the Court of St. James's.

  • 29 June 2021

    Palace Of Holyroodhouse

    Mrs. Alison Johnstone MSP (Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament) was received by The Queen today.

    The Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP (First Minister of the Scottish Government) was received by Her Majesty.

    The Queen, Patron, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Association, this afternoon opened the newly renovated Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum at Stirling Castle and was received by the Hereditary Keeper of Stirling Castle (the Earl of Mar and Kellie), who surrendered to The Queen the Keys of the Castle which Her Majesty returned to him.

    The Queen was afterwards received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk (Mr. Alan Simpson) and the outgoing Chairman of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum (Brigadier Bruce Russell).

    Her Majesty toured the Museum galleries, viewing exhibitions and meeting members of staff and supporters.

    Subsequently, Mr. Thomas Scott, winner of the annual shooting event of The Queen's Body Guard for Scotland, Royal Company of Archers, was presented to Her Majesty and received The Queen's Prize.

  • 28 June 2021

    Palace Of Holyroodhouse

    The Queen this morning arrived at Croy Railway Station and was received by Professor Dr. Francis Dunn (Deputy Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire).

    The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, drove to A. G. Barr plc, Westfield House, 4 Mollins Road, Westfield, Cumbernauld, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire (Mrs. Jill Young) and Mr. Roger White (Chief Executive).

    Her Majesty, escorted by the Chief Executive, and His Royal Highness, escorted by Mr. Scott McGlashan (Head of Operations, Scotland), viewed the factory's production area and met members of staff and local charity partners.

    The Queen opened the Process Facility.

    The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, arrived at Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station this afternoon.

    Her Majesty, accompanied by His Royal Highness, drove to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and was received in the Forecourt by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh (Councillor Francis Ross, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost) and members of the City of Edinburgh Council, when the Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost surrendered to The Queen the Keys of the City, which Her Majesty returned to him.

    A Guard of Honour found by Balaklava Company, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, under the command of Major Cameron Law, was mounted in the Forecourt.

    Afterwards The Queen was received inside the Palace by the Hereditary Keeper (the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon) and met key workers.

    By command of The Queen, Mr. Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Francis Blain at 57 Kensington Court, London W8, this afternoon in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as High Commissioner for the Republic of the Gambia in London.

    By command of Her Majesty, Mr. Alistair Harrison telephoned Her Excellency Mrs. Enna Park later in order to bid farewell to Her Excellency upon relinquishing her appointment as Ambassador from the Republic of Korea to the Court of St. James's.

  • 24 June 2021

    Windsor Castle

    His Excellency Mr. Jose Alberto Briz Gutierrez was received in audience by The Queen today via video link and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Republic of Guatemala to the Court of St. James's.

    Ms. Juliet Chua (Director of Finance and Corporate, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) was present.

    The Prince of Wales, on behalf of The Queen, held an Investiture at St. James's Palace this morning.