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  • 21 September 2022

    St. James's Palace

    The Earl of Wessex this afternoon departed from Farnborough Airport, Hampshire, for Estonia and Germany and was received this evening upon arrival at Tallinn Airport by His Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia (His Excellency Mr. Ross Allen).

    Captain Andrew Aspden RN is in attendance.

  • 19 September 2022

    Buckingham Palace

    The Coffin bearing The late Queen Elizabeth II was conveyed from Westminster Hall on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy this morning, drawn by Naval Ratings, and flanked by His Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, The King's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard and The King's Body Guard for Scotland (the Royal Company of Archers), followed by The King, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Sussex, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal, The Duke of Gloucester, the Earl of Snowdon and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and thence to Westminster Abbey.

    The Lord Great Chamberlain, the Earl Marshal, the Lord Speaker and Speaker witnessed the departure of the Coffin bearing Her late Majesty from the Palace of Westminster.

    The State Funeral of The late Queen Elizabeth II was held in Westminster Abbey today at 11 o'clock.

    The Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre surmounted the Coffin of Her late Majesty.

    The King and The Queen Consort, The Prince and Princess of Wales with Prince George of Wales and Princess Charlotte of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank and Mr. Jack Brooksbank, The Earl and Countess of Wessex with the Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Mr. Peter Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tindall, The Earl of Snowdon, Viscount Linley and The Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Mr. Daniel and The Lady Sarah Chatto, Mr. Samuel Chatto and 2nd Lieutenant Arthur Chatto, RM, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Earl and Countess of Ulster with Lord Culloden and The Lady Cosima Windsor, The Lady Davina Lewis with Miss Senna Lewis, Mr. George and The Lady Rose Gilman with Miss Lyla Gilman, The Duke of Kent, Earl and Countess of St. Andrews, The Lord Nicholas Windsor with Master Albert Windsor and Master Leopold Windsor, Mr. Timothy and The Lady Helen Taylor with Mr. Columbus Taylor, Mr. Cassius Taylor, Miss Estella Taylor and Miss Eloise Taylor, Lord Downpatrick, The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor, The Lady Amelia Windsor, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, The Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor, Mr. Thomas and The Lady Gabriella Kingston, Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, Mr. and Mrs. James Ogilvy, Mr. Alexander Ogilvy, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Vesterberg, Miss Marina Ogilvy, Miss Zenouska Mowatt and Mr. Christian Mowatt.

    Members of Foreign Royal Families and other Dignitaries, the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps and Senior High Commissioners, Heads of Mission and other Foreign Representatives attended.

    The Dean of Westminster conducted the Service and pronounced the Blessing.

    The Archbishop of Canterbury preached the Sermon and offered the Commendatory Prayer.

    His Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, The King's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard and The King's Body Guard for Scotland (the Royal Company of Archers) were on duty.

    The King's Guard was turned out with the State Colour on the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

    A Guard of Honour found by the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, with the Band of the Royal Marines was formed up in Parliament Square.

    After the Service the Coffin bearing The late Queen Elizabeth II was conveyed from Westminster Abbey on the State Gun Carriage to Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner.

    The Coffin bearing Her late Majesty was transferred from the State Gun Carriage to the State Hearse and thence to Windsor Castle.

    The Committal Service for The late Queen Elizabeth II took place in St. George's Chapel today at 4 o'clock.

    The Members of the Royal Family were present.

  • 16 September 2022

    Buckingham Palace

    15th September, 2022

    The Governor-General of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Dame Susan Dougan) spoke to The King this evening.

    The Governor-General of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea (Sir Robert Dadae) spoke to His Majesty.

    16th September, 2022

    The King and The Queen Consort this morning attended a Service of Prayer and Reflection for the Life of The late Queen in Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff, and were received by His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan (Mrs. Morfudd Meredith), the Archbishop of Wales, the Bishop of Llandaff (the Right Reverend June Osborne), the Acting Dean of Llandaff Cathedral (the Venerable Michael Komor) and the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor of Cardiff (Councillor Graham Hinchey).CF5 2LA

    Afterwards Their Majesties met schoolchildren and members of the public on Llandaff Green.

    The King and The Queen Consort this afternoon drove to the Senedd Cymru - Welsh Parliament, Pierhead Street, Cardiff, and were received by the Presiding Officer for the Senedd (Ms. Elin Jones, MS) and the First Minister of Wales (the Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford, MS).CF99 1SN

    Their Majesties entered the Siambr/Chamber where the First Minister of Wales read a Motion of Condolence from the Members of Senedd Cymru - Welsh Parliament to which The King was graciously pleased to make reply.

    Afterwards The King and The Queen Consort met members of the Youth Parliament and Members of the Senedd.

    Their Majesties subsequently undertook a walkabout outside the Senedd.

    The King and The Queen Consort afterwards drove to Cardiff Castle and were received by Sir Brooke Boothby, Bt. (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan).CF10 3RB

    The First Minister of Wales was received in audience by His Majesty.

    The Presiding Officer for the Senedd was received by The King.

    Their Majesties subsequently gave a Reception for Members of the Senedd.

    The King later received Faith Leaders at Buckingham Palace.

    This evening The King, accompanied by The Queen Consort, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, accompanied by The Countess of Wessex, and The Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Mounted Vigil at the Coffin of Her late Majesty as it Lay in State in Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster.SW1A 0AA

    Princess Beatrice, Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank and Mr. Jack Brooksbank, The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, Mr. Peter Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tindall, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, The Earl of Snowdon, Mr. Daniel and the Lady Sarah Chatto and other Members of the Royal Family were present.

  • 15 September 2022

    St. James's Palace

    The Earl and Countess of Wessex this morning visited the Central Library, St. Peter's Square, Manchester, and were received by His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester (Mrs. Stephen Hawkins).

    Their Royal Highnesses this afternoon met members of the public in St. Ann's Square, Manchester.

    The Earl and Countess of Wessex later visited Manchester Cathedral.

  • 14 September 2022

    Buckingham Palace

    The Coffin bearing The late Queen was borne in State from Buckingham Palace this afternoon on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, flanked by the Escort Party found by 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, to travel to the Palace of Westminster to Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall.

    The Coffin was followed by The King, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Sussex, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal, Mr Peter Phillips, The Duke of Gloucester, The Earl of Snowdon and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

    Other Members of the Royal Family travelled separately.

    The King and The Queen Consort, The Prince and Princess of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, The Duke of York with Princess Beatrice, Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank and Mr. Jack Brooksbank, The Earl and Countess of Wessex with The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Mr. Peter Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tindall, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy and other Members of the Royal Family were received at the North Door of Westminster Hall by the Lord Great Chamberlain, the Lord Speaker and the Speaker.

    The King and The Queen Consort and other Members of the Royal Family attended a Service for the Reception of the Coffin conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster (the Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle).

    A Guard of Honour, found by The King's Guard with the State Colour, was formed up in front of Buckingham Palace.

    A Guard of Honour found by the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, with the Band of the Royal Marines was formed up in Parliament Square.

    His Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen and Arms and The King's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard were on duty in the Palace of Westminster.

    The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia (General the Hon. David Hurley) spoke to The King via telephone this morning.

    The President of Ireland spoke to His Majesty via telephone this afternoon.

    The President of the United States of America spoke to The King via telephone.

    The Governor-General of Canada (the Rt. Hon. Mary Simon) spoke to His Majesty via telephone this evening.

    The Governor-General of Jamaica (the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen) spoke to The King via telephone.

    The President of the French Republic spoke to His Majesty via telephone.

    Mr. Bruce Houlder (Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, today upon the Arrival of the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda (Sir Rodney Williams) and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of The King.

    Major Jeremy Fern (Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, today upon the Arrival of the Governor-General of New Zealand (the Rt. Hon. Dame Cynthia Kiro) and welcomed Her Excellency on behalf of His Majesty.

  • 12 September 2022

    Palace Of Holyroodhouse

    The King and The Queen Consort this morning travelled to Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster, London SW1, and were received upon arrival by the Lord Great Chamberlain (the Lord Carrington).

    The Lord Speaker (the Lord McFall of Alcluith) read, and then presented, an Address from the House of Lords to The King.

    Afterwards the Lord Speaker of the House of Commons (the Rt. Hon. Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP) read, and subsequently presented, an Address from the House of Commons to His Majesty.

    The King was graciously pleased to make reply to both Addresses.

    Their Majesties later arrived at Edinburgh Airport and were received by His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh (Councillor Robert Aldridge, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost) and the Rt. Hon. Alister Jack MP (Secretary of State for Scotland).

    The King and The Queen Consort drove to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and were received in the Forecourt by His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh and members of the City of Edinburgh Council, when the Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost surrendered to The King the Keys of the City, which His Majesty returned to him.

    A Guard of Honour found by Balaclava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, under the command of Major Robert Weir, was mounted in the Forecourt.

    Subsequently The King and The Queen Consort were received inside the Palace by the Hereditary Keeper (the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon).

    The King, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex and Forfar and The Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, later walked in procession behind the Coffin bearing Her late Majesty to St. Giles' Cathedral, whilst The Queen Consort and The Countess of Wessex and Forfar travelled by car.

    Their Majesties and Their Royal Highnesses attended a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Her late Majesty The Queen in St. Giles' Cathedral and were received at the West Door by the Minister of St Giles' (the Reverend Calum MacLeod).

    The Prince of Wales was represented by Lieutenant Commander Robert Dixon RN.

    The Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP (First Minister of the Scottish Government) was received afterwards by The King at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

    Mrs. Alison Johnstone MSP (Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament) was received by His Majesty.

    The King and The Queen Consort later drove to the Scottish Parliament and were received at Queensberry House by His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and the First Minister of the Scottish Government.

    The Presiding Officer welcomed Their Majesties and, together with the Leaders of Opposition parties, presented Motions of Condolence to The King to which His Majesty was graciously pleased to make reply.

    The King and The Queen Consort afterwards attended a Reception.

    This evening The King, accompanied by The Queen Consort, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex and Forfar, accompanied by The Countess of Wessex and Forfar, and The Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Mounted Vigil at the Coffin of Her late Majesty as it Lay at Rest in St. Giles' Cathedral.

    Their Majesties and Their Royal Highnesses afterwards undertook a walkabout outside the Cathedral.

  • 10 September 2022

    Clarence House

    The King held His first Privy Council at 10.20 a.m. at St. James's Palace. The Queen Consort and The Prince of Wales were present. Previously the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of this Realm and Members of the House of Commons, together with other members of Her late Majesty's Privy Council and Representatives of the Realms and Territories, Aldermen and Citizens of London and others who were also present, approved a Proclamation proclaiming His Majesty as King Charles the Third. The Proclamation was signed by those who were present. At the Council His Majesty made a Declaration, which was ordered to be published, and The King subsequently took and subscribed the Oath for the Security of the Church of Scotland. Mr. Richard Tilbrook (Clerk of the Council) and Mrs. Ceri King (Deputy Clerk of the Council) were in attendance. The Archbishop of Canterbury was received in audience by The King and The Queen Consort at Buckingham Palace this afternoon. Afterwards His Majesty received the Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) and the following members of the Cabinet: the Rt. Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP (Chancellor of the Exchequer), the Rt. Hon. James Cleverly MP (Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs), the Rt. Hon Dr. Thérèse Coffey MP (Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care), the Rt. Hon. Sue-Ellen Braverman MP (Secretary of State for the Home Department), the Rt. Hon. Ben Wallace MP (Secretary of State for Defence), the Rt. Hon. Brandon Lewis MP (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice), the Rt. Hon. Nadhim Zahawi MP (Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster), the Rt. Hon. Penelope Mordaunt MP (Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons) and the Lord True (Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords). The Rt. Hon. Sir Keir Starmer MP (Leader of His Majesty's Opposition), the Rt. Hon. Sir Edward Davey MP (Leader of the Liberal Democrats) and the Rt. Hon. Ian Blackford MP (Leader of the Scottish National Party) were received by The King. The Dean of Westminster (the Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle) was received by His Majesty. The Duke of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, with their families, were present at a private Service for The late Queen at Crathie Parish Church today.

  • 7 September 2022

    St. James's Palace

    The Earl and Countess of Wessex this morning visited Preston Market Hall, 28 Market Street, Preston, Lancashire. Their Royal Highnesses this afternoon visited Avenham and Miller Parks, Preston. The Earl and Countess of Wessex later visited Lancaster Castle and were received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire (the Lord Shuttleworth).

  • 6 September 2022

    St. James's Palace

    The Earl of Wessex, President, Sport and Recreation Alliance, this morning attended the Annual General Meeting at St. James's Palace. His Royal Highness, Patron, the London Gardens Society, having been received by Colonel Simon Duckworth (Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London), this afternoon visited London's Air Ambulance Helipad Garden, the Royal London Hospital, London E1, London Fire Brigade Mindfulness Garden, Dockhead Fire Station, London SE1, and London Bridge Hospital Garden, London SE1.

  • 8 August 2022

    St. James's Palace

    The Earl of Wessex, Vice Patron, Commonwealth Games Federation, today attended the XXII Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

    His Royal Highness, Vice Patron, Commonwealth Games Federation, this evening closed the XXII Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road, Birmingham.

    The Countess of Wessex this morning attended a Meeting with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to discuss the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative.

    Her Royal Highness today held a Meeting via telephone with Dr. Denis Mukwege (Founder and Medical Director, Panzi Hospital and Foundation).

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