The Royal Week 5-11 March 2022

Published 11 March 2022

Read more about the highlights of this week’s Royal activities, events and engagements.

 

Monday 7 March

The Queen welcomed the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, for an Audience at Windsor Castle.

The Prince of Wales, who is also The Duke of Cornwall, visited Truro and Newquay. In his role as Patron of the Specialist Cheese Makers Association, His Royal Highness toured the award winning Yarg cheese dairy and met staff members.

The Prince of Wales visits Cornwall

The Prince then dedicated the Royal British Legion Centenary Wood to the Queen’s Green Canopy.

The Wood was planted by The Duchy of Cornwall last year to mark the Centenary of the Royal British Legion, and it is a unique space where people can reflect and remember the service and sacrifice of the British Armed Forces for generations to come.

Ahead of International Women’s Day, The Countess of Wessex attended a reception at 10 Downing Street at the launch of the Girl’s Education Skills Partnership.

As Patron of the Sailor’s Children’s Society, The Princess Royal celebrated their two hundredth anniversary with a reception at Trinity House. 

The charity provides supports disadvantaged children of seafarers with grants, respite breaks, and practical and emotional help.

Tuesday 8 March

The Queen held two virtual Audiences from Windsor Castle.

The Prince of Wales, as Colonel of the Welsh Guards, presented Operation SHADER medals to The Prince of Wales’s Company following their deployment to Iraq.

The Prince of Wales presents medals to the Welsh Guards

The Welsh Guards are one of the five footguard regiments, known for their famous red tunics and bearskin hats, who guard Royal Residences. They were established by The Prince's great-grandfather, King George V in 1915.

On International Women’s Day, The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at Clarence House in her role as President of the Women of the World Festival.

Her Royal Highness also hosted members of ‘Team ExtraOARdinary’, who broke a world record rowing 3,000 miles over 42 days to raise money for three cancer charities. 

The Duchess of Gloucester, Honorary Liveryman, the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers, visited a Basketry Showcase at the Dutch Church.

Wednesday 9 March

At Windsor Castle, The Queen received Admiral Sir Tony Radakin upon relinquishing his appointment as First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff and upon assuming his appointment as Chief of the General Staff. Her Majesty later had an Audience with the Prime Minister, via telephone.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Tate Britain to see a display of photographs by Nigel Henderson, that street parties from the time of the Coronation in 1953 and are going on exhibition to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

His Royal Highness then visited St Luke’s Church to learn more about Holy Trinity Brompton’s (HTB) work to support refugees and asylum seekers.

HTB’s Refugee Response was launched in September 2021, as London sought to welcome hundreds of Afghan arrivals. Dozens of volunteers stepped up to help provide essential items, clothing, and toys, as well as helping connecting guests with local authorities.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London to learn about the extraordinary efforts being made to support Ukrainians in the UK and across Europe.

Meeting with members of the Ukrainian community and volunteers, Their Royal Highnesses heard about the services offered at the centre, the incredible amount of donations they have received and the challenges they continue to face to get material aid where it’s most needed.

The Countess of Wessex was in Swansea and Port Talbot, where she visited Swansea University to see how the Scar Free Foundation and Care Research Wales are collaborating on a three-year project to advance the pioneering 3D bioprinting technology.

Her Royal Highness also celebrated Swansea being awarded ‘Champion City’ status under The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

At Matthew’s House, The Countess met volunteers who support the most vulnerable in the local community through their range of projects, including their pay-as-you-feel café and the Homeless Period, which provides Dignity Packs of essential hygiene products to vulnerable men and women in Swansea.

The Countess of Wessex at Matthew's House in Swansea

The day finished in Port Talbot with a visit to Playhem, an indoor play centre that provides services to young parents who are at risk of isolation.

he Princess Royal was in Oxfordshire, visiting a local primary school and planted a tree for The Queen’s Green Canopy.

The Princess Royal plants a tree for The Queen's Green Canopy

Thursday 10 March

The Queen held two further virtual audiences.

On behalf of The Queen, the Lord Chamberlain received the insignia of The Equestrian Order of Saint Agatha from the two Captains Regent of San Marino.

The Captains Regent of San Marino present the Equestrian Order of St Agatha

The Order is awarded to foreign nationals who have been positively contributed charitable and other services either for outstanding civil or military services to the Republic or for humanitarian, artistic, political or sporting accomplishments – previous members have included, Her Majesty’s grandfather, King Edward VII.

The Prince of Wales met the national winners of Royal Mail’s ‘Heroes of the Pandemic’ Stamp Design Competition and viewed their winning designs at Clarence House.

The winning designs were chosen from 606,049 entries - securing Royal Mail a world record title for the largest postage stamp design competition - which celebrate a wide range of heroes.

His Royal Highness later received the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda, His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams.

The Duchess of Cornwall was in Battersea to open the new Royal Academy of Dance Headquarters.

Her Royal Highness is Vice-Patron of the Academy, which one of the most influential dance education and training organisations in the world with a strong global membership in 85 countries.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex undertook engagements across Merseyside, to hear more about the work of community leaders, charities and emergency services from across the region.

Their Royal Highnesses officially opened the Sir Ken Dodd Happiness Hall, before meeting those who have been supported by Asylum Link, Merseyside.

The Countess then had the opportunity to meet Edna, who she has talking to over the last two years via the Royal Voluntary Service’s Check in and Chat scheme.

Meanwhile, The Earl officially opened Merseyside Police’s new headquarters, where the Police Band performed in honour of his birthday.

The Princess Royal was in Scotland, where she visited Earthtime for All Forest School Nursery, Gordstonstoun School, and in her role as President of the UK Fashion and Textile Association toured the Macnaughton Holdings' weaving plant.

Friday 11 March

The Duke of Cambridge received the High Commissioner of Belize, Her Excellency Mrs. Therese Rath, the High Commissioner of Jamaica, His Excellency Mr. Seth George Ramocan, and the High Commissioner of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, His Excellency Mr. Ellison Greenslade.

Ahead of his Caribbean tour with The Countess of Wessex, The Earl of Wessex received His Excellency the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams, and Lady Williams at Bagshot Park.

The Earl of Wessex greets the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda

Next month, Their Royal Highnesses will visit Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines 

Continuing the visit to Scotland, The Princess Royal visited Macnaughton Holdings' kiltmaking facility, before officially opening "the Craig" public park in Ravenscraig, Motherwell.

Her Royal Highness as Royal Patron of the Friends of TS Queen Mary, toured TS QUEEN MARY, and later attended a Reception at Glasgow Science Centre.

You can see a full list of engagements undertaken by The Royal Family in the Court Circular