On December 25, 2016, the British royal court released Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas Day message.
On December 25, 2016, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with their two children — Prince George and Princess Charlotte — attended Christmas Day service at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
Accompanying the duke and duchess were Mr. and Mrs. Michael Middleton, Miss Pippa Middleton and her fiance, and Mr. James Middleton.
For more information about today’s visit to St. Mark’s Church please click here.
On the morning of December 25, 2016, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales, His Royal Highness The Duke of York, Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York, Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex along with their two children — Lady Louise Windsor and James, The Viscount Severn — Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Philips along with their two children — Savannah and Isla Philips — attended Christmas Day service at the St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England.
On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Bank of England in London.
According to a Bank of England press release during today’s visit the prince was given a:
“…tour [that] covered the different aspects of the Bank’s work to maintain monetary and financial stability.
The tour began with a private meeting with the Governors to cover recent market and policy developments. His Royal Highness then visited our Museum to learn about our public outreach and meet school children from Virginia Primary School in Tower Hamlets.
The tour continued with a visit to Taylor’s Treasury, the newly refurbished area of the Bank uncovered after almost 45 years hidden and recently awarded a City of London Heritage Trust Award. Here His Royal Highness met scholarship students and representatives from the Bank’s employee-led networks. A private briefing from Bank staff on the various policy committees and matters such as house price inflation, cyber security and the Real Time Gross Settlement System followed this. The tour concluded with a visit to the gold vaults where around 400,000 bars of gold, worth over £100 billion, are held.
Commenting on the visit, Governor Mark Carney said: ‘Today has been a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the breadth of the Bank’s work and how our remit has evolved since His Royal Highness last visited. I am pleased His Royal Highness had the chance to meet with a range of colleagues from across the Bank to experience the ways in which we work to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom.'”
On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales participated in the 24th annual ICAP Charity Trading Day, in aid of Sentebale, in London, Englan.
The prince is patron of Sentebale a charity which supports orphans and vulnerable children.
On November 30, 2016, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge carried out several engagements in Derby, England.
This morning the duke visited the Rolls Royce factory where he toured the Rolls Royce XWB engine assembly line and technology center. The duke also visited the Bombardier Transportation UK Limited and the Padley Development Centre.
For more information about today’s visit to Derby as well as to view photos please click the links below.
On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. The purpose of their visit was to celebrate the museum’s 200th anniversary as well as to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Cambridge University Library.
According to the official website for the Fitzwilliam Museum the royal couple met with students :
“…from King’s Hedges School and Soham Village College engaged in their educational activities. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall met staff from the Museum, and were shown treasures from the Fitzwilliam’s collection including a unique sculpture in wax, Arabesque over the Right Leg, Left Arm in Front, by Edgar Degas and a European medieval illuminated manuscript.
Staff from the Cambridge University Library demonstrated the latest digitization techniques, and displayed rare items from the UL’s collection including a copy of Charles Darwin’s On the origin of species by means of natural selection (1859) and Andreas Vesalius De humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome (1543).
Also at the Fitzwilliam, Their Royal Highnesses met with representatives of University-led and local outreach, education and development initiatives including the Cambridge-Africa Programme, the Cambridge Development Initiative, the Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre, the Campaign for Female Education, and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, of which The Prince is Patron. They were then introduced to foreign students awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarships.”
For more information about today’s visit as well as to watch a video and view a photo gallery please click here.
On Monday, November 28, 2016, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall along with Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, and Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy attended a memorial service at the Chester Cathedral in Chester, England in remembrance of the late sixth Duke of Westminster, Gerald Grosvenor.
The late duke passed away on August 9, 2016.
On Thursday, November 24, 2016, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales attended the consecration of the St. Thomas Cathedral Syrian Orthodox Church in Acton, London.
According to the Anglican Communion News Service the church is:
“…Britain’s first Syriac Orthodox Cathedral. The Prince of Wales was the guest of honor at the service, which was attended by a number of senior Anglicans from the Church of England, including the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres; the Bishop at Lambeth, Nigel Stock; and the Bishop of Ebbsfleet, Jonathan Goodall, the former ecumenical secretary at Lambeth Palace.
The new cathedral of St Thomas is the former Saint Saviour’s Church in Acton, west London – formerly a chapel for deaf Christians operated by the Royal Association for the Deaf.”
During yesterday’s event The Prince of Wales gave a speech stating:
“Your Holiness, Your Grace Archbishop Athanasius,
Clergy and faithful of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom
It gives me great happiness to be present at the consecration of the Cathedral of St. Thomas. It is surely deeply encouraging, at a time when the members of the Syriac Orthodox Church in their homelands of Syria and Iraq are undergoing such desperate trials and such appalling suffering, that in Britain the Syriac Church is able to expand and gain in strength. In this way the consecration of your Cathedral is indeed a notable sign of hope for the future.
In many ways, every consecration of a Christian church recalls the consecration of King Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem. There, in the book of Kings, it is said that, when the Arc of the Covenant was brought into the temple, “the Glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord”. I can only pray that the divine glory may likewise fill this newly consecrated house of God.
While rejoicing in the beauty of this place of worship, at the same time it is perhaps worth remembering that the highest and ultimate temple of God is the human person. As St. Paul says to the Corinthians, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple?” (I Cor. 3:16). The Church of God exists not only in visible buildings such as the present, but also more profoundly in the invisible building formed from the living stones of the faithful. So, as we consecrate this visible temple, let us also, each one of us, rededicate to our Lord the inner temple that is our own true self.
May the congregation of this Cathedral, and all the members of the Syriac Orthodox Church, wherever they may be, be blessed with the kind of courage and faith that can ultimately transcend the unbearable misery and anguish that have been so cruelly inflicted upon you, your loved ones and your brethren.”
On Thursday, November 24, 2016, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall arrived at the New Normandy Barracks in Aldershot where she visited with family members of soldiers who have recently been deployed to Iraq.
Here is the 1987 BBC documentary entitled, The Uncrowned Jewels. The program focuses on “…the sale of the Duchess of Windsor’s lavish collection of jewels.”
Here is the documentary entitled, Secrets of the Tower of London. I’m sure most of you have seen the program before. If not, enjoy! 🙂
On Friday, September 16, 2016, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Stewards Academy School in Harlow, Essex. The purpose of today’s visit was to learn more about “…the pressures faced by young people when they are going through big changes in their lives, as part of their Heads Together campaign focused on mental health and well-being…” according to AFP News.