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The Princess Royal carried out several engagements this week.

Her Royal Highness attended a Trinity House Younger Brethren’s Guest Night Dinner. The Princess Royal is Master of the @trinityhouseuk – a charity who, since they were incorporated by Royal Charter in 1514, have played a major role in UK and international maritime safety. HRH chaired a Question and Answer session and met guests.

Also that day, The Princess Royal visited the Cruising Association, to mark their 150th Anniversary. The organisation provide members with a global network of expertise and knowledge: HRH was shown Cruising Association’s ‘CAptain’s Mate’ App, which allows sailors to access thousands of cruising reports.


The Earl of Wessex this week attended a performance at @thelondonpalladium in support of the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity, an organisation specialising in the treatment of heart and lung disease.

The Earl watched 100 Hearts, a Night of Comedy, featuring comedians @brydon_rob, Dara Ó Briain, Harry Enfield and Jayde Adams.

HRH also attended a reception with the charity’s CEO Gill Raikes and supporters, trustees and guests.


As Patron, The Duchess of Cornwall, hosted a reception for the London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children at #BuckinghamPalace today – arriving at the Palace in a low emission taxi.
The London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children (LTCFC) dates back to 1928, when a driver named Mick Cohen, who had grown up in the Norwood Orphanage, recruited 12 drivers to organise an outing and raise money for the Home. Today, the LTCFC are known for organising outings to the seaside and holding exciting events for special needs and disadvantaged children including trips to the theatre and Christmas parties.

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Today The Duke of Cambridge visited projects which support men around mental health and wellbeing.
First, His Royal Highness visited a Barber’s shop which encourages Barbers to spot the signs of depression and mental health problems in their clients.
The “Lions Barber Collective” come together to also provide training in “BarbersTalk” where they can chat to clients and are able to recognise the signs of depression and mental health issues.
The Duke, alongside the Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are tackling the stigma around around mental health through The Royal Foundation’s @heads_together campaigns.


During the visit to celebrate a hundred years of @gchq, The Queen met Bletchley Park codebreaker veteran Ruth Bourne, as well as young winners of CyberFirst - a codebreaking competition for girls.

Her Majesty also explored artefacts from GCHQ history with their resident historian, from the Bombe Decoder machine to a secret code book used to exchange messages between the Royal Household and Government in 1939.

The Queen finally unveiled a plaque, which features two hidden messages, to commemorate her visit and #gchq100.


Today The Queen marked the centenary of @gchq at Watergate House - the organisation’s first home as the ‘Government Code and Cypher School’ and former top secret location.

GCHQ was first established in 1919 after the success of signals intelligence used during World War One and today is one of Britain’s three intelligence agencies tasked with tackling the most serious cyber, terrorist, criminal and state threats.

Alongside the National Cyber Security Centre, its aim is to make the UK a safe place to live and do business online. 📷PA images


Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended separate engagements around London.

This morning The Duke visited homeless charity The Passage as it was announced today he would become Patron. Staff and volunteers at the charity helped 2,651 homeless people in 2017/18, where today The Duke helped out at a lunch service and joined a roundtable.

The Duchess attended The Royal Foundation’s ‘Mental Health in Education’ conference, where experts from the education and mental health sectors to tackle mental health issues in schools.

See more on @kensingtonroyal


Audiences are a key element of The Queen’s day-to-day work, and enable her to give time and focus to key individuals. There are more than 170 Ambassadors and High Commissioners based in London at any given time and each one of them will have an Audience with The Queen shortly after taking up his or her role.
High Commissioners and Ambassadors have identical roles - they both represent the interests of their country in the UK by building diplomatic ties. The only difference is in the title which indicates their country's relationship to The Commonwealth: High Commissioners come from Commonwealth countries and Ambassadors do not.
At the start of the Audience, diplomats present their 'Credentials', this is a formal letter from the diplomat's Head of State to The Queen asking her to give 'credence' to the new Ambassador or High Commissioner. In other words, saying that Her Majesty can trust the new appointment to speak on behalf of his or her country. 📸 Press Association


The Queen held Audiences at Buckingham Palace today which included The Hon. Vicki O'Halloran, marking her appointment as Administrator of the Northern Territory in Australia.
His Excellency Mr. Milton Inniss also met Her Majesty to present his credentials as he takes up his position as High Commissioner for Barbados in London. 📸 Press Association


The Prince of Wales receives a wonderful welcome at the Kensington Aldridge Academy this morning.
Located just yards from the Grenfell Tower fire, The Prince met many students and staff who were affected by the tragedy in June 2017. 
See more of The Prince’s visit on @ClarenceHouse for more.


Congratulations to everyone who received their honour from The Princess Royal at today's Investiture ceremony.

Hertfordshire firefighters Wayne Ansell and Simon Best both received The Queen’s Gallantry Medal following their efforts to rescue 35 elderly residents from a serious fire in a care home in Cheshunt.

Amali de Alwis was awarded her MBE for services to Women in Technology. Amali is Chief Executive Officer of @CodeFirstGirls and a mentor for the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council as well as acting as a mentor for start-ups.

Stagecoach co-founder, business women, activist and charity campaigner, Dame Anne Gloag received a Damehood for services to Business and Philanthropy. 📸 Press Association


Last night The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a performance of ‘A Wider Earth’ at the Natural History Museum, held in aid of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project.
The @queenscanopy aims to raise awareness within the Commonwealth of the value of indigenous forests, and has already seen countries across the globe commit to preserving forests for future generations.
The project was launched in 2015 to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth and has been supported by Sir David Attenborough, who discussed the project with The Queen in the documentary ‘The Queens Green Planet’ last year.
Find out more at @queenscanopy.
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