The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, travelled in State to the Palace of Westminster today to open the Session of Parliament.
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness drove in a Carriage Procession, escorted by a Sovereign’s Escort of The Household Cavalry, under the command of Major Nicholas Stewart, The Life Guards, and were received at the Sovereign’s Entrance by the Earl Marshal and the Lord Great Chamberlain.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall drove in a Carriage Procession, escorted by a Travelling Escort of the Household Cavalry, under the command of Major Simon Lukas, The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons).
Guards of Honour were mounted at Buckingham Palace by The Queen’s Guard found by 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, under the command of Major Andrew Seddon and at the Palace of Westminster by 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, under the command of Major Timothy Badham.
A staircase party of The Household Cavalry was on duty at Victoria Tower, House of Lords, under the command of Captain Paul Chishick.
Royal Salutes were fired in Green Park by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, under the command of Major Mark Edward, and from the Tower of London Saluting Battery by the Honourable Artillery Company, under the command of Major Richard Jakeman.
The Imperial State Crown, the Cap of Maintenance and the Sword of State were conveyed previously to the House of Lords in a Carriage Procession, escorted by a Regalia Escort of The Household Cavalry.
Her Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms was on duty in the Prince’s Chamber and The Queen’s Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard.
The Queen’s Bargemaster and Watermen were on duty.
The Ladies and Gentlemen of the Household and the Pages of Honour to The Queen (Arthur Chatto, the Hon Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Aithrie and Hugo Bertie) were in attendance at the Palace of Westminster.
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness returned to Buckingham Palace and were received by the Lord Chamberlain and the Vice-Chamberlain of the Household.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, Captain General, this evening attended the Royal Marines Three Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary Ceremony of Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade and were received by the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP (Secretary of State for Defence) and Major General Edward Davis (Commandant General Royal Marines).
His Royal Highness took the salute and afterwards attended a Reception for serving and retired Royal Marines at Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster, London SW1.
The Prince of Wales this afternoon attended a Prince’s Charities’ International Sustainability Unit Meeting at St James’s Palace.
His Royal Highness this evening held a Dinner for The Prince’s Charities’ International Sustainability Unit at Clarence House.
The Duke of Cambridge, Patron, SkillForce, this morning visited the Ethos Programme at Goole High School, Centenary Road, Goole, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of East Riding of Yorkshire (the Hon Mrs Susan Cunliffe-Lister).
His Royal Highness, Patron, Centrepoint, afterwards visited the new Centrepoint youth centre at Bradford Foyer Limited, Coates Street, Bradford, and was received by Major S Hardy (Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire).
The Duke of York this morning was received by the Minister President of Lower Saxony and visited the State Exhibition, “the Hanoverians on Britain’s Throne 1714-1837”, at the Lower Saxony State Museum, Hanover, Germany.
His Royal Highness later visited TUI AG, Hanover.
The Duke of York subsequently attended a Luncheon given by the Minister President of Lower Saxony at the Lower Saxony State Guest House, Hanover.
His Royal Highness this afternoon named the George I rose at Georgengarten, Hanover.
The Duke of York later attended The Queen’s Birthday Party Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover.
His Royal Highness departed from Hanover Airport for Canada.
The Earl of Wessex, representing The Queen, this morning departed from Farnborough Airport for Poland to attend celebrations by the Polish State to mark Twenty Five Years of independent democracy and was received later on arrival at Warsaw Military Airport by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Poland (His Excellency Mr Robin Barnett).
His Royal Highness afterwards attended the official Celebration Ceremony at Royal Castle Square, Warsaw.
The Earl of Wessex this afternoon attended a Lunch given by The President of the Republic of Poland at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.
His Royal Highness later attended an Address given by The President of the Republic of Poland at the National Assembly, Warsaw.
The Earl of Wessex afterwards attended the Great British Afternoon Tea at the Hotel Bristol, Warsaw.
His Royal Highness this evening attended a Twenty Five Years of Freedom Dinner given by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Poland at the Residence in Warsaw.
Mr Timothy Roberts is in attendance.
The Countess of Wessex, Patron, the Treloar Trust, this morning opened the new outdoor sports facilities at Treloar School and College, London Road, Alton, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire (Dame Mary Fagan).
The Princess Royal, Patron, Northern Lighthouse Board, today carried out the following engagements in Shetland:
Her Royal Highness this morning visited Firths Voe Lighthouse.
The Princess Royal later visited Lunna Holm Lighthouse
Her Royal Highness afterwards visited Out Skerries Lighthouse.
The Princess Royal this afternoon visited Mousa Lighthouse.
The Duke of Gloucester, President, Greenwich Foundation, this morning received Sir Robert Crawford (Chairman) and Mr. Brendan McCarthy (Chief Executive).
His Royal Highness, President, Crown Agents Foundation, this afternoon attended the Annual General Meeting and Reception at Lancaster House, London SW1.
St James’s Palace
The Duke of Kent, Patron, St. Mungo’s Community Housing Association Limited, this morning received Mr. Howard Sinclair (Chairman).