The Queen arrived at Buckingham Palace from Balmoral Castle this afternoon.
Her Majesty held a Council at 6pm.
There were present: the Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP (Lord President), the Rt Hon Robert Buckland MP (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice), the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (Secretary of State for Transport) and the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP (Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).
The Rt Hon James Berry MP, the Rt Hon James Cleverly MP, Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, the Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP, the Rt Hon Joseph Johnson MP, the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP and the Rt Hon Mark Spencer MP were sworn in as members of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.
The Rt Hon Dr Thérèse Coffey MP took the Oath of Office, kissed hands upon appointment and received the Seals of Office as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
Mrs Ceri King was in attendance as Deputy Clerk of the Council.
The Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP had an audience of Her Majesty before the Council.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by Sir David Montgomery, Bt (formerly Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Lieutenant Colonel Sir Robert Stewart (formerly Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kinross-shire and Clackmannanshire) which was held in Dollar Parish Church, Bridge Street, Dollar, Clackmannanshire, this afternoon.
The Princess Royal was represented Mrs David Bowes-Lyon.
The Duke of Kent was represented by Brigadier Harry Nickerson.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Joint Patrons, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this afternoon received Mr William Gates (Co-Chairman and Trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).
His Royal Highness, Joint Patron, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, received Mr Jason Knauf (Chief Executive).
The Duke of York this morning visited Hub71, Al Khatem Tower, ADGM Square Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
His Royal Highness this afternoon visited the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise, Al Wahda Tower, Hazza Bin Zayed Street, Abu Dhabi.
The Duke of York afterwards visited the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street, Al Hosn Palace District, and was received by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (His Excellency Mr Patrick Moody) and Zaki Nusseibeh (Minister of State for Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation).
St James’s Palace
The Countess of Wessex, President, Brainwave, this morning visited the Brainwave North West Centre, Unit 602, Birchwood One Business Park, Dewhurst Road, Birchwood, Warrington, to celebrate its Tenth Anniversary, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire (Mr David Briggs).
Her Royal Highness, President, Girlguiding, this afternoon opened the new residential building, “the Lookout”, at Cheshire Forest Pettypool Activity Centre, Sandiway, Northwich, Cheshire.
The Countess of Wessex later visited Tarporley War Memorial Hospital, 14 Park Road, Tarporley, Cheshire, to celebrate its Centenary.
St James’s Palace
The Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, this morning departed from Heathrow Airport, London for Japan.
Mr Charles Davies is in attendance.
The Duke of Gloucester this evening attended a Dinner at the Residence of the Wali of Souss-Massa, Agadir, Morocco.
St James’s Palace
The Duke of Kent today visited the Wheels Project Limited, 31-32 Bonville Road, Brislington, Bristol, to mark its 40th Anniversary, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol (Mrs Peaches Golding).
His Royal Highness, Grand Master, United Grand Lodge of England, this afternoon attended a Lunch at Freemasons’ Hall, 31 Park Street, Bristol.
The Duke of Kent later viewed the progress of the Organ Renovation Project and the restoration of the Rose Window at Bristol Cathedral.