His Excellency Mr Bruno van der Pluijm was received in audience by The Queen via video link today and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Kingdom of Belgium to the Court of St James’s.
Mrs Hildegarde Van de Voorde was also received by Her Majesty via video link.
Sir Philip Barton (Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs) was present.
Mr Bede Corry was received by The Queen via video link this afternoon upon his appointment as High Commissioner for New Zealand in London.
By command of The Queen, Mr Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr Yasumasa Nagamine at 23 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8, this afternoon in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from Japan to the Court of St James’s.
By command of Her Majesty, the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps afterwards called upon His Excellency Mr Said Tayeb Jawad at 28 Ennismore Garden Mews, London SW7, in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Court of St James’s.
The Prince of Wales this morning visited the Royal Mail Sorting Office, Corinium Centre, Love Lane, Cirencester, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire (Mr Edward Gillespie).
His Royal Highness afterwards visited Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, and was received by Mr Henry Robinson (Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire).
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this afternoon held a Meeting via video link with Ms Isha Ambani (Director, Reliance Retail) and Mr Darshan Mehta (President and Chief Executive, Reliance Brands Limited).
The Duke of Gloucester, Grand Prior, the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, this morning held a Meeting via video link with Professor Mark Compton (Lord Prior), Dr Chin Hung Chung (Prior of the Priory in Hong Kong) and Dr Selan Sayampanathan (Prior of the Priory in Singapore).
His Royal Highness, Patron, the Japan Society, and President, Crown Agents Foundation, this morning held a Meeting via video link with the Ambassador from Japan (His Excellency Mr Yasumasa Nagamine), representatives from the Japanese Embassy and Officers of the Crown Agents Foundation.