The King and The Queen Consort this afternoon visited the set of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 at Marks and Spencer Bank Arena, King’s Dock, Port of Liverpool, 16 Monarchs Quay, Liverpool, and were received by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside (Mr Mark Blundell), the Director-General of the British Broadcasting Corporation (Mr Timothy Davie) and the Mayor of Liverpool (Councillor Joanne Anderson).
Their Majesties, escorted by the Director-General, Ms Charlotte Moore (Chief Content Officer, British Broadcasting Corporation) and Mr Martin Green (Managing Director, Eurovision 2023, British Broadcasting Corporation), toured the backstage areas, meeting members of the production team and apprentices, before officially unveiling the Eurovision stage, viewing a rehearsal and meeting presenters, the contestant representing the United Kingdom and Arena members of staff.
The King and The Queen Consort afterwards visited Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool, to mark the Library’s twinning with the National Scientific Library in Odesa, Ukraine, and were received by the Ambassador from Ukraine to the Court of St James’s (His Excellency Mr Vadym Prystaiko), the Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council (Ms Theresa Grant) and the Director of Culture Liverpool (Ms Claire McColgan).
Their Majesties, escorted by the Chief Executive and the Director, listened to a poetry recital, viewed choir and opera performances, observed chess matches and met members of the Ukrainian community and Ukrainian families settled in Liverpool with their host families.
The King also met representatives from The Prince’s Trust and the Professional Teaching Institute.
The Queen Consort joined a storytelling session with a class of school children as part of the Liverpool Learning Partnership Creative Writing and Reading Programme.
Later, the Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of His Majesty.
The King held a Council at 6.30pm.
There were present: the Rt Hon Penelope Mordaunt MP (Lord President), the Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP (Deputy Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Secretary of State in the Cabinet Office), the Rt Hon Christopher Heaton-Harris MP (Secretary of State for Northern Ireland) and the Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP (Minister for Prisons, Parole and Probation).
Mr Alexander Chalk MP was sworn in as a Member of His Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.
The Rt Hon Alexander Chalk MP took the Oaths of Office, kissed hands upon appointment and received the Seals of Office as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.
Mr Richard Tilbrook was in attendance as Clerk of the Council.
The Rt Hon Sir Clive Alderton (Principal Private Secretary to Their Majesties) and the Rt Hon Sir Edward Young (Joint Principal Private Secretary to His Majesty) were in attendance on The King.
The Rt Hon Penelope Mordaunt MP had an audience of His Majesty before the Council.
The King was represented by General the Lord Dannatt (formerly Chief of the General Staff) at the Funeral of Mr Bryn Parry (Co-Founder, Help for Heroes) which was held in Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire, this afternoon.
The Prince of Wales was represented by Lieutenant Commander James Benbow RN.
The King was represented by Mrs Susan Lousada (His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire) at the Service of Thanksgiving for Sir Samuel Whitbread (formerly His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire) which was held in St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Bedford, this afternoon.
The Princess Royal was represented by Captain Sir Nicholas Wright RN.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were represented by Mr Christopher Sharwood-Smith.
The Duke and Duchess of Kent were represented by Mr Nicolas Adamson.
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The Duke of Edinburgh this morning arrived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and was received by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (the Hon Janet Austin).
His Royal Highness, Patron, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, this afternoon attended a Lunch in Vancouver.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, afterwards visited the Odd Squad Productions Society, 5487 Lane Street, Burnaby, British Columbia.
His Royal Highness, Patron, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, this evening attended a Dinner at Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver.
The Duchess of Edinburgh, Honorary President, Linking Environment And Farming, this morning visited Brockhill Park Performing Arts College, Sandling Road, Saltwood, Hythe, and was received by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent (the Lady Colgrain).
Her Royal Highness later opened the Verena Holmes Building at Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent.
The Duchess of Edinburgh this afternoon opened Kent and Medway Medical School at Parkwood Road, University of Kent, Canterbury.
Her Royal Highness afterwards visited Kent Refugee Action Network, Unit 1, 34 Simmonds Road, Wincheap Industrial Estate, Canterbury.
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The Princess Royal, Fellow, the Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies, this morning attended the National Annual General Meeting and Council Meeting at Clevedon Hall, Tickenham Road, Clevedon, and was received by Mr Edward Allen (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset).
Her Royal Highness, Patron, the Whitley Fund for Nature, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, this evening attended the Whitley Awards Ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7, and was received by Mr Kevin Traverse-Healy (Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London).
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The Duke of Kent, Grand Master, United Grand Lodge of England, this afternoon presided at the Annual Investiture of the Supreme Grand Chapter at Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2.