Daily Record: May 9th, 2023


Buckingham Palace

The King today broke ground on the new Whittle Laboratory, 1 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, which aims to serve as the leading global public-private sector hub focused on rapidly progressing the development of zero carbon flight systems and technologies. He was received by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire (Mrs Julie Spence), the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet (Cadet Olivia Corner), the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire (Dr Bharatkumar Khetani), the Secretary of State for the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP), Minister of State, Department of Science, Innovation and Technology (Mr George Freeman MP), the Ambassador from the United Arab Emirates (His Excellency Mr Mansoor Abulhoul), the High Commissioner for the Republic of Rwanda (His Excellency Mr Johnston Busingye), Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council (Councillor Stephen Ferguson), the Mayor of Cambridge (Councillor Mark Ashton), the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (Dr Anthony Freeling) and the Vice-Chancellor Elect of the University of Cambridge (Professor Deborah Prentice). His Majesty, escorted by the Director of the Whittle Laboratory (Professor Robert Miller) toured the High-Speed Laboratory to view some of the latest aviation technologies and models for sustainable flight. The King subsequently attended a roundtable and met public, private and academic leaders from the aviation and energy sectors, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The Prince of Wales, on behalf of The King, and The Princess of Wales gave an Afternoon Party in the garden of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Coronation of The King and Queen.

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, The Princess Royal and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were present.

His Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms and The King’s Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard were on duty.

The British Army Band Tidworth and the Central Band of The Royal Air Force played selections of music during the afternoon.

St James’s Palace

The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Member, the British and Commonwealth Fire Company Foundation “Fundación 14”, this afternoon received Mr Brian Murtagh (Vice President).

His Royal Highness, Patron, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, this evening held a Dinner at Stonehage Fleming Family and Partners Limited, 6 St James’s Square, London SW1.

The Duchess of Edinburgh, Patron, this morning visited Morden College, 19 St German’s Place, London SE3.

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