Daily Record: May 17th, 2023


Buckingham Palace

The King and Queen this morning visited St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, London WC2, to mark its Three Hundred and Ninetieth Anniversary and were received by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (Sir Kenneth Olisa) and the Rector (the Reverend Simon Grigg).

Their Majesties, escorted by the Rector, entered the Church via the Diamond Jubilee Garden and met trustees, churchwardens and members of Church staff.

The King met representatives from the Covent Garden Community Association, actors and members of the theatre community.

The Queen met representatives from the Drama for Healing Group.

Their Majesties afterwards walked through the West Piazza and were received at the Apple Market by the Chief Executive Officer of Shaftesbury Capital (Mr Ian Hawksworth).

The King, escorted by the Chief Executive Officer, and The Queen, escorted by Ms Michelle McGrath (Executive Director, Shaftesbury Capital), visited stallholders in Covent Garden Market before continuing on foot towards the Royal Opera House and being received at the Colonnade by the Chairman of the Royal Opera House (Sir Lloyd Dorfman) and meeting performers, students of the Royal Ballet School and members of Royal Opera House staff.

The King this afternoon held a Reception for The Prince’s Trust Awards at Buckingham Palace.

The King held a Council at 4pm.

There were present: the Rt Hon Penelope Mordaunt MP (Lord President), the Rt Hon Olukemi Badenoch MP (Secretary of State for Business and Trade), the Rt Hon Lucy Frazer MP (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport), the Rt Hon Alister Jack MP (Secretary of State for Scotland) and the Rt Hon Chloe Smith MP (Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology).

Mr Humza Yousaf MSP (First Minister of Scotland) was sworn in as a Member of His Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Rt Hon Chloe Smith MP made affirmation, kissed hands upon appointment and received the Seal of Office as Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology.

Mr Richard Tilbrook was in attendance as Clerk of the Council.

The Rt Hon Penelope Mordaunt MP had an audience of His Majesty before the Council.

The Rt Hon Humza Yousaf MSP (First Minister of the Scottish Government) was received in audience by The King.

Kensington Palace*

The Prince of Wales, Commodore-in-Chief, Submarines, this morning met submariners who rowed across the Atlantic in HMS OARDACIOUS, at Eton College Rowing Centre, Dorney Lake, Windsor, Berkshire.

St James’s Palace

The Duke of Edinburgh this evening attended the Stone of Destiny Thank You Reception at Edinburgh Castle.

The Duchess of Edinburgh this morning visited the Children’s Sailing Trust, Trevassack Lake, Helston, and was received by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall (Colonel Edward Bolitho).

Her Royal Highness this afternoon visited Falmouth University, Falmouth Campus, Woodlane, Falmouth.

The Duchess of Edinburgh later visited Colwith Farm Distillery, Crewell Moor, Pelyn Cross, Lanlivery.

St James’s Palace

The Princess Royal, Patron, Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust, this morning attended the Annual General Meeting and a Reception at the Warrant Officers’ and Senior Rates’ Mess, HMS EXCELLENT, Whale Island, Portsmouth, and was received by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire (Mr Nigel Atkinson).

Her Royal Highness, Royal Patron, National Coastwatch Institution, this afternoon visited Gosport Station, Signal Tower, Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, Hampshire, and subsequently attended a Reception at Hornet Services Sailing Club, Haslar Road, Gosport.

The Princess Royal, Commandant-in-Chief, First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps), this evening attended a Recruits’ Passing Out Parade at Wellington Barracks, London SW1, and was received by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (Sir Kenneth Olisa).

Kensington Palace

The Duke of Gloucester and The Duchess of Gloucester, President, this evening attended a performance by the Royal Academy Opera of “La Cambiale di Matrimonio” at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1.


The Prince of Wales’s engagement was added to the Court Circular on May 19th.

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