Photos and videos from the work & activities of The Queen & The Royal Family.
Photos and videos from the work & activities of The Queen & The Royal Family.
Before The State Opening of Parliament take a look behind the scenes in Buckingham Palace at the preparations of the “Serjeants-at-Arms” uniforms. First instituted by Richard I in the twelfth century, the Serjeants-at-Arms are the oldest form of guard. Their duties were to watch over The King’s tent in complete armour. Today, the duties of the Serjeants-at-Arms are ceremonial – they walk before the Sovereign on State occasions bearing the “mace of silver gilt”. Tailors make the finishing touches to the uniforms, by sewing in the “Collar of Esses” using ribbon.
🥂👰🏻 Congratulations to Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank on their 1st Wedding Anniversary! Today marks one year since Her Royal Highness and Mr Brooksbank exchanged vows as St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on October 12th, 2018.
Wishing The Duke of Kent a very Happy Birthday today 🎉 The Duke, The Queen’s cousin, is 84 today! #HappyBirthdayHRH
🇬🇧 The Queen is now in residence at Buckingham Palace! Watch as The Royal Standard is ‘cracked’, to signify the Monarch returning. The Union Flag is removed from the pole and replaced with the Royal Standard upon the monarch’s arrival and departure. The flag is lifted up the pole before being cracked open.
Following a guard of honour at the Presidential Palace, The Duke of Sussex today had an audience with His Excellency João Lourenço, President of Angola. Following the audience, The Duke received a briefing from First Lady Ana Dias Lourenços on the work of Born Free to Shine, a project spearheaded by the First Lady, which focuses on preventing HIV/AIDS transmission from mothers to babies. The project addresses both the medical and socio-educational issues around HIV and AIDS which are both still taboo issues in Angola. Despite Angola’s low infection rate, other factors such as high fertility and a young population, combined with a lack of awareness, are driving infection rates up. Rates of mother-to-baby transmission are the highest in sub-Saharan Africa. The First Lady has just approved a national plan to tackle mother-to-baby HIV/AIDS transmission. #RoyalVisitAngola 📷Press Association
📽 watch: ‘Charles - 50 Years a Prince’ is a new programme exploring The Prince of Wales’s close relationship with Wales and his experience of the Investiture and the days that followed. The programme is showing at 9pm on ITV Wales. Prince Charles was created The Prince of Wales aged 9 on July 26th 1958 but it wasn’t until 50 years ago, on 1st July 1969, that HRH was formally invested with the title by Her Majesty The Queen. Follow @clarencehouse for more.
Yesterday, The Princess Royal visited @allsortsgloucestershire Toy Library in Gloucestershire to mark their 10th Anniversary. @allsortsgloucestershire is a charity supporting over 300 families with disabled children and children with needs. The charity runs a range of youth clubs, sports and family activities which help disabled children forge friendships, try new things and have fun. Her Royal Highness was shown around the facilities visiting the sensory room, music room and play space, and met Allsorts staff, volunteers, ambassadors and trustees.
Happy Birthday to The Duke of Sussex – 35 today! #HappyBirthdayHRH 🎉 📸 Press Association
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share this photograph of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, taken before Their Royal Highnesses left Kensington Palace for school this morning. 📷 @kensingtonroyal
Her Majesty, as The Queen of the Bahamas, has sent a message to those affected by Hurricane Dorian: “Prince Philip and I have been shocked and saddened to learn of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, and we send our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives following this terrible storm. At this very difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with those who have seen their homes and property destroyed, and I also send my gratitude to the emergency services and volunteers who are supporting the rescue and recovery effort. Elizabeth R”
“If conducted responsibly, tourism can benefit communities for generations. It can build schools, create jobs, strengthen safety nets – and it can create a virtuous cycle, as communities protect what promotes further tourism.” Today, The Duke of Sussex launched ‘Travalyst’, a new partnership which works with companies, consumers and communities to explore and promote solutions that help drive sustainable practices and consumer choices in areas including; supporting local people, protecting wildlife, tackling climate change and environmental damage, and alleviating over-tourism.
🎉🎈 Happy 75th Birthday to The Duke of Gloucester! The Duke, The Queen’s cousin, is a full-time working member of The Royal Family. His Royal Highness’s main areas of focus are architecture and conservation. #HappyBirthdayHRH
More than 17,500 photographs, prints and papers related to #PrinceAlbert have been published online today. The @royalcollectiontrust digitisation project gives new insight into Albert’s achievements and his impact on Victorian society. From his family life, to his love of photography - explore the site via the link in our bio! Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were married for twenty-one years and had nine children together. 📷 Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
🎶 Listen as Prince Albert’s ‘Lebewohl’ is performed by The Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment, at Friday’s @bbc_proms in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria. This print from @royalcollectiontrust shows Queen Victoria playing as The Prince looked on. #DYK Queen Victoria and Prince Albert often played duets together, either on the same piano, or on two pianos in the same room? And did you know Queen Victoria stopped playing the piano for a short time after Prince Albert died in 1861? 📷 Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
🎈🎉 Wishing The Princess Royal a Happy Birthday! Born on this day in 1950, Her Royal Highness is the second child of Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh. #HappyBirthdayHRH 📷 © Annie Leibovitz
🎉 Today is Princess Beatrice of York’s 31st Birthday. Princess Beatrice is the first child of @hrhthedukeofyork and Sarah, Duchess of York, and fifth grandchild of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. #HappyBirthdayHRH 🎈
Happy Birthday to The Duchess of Sussex. 🎂 The Duchess was born on this day in 1981. 📷 PA Images @sussexroyal
This week, The Australian Women’s Cricket Team visited Buckingham Palace gardens following a tour of the State Rooms. The team retained the Ashes earlier in the week after their drawn Test match with England. Congratulations to everyone taking part in the series. 📷 @royalcollectiontrust
The Queen, this afternoon, received The Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP in an Audience and requested him to form a new Administration. The Queen also received The Right Honourable Theresa May MP who tendered her resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury. Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept the resignation.
Happy Birthday to The Duchess of Cornwall.🎂 The Duchess was born on 17 July 1947 at King’s College Hospital, London. This photograph, released by @clarencehouse , was taken in the Caribbean on The Prince of Wales and Duchess’s tour in St Kitts & Nevis.
🎥 Watch highlights from this year's #HolyroodWeek, where The Queen carried out engagements across Scotland. Each year, The Queen stays in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty’s official residence in Scotland, and visits different regions of the country to meet Scots from all walks of life. From visiting Gorgie City Farm to celebrating the 20th anniversary of Scottish Parliament, watch the full video on our IGTV channel 📺 Also check out highlights from The Earl and Countess of Wessex's visit to Forfar!
Today, The Earl of Forfar hosted the @dofeuk Gold Awards presentations at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Young people travelled to the Palace in Edinburgh to celebrate their achievements, collect their Awards from special guest presenters and share their experiences with His Royal Highness. #DYK Nearly 21,000 14-24 year-olds started a @dofescotland programme last year? Watch this 🎥 to hear from The Earl, UK Trustee, about the importance the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Tomorrow, The Queen will arrive in Scotland for #HolyroodWeek2019! Holyrood Week, or ‘Royal Week’, takes place each Summer at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Her Majesty will meet Scots from across the country throughout the week. Engagements will include the annual Garden Party and Investiture ceremony.
Today The Countess of Wessex visited the Royal Norfolk Show, the annual showcase of the county’s farming, food and countryside. As #norfolkshow President this year, Her Royal Highness met children from Sparhawk Infant and Nursery school – 1 of 6 schools taking part in the ‘Learn about livestock’ project with the Food and Farming Discovery Trust. The Countess has a keen interest in the world of agriculture and is currently Patron of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO ), the body representing the UK’s many agricultural, horticultural, equine and countryside events. 📷 Tim Rooke / Shutterstock
Earlier this week The Queen, and members of the Royal Family attended the annual Garter Day service, celebrating the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain. The King and Queen of Spain and The King and Queen of the Netherlands also attended this year’s Garter Day, during which The Kings were installed in St. George’s Chapel as Supernumerary, or ‘Stranger’, Knights of the Garter. New appointments to "The Garter" were invested in the Garter Throne Room and include a Lady Companion, athlete Lady Mary Peters, and a Knight Companion, the Marquess of Salisbury, a former Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation. Watch some of our 🎥 highlights from #GarterDay
#DidYouKnow The Duke of Edinburgh is Colonel-in-Chief of @britisharmy Infantry Regiment, The Rifles. Today The Duke received General Sir Nicholas Carter (left ) who is relinquishing his appointment as Colonel Commandant of @rifles_regiment and General Patrick Sanders (right ) who will succeed him.
One of Britain’s most well-known racecourses, Ascot holds a special week of races in June each year called Royal Ascot, attended by The Queen, who has had an interest in horses since childhood, and is an owner and breeder of many thoroughbred horses. 📷 Take a look back at The Queen enjoying Royal Ascot from 1949 to the present day. PA images
#OTD in 1837, Queen Victoria ascended to the throne at the age of 18. This painting by Henry Tanworth Wells from the @RCT shows the moment Queen Victoria learnt of her accession. Her reign lasted until 22 January 1901 and was known as the Victorian Era. Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert produced nine children between 1840 and 1857. Most of them married into other Royal families of Europe. Read more about Queen Victoria on our website, through the link in our bio. 📷 PA
Happy Birthday to The Duchess of Gloucester! The Duchess of Gloucester is a full-time working member of the Royal Family. HRH takes great pride in the work which she undertakes for her many charities and organisations, as well as her duties in support of The Queen. #HappyBirthdayHRH 📷PA
Each year, The Queen hosts a #GarterDay luncheon in the Waterloo Chamber at #WindsorCastle. Explore the room in this timelapse video from @royalcollectiontrust Over the past year the huge Waterloo table has undergone a comprehensive French polish, giving it the sheen that you see today. Watch this video to see the preparation undertaken by Palace attendants & footmen the day before the luncheon.
Wishing all our followers a very Happy Father’s Day! Both of these images were taken at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The first one features The Duke with his eldest children, The Prince of Wales and The Princess Royal, and was taken in 1952. The second image was taken in 1972 and features The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex. 📷PA