Gold Awards Presentation at Buckingham Palace

The Duke of Edinburgh hosted a Gold Awards Presentation for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the gardens of Buckingham Palace on May 24th with the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Over six million people have participated in Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programmes in the UK & achieved over 2.7 million awards since 1956. Click HERE to learn about the Awards. This was the Duke’s last Presentation of the Gold Awards before he retires this Autumn. Continue reading


Queen at Order of British Empire Centenary Service

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attended the Order of the British Empire Centenary Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on May 24th in London. Established by her grandfather, King George V, in 1917 to reward outstanding contributions to the war effort, the Order of the British Empire now recognises the work of people from all walks of life with well-known honours such as MBEs and OBEs, as well as Knighthoods and Damehoods. The Queen is the Sovereign of the Order of the British Empire and the Duke of Edinburgh is Grand Master of the Order.  Continue reading

Queen at Order of Merit Service

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a Service for Members of the Order of Merit at the Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace on May 4th in London. Afterwards, the Queen and Duke hosted a luncheon for those attending the Service. The Order of Merit recognizes distinguished service in the armed forces, science, art, literature, or for the promotion of culture, and is the personal gift of the Queen. There can be only 24 living members of the Order, with a limited number of honorary members. It was announced earlier in the day that the Duke of Edinburgh is to retire from official duties this Autumn. Continue reading

Royal Maundy Service 2017

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attended the Royal Maundy Service at Leicester Cathedral on Maundy Thursday, April 13th, in Leicester. Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. The Queen commemorates Maundy by offering ‘alms’ to senior citizens in recognition of service to the church and to the local community. Continue reading