The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, went in State to the Palace of Westminster today to open the Session of Parliament.
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness drove in a Carriage Procession, escorted by a Sovereign’s Escort of The Household Cavalry, under the command of Major Tariro Mundawarara (The Life Guards), and were received at the Sovereign’s Entrance by the Earl Marshal and the Lord Great Chamberlain.
Guards of Honour were mounted at Buckingham Palace by The Queen’s Guard found by the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, under the command of Major James Green, and at the Palace of Westminster by No. 7 Company Coldstream Guards, under the command of Major James Coleby.
A staircase party of The Household Cavalry was on duty at Victoria Tower, House of Lords.
Royal Salutes were fired in Green Park by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, under the command of Major Neil Cross, and from the Tower of London Saluting Battery by the Honourable Artillery Company, under the command of Captain Martin King.
The Imperial State Crown, the Cap of Maintenance and the Sword of State were conveyed previously to the House of Lords in a Carriage Procession, escorted by a Regalia Escort of The Household Cavalry.
Her Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms was on duty in the Prince’s Chamber and The Queen’s Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard was on duty in the Royal Gallery.
The Queen’s Bargemaster and Watermen were on duty.
The Ladies and Gentlemen of the Household and the Pages of Honour to The Queen (Lord Stanley of Bickerstaff, Jack Soames, Andrew Leeming and Arthur Chatto) were in attendance at the Palace of Westminster.
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness returned to Buckingham Palace and were received by the Lord Chamberlain and the Vice-Chamberlain of the Household.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Marshal of the Royal Air Force, this afternoon attended the Air Marshals’ Club Spring Luncheon at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly, London W1.
His Royal Highness, Elder Brother and Master, the Corporation of Trinity House, this evening attended the Younger Brethren’s Dinner at Trinity House, Tower Hill, London EC3.
The Prince of Wales, as Great Master of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, this morning attended a Service of the Order in Westminster Abbey and was present at the Installation of Knights of the Most Honourable Order, which took place in King Henry VII’s Chapel, the Chapel of the Order.
His Royal Highness, President, The Prince’s Drawing School, this afternoon received Mr Ivor Braka (Trustee) and Miss Sarah Graham (Artist).
The Prince of Wales afterwards held a Meeting with the Partners in The Prince’s Charities’ “Start” Initiative at Clarence House.
His Royal Highness, Founder and President, The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, was represented by Ms Vivien Hepworth (Trustee) at the Service of Thanksgiving for Professor Anthony Hopwood (former Chairman) which was held in All Saints’ Church, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, this afternoon.
The Duke of York, Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, this morning visited Autonomy and afterwards visited ISpatial at Cambridge Business Park, Cambridge, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire (Mr Hugh Duberly).
His Royal Highness this afternoon visited Cambridge Regional College, Science Park Campus, Cambridge, and remained to Lunch.
The Duke of York later visited Meridian Audio, Huntingdon.
His Royal Highness, Patron, Deafness Research United Kingdom, this evening held a Reception at St James’s Palace.
The Duke of Gloucester, Grand Prior, the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, this morning visited St John Ambulance New Zealand, 174 Durham Street, Christchurch, New Zealand.
His Royal Highness, Grand Prior, Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, was present this afternoon at the Grand Council at the Millennium Hotel, 14 Cathedral Square, Christchurch, and this evening attended the Grand Council Dinner.
The Duchess of Gloucester, Colonel-in-Chief, Royal Australian Army Educational Corps, this morning received Colonel William Monfries (Head of Corps).
St James’s Palace
The Duke of Kent this morning visited Writhlington School, Knobsbury Lane, Writhlington, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset (Lady Gass).
His Royal Highness afterwards visited the Roman Baths and Abbey, Stall Street, Bath.
The Duke of Kent this afternoon visited Folly Farm, Stowey, Somerset.