Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by Prince William, Earl of Strathearn and The Princess Royal, this morning attended a Service in St Giles’ Cathedral for the Installation of the Earl of Home and the Lord Smith of Kelvin as Knights of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle.
Her Majesty and Their Royal Highnesses were received at St Giles’ Cathedral by the Chancellor of the Thistle (the Earl of Airlie) and the Dean of the Thistle and Minister of St Giles’ (the Very Reverend Gilleasbuig Macmillan).
Viscount Aithrie (Page of Honour to The Queen) was in attendance.
A Guard of Honour was mounted in Parliament Square West by The Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland, Royal Company of Archers, with the Colours of the Royal Company, under the command of Lieutenant, Sir Michael Strang-Steel, Bt, and accompanied by the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave a Lunch Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse for the Knights of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle.
The following were invited: the Earl and Countess of Elgin and Kincardine, the Earl and Countess of Airlie, the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres and the Lady Iona Mackworth-Young, Lady Marion Fraser and Sir William Fraser, the Lord and Lady Macfarlane of Bearsden, the Lord and Lady Mackay of Clashfern, the Lord and Lady Wilson of Tillyorn, the Lord and Lady Sutherland of Houndwood, Sir Eric and Lady Anderson, the Lord and Lady Steel of Aikwood, the Lord and Lady Robertson of Port Ellen, the Lord and Lady Cullen of Whitekirk, the Lord and Lady Hope of Craighead, the Lord and Lady Patel, the Earl and Countess of Home, the Lord and Lady Smith of Kelvin, the Very Reverend Gilleasbuig Macmillan (Dean of the Thistle), Mrs Christopher Roads (Secretary of the Thistle), Dr Joseph Morrow (Lord Lyon King of Arms), Rear Admiral Christopher Layman (Gentleman Usher of the Green Rod) and Viscount Aithrie (Page of Honour to The Queen).
The Very Reverend Gilleasbuig Macmillan was received by The Queen this afternoon upon relinquishing his appointment as Dean of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle and delivered up to Her Majesty his Badge of Office when The Queen invested him with the Insignia of a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.
The Very Reverend Professor Iain Torrance was received by The Queen upon his appointment as Dean of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle when Her Majesty handed to him the Badge of Office.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh later drove to Edinburgh Castle and were received by the General Officer Commanding Scotland and Governor of Edinburgh Castle (Major General Nicholas Eeles) and Major General Mark Strudwick (Chairman of Trustees, Scottish National War Memorial).
The Governor surrendered to Her Majesty the Keys of the Castle which The Queen returned to him.
Her Majesty then inspected the Guard of Honour found by The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh subsequently moved to the Scottish National War Memorial and attended a Service of Commemoration during which His Royal Highness, formerly Colonel-in-Chief, laid up the Colours of The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) and Her Majesty laid a wreath at the Shrine.
Afterwards The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh unveiled a Commemoration Stone in the Memorial Garden to mark the Centenary of the First World War.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, later held a Reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
By command of The Queen, Mr Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) received His Excellency Dr Carl Roberts at St James’s Palace this morning and bade farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda in London.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall this morning visited the Welsh National Mining Memorial, Commercial Street, Senghenydd, and were received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent (Mr Simon Boyle).
Their Royal Highnesses afterwards opened Aber Valley Heritage Museum in Senghenydd Community Centre, Gwern Avenue, Senghenydd.
The Prince of Wales, Patron, the Landmark Trust, this afternoon visited Llwyn Celyn Farmstead, Crucorney Fawr, Monmouthshire, and was received by Commodore Toby Elliott (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent).
His Royal Highness later visited Welsh Farmhouse Apple Juice, Crickhowell, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Powys (the Hon Mrs Legge-Bourke).
The Duchess of Cornwall this afternoon visited Usk in Bloom in Usk, Monmouthshire, to mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Royal Horticultural Society’s “Britain in Bloom” campaign.
The Duke of York, Royal Colonel, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, this morning visited the Regiment at Glencorse Barracks, Penicuik, Midlothian.
His Royal Highness, Patron, Nominet Trust, this afternoon attended a Reception for the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Awards at the Barbican Digital Revolution exhibition, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2.
The Duke of York, Royal Bencher, this evening attended a Garden Party at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2.
His Royal Highness, Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling), 83rd, 87th and The Ulster Defence Regiment), was represented by Lieutenant General Sir Philip Trousdell (former Colonel) at the Memorial Service for the Lord Ballyedmond (formerly Honorary Colonel of the 2nd Battalion) which was held at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate Church, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1, this afternoon.
The Earl of Wessex, Master, the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, this afternoon attended the installation of the New Master and this evening attended the Court Dinner at Stationers’ Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4.
The Princess Royal, Royal Patron, Motor Neurone Disease Association, this afternoon launched the Leeds Motor Neurone Disease Wheelchair Service at Seacroft Hospital, York Road, Leeds, and was received by Mr Timothy Hare (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire).
The Duke of Gloucester, Royal Patron, and The Duchess of Gloucester this evening attended a Dinner at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1.
The Duchess of Gloucester, President, Royal Academy of Music, this morning attended Part II of the Graduation Ceremony in St. Marylebone Parish Church, Marylebone Road, London NW1.
St James’s Palace
The Duke of Kent, Fellow, the Royal Society, this morning attended the Summer Science Exhibition at 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1.
Thatched House Lodge, Richmond Park
Princess Alexandra, Royal Patron, Oxford Philomusica Trust, this evening held a Concert and Dinner at St. James’s Palace.