The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Folkestone Central Railway Station this morning and were received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent (the Viscount De L’Isle).
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness drove to the National Memorial to the Few, New Dover Road, Capel-le-Ferne, and were received at the Battle of Britain Memorial entrance by Prince Michael of Kent, Patron of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, the President of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust (Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon) and Mr Richard Hunting (Chairman).
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, escorted by Group Captain Patrick Tootal (Honorary Secretary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust), entered the Scramble Experience and watched a short film on the Battle of Britain and the life of “the Few”.
Afterwards Her Majesty and His Royal Highness, escorted respectively by the Honorary Secretary and the Chairman, met Trustees, donors and volunteers before meeting Mr David Metcalf (Headteacher of Capel-le-Ferne Primary School) and viewing schoolchildren completing museum worksheets.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh subsequently witnessed a flypast of Hurricane, Spitfire and Typhoon aircraft before Her Majesty opened the Wing, the Memorial Trust’s new visitor and education centre.
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness this afternoon attended a Service in Canterbury Cathedral and were received by Mr Richard Oldfield (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Kent) and the Dean (the Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis).
After the Service, The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, unveiled statues of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness next to the Great West Door of the Cathedral to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel-in-Chief, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, this evening attended the Young Officers Annual Dinner at West Court Officers Mess, Finchampstead, Berkshire.
The Prince of Wales, on behalf of The Queen, held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this morning.
The Queen was represented by The Countess of Wessex at the Service of Reinterment of the Remains of King Richard III which was held in Leicester Cathedral this morning.
Her Majesty was represented by Sir John Birch (formerly Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Hungary) at the Memorial Service for Sir Anthony Reeve (formerly High Commissioner to South Africa) which was held at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, London SW1, this morning.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, Joint Presidents, the Elephant Family, this afternoon gave a Reception at Clarence House to launch the “Travels to My Elephant” Rickshaw Race.
His Royal Highness, Patron, The Prince’s Countryside Fund, this afternoon held a Meeting at Clarence House.
The Duke of York, Patron, Badminton England, this afternoon received Mr Derek Batchelor (Chairman) and Mr Adrian Christy (Chief Executive).
His Royal Highness, Patron, Whitgift School, this evening attended a Concert given by Whitgift Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, of which The Duke of York is also Patron, at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1.
The Earl of Wessex, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, this morning attended a Meeting at the Savoy Hotel, Strand, London WC2.
His Royal Highness, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, afterwards held a Meeting at Buckingham Palace.
The Earl of Wessex, Patron, Northern Ballet, this afternoon held a Luncheon at Buckingham Palace.
His Royal Highness, Patron, Northern Ballet, this evening attended a performance at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1.
The Princess Royal, Colonel-in-Chief, Royal Corps of Signals, this morning visited the 30th Signal Regiment at Gamecock Barracks, Bramcote, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire (Mr Timothy Cox).
The Duke of Gloucester, Patron, Richard III Society, and The Duchess of Gloucester were present at the Service of Reinterment of the Remains of King Richard III which was held in Leicester Cathedral this morning and were received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire (Jennifer, Lady Gretton).
His Royal Highness, Patron, Richard III Society, this afternoon planted a commemorative tree in the gardens of Leicester Cathedral to mark the reinterment of King Richard III.
The Duke of Gloucester afterwards opened the Preparatory School at Ratcliffe College, Foss Way, Ratcliff on the Wreake, Leicestershire.
His Royal Highness later visited the University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre, University Road, Leicester.
The Duke of Gloucester, Patron, Richard III Society, this evening attended a performance of the Middleham Requiem by Geoffrey Davidson at the Church of St. James the Greater, 216 London Road, Leicester.
St James’s Palace
The Duke of Kent, Patron, the Tank Museum, this morning opened the new “Tank Factory” exhibition at the Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset.
His Royal Highness this afternoon visited the Boat Building Academy and the Lyme Regis Gig Club, Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset.
The Duke of Kent, President, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, afterwards visited the Lyme Regis Lifeboat Station, the Cobb, Lyme Regis.
Appendix to Court Circular
The Queen has been pleased to appoint the Reverend Canon Ian Davenport to be a Chaplain to Her Majesty in succession to the Reverend Canon Roger Hill.