The Queen held a Council at 12.40pm.
There were present: the Rt. Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP (Lord President), the Baroness Evans of Bowes Park (Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords), the Rt. Hon. Christopher Grayling MP (Secretary of State for Transport) and the Rt. Hon. Damian Hinds MP (Secretary of State for Education).
Mr. Richard Tilbrook was in attendance as Clerk of the Council.
The Rt. Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP had an audience of Her Majesty before the Council.
By command of The Queen, Mr. Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Alexander Downer at Australia House, Strand, London WC2, this morning in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as High Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Australia in London.
By command of Her Majesty, the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps called upon His Excellency Dr. John Naazi Oliphant at 7 Chesham Place, London SW1, later in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as High Commissioner for the Kingdom of Lesotho in London.
The Duke of York, Colonel-in-Chief, The Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot), this morning presented Operational Service medals to the 2nd Battalion on their return from Afghanistan, at Richmond Castle and was received by Mr. Barry Dodd (Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire).
His Royal Highness later visited the Green Howards Museum, 19 Church Wynd, Richmond.
The Duke of York, Patron, this afternoon presented The Duke of York’s Community Initiative awards in Sheffield Cathedral and was received by Mr. Andrew Coombe (Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire).
His Royal Highness this evening attended the United Kingdom- Papua New Guinea Trade and Investment Forum at Gibson Hall, 13 Bishopsgate, London EC2.
The Duke of York afterwards gave a Dinner for the Hon. Allen Chastanet (Prime Minister of Saint Lucia) at Boulestin, 5 St. James’s Street, London SW1.
The Earl of Wessex, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, this morning held a Meeting.
His Royal Highness, Past Master, the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, this afternoon held a Meeting.
The Earl of Wessex, Patron, the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, subsequently attended a rehearsal of The Fall at 443-445 Holloway Road, London N7.
His Royal Highness, Patron, Tennis and Rackets Association, this evening attended a Dinner on the occasion of the Real Tennis World Championships, The Queen’s Club, Palliser Road, London W14.
The Countess of Wessex this morning visited Tregassow Asparagus Farm, St. Erme, Truro, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall (Colonel Edward Bolitho).
Her Royal Highness subsequently visited the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association Mobile Educational Unit at Tregolls School, Chellow Road, Truro.
The Countess of Wessex, President, Truro Christmas Primestock and Produce Society, this afternoon attended the Annual General Meeting at Probus Village Hall, Truro.
The Duke of Gloucester this morning opened the newly renovated Eling Tide Mill Experience, Lexby Road, Totton, Southampton, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire (Mr. Nigel Atkinson).
His Royal Highness this afternoon opened the Advanced Technology Centre at Eastleigh College, Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh, and was received by Professor Khalid Aziz (Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire).
The Duke of Gloucester, Vice Royal Patron, the Almshouse Association, later opened Lucas Court, Melrose Gardens, Gosport, and was received by Rear Admiral Iain Henderson (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire).
St. James’s Palace
The Duke of Kent, President, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, today received Mr. Philip Brook (Chairman).
His Royal Highness, President, this evening attended a Dinner at Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, 61 Whitehall, London SW1.