Read more about the highlights of this week’s Royal activities, events and engagements.
Sunday 4 December
The Countess of Wessex attended a Meeting with His Majesty’s Ambassador to the United States of America (Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce) at the Deputy Head of Mission’s Residence in Washington DC, USA.
Her Royal Highness visited Washington as part of her work championing the Women, Peace and Security agenda.
Monday 5 December
At the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security The Countess of Wessex accepted the 2022 Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for her work raising awareness of preventing sexual violence in conflict.
The Countess of Wessex is in Washington this week as part of her work championing the Women, Peace and Security agenda.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 6, 2022
At @giwps, HRH, along with 4 others, accepted the 2022 Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for work in raising awareness of preventing sexual violence in conflict. pic.twitter.com/S1BWyAzHl3
The Duchess of Gloucester, Royal Patron of Missing People, attended the “Evening of Hope” Carol Service in the Borough Welsh Congregational Chapel in London.
Princess Alexandra, Joint President of Cancer Research UK, attended the charity’s Carol Concert in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square in London.
Tuesday 6 December
In Bedfordshire, The King met community leaders and voluntary organisations at a reception at Luton Town Hall.
Very proud to host His Majesty The King at the Town Hall today 🙌 pic.twitter.com/ExboQHEj3c— Luton Council (@lutoncouncil) December 6, 2022
His Majesty had the opportunity to meet local groups and members of the public, including representatives from The Ghana Society, the Royal British Legion, the Luton Town Football Academy, veterans, and cadets.
The King then visited the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara, speaking to volunteers and learning about the programmes they deliver for the local community.
At the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara, His Majesty met volunteers who run the Luton Sikh Soup Kitchen Stand.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 6, 2022
The kitchen provides vegetarian hot meals 7 days a week, 365 days a year at the Gurdwara. pic.twitter.com/G6DaMkfkeW
The day in Bedfordshire finished at Luton DART Parkway Station, where His Majesty learnt more about the new cable-drawn mass passenger transit system that is connecting Luton Airport Parkway rail station to London Luton Airport.
It was a huge honour to welcome His Majesty The King on board the Luton DART today https://t.co/AqqGedFgD6 pic.twitter.com/ivOitRd1CO— Luton Rising (@LutonRising) December 6, 2022
The King and The Queen Consort, accompanied by The Prince and Princess of Wales, hosted the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace.
The King and The Queen Consort, accompanied by The Prince and Princess of Wales, this evening hosted the Diplomatic Reception.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 6, 2022
Hosted annually at Buckingham Palace, the reception celebrates the presence in London of one of the largest Diplomatic Corps in the world. pic.twitter.com/aXCE26JqYA
At Kensington Palace, The Prince of Wales, as President of Fields in Trust, held a Roundtable.
For people, place and the planet, green spaces help tackle key challenges facing our communities. Yesterday our President @KensingtonRoyal hosted discussions with industry leaders which will shape our new guidance and deliver green spaces for the future.— Fields in Trust (@FieldsInTrust) December 7, 2022
As Chancellor of the University of Bath, The Earl of Wessex visited the Spectrometry Lab and presided over degree ceremonies.
The Earl of Wessex, in his role as @UniofBath Chancellor, this week visited the University’s Spectrometry Laboratory, where he met students and researchers working on pioneering projects.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 7, 2022
HRH also presided over a degree ceremony – congratulations to this year’s #BathGrads 👏 pic.twitter.com/ZooiO8rJqx
In Washington, The Countess of Wessex attended a meeting on Women, Peace and Security, and the ‘Breaking the Barriers of Entry for Women Leaders in Africa’ at the United States Institute of Peace Headquarters.
The Princess Royal, President of the City and Guilds of London Institute, presented The Princess Royal Training Awards at Banqueting House, Whitehall, London SW1.
Yesterday our President, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, presented 46 UK organisations with their #PrincessRoyalTrainingAwards during a special ceremony at Banqueting House, recognising their outstanding commitment to workplace training and development. @RoyalFamily pic.twitter.com/jFtCsOF5GH— City & Guilds (@cityandguilds) December 7, 2022
The Duke of Gloucester presented the National Railway Heritage Awards at Merchant Taylors’ Hall.
Wednesday 7 December
The King joined a special event at Central Hall Westminster to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Business in the Community (BITC).
A huge thank you to everyone involved in this year’s #RBLive2022. 👏 Our network is at its greatest when we are together, and we were incredibly proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with you as we welcomed our His Majesty The King, to the event. 🧵👇 @RoyalFamily pic.twitter.com/TQTR7TPuWe— Business in the Community (@BITC) December 7, 2022
Founded in 1982, BITC is the largest and longest-established membership organisation dedicated to responsible business.
At Clarence House, The Queen Consort invited children supported by Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity to decorate the Christmas tree.
The tree had been delivered earlier in the week by working shire horses from Operation Centaur, who travelled across central London, pulling a carriage containing the tree.
Christmas is coming… 🐎🎄— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 7, 2022
Earlier this week, @OpCentaur Shire horses Joey and William travelled through London with the very important task of delivering the Christmas tree, which will be decorated by children from @HelenAndDouglas and @RoaldDahlFund today at Clarence House. pic.twitter.com/a4JbOwzVO7
To mark the 100th anniversary of Good Housekeeping Magazine, The Queen Consort, The Princess of Wales, The Princess Royal, The Countess of Wessex, The Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra have all contributed to a special issue highlighting some of the important causes they support.
Featuring on the cover of this month’s Good Housekeeping, The Queen Consort discusses the work of the domestic abuse charity SafeLives to raise awareness of their important work.
The Prince of Wales hosted an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
🎖️ ⬇️ Meet some of those who received their Honours at today’s Investiture Ceremony, hosted by The Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 7, 2022
Congratulations to everyone who was honoured today!
🔗 https://t.co/E5DI7tuXvL pic.twitter.com/1xrfjYH2yf
In his role as Patron of the Passage, His Royal Highness also sent a message to mark the 30th ICAP Charity day.
We’re delighted to share a message from our Royal Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales as we mark the 30th #ICAPCharityDay.— The Passage Charity (@PassageCharity) December 7, 2022
ICAP’s support has been integral our work over the past few years, a time when we've needed it more than ever.
@KensingtonRoyal @ICAPCharityDay pic.twitter.com/es3EUYS0iS
The Duke of Kent visited Steam – Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon to see its award-winning displays and hear the story of Swindon’s rich industrial past as a railway town.
His Royal Highness, as Patron of the British Computer Society, Chartered Institute for Information Technology, visited the society’s headquarters in Swindon.
HRH The Duke of Kent was welcomed to the British Computer Society (BCS) in Swindon by the President Mr Mayank Prakash and his team and formally opened the smart new offices at Newbridge Square. Dame Stephanie Shirley was an honoured guest. @bcs pic.twitter.com/CGPziqktoF— Wilts Lieutenancy (@WiltsLieutenant) December 8, 2022
Princess Alexandra switched on the Christmas Lights and attended a reception at the Travellers Club.
Thursday 8 December
The King joined a reception with Christian Communities at King’s House, which is a community hub founded by King’s Cross Church (KXC), which serves as a place of worship and vital support for people from all walks of life in the local area.
His Majesty later attended an Advent Service at the Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church.
It was an honour to be joined today by HM King Charles, @JustinWelby & other guests for a shared Advent Service with the Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church, following a visit to @kingshouseldn to meet some of our local community groups & partners. A joy to worship together! pic.twitter.com/2swvixsScJ— KXC (@KXChurch) December 8, 2022
At Buckingham Palace, The King also held two Credential ceremonies; His Excellency Mr Eitvydas Bajarunas, Ambassador from the Republic of Lithuania and His Excellency Mr Vikram Doraiswami, High Commissioner for the Republic of India, both presented their Letters of Recall of their predecessors and their own Letters of Credence.
The Countess of Wessex as Patron of Guide Dogs attended their Christmas Carol Service at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Duke of Gloucester as Patron of Heritage Trust London visited Queen Mary’s Hospital for the East End Arch.
Friday 9 December
The King and The Queen Consort visited Wrexham as it celebrated being granted city status.
Their Majesties visited Wrexham AFC, where they met the club owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, alongside players, to learn about the redevelopment of the club.
A Royal visit to the Racecourse Ground this morning— Wrexham AFC (@Wrexham_AFC) December 9, 2022
🔴⚪ #WxmAFC | 📸 @GTPhotography_1 pic.twitter.com/AK4tZdRSsF
At National Trust site Erdigg, The King, joined by the First Minister of Wales, planted an oak sapling, grown from the ancient Pontfadog Oak.
His Majesty and The First Minister had previously viewed the sapling during a visit to the National Botanic Gardens in July 2022, which had been grown to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee and has now been planted in her memory.