Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Princess Charlotte Birthday & Prince Richard Condolence Reply (2017)

I received two royal replies in the mail today.

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

The first reply is from Prince William and Duchess Kate. I had written to them in April for Princess Charlotte's 2nd Birthday.

Like usual, Clarence House replied with a photo card of Princess Charlotte with a typed message on the back. As expected, they used the photo taken by Kate, at the family's home Anmer Hall, that was released for Princess Charlotte's birthday.

With the card, I also received a lovely letter from Claudia Spens, Head of Clarence House's Communications Section. She thanked me for writing and briefly touched on some of the other things I had mentioned in my letter. 



Prince Richard von 
Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

The 2nd reply is from Germany. Prince Richard von Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg passed away in March. I had written to his family, to express my condolences. 

Prince Richard was married to Princess Benedikte of Denmark (Queen Margrethe's sister). So, he was both an extended member of the Denmark Royal Family, as well as the head of Royal Family of the former monarchy of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

This is the first reply I have gotten from a former monarchy. Although think I may file it under Denmark in my collection. 


The envelope features a picture of the Castle of Berleburg, which is the family's residence. Prince Richard passed away at the castle, and his funeral was held at the castle church. 

The reply is a lovely tri-fold card.


The front of the card features a lovely picture of Richard. The picture was taken in the forest near the family home. 


The back of the card features Prince Richard's coat of arms, date of birth & death, and his full name: 

Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin
Prince von Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg,
6th ruler of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg,
Count of Sayn, Lord of Homburg, Vallendar,
Neumagen and Neuenhemsbach

29th October 1934 - 13th March 2017

The inside has a message from his wife and children in 3 languages: English, German and Danish. 




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Former Monarchy Replies

I don't write to former monarchies all that often. I do on occasion, haven't gotten many replies. 

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Royal Response to Manchester Attack (2017)


UK
"The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert.

I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.

I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.

And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.

ELIZABETH R."

Belgium 


Denmark 

"Your Majesty,

It was with profound shock and sadness that I received the news of the dreadful attacks on innocent predominantly young people gathered in Manchester on 22 May 2017.

In this difficult time, my heartfelt sympathy is with you and with the British people. Please accept my deepest sympathy with the victims and my sincere condolences to their families.

I pray that the death toll and number of injured will not rise further.


Margrethe R."

Jordan 



Luxembourg

"Your Majesty,

It is with great pain that the Grand Duchess and I have learned of the Tragedy that Occurred in Manchester last night. We are particularly horrified to learn that so many young people were present and are counted amongst the victims and the wounded. 

The Luxembourg people join us in expressing to Your Majesty our most heartfelt sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers go out the victims and their families. 

Henri
Grand Duke of Luxembourg"

Monaco

"Your Majesty, 

It is with a deep emotion that I learnt of the unspeakable tragedy in Manchester.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the grieving families of the innocent victims of this new act of violence.

On behalf of the people of Monaco, my family and myself, allow us to express our feelings of deep pain and sorrow. 

Let me assure Your Majesty of our solidarity for the Victims and their families. 

Albert, Prince of Monaco" 

Netherlands

“We are profoundly saddened by the horrific attack in Manchester which has claimed the lives of so many young people. We sympathise deeply with all the parents who have received the dreadful news that their child has died, and with the victims’ other grieving relatives and friends. Our thoughts are also with those who are anxiously awaiting news about the fate of their loved ones.”

Norway  

"I was deeply saddened by the tragic news of the terror attack in Manchester, resulting in the loss of so many lives and inflicting such dreadful injuries. I extend my condolences and ask you to convey the deepest sympathy of the Norwegian people to the bereaved families and to those who are injured. Harald R"


Spain 

"There are no words to condemn these murderers. The rule of law will not surrender to terrorism. Spain with Manchester and United Kingdom."

Sweden

"It's sad as the Queen and I received the message of the horrific deed in Manchester, UK.

This deed is another attack against the open and tolerant society that we all want to live in. It is important that we stand united together against this unimaginable evil.

My and the Royal family's thoughts go to the victims, their families and to the whole British people. "

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I haven't seen any messages from Liechtenstein. They may have sent their condolences privately. 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Wimbledon 2017 - Royal Attendance


The Royals almost always sit in the Royal Box at Centre Court. The day's matches in the Centre Court usually begin at 1 PM. 

Royal attendance is not usually announced in advance. Except for Duchess of Gloucester (President of LTA& Duke of Kent (Presidents of Wimbledon), and occasionally Duchess Kate (New Patron of LTA & Wimbledon) & Duchess Camilla.

Royals to look out for:  
Cambridges, Camilla, WessexsYorks, Phillips/TindallsGloucesters, Duke of Kent, Prince & Princess Micheal of Kent

Expect some of their extended family, (i.e. Middletons, Camilla's sister, etc), as well as a few foreign royals. Maybe, Meghan Markle? She is a fan of tennis and has attended Wimbledon in the past (before her relationship with Harry, and never in the Royal Box). Hopefully, she will bring Prince Harry along to his 1st Wimbledon Match. 

For more on Wimbledon & Who is invited to sit in the Royal Box.


Monday 3rd July
  • Duke of Kent
  • Duchess Kate
  • Prince Micheal of Kent
Tuesday 4th 
  • None
  • (Duchess of Gloucester attended a Lunch for Volunteers at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club)
Wednesday 5th
  • Duke of Kent
  • Also in Royal Box:
    • Pippa Matthew & James Middleton (Duchess Kate's siblings) 
Thursday 6th 
  • Duchess of Gloucester
  • Also in Royal Box:
    • Micheal & Carole Middleton (Duchess Kate's parents) 
Friday 7th
  • Prince Micheal of Kent
Saturday 8th 
  • None
  • [Usually Sports Persons & Members of Armed Forces in Royal Box]
Sunday 9th
  • Middle Sunday (No matches)
Monday 10th
  • Duchess of Gloucester
  • Duke of Kent
  • Princess Micheal of Kent
  • Also at Wimbledon, but not in Royal Box:
    • Zara & Mike Tindall
    • Prince Felix of Luxembourg 
      • (Watching matches on Court 1)
    • Carole Middleton & Pippa Matthew (Duchess Kate's mother & sister) 
Tuesday 11th
  • Duke of Kent
  • Also at Wimbledon, but not in Royal Box:
    • Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg  
      • (Watching matches on Court 1)
      • With Luxembourg Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel 
    • Carole Middleton & Micheal Middleton (Duchess Kate's Parents) 
Wednesday 12th
  • Duke of Kent
Thursday 13th  - Quarter Finals
  • Countess Sophie of Wessex
Friday 14th  - Semi Finals
  • Duchess of Gloucester
  • Prince Andrew
  • Duchess of Kent
  • Princess Micheal of Kent
  • Also at Wimbledon, but not in Royal Box:
    • Carole & James Middleton, and Pippa & James Matthews (Duchess Kate's family)
Saturday 15th - Finals
  • Duke of Kent
  • King Juan Carlos of Spain
Sunday 16th - Finals
  • Duchess Kate & Prince William 
  • Duchess of Gloucester ?
  • Duke of Kent
    • Earl & Countess of St. Andrews
  • Prince & Princess Micheal of Kent
    • Lord Frederik & Lady Sophie Windsor 
  • Prince Albert of Monaco
  • Also at Wimbledon, but not in Royal Box:
    • Carole, Micheal & James Middleton, and Pippa Matthews (Duchess Kate's family)

Friday, 12 May 2017

Royal Ascot Carriage Procession - 2017


During Royal Ascot, the Queen rides in the carriage procession each day, with other members of the Royal Family and special guests. There are usually 4 carriages, each with 4 people. The Queen always rides in the 1st carriage. The Carriage Procession begins at 2:00 PM. (Not every royal in attendance rides in the carriage procession.)

Who will be in the Royal Ascot Carriage Procession is not usually announced in advance. 
For Foreign Royals, Royal Family is in (Green).


Day 1 - Tuesday 20th
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip
    • Prince Andrew
    • Lord Vestey
      • Royal Household's Master of the Horse
  • Carriage 2
    • Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla
    • Princess Beatrice & Princess Eugenie
  • Carriage 3
    • Duke & Duchess of Cambridge
    • Prince Edward & Countess Sophie
  • Carriage 4
    • Peter & Autumn Phillips
    • Lord & Lady Fellows
      • Lord Fellows was the Queen's Former Private Secretary. Lady Fellows is Princess Diana's sister.

Day 2 - Wednesday 21st
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth
    • Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla
    • Lord Fellows
      • Queen's Former Private Secretary. Replaced Prince Philip. 
  • Carriage 2
    • Duke & Duchess of Gloucester 
    • Prince & Princess Micheal of Kent
  • Carriage 3
    • Princess Alexandra
    • Mr. James Swartz
    • Mrs.  James & Mrs. Florence Tolllemache
      • Florence Tollemache, daughter of Prince Nicholas of Prussia
  • Carriage 4
    • Lord & Lady Vestey
      • Lord Vestey is the Royal Household's Master of the Horse
    • Mr. Jake & Mrs. Zoe Warren
      • Jake is the son of Queen’s Bloodstock and Racing Advisor.

Day 3 - Thursday 22nd
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth 
    • Prince Andrew
    • Mr. John Warren 
      • Queen's racing manager
    • Mr. Edward Young
      • Queen's Deputy Private Secretary
  • Carriage 2
    • Princess Anne
    • Vice Admiral Tim Laurence
    • Princess Beatrice
    • Princess Eugenie
  • Carriage 3
    • David Linley & Serena (Earl & Countess of Snowdon)
      • David is the Queen's nephew
    • Captain David & Mrs. Elizabeth Bowes Lyon
      • David is Queen's 2nd cousin-1 removed. Elizabeth is Princess Anne's Lady in Waiting
  • Carriage 4
    • Mr. Charles  & Mrs. Butter
    • Mr. Peter  & Mrs. Stanley

Day 4 - Friday 23rd
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth 
    • Captain David Bowes-Lyon
      • Queen's 2nd cousin-1 removed
    • Mr. Erik Penser
    • Mr. Thomas Van Straubenzee
      • Princess Charlotte's godather 
  • Carriage 2
    • Mr. Peter & Mrs. Stanley
    • Mr John & Lady Carolyn Warren
      • John is the Queen's racing manager
  • Carriage 3
    • Mr. John Godsden
      •  Racehorse trainer
    • Ms. Rachel Hood
      • Racehorse owner
    • Mr. Nicolas & Mrs. Wingfield Digby
      • Nicolas is High Sheriff of Suffolk
  • Carriage 4
    • Wing Commander Sam Fletcher
      • Queen's Equerry 
    • Mrs. Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
      • Princess Anne's Lady in Waiting
    • Mr. Charles  & Mrs. Butter
Day 5 - Saturday 24th
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth 
    • Prince Andrew
    • Mr. Stephen Knott
    • Mr. John Warren
      •  Queen's racing manager
  • Carriage 2
    • Sir Micheal & Lady Rake
      • Micheal is a trustee of The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation
    • Mr. Mark & Mrs. Davies
      • Mark is a Former Ascot Trustees
  • Carriage 3
    • Mr. Bernard & Mrs. Kantor
      • Racehorse owner
    • Mr Chalres & Mrs. Hill
      • Charles is a Racehorse trainer
  • Carriage 4
    • Mr. Micheal & Mrs. Bell
      • Micheal is a Racehorse trainer
    • Mr. Edward & Mrs. Walker
      • Edward is a Racehorse trainer

    Royals Attending Royal Ascot - 2017


    Attendance is not usually announced in advance. The Queen attends every day, with other members of the Royal Family.

    Trophies presented are in (Bold). For Foreign Royals, Royals Family is in (Green).

    Day 1 - Tuesday 20th 
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip
    • Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla (St. James Palace Stakes)
      • Prince William & Duchess Kate (King's Stand Stakes)
        • (Micheal & Carole Middleton)
    • Prince Andrew
      • Princess Beatrice & Princess Eugenie
    • Prince Edward & Countess Sophie 
    • Princess Anne
      • Peter & Autumn Phillips
      • Zara & Mike Tindall
    • Prince & Princess Michael of Kent
      • Lord Frederick & Lady Sophie Windsor 
      • Lady Gabriella Windsor (with boyfriend Tom Kingston)
    • David Linley & Serena (The Earl and Countess of Snowdon)
    •  Princess Haya Sheikh Mohammed (Jordan & Dubai, UAE) (Their horse won St. James Palace Stakes. Haya & Jailia presented Queen Anne Stakes.
      • Sheikh Hamdan
      • Sheikha Jailia
    Day 2 - Wednesday 21st
    • Queen Elizabeth 
    • Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla
    • Prince Edward (Duke of Cambridge Stakes) & Countess Sophie
    • Princess Anne (Prince Of Wales's Stakes)
    • Duke of Kent
    • Duke & Duchess of Gloucester 
    • Prince & Princess Michael of Kent
    • Princess Alexandra
    • Princess Haya Sheikh Mohammed (Jordan & Dubai, UAE) 
      • Sheikh Hamdan ??
      • Sheikha Jailia
    Day 3 - Thursday 22nd (Ladies Day)
    • Queen Elizabeth (The Gold Cup)
    • Prince Andrew
      • Princess Beatrice
      • Princess Eugenie (The Hampton Court Stakes)
    • Countess Sophie (The Ribbledale Stakes)
    • Princess Anne & Vice Admiral Tim Laurence
      • Zara & Mike Tindall
    • David Linley & Serena (Earl & Countess of Snowdon)
    • Princess Haya Sheikh Mohammed (Jordan & Dubai, UAE) (Their horse won The Hampton Court Stakes)
      • Sheikha Jailia
    Day 4 - Friday 23rd
    • Queen Elizabeth 
    • Prince Andrew with Ex-wife Duchess Sarah 
      • Princess Beatrice
      • Princess Eugenie with Boyfriend Jack Brooksbank
    • Crown Princess Marie-Chantal (Greece)
    Day 5 - Saturday 24th
    • Queen Elizabeth (Diamond Jubilee Stakes)
    • Prince Andrew
      • Princess Beatrice (Hardwicke Stakes)

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    Sunday, 7 May 2017

    Queen Elizabeth & Queen Margrethe Birthday Reply (2017)

    Two royal letters arrived the other day, both from reigning Queen for the birthday wishes I sent.

    Queen Elizabeth II

    The first letter is from Queen Elizabeth. I had written to her in April for her 91st Birthday. I had of course also mentioned the recent Westminster Attack.


    The letter is similar to the one's I have received from the Queen in the past. But what is interesting is this was written by Miss Jennie Vine, a Deputy Correspondence Coordinator at Buckingham Palace. This is the 1st time I've gotten a letter from the Queen that was signed by someone other than a Lady-in-Waiting.

    I think the Ladies-in-waitings handle more of the good wishes and the correspondence office staff the more serious or official letters. The correspondence office staff do the more day-to-day stuff, as they are working full-time at answering letters. For the Ladies-in-Waiting answering letters is one of the many tasks they do for the Queen. 

    Queen Margrethe of Denmark 

    The 2nd letter is from Queen Margrethe of Denmark. I had written to her last month for her 77th Birthday. This was the 1st time I have written to Queen Margrethe for her Birthday. But I have written to her and Prince Henrik for Christmas and received a similar response. 


    Unlike the two Christmas replies I have gotten from her, this is a basic form letters, that they printed out for everyone. Nothing personal. One of the Queen's Aide-de-camp just filled in my name and signed it. 

    The Aide-de-camp's name is not printed on the bottom. This is usually done so that any of Aide-de-camp can use this reply. 

    Aide-de-camp is a French term that translates to Aide-in-camp. It is a Junior Military officer who serves as a personal assistant or secretary. 

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    Thursday, 4 May 2017

    Prince Philip Official Engagements (May - Dec 2017)


    Number of engagements between announcement & retirement 48

    Number of engagements since retirement began - 7

    May 4th, Prince Philip announced he is officially retiring from full-time royal duties in August.

    After he retires in August, he will still do the occasional royal engagement. We don't know exactly what that will look like; We have marked engagements we think he might possibly attend as (Possible).

    (Possible) -  Not Confirmed or 100% Expected, but are events we think he might possibly attend

    **Past months at bottom of the page **
    Upcoming Engagements:
    December


    *** Past months ***

    May (19)
    (3 events in May before the announcement)
    Thursday 4th 
    •  Attend a Service for Members of the Order of Merit at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace
      • Host a luncheon
      • With the Queen
    Tuesday 9th 
    •  Visit Pangbourne College, Pangbourne, Reading, Berkshire, to celebrate its Centenary
      • With the Queen
    Sunday 14th
    •  Present the prizes for the DAKS Challenge Trophy, at the Royal Windsor Horse Show?
    Monday 15th 
    • Received a delegation from the Canadian Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Charter for Business.
    • Attend the President's Dinner for Chartered Management Institute at Banqueting House, in Whitehall
    Tuesday 16th 
    • Attend Buckingham Palace Garden Party
      • With Queen and Royal Family 
    Wednesday 17th 
    • Attend the Cormorant Club's 70th Anniversary Reception, at the Royal United Services Institute, Whitehall
    Thursday 18th 
    •  Attend a Dinner marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of Pakistan, at Mansion House
    Friday 19th 
    • Host Dinner at Frogmore House for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
    Sunday 21st 
    • Attend the Regimental Remembrance Service for Grenadier Guards at the Guards Chapel, at Wellington Barracks
    Monday 22nd 
    • RHS Chelsea Flower Show
      • With Queen and  Royal Family
    • Hold a Regimental Council Meeting for Grenadier Guards at Buckingham Palace
    • Attend the First Guards Club Dinner for Grenadier Guards at the Cavalry and Guards Club in London
    Tuesday 23rd 
    • Attend Buckingham Palace Garden Party
      • With Queen and Royal Family 
    Wednesday 24th 
    • Hold Receptions for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Buckingham Palace.
      • With Edward and Sophie
    • Attend a Service at St. Paul's Cathedral to celebrate the Centenary of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
    Thursday 25th 
    • Hold Receptions for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Hillsborough Castle.
    Tuesday 30th 
    •  Hold a Reception at St. James's Palace for the Air League
    Wednesday 31st 
    • Hold an afternoon Reception at Buckingham Palace for London Youth charity to mark their 130th Anniversary 
    June (13)
    Thursday 1st 
    • Attend Buckingham Palace Garden Party
      • With Queen and Royal Family 
    Wednesday 7th 
    • Hold a Reception at The Queen's Gallery, at Buckingham Palace for Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
    Thursday 8th 
    • Received Group Captain Michael Carver upon assuming his appointment as Station Commander of Royal Air Force Northolt
    • Attend a Dinner at 1 Great George Street in London for Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers
    Tuesday 13th 
    • Travelled by train from Slough, Berkshire, to London Paddington to mark the One Hundred and Seventy Fifth Anniversary of the first train journey by a British Monarch
      • With Queen
    • Attend Evensong at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace to celebrate the Centenary of the Companions of Honour
      • With Queen 
    Wednesday 14th 
    • Hold a Reception to mark its 80th anniversary of Plan International UK at Buckingham Palace.
    Thursday 15th 
    • Attend a Memorial Service at All Saints Church to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the bombing of Upper North Street School, now Mayflower Primary School.
      • Visit Mayflower Primary School
    Friday 16th 
    • Hold the Senior Colonel's Conference for Grenadier Guards at Buckingham Palace.
    Saturday 17th
    • Trooping the Colours - Queen's Official Birthday 
      • The Irish Guards will be trooping
      Tuesday 20th 
      • Attend Royal Ascot 
      (Hospitalized with infection 20th-22nd)

      21-24th 
      • Attend Royal Ascot (Canceled)
      Tuesday 27th 
      • Present The Prince Philip Award for Contributions to Zoology, at ZSL London Zoo 
      • Attend the Funeral of Countess Mountbatten of Burma which was held at St. Paul's Church, in Knightsbridge
      Friday 30th 
      • Attend a dinner at the Visitor Centre Restaurant at Sandringham House, for The Coaching Club
      July (15)
      Monday 3rd 
      • Attend a Reception to mark the 50th anniversary of the Prince Philip Prize, at Trades Hall in Glasgow.
      Tuesday 4th
      • Attend Palace of Holyroodhouse Garden Party
        • With Queen and Royal Family 
      Wednesday 5th 
      •  Name the Queen Elizabeth II Canal and visit the Kelpies, The Helix, Falkirk.
        • With Queen 
      • Visit Stirling Castle and attend 70th-anniversary thanksgiving service in the Chapel Royal.
        • With Queen 
      Thursday 6th 
      • Hold Receptions for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
      Tuesday 11th 
      • Attend Reception for Winners of The Queen's Awards for Enterprise at Buckingham Palace
        Wednesday 12th 
        • Official Welcome at Horse Guard Parade 
        • Lunch at Buckingham Palace 
          • View Royal Collection
        • Attend State Banquet 
        Thursday 13th 
        • Open New Scotland Yard, the new headquarters of the Metropolitan Police
          • With Queen
        Tuesday 18th 
        • Received Mr. Michael Blaylock upon relinquishing his appointment as Commodore of , Royal Mersey Yacht Club, and Mr. John Collingwood upon assuming the appointment
        • Received a delegation on the occasion of the University of Salford's Fiftieth Anniversary
        • Present awards at the Annual Meeting, at the Royal Geographical Society
        Wednesday 19th 
        • Attends reception at Canada House, Trafalgar Square to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation
          • With the Queen
        Thursday 20th 
        • Took the salute at Sounding Retreat & attended Officers Regimental Dinner for The Rifles
        August (2)
        Wednesday 2nd
        • Attend parade for Royal Marines to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt
        (3rd: Prince Philip officially begins his retirement) 
        Wednesday 23rd
        • Received a delegation from the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) at Balmoral Castle
        September (1)
        (Saturday 2nd: Attend Braemar Games with the Queen and Royal Family)
        Monday 4th 
        • Attend open the Queensferry Crossing at South Queensferry
          • With the Queen
        October (0)
        (None)

        November (5)
        Tuesday 7th 
        • Held a Regimental Council Meeting for Grenadier Guards at Buckingham Palace
        Saturday  10th
        • Festival of Remembrance 
        Sunday  11th 
        • Remembrance Sunday at Cenotaph in Whitehall, London
          • Watch on Balcony with the Queen 
          • Equerry will lay wreath
        Monday 20th 

        • Invested with the Insignia of a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen
        Wednesday 29th
        • Visit The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre in London (National Maritime Museum)
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