Royal Diary: upcoming engagements 23-29th September

As September is almost at its close, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are heading to Africa to begin their first tour as a family. The Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne, meanwhile, will be spending time in Yorkshire.

23rd September:

– The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will arrive in Cape Town for their tour of southern Africa, and will visit a workshop that teaches children about their rights, self-awareness and safety. Harry and Meghan will then visit the District Six Museum to learn about their work reuniting people relocated during apartheid. They end their day at a cooking class at the Homecoming Centre.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be taking their son Archie on the tour of southern Africa. (Governor General NZ)

– The Princess Royal will visit the ‘Behind the Lines – Alfred Munnings War Artist 1918’ Exhibition in Colchester, Essex. She will then visit Geoffrey Parker Games Limited on the occasion of its 60th Anniversary and open new Board Games Workshop in Saffron Walden, Essex. The Princess, as Royal Patron of WISE, will launch an Ambassador Programme in Goldman Sachs in the City of London. WISE enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in STEM.

24th September:

– The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Waves for Change at Monwabisi beach followed by the Lunchbox Fund. They will then go on to meet with Dr. Thomas Maes, who is leading the Commonwealth litter programme. The Duke will then visit Seal Island on his own with the Capetown marine unit to learn about their work to combat poaching. Their Royal Highnesses will reunite once more to visit the Bo Kaap Area to mark Heritage Day, followed by a trip to the Auwal Mosque to meet with representatives of different faith groups and visit local residents in their home for tea. They end their day at a reception at British High Commissioner’s residence.

–  The Earl of Wessex will visit Levant Mine and Beam Engine in PenzanceAs Patron of The Hall for Cornwall Trust. He  will visit Hall for Cornwall in Truro. He ends his Cornish engagements at Newquay Zoo.

– The Countess of Wessex, as Patron of Love Musgrove MRI Million Campaign, will open the new MRI Scanner at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. The Countess will then open the Respite Activity Sessions at Reminiscence Learning  in Wellington, Somerset. The Earl of Wessex then joins Sophie at Wells Cathedral in Somerset. She is patron of the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust, and the couple will attend Evensong.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will spend time in the south west of England.
Picture by James Whatling

– The Princess Royal will spend the day in Leeds and begin by opening the renovated Playhouse Theatre. As Royal Patron of the Butler Trust, she will visit the Leeds Youth Offending Service. She will then visit the Growing Zone Community Garden. Anne ends her engagement packed day at the Sound Leisure Classic Jukeboxes on the occasion of its 40th Anniversary

– The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, as patrons of the Guild of the Royal Hospital of St. Bartholomew, will re-open the Princess Alice Garden in commemoration of the Duke’s mother. The Duchess of Gloucester, Royal Patron of the Friends of Cathedral Music’s Diamond Fund for Choristers, will attend a reception in London.

– Princess Alexandra, Royal Colonel of the Third Battalion The Rifles, will visit the Regiment and their families at Dreghorn Barracks in Edinburgh.

25th September:

– The Sussexes will both meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife at their legacy foundation. Whilst the Duke then travels to Botswana, the Duchess will visit Woodstock Exchange to meet with female entrepreneurs and investors working in technology. Meghan will also head to Mothers2Mothers, a charity dedicated to eliminating paediatric AIDS.

– The Countess of Wessex, as Chairman of the Women’s Network Forum, will attend the Credit Suisse EMEA Women’s Financial Summit at Credit Suisse in London. As patron of Stoll, she will hold a lunch at St James’s Palace and later, as patron of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the Countess will attend the Honours Ceremony and Giving Voice Awards in Nottingham.

– The Duke of Gloucester will visit the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, Almondsbury, Bristol. He will move on to attend engagements at  Llanthony Secunda Priory in Gloucester. The Duke will end the day in a visit to The King’s School, Pitt Street, Gloucester.

– The Princess Royal, in her role as Vice Patron of  the British Horse Society, will attend a Road Safety Awareness Day at Askham Bryan College in York. She will then move onto Scotland, where she will visit Forth Valley Sensory Centre in Falkirk.  In her capacity as Honorary Guild Brother she will end the day attending the Guildry of Stirling’s 900th anniversary dinner at Stirling Castle.

World Skills

Princess Anne will be in Yorkshire, before heading to Scotland (World Skills)

– The Earl of Wessex will attend an AGM in London for the Sport and Recreation Alliance; he is their patron.

26th September:

– The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Birkenhead, to attend the naming ceremony of the UK’s new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

– The Duke of Sussex will spend the day in Botswana visiting the Chobe Forest Tree Reserve, the Sentebale Project focusing on improving the mental health of children affected by HIV and the Chobe National Park, where he will dedicate an area to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. Harry will then travel to Angola, where he will follow in his mother’s footsteps and visit the Halo Trust demining camp. The Duchess of Sussex will attend a Private “Women in Public Service” breakfast at the High Commission in Cape Town.

– A busy day of engagements for The Countess of Wessex who is spending a day in Yorkshire. She will start the day in Harrogate as patron of the British Cycling Federation. She will view the Union Cycliste Internationale 2019 World Championships Men’s Junior Event. Sophie will then view a coaching session in the Fan Zone. She ends her cycling commitments at a reception at The Finish Line Pavilion in the centre of Harrogate. The Countess will visit Henshaws Specialist College in Harrogate and end her day at We Can Dance at The Forest School in Knaresborough.

27th September:

– The Duke of Sussex will spend the day in Dirico, & Huambo Angola where he will visit a working Halo Trust de-mining field outside Dirico and give a speech. He will then visit The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Project. The Duke will then meet with Governor Joana Lina, who was the official host for Diana’s 1997 visit. He will visit the location as his mother did  and meet with de-mining representatives, and later go on to Huambo Orthopaedic Centre where he will re-name the facility in honour of the late Princess of Wales. The Duke is due to give a speech at this event. Prince Harry will give a speech at a reception he will attend at the British Ambassador’s residence.

– The Princess Royal, as patron of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, will open renovated facilities in Wokingham, Berkshire. She will then attend a Careers Conference at Sandhurst the Military Academy.

– The Duke of Gloucester is spending his day in Wiltshire. He will visit Melksham Town Hall and then go on to the Ministry of Defence in Corsham. HRH will end his visit at Qualasept Pharmaxo Holdings also in Corsham.

28th September:

– The Duke of Sussex will spend the day in Luanda, Angola. He will have an audience with President Lourenço at the Presidential Palace and then go onto visit the Maternity Hospital Lucrécia Paim to see “Born Free to Shine” Project with First Lady Lourenço. Harry then travels to Malawi.

29th September:

– The Duke of Sussex will spend the day in Malawi where he will visit Nalikule College of Education working with the Campaign for Female Education. He will then hold an audience with President Peter Mutharika and finishes his day with a reception hosted by the British High Commissioner where he will give a speech.

– The Princess Royal has a packed day of engagements in Chester. As sponsor of HMS ALBION, she will attend a Freedom of the City of Chester Parade at Chester City Centre, followed by a lunch and 150th Anniversary visit to Chester Town Hall. She ends the day at Chester Cathedral.

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