Royal Review: the Royal Family’s other engagements 23rd-29th April

Although we have all been caught up in the Royal Family’s latest addition, Prince Louis of Cambridge, we have done a run down of all the activities of our minor Royals, with engagements you may have missed this week.

Duke of York with the Yorkshire Regiment

The Duke of York attended a medal parade of the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment on 24th April, at Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire; the event was for hundreds of Catterick garrison soldiers that have recently returned from Afghanistan.

The Duke of York commended the soldier’s work during their tours of Afghanistan and Iraq by saying: “You have proved dedicated, loyal and committed during your time in Kabul. We are living in a very confused world and the soldiers of the Yorkshire Regiment could be called upon at any time to serve anywhere in the world.”

Prince Andrew also praised the solders’ families and friends; he said: “Without their support, it would have been impossible for the Battalion to complete such successful tours.”

Prince Andrew hosts Pitch at the Palace 9.0

The Duke of York hosted Pitch@Palace 9.0 at St James’s Palace on Wednesday 25th.

Pitch@Palace was created by The Duke of York to guide, help and connect entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with CEOs, influencers, angel investors and mentors.

Prince Andrew making the opening speech at Pitch@Palace (Royal Family)

The theme of the event was ‘Data, Intelligence and the Future of Security’. Discussing the theme, Prince Andrew said: “We live in a world where the explosion of Big Data and its handling is the subject of much discussion. It presents an enormous opportunity whilst creating an enormous threat – something our entrepreneurs are inspired by!”

The winner of the 9.0 competition was V Chain Technology. Irra Ariella Khi, the CEO and Co-Founder, praised Pitch@Palacefor helping her and other start-ups. “If I had to describe Pitch@Palace in three words, they would be: aspirational, meaningful and change-making…People in the audience here are so open, so proactive and are genuinely looking to help you,” she said.

Prince Andrew announcing V Chain Technology as winners of Pitch@Palace 9.0 (Royal Family)

Duke of York visits Help Harry Help Others 

On the morning of Friday 27th April, The Duke of York visited Helping Harry Help Others Drop-In Cancer Support Centre in Birmingham. Help Harry Help Others was set up by the family of local boy, Harry Mosely, to help find a cure for brain cancer, alongside supporting children and their families who are affect by any cancer.

As Founder of the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, The Duke of York then travelled to Leigh, Greater Manchester, to present Bronze Awards at the Turnpike Centre. Later, Prince Andrew also presented Bronze Awards to students at Manchester Metropolitan University. The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award helps people enhance their chances in the job market with digital and enterprise skills.

Afterwards, The Duke of York, as patron of the Institution of Civil Engineers, visiting Explore Manufacturing Explore War in Worksop.

Duke of Gloucester in Hampshire

The Duke of Gloucester visited the Eling Tide Mill Experience, the Grade II, 230 year old building that has recently spent £2m investing in refurbishment and new facilities.

Prince Richard was shown the restored mill machinery and water wheels and kindly unveiled a new plaque in the activity room. Attending with the Duke was Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson, and High Sheriff of Hampshire, Mark Thistlethwayte.

The Duke of Gloucester also opened the Advanced Technology Centre at Eastleigh Centre and the Lucas Court in Hampshire.

Duke of Gloucester and the Global Heritage Fund

As patron of the Global Heritage Fund UK, the Global Heritage Fund UK, attended a luncheon at the Garrick Club on 25th April.

Duke of Gloucester in Scotland

The Duke of Gloucester visited West College, Scotland on 26th. Afterwards, the Duke visited Accord Hospice in Paisley to mark their 35th anniversary of opening.

In the afternoon, the Duke of Gloucester officially opened the Scottish War Blinded Hawkhead Centre. The Duke of Patron of Scottish War Blinded. The Centre supports ex-service men and women who have lost their sight during or after service. Support includes rehabilitation, grants for equipment to assist with independent living and sports and social activities.

Later in the day, the Duke visited Peak Scientific Instruments Limited to mark their 20th anniversary.

Duke of Kent with the Royal Fusiliers

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers celebrated their 50th anniversary at its headquarters at the Tower of London. To mark the occasion, the Regiment was granted special permission to guard the Tower of London for 48 hours.

The Regiment marched in front of their Commander in Chief, The Duke of Kent, who was there to attend the service of thanksgiving at the Royal Chapel on 23rd April, the same day as the new Prince’s arrival, and also St George’s Day.

The Duke of Kent presented serving Fusiliers with special commemorative medals which displayed pictures of St George and the dragon, with the words “For England and St George” underneath. 

Duke of Kent attends a defence dinner

As President of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, The Duke of Kent attended a dinner for the institution on 24th April.

Freemason investiture for Prince Edward

As the Grand Master of the Freemasons, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, made an address at the Craft Annual Investiture of the Freemasons on 25th April.

The Duke said: “Many of those I have invested today will go on to be leaders in the Craft and I believe it is a very exciting time for Freemasonry. For 300 years men from all different backgrounds, faiths, ages and races have met as equals to make themselves better men. Such sentiments have never been more relevant, or more needed, than they are today.

“Be sure that we do not hide that light as we look forward to our next 300 years.”

Duke of Kent at Scots Guards Colour ceremony

Yesterday, on 29th April, The Duke of Kent, laid up the old colours of 2nd Battalion Scots Guards; Prince Edward is Colonel of battalion. The event took place at the Guards’ Chapel at Wellington Barracks in London.

Princess Alexandra and the Alzheimer Society Awards

Princess Alexandra, in her capacity as patron of the Alzheimer’s Society, presented the Alzheimer Society’s People Awards at St James’s Palace. The event took place on 26th April.

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