Powering the Palace

Project Manager Barry Igoe explains the process of removing Buckingham Palace’s ageing boilers, and the installation of a new energy centre. This work is being carried out as part of the Palace’s wider ten-year Reservicing Programme, which will overhaul the building’s essential services.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce the launch of Shout

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced the launch of Shout, a new text messaging helpline that supports people in crisis.

“We are incredibly excited to be launching this service, knowing it has the potential to reach thousands of vulnerable people every day. Over the last few months Shout has started working quietly behind the scenes. We have all been able to see the service working up close and are so excited for its future.

“At the heart of this service will be an incredible national volunteer community, one which needs to grow to allow us to support more people in crisis. We hope that many more of you will join us and be part of something very special.”

Shout operates 24/7 and connects people in need to trained volunteers who provide help at a time when it is most needed; enabling them to move from a moment of crisis to a calm state and form a plan for next steps to find longer-term support.

For information about Shout, and volunteering opportunities please visit: www.giveusashout.org

Shetland pony Cruachan IV prepares for Changing the Guard

The Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland has Mounted the Guard at Windsor Castle for the first time.

Her Majesty The Queen is Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and Royal Colonel of the 5 Scots Balaklava Company.

See Pony Major Mark Wilkinson prepare Shetland pony Cruachan IV, the Regiment’s mascot, for ceremonial duties in London, which also included Mounting the Guard at Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and St James’s Palace.

The Duke of Cambridge speaks at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand

The Duke of Cambridge speaks at Al Noor Mosque, during his visit to New Zealand.
The Duke paid tribute to those affected by the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack and recognised the empathy and unity displayed by the people of New Zealand in the weeks that followed.

The Countess hosts a reception on International Women’s Day at Buckingham Palace

The Countess of Wessex hosted a reception for International Women’s Day at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the vital role of women in building peace in countries affected by conflict.

Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2VGqpUL

In a speech made at the reception, Her Royal Highness announced her commitment to support the UK’s work in helping put more women and girls at the centre of conflict resolution, encouraging women’s participation in building peace and supporting survivors of sexual violence in conflict.

Many women peacebuilders from around the world were attending today including Visaka Dharmadasa, Chair of the Association of War Affect Women, who is from Sri Lanka. The Reception also brought together academics, representatives from NGOs, the Foreign Office, charities and UN agencies.

The Duke of Sussex's speech at WE Day UK

His Royal Highness speaks to a Wembley Stadium full of young people about the issues of mental health and climate change.

The Duchess of Cambridge marks Children's Mental Health Week 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge, Place2Be Patron, visited Lavender Primary School to mark Children’s Mental Health Week 2019.

One of The Duchess’s key areas of work is child mental health and the importance of support to provide young people with in-school mental health services at the earliest stage possible, to tackle problems before they can escalate.

The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’, focusing on the connection between physical and mental health. During her visit, The Duchess met teachers and students taking part in Children’s Mental Health Week activities and sat in on two different lessons focusing on the importance of physical and mental health. Find out more here:


The Duke of Sussex speaks at the Commonwealth Youth Roundtable

A selection from The Duke of Sussex's speech at the Commonwealth Youth Roundtable on 30 January 2018.

Read the speech in full here: https://www.royal.uk/speech-duke-sussex-commonwealth-youth-roundtable

The Duke of Cambridge in conversation with Sir David Attenborough

The Duke of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough discuss Sir David’s work highlighting the importance of the natural world and the urgent challenges facing the next generation of environmental leaders.
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Watch The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 2018

Merry Christmas to all!
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“It’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies – and another child expected soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied."
“Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human-being is always a good first step towards greater understanding.”

Watch The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 2018.
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St. George's Chapel Choir sing Carol of The Bells at Windsor | Christmas 2018

Watch the choir, who have sung several times in the presence of Her Majesty and The Royal Family this year, perform one of the best-loved Christmas carols.
Read about St. George's Chapel Choir here: https://bit.ly/2LuMzpn

Drone footage by Thomas Rainbow; filmed and produced by Martin Stanford.
Audio ℗ Hyperion Records Ltd, London.
Video © The Dean & Canons of Windsor.

Christmas Carols outside Buckingham Palace

Watch The Grenadier Guards performing Christmas carols during Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace. More on Christmas at the Palace here: https://www.royal.uk/royal-family-christmas-0
The Duke of York became Colonel of the Grenadier Guards in 2017 – taking over the appointment from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
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The Duchess of Cambridge announced as Patron of Evelina London Children’s Hospital

"It’s a real privilege to be part of this organisation, and I look forward to many happy years ahead." — The Duchess of Cambridge, today announced as Evelina London Children’s Hospital Patron.

Evelina London cares for children and young people from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life.

Christmas trees arrive at Buckingham Palace

Every year, three trees are placed in the Marble Hall - and a garland is fixed along the grand staircase.
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The custom of displaying Christmas trees was introduced to Britain in the late 18th by Queen Charlotte, consort of George III, although it was a yew tree rather than a fir that was used. The Christmas tree was popularised by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the nineteenth century.

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The Duke of Cambridge's speech on Social Media at the BBC

The Duke of Cambridge speaks about the challenges and successes of his Cyberbullying Taskforce, and the challenges facing Social Media companies in the fight against Cyberbullying.