🎹🎶 A special @bbc_proms performance on Friday celebrated the 200th Anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, with music composed by Prince Albert himself.
The Erard piano, commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1856, was moved from the visitor’s route at Buckingham Palace to the @royalalberthall for the event. In the first video watch as Stephen Hough performs, alongside the Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment, during the show.
The Grand Piano was loaned from the @royalcollectiontrust. Works from the Collection are frequently loaned to institutions throughout the UK and around the world.
Read more about this weekend’s ‘Prom 40: Queen Victoria’s Piano’ via the link in our bio.
On International Youth Day find out about some of the Queen’s Young Leaders are #transformingeducation within their communities, to make it more inclusive and accessible for all!
2015 @queensyoungleaders winners Deo (Uganda) and Edmund Page (UK) have joined forces to provide learning support to children with cerebral palsy in Uganda.
2016 @QueensyoungLeaders Diedra founded a scholarship programme for high school students in Belize and Calvin delivers education and career development workshops in Malaysia, supporting young people to plan for the future!
In 2017 Nonduduzo (Kingdom of eSwatini) received an Award for work to help girls living in rural communities to continue their education and Theresa (Papau New Guinea) founded UniMums to support and mentor young mothers studying at University.
2018 winners Deane and Aditiya (India) work together to inform and empower young girls & women about menstrual hygiene and maternal health.
The Queen’s Young Leaders programme was launched in 2014 with the first winners visiting Buckingham Palace in 2015 to receive their award from The Queen, supported by The Duke of Cambridge, and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Since then hundreds of young people from around the Commonwealth have been awarded for the work they do in their communities.
Inspired by the work of the #QueensYoungLeaders Programme, the @queens_commonwealth_trust is working to help young change makers, including #QueensYoungLeaders , realise their hopes & dreams for the future.
Today marks International Youth Day!
The Queen is Head of the Commonwealth, an international organisation of 53 countries spanning every geographical region, religion and culture. The Commonwealth has population of more than 2 billion people, 60% of which are under the age of 30.
This international Youth Day we are celebrating the 240 Queen's Young Leaders @QueensyoungLeaders - a network of exceptional young people from across the #Commonwealth who have and continue to make a change in their communities and use their skills to transform lives.
Inspired by the work of the #QueensYoungLeaders Programme, the @queens_commonwealth_trust is working to help young change makers realise their hopes & dreams for the future. The Queen is Patron of The Trust, The Duke of Sussex is President and The Duchess of Sussex is Vice-President.
Visit @QueensyoungLeaders & @queens_commonwealth_trust to find out more.
Quack, March!🦆 Changing of the Guard garden-style as a mother leads her ducklings on a tour of the Buckingham Palace garden.
The garden is home to species of ducks, swans and geese who take advantage of the lake, built in 1828.
These “Tufted Ducks” are thought to be part of many successful broods born this year.
Yesterday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went head to head in The King’s Cup, raising awareness and funds for eight of Their Royal Highnesses’ patronages.
@tusk_org was awarded first place in the inaugural regatta, with ambassador Bear Grylls collecting the historic trophy on stage on behalf of the charity at a prize giving ceremony along Cowes’ seafront.
In this year’s race, The Duke competed on behalf of @childbereavementuk and The Duchess on behalf of the Early Years programme delivered by The Royal Foundation.
Their Royal Highnesses were joined by Fara Williams for @centrepointuk , Dan Snow for @ldnairamb , Bear Grylls for @tusk_org , John Bishop for @actiononaddiction , Katie Thistleton for @_place2be , and Helen Glover for the @afnccf
The Duke and Duchess are strong advocates for sport, and have undertaken work both in the UK and overseas to highlight the positive impact that sport can have on the individual and within local communities.
Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event, bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for the causes that The Duke and Duchess support.
Visit @kensingtonroyal for more on The King’s Cup
🎉 Today is Princess Beatrice of York’s 31st Birthday.
Princess Beatrice is the first child of @hrhthedukeofyork and Sarah, Duchess of York, and fifth grandchild of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.
Her Majesty was today met by Corporal Cruachan IV, Shetland pony and mascot of @theroyalregimentofscotland , as she arrived at Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire.
Soldiers from 5 SCOTS and Pipes and Drums from 4 SCOTS welcomed The Queen today and will continue to provide a Royal Guard throughout her time at the Castle this summer.
Swipe ➡️ to see Her Majesty inspect the Guard of Honour this afternoon!
The Duke of Rothesay, as The Prince of Wales is known when in Scotland, attended the Mey Highland and Cultural Games at the weekend.
First held in the village of Mey for The Queen Mother’s 70th birthday, the Games celebrate the hospitality, culture and talents of the people of the North Highlands.
In the foreword for the programme, His Royal Highness said: “It was with the greatest of pride that I followed in the footsteps of my Grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, as Chieftain in 2002, thus continuing the tradition she had started in the early 1970’s when these games began.” The Duke judged the final of the Tug of War competition, which was won by a team from Help for Heroes.
Congratulations to all those who took part in the event!
🔨 Buckingham Palace last week hosted a @thecreativedimension Trust (CDT) furniture and woodworking course.
CDT offer fully funded workshops to young people interested in pursuing careers where precise hand-eye coordination and craftwork are key.
For the fourth year, students were welcomed to the Palace and last week Eva, Arif and Zari worked hard to create beautiful side tables, complete with individually designed tabletops. 🎥 Watch this video to see how they got on!