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The British Royal Duties

CrownEvery year the British Royal Family carries out over 2,000 official engagements throughout the UK and worldwide. On this page we list some of the events and ceremonies they attend every yeary.

The Royal year commences in November with the State Opening of Parliament.

The Royal Year

Event Place Date
State Opening of Parliament Houses of Parliament November/ December
Festival of Remembrance Albert Hall, London Saturday nearest 11 November
Cenotaph ceremony Whitehall 11 November or nearest Sunday
Prince of Wales' Birthday Varies 14 November
Royal Variety Performance London Late November
Investitures Buckingham Palace November

Event Place Date
Christmas The Queen's Christmas Message to the Commonwealth, broadcast on television and radio at 3pm GMT. 25 December
Christmas Windsor Castle 25 December

Event Place Date
New Year Sandringham 1 January
Epiphany Service Chapel Royal, St James' Palace 6 January

Event Place Date
Investitures Buckingham Palace February
Foreign and Commonwealth Tours Overseas February
Accession Day
Marks the day when the Queen came to the throne
Marked by gun salutes in Hyde Park at 12.00 midday and at the Tower of London at 1.00 p.m.. Free public access. 6 February

Event Place Date
St David's Day: Leeks given to Welsh Guards Where the battalion is stationed 1 March
Commonwealth Day Observance Westminster Abbey. 14 March
St Patrick's Day: shamrocks given to Irish Guards Where the battalion is stationed 17 March
Foreign and Commonwealth Tours Overseas March
Event Place Date
Royal Maundy Service UK Maundy Thursday
Queen's Birthday Marked by gun salutes in Hyde Park at 12.00 midday and at the Tower of London at 1.00 p.m.. Free public access. 21 April

Event Place Date
State visits UK May
Chelsea Flower Show Royal Hospital Grounds, Chelsea Late May
Event Place Date
Prince Philip's Birthday
Birthday of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, marked by gun salutes in Hyde Park at 12.00 midday and at the Tower of London at 1.00 p.m.. Free public access. 10 June
The Derby Epsom, Surrey June
Trooping the Colour Horse Guards Parade, London 1st or 2nd Saturday in June
Royal Ascot Ascot Race Course, Berkshire Mid-June
Garter Ceremony Windsor Castle Mid-June

Event Place Date
Annual Garden Perty Holyroodhouse Early July
Thistle Ceremony St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh Early July
Garden Parties Buckingham Palace Mid-July

Event Place Date
Braemar Highland Games Princess Royal Park, Braemar September

Event Place Date
Foreign and Commonwealth Tours Overseas October

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