Friday, 29 March 2013

New Life Peer

Michael Fitzhardinge Berkeley CBE has been granted the title of Baron Berkeley of Knighton of Knighton in the County of Powys. Under the Life Peerage Act 1958 and will sit in the House of Lords as a Crossbencher.

New Vice Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria

Mrs Claire Hensman, Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria has appointed The Rt Hon. The Lord Inglewood Vice Lord Lieutenant of the County of Cumbria.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Prince Harry to visit the USA

St James's Palace has announced Prince Harry will visit the United States of America from the 9th May till the 15th May. The Prince will visit Washington DC, Denver, Colorado Springs, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Tour Itinerary

In Washington DC Prince Harry will attend a reception at the British embassy.

Prince Harry will visit an exhibition on Capitol Hill on landmine clearance. Prince Harry has recently become patron of the HALO Trust landmine clearance charity.

Prince Harry will pay his respects at the Arlington National Cemetery and will then visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

In Denver Prince Harry will visit the British Consul-General in the region. Prince Harry will then attend the opening ceremony of the 2013 Warrior Games a Paralympic sports event for injured servicemen and women.

In New York Prince Harry will attend an event to promote the GREAT campaign promoting British business.

The Prince will also visit a community baseball programme involving a new partnership with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

In New Jersey Prince Harry will meet victims of Hurricane Sandy.

In Connecticut Prince Harry will take part in the fourth Sentebale Polo Cup. Prince Harry may meet the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting but this has not been confirmed by St James's Palace.

New Deputy Lieutenants of the East Riding of Yorkshire

The Hon. Susan Cunliffe-Lister, Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire commissioned the following to become Deputy Lieutenants of the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Mrs Elaine Anne Garland
Colonel David Ian Fuller OBE
Mr Adrian Mark Horsley

Re-Appointment of Vice Lord Lieutenant of Fermanagh

The Rt Hon. The Viscount Brookeborough, Lord Lieutenant of County Fermanagh has re-appointed the following Vice Lord Lieutenant of County Fermanagh.
Lord Anthony Hamilton DL

Friday, 22 March 2013

High Sheriff for 2013/14 in the Duchy of Cornwall

The Prince of Wales in his position as Duke of Cornwall has appointed the following High Sheriff within the Duchy of Cornwall.

Duchy of Cornwall

For the County of Cornwall
2013/2014: Mr James Buller Kitson

Monday, 18 March 2013

New Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Hampshire

Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire commissioned the following to become Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Hampshire.
Colonel Charles Edward Haviland Ackroyd TD RD
Professor Joy Carter
Mrs Clare Scheckter

Queen Honours the Duke of Cambridge

On the 17th March 2013 Her Majesty the Queen appointed Prince William, Duke of Cambridge Personal Aide-de-Camp (ADC(P))to Her Majesty.

Friday, 15 March 2013

New Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Derbyshire

William Tucker, Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire commissioned the following to become Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Derbyshire.
Miss Catherine Nina Alcock
Mr Richard Howard Brown CBE
Wing Commander Philip Giles OBE
Mrs Griselda Mary Kerr
Mr Robert Malcolm Kirkland
Mr John William White

High Sheriffs for 2013/14 in the Duchy of Lancaster

Her Majesty the Queen in her position as Duke of Lancaster has appointed the following High Sheriffs within the Duchy of Lancaster.

Duchy of Lancaster

For the County of Lancashire
2013/2014: Mrs Letitia Ann Dean DL
For the County of Greater Manchester
2013/2014: Mr Paul Griffiths DL
For the County of Merseyside
2013/2014: Mr Robert Ian Shaw Meadows OBE DL

High Sheriffs of England and Wales for 2013/14

The following people have been appointed High Sheriff for the Counties of England and Wales for 2013/2014 with the exception of Cornwall, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire who are appointed by the Dukes of Cornwall and Lancaster.


For the County of Bedfordshire
2013/2014: Mrs Deborah Inskip
For the Royal County of Berkshire
2013/2014: Professor Suzanna Christina Rose
For the County of Buckinghamshire
2013/2014: Sir Stuart Hampson
For the County of Cambridgeshire
2013/2014: The Hon. Aubrey James Francis Buxton
For the County of Cheshire
2013/2014: Mr Martin Dudley Beaumont
For the City of Bristol
2013/2014: Dr Shaheen Shahzadi Chaudhry
For the County of Cumbria
2013/2014: Mrs Diana Ruth Matthews
For the County of Derbyshire
2013/2014: Mr Derek Mapp DL
For the County of Devon
2013/2014: Mr John Albert Thomas Lee OBE
For the County of Dorset
2013/2014: Mrs Catriona Janet Payne
For the County of Durham
2013/2014: Mr Peter Stuart Bell
For the County of East Riding of Yorkshire
2013/2014: Mr Stephen Thomas Larard
For the County of East Sussex
2013/2014: Mr Graham Peters
For the County of Essex
2013/2014: Mrs Julia Mary Seton Abel Smith
For the County of Gloucestershire
2013/2014: The Hon. Hugh John Hamilton Tollemache
For Greater London
2013/2014: Mr David Christopher Fraser Jones
For the County of Hampshire
2013/2014: Mr Rupert Edward Alexander Younger
For the County of Herefordshire
2013/2014: Mr Robert Simon Dyke Tabor
For the County of Hertfordshire
2013/2014: The Viscountess Trenchard
For the County of Isle of Wight
2013/2014: Mrs Mary Louise Case
For the County of Kent
2013/2014: Lord Colgrain
For the County of Leicestershire
2013/2014: Mrs Sally Elizabeth Ann Bowie
For the County of Lincolnshire
2013/2014: Mr Toby Edward Drake Dennis
For the County of Norfolk
2013/2014: The Countess of Leicester
For the County of Northamptonshire
2013/2014: Mr James Michael Shepherd-Cross
For the County of Northumberland
2013/2014: Mr Peter Robert Loyd
For the County of North Yorkshire
2013/2014: The Reverend Rachel Candia Benson
For the County of Nottinghamshire
2013/2014: Mrs Nicola June Weston
For the County of Oxfordshire
2013/2014: Professor Graham Upton
For the County of Rutland
2013/2014: Mrs Patricia Tena Ruddle
For the County of Shropshire
2013/2014: Mrs Diana Rosemary Flint
For the County of Somerset
2013/2014: Mrs Maureen Effie Whitmore
For the County of South Yorkshire
2013/2014: Lady Sykes
For the County of Staffordshire
2013/2014: Miss Susan Caroline Inge-Innes-Lillingston
For the County of Suffolk
2013/2014: Sir Edward Bernard Greenwell Bt
For the County of Surrey
2013/2014: Dr Helen Ann Bowcock DL
For the County of Tyne and Wear
2013/2014: Mr George Scott
For the County of Warwickshire
2013/2014: Mr Keith Howard Sach
For the County of West Midlands
2013/2014: Dr Christine Braddock CBE
For the County of West Sussex
2013/2014: David Patrick Henry Burgess MBE
For the County of West Yorkshire
2013/2014: Mrs Virginia Annable Lloyd
For the County of Wiltshire
2013/2014: Mr William Francis Wyldbore-Smith
For the County of Worcestershire
2013/2014: Mr Nicholas Philip Wentworth-Stanley


For the County of Clwyd
2013/2014: Mrs Celia Mary Jenkins Trevor
For the County of Dyfed
2013/2014: Mr John Thomas Davies
For the County of Gwent
2013/2014: Mr Murray Alexander MacFarlane
For the County of Gwynedd
2013/2014: Mrs Marian Wyn Jones
For the County of Mid Glamorgan
2013/2014: Mr Rory James Murray McLaggan
For the County of Powys
2013/2014: Mr Bernard Bromley Harris MBE
For the County of South Glamorgan
2013/2014: Mrs Morfudd Ann Meredith
For the County of West Glamorgan
2013/2014: Mrs Gaynor Marie Richards MBE

Former Minister Leaves the Privy Council

Former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Mr Chris Huhne has asked Her Majesty the Queen to leave the Privy Council.

Mr Huhne resigned as a Member of Parliament after he was charged with perverting the course of justice. Mr Huhne stood trial at Southwark Crown Court and on the 11th March was sentenced to eight months in prison.

Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council have taken Mr Huhne request under consideration and have ordered his name to be removed from the list of Members of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

New Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Durham

On the 1st March 2013 Sir Paul Nicholson KCVO, Lord-Lieutenant of Durham commissioned the following to become a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Durham.
Mr Peter Barron

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

New Pope Elected to the Throne of St Peter

The Vatican has announced that a new Pope has been elected to the throne of St Peter. The Papal Conclave has voted Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 266th Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church.

Cardinal Bergoglio has chosen his Papal name and henceforth to be known as Pope Francis I. Pope Francis I is from Argentina he was born on the 17th of December 1936 in Buenos Aires. Pope Francis I was ordained a priest in 1969.He climbed the ranks within the Catholic Church to become Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998. In 2001 he was made a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II.

Pope Francis I is the first Latin American Pope. Pope Francis I is also the first Pope who is a member of the Society of Jesus commonly known as Jesuits, a religious order previously persecuted by the Catholic Church.

With the election of Pope Francis I hope the Catholic Church can face the important issues such as Child Sex Abuse within the Church, Homosexuality, Abortion, use of contraception and ordaining of Female Priests.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Royal Tour of the Middle East

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have started their nine day tour of the Middle East visiting Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman returning on the 19th March.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

New Member of the United Kingdom Privy Council

Her Majesty the Queen approved the following person member of Her Majesty’s most Honourable Privy Council.
Stephen O’Brien MP

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

New Vice Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland

The Duchess of Northumberland, Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland has appointed Colonel Anthony Arthur Edward Glenton CBE TD FCA DL Vice Lord Lieutenant of the County of Northumberland.

New Deputy Lieutenants of the West Midlands

Paul Sabapathy CBE, Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands commissioned the following to become Deputy Lieutenants of the West Midlands.
Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE
Mr Richard Boot OBE
Mr Stephen Goldstein
Mr Stewart Towe CBE

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Queen Elizabeth in Hospital

Her Majesty the Queen has been taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London after showing symptoms of Gastroenteritis. The Queen was taken by private car from Windsor Castle to King Edward’s. The Queen will spend at least 2 two days in hospital for an assessment. This is the first time the Queen has been hospitalised in 10 years ago, when she required knee surgery. The Queen has cancelled or in some cases postponed all her engagements for this week including her trip to Rome with the Duke of Edinburgh. The Queen is said to be in good spirits. I wish her a speedy recovery.