Last week saw the beginning of the new centralised press office based at Buckingham Palace for members of the Royal Family, under the command of Prince Charles’s Communications Secretary Sally Osman, now Director of Royal Communications.
In a bid to streamline the roles it seems now that the changes have even extended to the names of the roles within the press offices. What were formerly referred to as Press Secretaries and Press Officers have now become the Royal Household’s Communications Secretaries and Officers.
The current appointments, as things stand, are James Roscoe as Communications Secretary to The Queen (presumed), for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall Kristina Kyriacou and Ed Perkins as Communications Secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Queen set to mark 62 years on the throne
The Queen will mark her 62nd year on the throne on Thursday, bringing her just over a year away from overtaking her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest reigning Monarch (which she will do in September 2015). The occasion, which is almost always marked privately by The Queen at Sandringham, also marks the death of her father and will no doubt be a deeply personal occasion for Her Majesty.
Other members of the Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, have engagement planned for this day.
The occasion will be marked by gun salutes across the country and the union flag will be flown from all government buildings across the country.
Princess Consort position ‘hasn’t changed’
A spokesman for Clarence House this week told Royal Central that the official position on the Duchess of Cornwall being known as Princess Consort when Prince Charles accedes to the throne ‘remains the intention’ and that she would not be known as Queen.
Clarence House didn’t comment, however, on how this change would be brought about as many have speculated it would require a change in law. Though needless to say, Royal Central is doing some more digging on the matter – the findings of which will be published in due course.
Global start to February for Royal Family
The Duchess of Gloucester began February in California attending the Davis Cup as Honorary President of the Lawn Tennis Association, starting off what will be a month of overseas engagements for several members of the Royal Family.
The Countess of Wessex will be setting off for France on Tuesday for a 4-day visit to attend the Ski Championships in Meribel. Princess Anne will be spending the longest time overseas this month, with her visit to Russia to attend the Winter Olympics as well as performing other engagements in the country.
Prince Edward, along with his wife the Countess of Wessex, will be visiting Barbados on a 5-day trip at the end of the month as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. Shortly after, The Duke of Kent, as Deputy Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys), will attend the Medal Parade in Germany.
Queen to attend Order of the Bath and Thistle services this year
The Queen will be attending services for the Order of the Bath and the Order of the Thistle this year. The service for the Order of the Bath, which The Queen only attends every 8 years (but which is held every 4), will be held in Westminster Abbey on 9th May – Prince Charles, as Great Master of the Order, will also be in attendance. During the service, new Knights of the order will be invested in the King Henry VII Chapel. The Queen last attended the service in 2006.
The Order of the Thistle service is also due to be held this year, during Holyrood Week in June when The Queen spends a week residing at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Prince William (known in Scotland as the Earl of Strathearn) was invested with the order in 2012 and is expected to attend the service along with other members of the Royal Family including the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Princess Anne and members of the order and will also see the investiture of new members. The Thistle is the highest ranking order of chivalry in Scotland, the service is held every two years.