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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II’s first royal engagement of 2020 was a visit to RAF Marham, just a short journey from Sandringham Estate in Norfolk where she usually resides from Christmas to February. In her role as Honorary Air Commodore, Her Majesty spent time touring training facilities and meeting personnel based at the station. On February 6th, our longest-reigning monarch of all time commemorated a momentous 68 years since her accession to the throne. Britain’s oldest-serving sovereign will also turn 94 in April. In honour of this milestone, Trooping the Colour on June 13th marks the official celebrations. The annual service has been a long-standing tradition in the UK for over 250 years.
Continuing their public duties in support of Her Majesty the Queen, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s busy schedule of official engagements and tours will continue in 2020. Following a successful visit to Pakistan in October 2019, it has recently been announced that later in the year, Prince William and Kate have planned to visit regions in Australia affected by the summer bushfires. Prior to this visit, the royal couple has toured Australia together just once before in 2014. Prince George, who was less than a year old at the time, was also in attendance. Their Royal Highnesses will also take part in a historic two-day trip to Ireland at some point in the Spring.
To mark the start of a new decade, in early January Buckingham Palace released an official portrait taken by British photographer Ranald Mackechnie in the Throne Room at the palace. The image shows Queen Elizabeth standing beside the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George, the next three heirs to the throne. Snapshots of the four generations of royals were also captured in December, and show Prince William’s eldest child George making traditional Christmas pudding with his father, grandfather and great grandmother. Previously to this, the only other official photographs of the four were to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday in 2016 and Prince George’s christening in 2013.