His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex visits Hertfordshire
On 26th June 2018 Prince Edward spent the morning at the University of Hertfordshire meeting many different schools and other bodies involved with The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme of which he is President.
He then went to Hatfield House to play 3 matches of real tennis as part of his fundraising for DofE playing all 50- real tennis courts ion the world in 2018. This was the half way point of .his “tour” and he has so far raised £1 million. A dinner at Hatfield House in the evening hosted by Lord and Lady Salisbury capped a busy but most enjoyable day.
Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex visits Girlguiding Guessens District Centre
On 16th March 2018 Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex opened the new Girlguiding Centre at Guessens , Welwyn Garden City. Her Royal Highness met many of the Brownies and Guides and having watched biscuits being made-the Royal visitor decorated her own with a crown. She went on to discuss forthcoming overseas trips with the Senior Guides and joined in the activities of the younger girls. The Countess was accompanied throughout by The Lord-Lieutenant and left to cheering crowds.
The Pitch @ Palace 8.0 Boot Camp
His Royal Highness, The Duke of York, was at HULT International Business School, Ashridge, on 10 October 2017, where he hosted The Pitch@Palace 8.0 Boot Camp. The Lord-Lieutenant was in attendance (and assisted with the judging), accompanied by Lionel Wallace DL. A number of local business were represented at the Bootcamp and Cadets from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force and 1239 (Broxbourne & Hoddesdon) Sqn ATC were present complete with drums which they used most effectively to sound the end of each three minute Pitch.
42 Entrepreneurs took part in this stimulating Boot Camp programme. Each delivered a three minute Pitch to an audience of Supporters and Elevators and twelve were selected to Pitch at Pitch@Palace 8.0, at St James’s Palace on 1 November 2017.
The Entrepreneurs received advice from Facebook on how to maximise their reach in social channels, including to promote the People’s Choice Award. Keynote speeches were given by Ahmad Ashkar, Founder HULT Prize, Mukal Kumar, Chief Innovation Officer, HULT, and John Neal, Head of Coach Development, England and Wales Cricket Board.
Princess Helena College, Hitchin
On Tuesday 28 March 2017, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Gloucester, visited Princess Helena College near Hitchin. Her Royal Highness visited the Rose Garden (which is currently undergoing significant restoration) where she planted a standard rose in the central bed. She then went on to formally open the Heritage Wall which was created and managed by a group of Year 10 girls. The school will be celebrating its bicentenary in 2020 and the Heritage Wall is part of the countdown to this event.
Her Royal Highness then visited the Old Hall where she unveiled the Foundation Stone for the School’s new Performing Arts Centre.
During the visit, Her Royal Highness had the opportunity to speak with many of the pupils and asked them questions about their plans for the future.
Mrs Sally Burton DL was in attendance.
Yavneh College, Borehamwood
On Wednesday 1 February 2017, His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, attended a Jewish Community event at Yavneh College in Borehamwood. The Chief Rabbi was also present at the event and both he and His Royal Highness were escorted on a tour of the school by the Headteacher.
His Royal Highness was given the opportunity to meet with teachers and pupils and watch them undertaking some creative activities. During the tour six Duke of Edinburgh Award pupils were presented to His Royal Highness. Before departing, His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque in the Sports Hall commemorating his visit.
The Lord Lieutenant was in attendance.