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When have the Queen and Prince William carried out royal engagements?

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent

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The Queen’s joint engagement with her grandson Prince William is a rare cross-generational visit in the royal books.

While they are both senior royals, the pairing is an uncommon sight, as William tends to carry out engagements either alone or with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge.

However, they have worked together at Buckingham Palace, in more diplomatic settings, when the Queen is playing host to a leader from another nation.

They last carried out work together without other members of the Royal Family in June 2019, as they received the Governor General of Australia in an audience at Buckingham Palace.

They also went to church together in Balmoral in September 2019, though this was not an official engagement or meeting.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C), accompanied by Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R), receives the Governor-General designate of Australia, General David Hurley during an audience at Buckingham Palace in London on June 12, 2019 (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP via Getty Images)
The Queen and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with the Governor-General designate of Australia, General David Hurley at an audience at Buckingham Palace in June 2019. (Steve Parsons/AFP)
The Queen and Prince William arrive at Crathie Kirk after attending a Sunday morning service near Balmoral.
The Queen and Prince William arrive at Crathie Kirk after attending a Sunday morning service near Balmoral in 2019. (PA)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2R) and her grandson Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R), greet Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2L) and his wife Elke Budenbender outside the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace in central London on November 28, 2017, ahead of a private lunch. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Queen and her grandson Prince William, with Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2L) and his wife Elke Budenbender in 2017. (AFP)

In 2017, they were seen together on several occasions. William accompanied his grandmother to church in Scotland, leaving then pregnant Kate at home, over the Christmas break in Balmoral.

In the same year, he helped her host then president of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbender, again at Buckingham Palace.

He also went with her to visit the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire in West London.

In 2016, the Queen and Prince Philip visited the East Anglian Air Ambulance site where William was working, and he greeted them during their tour of the site.

The Queen and Philip visited William at RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales, when he was based there in 2011.

And William couldn’t help getting the giggles in 2006 when his grandmother carried out the inspection at Sandhurst, the military academy.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire on June 16, 2017 in London, England. 17 people have been confirmed dead and dozens still missing, after the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road was engulfed in flames in the early hours of June 14. Emergency services will spend a third day searching through the building for bodies. Police have said that some victims may never be identified.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William visit the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JULY 13:  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge gives Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh a tour as she opens the new East Anglian Air Ambulance Base at Cambridge Airport on July 13, 2016 in Cambridge, England.  (Photo by Niklas Halle'n - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William gave Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip a tour at the new East Anglian Air Ambulance Base at Cambridge Airport in July 2016. (Niklas Halle'n - WPA Pool)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2nd R) is shown a Sea King helicopter by her grandson Prince William (R) during a visit to RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales on April 1, 2011. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh today visited RAF Valley in Anglesey and were given a personal tour of an RAF search and rescue helicopter by Prince Willam. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP via Getty Images)
William shows his grandmother around at RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales in 2011. (AFP)
SANDHURST, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  HRH Prince William (R with red sash) is inspected by his grandmother HM Queen Elizabeth II as he takes part in The Sovereigns Parade at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on December 15, 2006 in Sandhurst, England.There were 446 Officer Cadets in the parade of which 227 were passing out and 14 different countries armed forces were represented.  (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)
Prince William gets the giggles as he is inspected by his grandmother the Queen in The Sovereigns Parade at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2006. (Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

The Queen used to carry out most of her engagements with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. He retired in 2017, and she attends many engagements on her own now.

But she is also keen to ensure she gives the seal of approval to new members of the Royal Family, and took Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, on a trip with her to Chester shortly after her wedding to Harry in 2018.

She’s also carried out engagements with Kate.

During lockdown, she carried out a zoom virtual engagement with her daughter, Princess Anne, but it could be a significant move that she asked her grandson William to join her for the first in-person engagement.

Ingrid Seward, royal biographer, told Yahoo UK: “I think the Queen feels she needs to be seen to lift people’s spirits and what better way than with her grandson by her socially distanced side to show her respect for all he is doing.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit King's College to officially open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus on March 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Grover - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge at King's College in March 2019. (Paul Grover - WPA Pool)
WIDNES, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 14: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II attend a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex and the Queen were all smiles on a 2018 engagements in Chester. (Max Mumby/Indigo)

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The visit to Porton Down on Thursday saw the Queen and the prince meet military personnel and scientists who were involved with the response and clean-up in Salisbury after the 2018 Novichok poisoning.

William presented the Firmin Sword of Peace to some members of the 102 Logistic Brigade who helped with the incident after former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were targeted with the nerve agent.

And the Queen unveiled a plaque as she formally opened the new Energetics Analysis Centre at the Wiltshire site.

Watch: William and the Queen carry out joint engagement in 2017