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12 April: The Queen, Patron, the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, this afternoon visited the Fund's Old People's Home, Glebelands House, Wokingham, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire (Mr John Henderson) and the Mayor of Wokingham (Councillor Philip Hudson).

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness toured the home, escorted by the President, the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (Sir Paul Fox) and Mr James Higgins (Trustee and President, the Society of Film Distributors).

The Queen subsequently unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Hon Mary Morrison, Sir Kenneth Scott and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

By command of The Queen, the Baroness Trumpington (Baroness-in-Waiting) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this evening upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of Latvia and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of Her Majesty.

The Hon Mary Morrison has succeeded Mrs Robert de Pass as Lady in Waiting to The Queen.


12 April: The Duke of York, Patron, SS Great Britain Project, this morning visited the SS Great Britain, Great Western Dock, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol, and was received by Commander David Gammans RNR (Deputy-Lieutenant of Avon).

His Royal Highness, Admiral, this afternoon visited the Sea Cadets, Thornbury, Bristol.

Captain Rupert Maitland-Titterton was in attendance.

The Duke of York, Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Irish Regiment, later received Lieutenant-Colonel John Moody upon relinquishing his appointment as Commanding Officer, 4th Battalion, and Lieutenant-Colonel Wayne Harber upon assuming the


His Royal Highness this evening attended a Dinner for the Golf Foundation at the Ritz Hotel, London W1.

Captain Neil Blair RN was in attendance.

12 April: The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children Fund, this evening attended the Children in Cities 1994 Launch Reception in the Court Room, Bank of England, London EC2.

Miss Victoria Legge-Bourke was in attendance.


12 April: Dame Frances Campbell-Preston has succeeded Miss Jane Walker-Okeover as Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.


12 April: The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, this morning received the Secretary of the Duchy of Cornwall (Mr John James).


12 April: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon today visited Greater Manchester and was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Greater Manchester (Colonel John Timmins).

Her Royal Highness this afternoon visited St Margaret's Church of England Youth Centre and attended a Service of Thanksgiving in St Margaret's Church, Prestwich, Bury.

The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon this evening opened the Northern Ballet School's Dancehouse Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester, and was present at a performance by the School in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, of which Her Royal Highness is President.

The Hon Mrs Wills was in attendance.

12 April: The Duke of Gloucester, Colonel-in-Chief, the Gloucestershire Regiment, this morning received Lieutenant-Colonel Martin Vine on relinquishing the appointment of Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion.

The Duke of Gloucester, Patron, Westminster Society, this evening was present at the Annual General Meeting at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, Whitehall, London SW1.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.


12 April: The Duke of Kent, President, the Scout Association, this afternoon received Mr Garth Morrison, Chief Scout.

The Duke of Kent, Vice-Chairman, the British Overseas Trade Board, this evening attended the National Language Awards for Export, BAFTA, Piccadilly, London SW1.

Mr Nicolas Adamson was in attendance.


12 April: Princess Alexandra this afternoon visited Humberside and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Humberside (Mr Anthony Bethell).

Her Royal Highness, Patron of the National Association for Mental Health, opened the North Humberside MIND Centre at 42 Saturday Market, Beverley.

Princess Alexandra, Patron, subsequently visited the Hull and East Yorkshire Branch Office of the Alzheimer's Disease Society, at Centre 88 Saner Street, Hull.

Finally, Her Royal Highness opened the Glanford Brigg Generating Station of the Yorkshire Electricity Group at Scawby Brook, Brigg.

The Lady Mary Mumford was in attendance.


The Duke of Edinburgh attends the launch of the War Pensions Agency at Lancaster House, London SW1. The Queen Mother visits the Medical Microbiology Department at St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London W2. Prince Edward, Patron, attends a concert given by the London Mozart Players at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE1. The Princess Royal, Patron, Citizens Advice Scotland, visits a Citizens Advice Bureau, Aberdeen; as President, Princess Royal Trust for Carers, opens Aberdeen Carers Centre, Aberdeen; opens the new Regional Transfusion Centre for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service at Foresterhill, Aberdeen; and as President, Princess Royal Trust for Carers, attends a Scottish fund-raising reception and dinner, Royal Northern and University Club, Aberdeen. The Duke of Gloucester visits the Museum of Science and Industry, Castlefield, Manchester; visits the Manchester Law Library; visits the Salford and Trafford Groundwork Trust Project at Trafford Ecology Park, Trafford; and attends the Trust's 10th anniversary celebrations at the Headquarters of Kelloggs Company, Old Trafford, Trafford, Greater Manchester. The Duchess of Gloucester opens the renovated Seymour Park Primary School, Old Trafford; opens Kent Court, the Tung Sing (Orient) Housing Association Limited's project in Victoria Park, Manchester; and opens the new Day Surgery Unit, Withington Hospital, Manchester. The Duke of Kent, Grand Master, the United Grand Lodge of England, visits the Cottage and Rural Enterprise Community, Rowde, Devizes, Wiltshire; and as Honorary President, Royal Geographical Society, attends a briefing and reception, Kensington Gore, London SW7.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; F Company Scots Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Irish Guards.