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13 April: Mr Michael Warnes was received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian


The Queen held a Council at 12.40pm.

There were present:

The Right Hon Antony Newton MP (Lord President), the Lord Wakeham (Lord Privy Seal), the Right Hon Kenneth Clarke MP (Chancellor of the Exchequer), the Right Hon Sir John Cope MP (Paymaster General) and the Right Hon Nicholas Scott MP (Minister of State, Department of Social


Mr Nigel Nicholls was in attendance as Clerk of the Council.

The Right Hon Antony Newton MP had an audience of Her Majesty before the Council.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave a Dinner Party at Windsor Castle.

The following were invited:

His Excellency the Ambassador of the United States of America and Mrs Seitz; the Bishop of Manchester and Mrs Mayfield; the Right Hon Margaret Beckett MP and Mr Lionel Beckett; Colonel Sir Walter and Lady Luttrell; Sir Christopher and Lady Benson; Sir Christopher Harding; Mr and Mrs Garth Morrison; General Sir Patrick and Lady Palmer; Mr and Mrs Christopher Lloyd.

The Hon and Mrs Raymond Seitz were received in farewell audience by her Majesty and took leave upon His Excellency relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the United States of America to the Court of St James's.

The Duke of Edinburgh this morning attended the launch of the War Pensions Agency at Lancaster House, London SW1.

Major Charles Richards was in



13 April: The Prince Edward, Patron, this evening attended a Concert given by the London Mozart Players at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE1.

Mrs Richard Warburton was in


13 April: The Princess Royal today visited Aberdeen and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the City of Aberdeen (Mr James Wyness, the Lord Provost).

Her Royal Highness, Patron, Citizens Advice Scotland, this afternoon visited the Aberdeen Citizens Advice Bureau, 47 Market Street.

The Princess Royal, President, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, afterwards opened Aberdeen Carers Centre, 24/28 Belmont Street.

Her Royal Highness later opened the new Regional Transfusion Centre at Foresterhill for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.

The Princess Royal, President, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, this evening attended the Scottish Fund- raising Reception and Dinner at the Royal Northern and University Club, 9 Albyn Place.

Mrs Charles Ritchie was in



13 April: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother visited St Mary's Hospital Medical School this afternoon and opened the Fleming Laboratories.

Dame Frances Campbell-Preston and Sir Alastair Aird were in



13 April: The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester today visited Greater Manchester and were received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Greater Manchester (Colonel John Timmins).

The Duke of Gloucester visited the Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Castlefield and afterwards visited the Manchester Law Library, Kennedy Street, Manchester. Later His Royal Highness visited the Salford and Trafford Groundwork Trust Project at Trafford Ecology Park, Trafford and subsequently attended the Trust's 10th anniversary celebrations at the Headquarters of Kellogg Company of Great Britain Limited, Talbot Road, Old Trafford.

The Duchess of Gloucester opened the renovated Seymour Park Primary School, Old Trafford and afterwards opened Kent Court, the Tung Sing (Orient) Housing Association Limited's project in Victoria Park, Manchester. Later Her Royal Highness opened the new Day Surgery Unit at Withington Hospital, Manchester.

Mrs Euan McCorquodale and Major Nicholas Barne were in attendance.


13 April: The Duke of Kent, Grand Master, the United Grand Lodge of England, this morning opened the Cottage and Rural Enterprises Community, Marsh Lane, Rowde, Devizes, Wiltshire and was met on arrival by Major-General John Brockbank (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire).

Captain Alexander Tetley was in


The Duke of Kent, Honorary President, the Royal Geographical Society, this evening attended a briefing and reception, Kensington Gore, London SW7.

Mr Nicolas Adamson was in



The Duke of Edinburgh, Chancellor, Cambridge University, and Senior Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering, addresses the Opening Session of the Cambridge University / Financial Times Symposium at the Senate House, Cambridge. The Princess Royal opens 'White Top Centre', Dundee; opens the Muirhouse Six Circle Project, Edinburgh; attends the Edinburgh International Science Festival and visits the Science Dome and Technology Department Exhibition at West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh; and as Patron, College of Occupational Therapists, attends a reception for the Council of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Princess Margaret attends the premiere of Tom and Viv in aid of the National Association for Maternal and Child Welfare and the Starlight Foundation, Curzon West End Cinema, London W1. The Duke of Kent, President, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, attends the annual dinner at the Institute of Directors, London SW1. The Duchess of Kent, Patron, the Jacqueline du Pre Memorial Fund, attends a gala evening, Claridges Hotel, London W1. Princess Alexandra, Patron, attends a reception to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust at St James's Palace, London SW1.

Buckingham Palace

The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace opens 10am- 5pm, last admission 4.30pm. The Royal Mews opens 12pm-4pm, last admission 3.30pm.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; 1st Battalion Irish Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Grenadier Guards.

Windsor Castle

The Precincts and State Apartments at Windsor Castle open 10am-5pm.