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26 April: The Queen was represented by Lieutenant-Colonel the Lord Charteris of Amisfield (Permanent Lord-in- Waiting) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of the Lord Porritt (formerly Governor-General of New Zealand) which was held in St Margaret's Church, Westminster, today.

The Duke of Edinburgh was represented by Mr James Orr.

The Prince of Wales was represented by the Hon Edward Adeane.

The Prince Edward was represented by Mr Anthony Willis.

The Princess Royal was represented by Mrs Andrew Feilden.

Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester was represented by Dame Jean Maxwell-Scott.

The Duke of Kent was represented by the Lord Farnham.

Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy was represented by Major Sir Peter Clarke.

Lady Abel Smith has succeeded the Hon Mary Morrison as Lady-in-Waiting to The Queen.


26 April: The Prince Edward, Patron, this evening attended a Concert given by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the Symphony Hall, International Convention Centre, Broad Street, Birmingham, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for West Midlands (Mr Robert Taylor).

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.

26 April: The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children Fund, this morning attended the launch of the fund's Seventy Fifth Birthday Appeal at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1.

Her Royal Highness, Patron, College of Occupational Therapists, this afternoon opened the Hollies Occupational Therapy Workshop, St Clement's Hospital, Foxhall Road, Ipswich, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Suffolk (the Lord Belstead).

The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children Fund, later attended a Reception to mark the fund's Seventy Fifth Birthday for the 'Town Appeal' at Ipswich Town Hall.

Her Royal Highness, Patron, United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, this evening attended a Reception at Butchers' Hall, 87 Bartholomew Close, London EC1.

Mrs William Nunneley was in attendance.


26 April: The Hon Mrs Rhodes has succeeded Dame Frances Campbell- Preston as Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.


26 April: The Prince of Wales, President, The Prince's Trust, this morning attended a meeting with Chief Constables to discuss The Prince's Trust Volunteer programme at St James's Palace.

His Royal Highness, Founder and President, afterwards chaired a Council Meeting at The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, 14-15 Gloucester Gate, Regent's Park, London NW1.

The Prince of Wales, Patron, Marylebone Centre Trust, later gave a Luncheon for the newly created centre for community care and primary health at St James's Palace.

His Royal Highness, Patron, London and Quadrant Housing Trust, this afternoon visited the projects at Sancroft Street and Newborn Street, London SE11.

The Prince of Wales, Joint President, Prague Heritage Fund, this evening gave a Reception for supporters.

His Royal Highness, Patron, Schizophrenia A National Emergency, later visited their Helpline at Marylebone Road, London NW1.

Commander Richard Aylard RN was in attendance.


26 April: The Duke of Gloucester, President, British Consultants Bureau, this afternoon departed Heathrow Airport to carry out engagements in the United States of America.

Major Nicholas Barne is in attendance.

The Duchess of Gloucester today visited Bristol and was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Avon (Sir John Wills Bt).

In the morning Her Royal Highness Opened Springboard Opportunity Centre, Sunhill Park, Clevedon. In the afternoon The Duchess of Gloucester opened the new headquarters of United Kingdom Transplant Support Service Authority, Stoke Gifford, and later visited Barrs Court Primary School, Longwell Green, Avon.

Mrs Michael Wigley was in



26 April: The Duke of Kent, this morning opened the Rock Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey.

Captain Alexander Tetley was in attendance.

The Duke of Kent, Grand Master, this evening presided at a Dinner for Senior Freemasons at the new Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street, London WC2.

Mr Nicolas Adamson was in



The Princess Royal, Patron, Sense, the National Deaf-Blind and Rubella Association, visits GEST Consortium Intervenor Project, Springfield School, Leek, Staffordshire; opens the Tamworth Probation Centre, Tamworth, Staffordshire; visits St Editha's Parish Church, Tamworth; as Patron, National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, visits Kidsgrove Citizens Advice Bureau, Clare House, Kidsgrove, Staffordshire; visits Tamworth Crime Stop Shop at Ankerside Shopping Centre; visits Tamworth Ski, Ice and Leisure Centre; and as President, Chartered Institute of Transport, attends a reception on the work of Transaid in support of the Save the Children Fund at 80 Portland Place, London SW1. Princess Alexandra, President, WWF UK (World Wide Fund for Nature), opens Exhibitions of Endangered Species, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.

Buckingham Palace

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

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; 1st Battalion

The King's Regiment 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-6pm.