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31 January: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by the Lord Moore of Wolvercote (Permanent Lord-in-Waiting) at the Funeral of Sir Ashley Clarke (formerly Her Majesty's Ambassador in Rome) which was held in the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, this afternoon.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were represented by Lieutenant- Colonel Sir Simon Bland.

The Duke and Duchess of Kent were represented by Mr Nicholas Adamson.

Prince Michael of Kent was represented by Sir Peter Scott.


31 January: Princess Alexandra, Patron, and the Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy this evening attended a Reception given by the Florence Nightingale Museum Trust at the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2.

The Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox was in attendance.


The Queen visits RAF Marham, Norfolk. The Princess Royal, President, Princess Royal Trust for Carers, opens Sefton Carers Centre, Cavendish House, Waterloo, Liverpool; opens the new Accident and Emergency Department, Fazakerley Hospital; opens the VAT building at Customs and Excise, Queens Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside; opens the Child and Family Resources Centre, Adcote House, Birkenhead, Merseyside; and as Chancellor, London University, attends a reception to launch the joint venture of School of Slavonic and East European Studies - Communicaid, Senate House, London WC1. The Duke of Kent, Vice-Chairman, British Overseas Trade Board, visits Park Air Electronics Limited, Northfields, Market Deeping, Lincolnshire; visits Willett International Limited, Weldon South Industrial Estate, Corby, Northamptonshire; and visits Interoll Limited, Earlstree Industrial Estate, Corby. The Duchess of Kent attends a performance of Handel's Messiah in aid of the National Children's Homes Action for Children, Westminster Abbey, London SW1. Princess Alexandra opens the refurbished Edmond House of the Middlesex Province Retirement Homes, Stanmore, Middlesex.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Scots Guards.

Windsor Castle

The Precincts at Windsor Castle open between 10am and 4pm, and the State Apartments between 10.30am and 3pm.