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8 February: Mr Sydney Chapman MP (Vice-Chamberlain of the Household) was received in audience by The Queen and presented Addresses from the House of Commons to which Her Majesty was graciously pleased to make reply.

His Excellency Senhor Rubens Antonio Barbosa was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Court of St James's.

His Excellency was accompanied by the following members of the Embassy:

Senhor Ruynunes Pinto Nogueira (Minister Plenipotentiary, Consular Affairs), Senhor Mauricio Educardo Cortes Costa (Minister Counsellor), Captain Otavio Sampaio de Almeida (Naval Attache), Colonel Luiz Reis de Mello (Army Attache), Group Captain Juniti Saito (Air Attache), Senhora Leonilda Alves Correa (Counsellor, Financial Affairs), Senhor Cicero Martins Garcia (First Secretary, Commercial Affairs) and Senhor Flavio Lima Rocha (Second Secretary, Cultural Affairs).

Senhora Barbosa was also received by Her Majesty.

Sir David Gillmore (Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) was present and the Household-in-Waiting were in attendance.

General Sir Peter Inge (Aide-de- Camp General to Her Majesty and Chief of the General Staff) was received by The Queen.

Mr Justice Longmore was received by The Queen upon his appointment as a Justice of the High Court when Her Majesty conferred upon him the honour of Knighthood and invested him with the Insignia of a Knight Bachelor.

The Queen held a Council at 12.40pm.

There were present:

The Right Hon Antony Newton MP (Lord President), the Right Hon David Hunt MP (Secretary of State for Employment), the Right Hon Sir Nicholas Lyell (Attorney General) and the Right Hon Roger Freeman MP (Minister of State, Department of Transport).

The Right Hon Sir Robert Carswell, the Right Hon Peter Lloyd MP and the Right Hon Brian Mawhinney MP were sworn in as members of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

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 this afternoon opened the Princess Christian Unit at Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex, and was received by the Chairman, North West Thames Regional Health Authority (Sir William Doughty) and the Mayor of Hillingdon (Councillor George Booth).

Her Majesty toured the hospital, escorted by the Chairman, Mount Vernon Hospital NHS Trust (Mr David Swarbrick), and afterwards unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Lady Susan Hussey, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes and Lieutenant-Colonel Blair Stewart-Wilson were in attendance.

By command of The Queen, the Viscount St Davids (Lord-in-Waiting) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, today upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of Armenia and Mrs Ter-Petrossian and welcomed His Excellency and Mrs Ter-Petrossian on behalf of Her Majesty.

The Lady Susan Hussey has succeeded Lady Dugdale as Lady-in-Waiting to Her Majesty.


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


8 February: The Duchess of Gloucester, Honorary Freeman, The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers, this morning visited Benton and Johnson, 26 Marshalsea, London SE1.

Miss Suzanne Marland was in attendance.


8 February: The Duke of Kent, President, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, this evening attended a reception at the Guildhall, London EC2.

Captain Alexander Tetley was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent this afternoon arrived at RAF Northolt from the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire.

Mr Nicolas Adamson was in attendance.


8 February: Princess Alexandra, Patron of the Royal School Hampstead, this afternoon received Major-General Brian Davis upon retiring as Chairman of the Governors and Major-General Robert Staveley on assuming this appointment.

Her Royal Highness this evening attended a Reception given by the Anglo- Peruvian Society in the Locarno Suite, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London SW1.

The Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox was in attendance.


The Duke of Edinburgh, International President, World Wide Fund for Nature, visits Denmark to attend the signing of an agreement concerning co-

operation between the Ministry of the Environment of Denmark and the World Wide Fund for Nature; and attends the North East Businessman of the Year Dinner at the Swallow Gosforth Park Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne. Prince Edward attends the London Goodenough Trust for Overseas Graduates' Hilary Term Dinner at London House, London WC1. The Duke of Gloucester attends the annual dinner of the West London Architectural Society at the Royal Air Force Club, London W1. The Duchess of Gloucester visits HMS Sandown in Portsmouth Royal Naval Dockyard, Hampshire. The Duke of Kent, Vice- Chairman, British Overseas Trade Board, visits Euravia Engineering and Supply Company Limited, Euravia House, Easby, Lancashire; E. Slinger and Sons Ltd, Great Harwood; and Philips Components Limited, Blackburn.

Royal Mews

The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace 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; 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Scots Guards.