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The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit Berwickshire; and, with the King and Queen of Norway, attend a performance of The Sleeping Beauty at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre. The Princess Royal, President, Riding for the Disabled Association, visits Abbeylands Equestrian Centre, Isle of Man; as President, Save the Children Fund, attends a reception and luncheon in aid of the fund's 75th Anniversary, Government House, Isle of Man; and as Master, Worshipful Company of Woolmen, attends the Royal Show at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Princess Margaret, President, Royal Ballet, attends a gala performance of The Sleeping Beauty at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. Princess Alexandra, Chancellor, presides at ceremonies for the conferment of degrees at Lancaster University. Prince Michael of Kent visits GEC Avionics at Rochester, and Chatham Dockyard, Kent.

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; 7 Company Coldstream Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Irish Guards.

Windsor Castle

The Precincts and State Apartments at Windsor Castle open between 10am and 6pm. Bands playing in the

Royal Parks

St James's Park, Royal Engineers' Corps, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm; Regent's Park (Queen Mary's Rose Garden), Embassy Brass Ensemble, 6pm-7.30pm.


5 July: The King and Queen of Norway arrived in Edinburgh this morning on a State Visit to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Their Majesties arrived at Leith on board the Norwegian Royal Yacht Norge, escorted by HMS Stavanger and HMS Marlborough.

The Duke of York went on board the Royal Yacht Norge to welcome The King and Queen of Norway on behalf of The Queen.

The High Constables of Leith were on parade.

Their Majesties, accompanied by His Royal Highness, drove from the Port of Leith to Charlotte Square and were met by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by the Prince of Wales.

The King and Queen of Norway, accompanied by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, with The Prince of Wales and The Duke of York, drove in a Carriage Procession to the Palace of Holyroodhouse with a Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry.

The Hereditary Members of The Queen's Household in Scotland, The Queen's Body Guard for Scotland (The Royal Company of Archers), the Lyon Court and the High Constables of the Palace of Holyroodhouse were present on duty.

There was a Fly Past at the Port of Leith by Tornado aircraft from Number 25(F) Squadron of the Royal Air Force.

Gun Salutes were fired at the Port of Leith by HMS Marlborough and at Edinburgh Castle by 105th Regiment, Royal Artillery (Volunteers).

Guards of Honour were provided at the Port of Leith by the Royal Navy, at Charlotte Square by the 1st Battalion The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales' Own Yorkshire Regiment) and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse by The Queen's Guard (1st Battalion Queen's Own Highlanders, Seaforth and Camerons).

The Queen invested The King of Norway with the Royal Victorian Chain.

The King and Queen of Norway this afternoon at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, received an Address of Welcome from the Right Hon the Lord Provost and Members of the District Council of the City of Edinburgh.

Field Marshal Sir Peter Inge (Chief of the Defence Staff) afterwards called on the King and Queen of Norway and presented to His Majesty his Commission as an Honorary General in the British Army.

The King and Queen of Norway later drove to Edinburgh Castle where His Majesty laid a Wreath at the Shrine of the Scottish National War Memorial.

The Right Hon John Major MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) subsequently called on Their Majesties at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this evening gave a State Banquet in honour of The King and Queen of Norway at which The Prince of Wales, The Duke of York and The Duchess of Kent were present.

The following had the honour of being invited:

SUITE OF THE KING AND QUEEN OF NORWAY: His Excellency Mr Bjorn Tore Godal (Minister of Foreign Affairs), His Excellency the Ambassador of Norway and Mrs Vraalsen, Mr Magne Hagen (Private Secretary), Mr Lars Petter Forberg (Marshal of the Court), Brigadier Tore Eriksen (Senior Principal Equerry), Mrs Lise Harlem (Master of the Household), Mr Knut Brakstad (Personal Secretary), Mrs Nina Gullaksen (Lady-in-Waiting), Mr Vegard Ellefsen (Assistant Director General), Captain Carl Magne Hansen (Commanding Officer Royal Yacht Norge) and Major Aage Bartnes (Equerry).

SPECIALLY ATTACHED IN ATTENDANCE UPON THE KING AND QUEEN OF NORWAY: The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine (Lord-in-Waiting) and the Countess of Elgin and Kincardine, the Hon Mary Morrison (Lady-in-Waiting), Mr Mark Elliott (Her Majesty's Ambassador at Oslo) and Mrs Elliott and Major James Patrick (Equerry in Waiting).

DIPLOMATIC CORPS: His Excellency the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Luigi Barbarito, His Excellency the High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda and Mrs Thomas, His Excellency the Ambassador of Denmark and Mrs Thorning-Petersen, His Excellency the Ambassador of Sweden and Mrs Eckerberg, His Excellency the Ambassador of Finland and Mrs Blomqvist and His Excellency the Ambassador of Germany and Baroness von Blomberg-Hartmann.

THE GOVERNMENT: The Lord Chancellor and the Lady Mackay of Clashfern, the Prime Minister and Mrs Major, the Secretary of State for Scotland and Mrs Lang and Mr David Heathcoat-Amory MP (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and Mrs Heathcoat- Amory.

SPECIAL INVITATIONS: The Right Hon the Lord Provost for the City of Edinburgh and the Lady Provost, the Sheriff Principal and Mrs Nicholson, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and Mrs Simpson, the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon, the Earl and Countess of Dundee, the Lord Justice General and the Lady Hope, the Lord and Lady Nickson, Captain Sir Iain and the Lady Margaret Tennant, Field Marshal Sir Peter and Lady Inge, Dame Gillian Brown, Sir Russell and Lady Hillhouse, Lord Lyon King of Arms and Lady Innes of Edingight, Sir William and Lady Sutherland, Sir Raymond and Lady Johnstone, Professor and Mrs Alistair MacFarlane, Mr and Mrs Angus Grossart, Captain and Mrs Ronald Cunningham-Jardine, Professor and Mrs Baruch Blumberg, Professor and Mrs Donald McKay and Dr and Mrs Anthony Toft.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Member, this afternoon opened the new Consultation Centre of the Faculty of Advocates, 142 High Street, Edinburgh.

Major Charles Richards was in


By command of The Queen, the Lord Annaly (Lord-in-Waiting) called upon The President of the Republic of Paraguay this morning at the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1, and, on behalf of Her Majesty, welcomed His Excellency on his Arrival in this


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


5 July: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother this afternoon visited gardens in the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Hounslow under the auspices of the London Gardens Society and London Children's Flower Society.

Dame Frances Campbell-Preston and Major Sir Ralph Anstruther Bt were in attendance.

Dame Frances Campbell-Preston has succeeded the Lady Margaret Colville as Lady-in-Waiting to Her Majesty.


5 July: The Princess Royal today visited the Isle of Man and was received by the Lieutenant-Governor (Air Marshal Sir Laurence Jones).

Her Royal Highness attended the Tynwald Day Open Air Ceremony at Tynwald Hill.

The Princess Royal this afternoon attended the Tynwald Day Luncheon and Garden Party at Government House.

Her Royal Highness this evening attended the Tynwald Banquet at Castletown Golf Links Hotel, Derbyhaven.

Mrs David Bowes-Lyon was in



5 July: The Prince of Wales, President, Scottish Business in the Community, this afternoon visited Old Town Renewal Trust, Tron Kirk, High Street, Edinburgh, and was received by her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant (Mr Norman Irons, the Right Hon the Lord Provost).

Commander Richard Aylard RN was in attendance.


5 July: The Princess of Wales, Vice-President, British Red Cross Society, this morning attended a meeting of the Policy Planning and Advisory Commission of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva.

Her Royal Highness this afternoon arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, from Switzerland.

Mr Patrick Jephson was in


5 July: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, President, The Royal Ballet, left Heathrow Airport, London, this afternoon for New York.

Mrs Jane Stevens is in attendance.

5 July: The Duke of Gloucester today visited the Royal Agricultural Society of England Royal Show at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, and was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Warwickshire (Captain the Viscount Daventry).

Major Nicholas Barne was in


The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (Cot Death Research and Support) was present at an Operatic Evening at the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London SW7.

Mrs Michael Wigley was in



5 July: Princess Alexandra this morning visited Forbo-Lancaster Limited, Lune Mills, Lancaster, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Lancashire (Sir Simon Towneley).

Subsequently Her Royal Highness, Chancellor, presided at congregations for the conferment of Degrees and Honorary Degrees at Lancaster University.

The Lady Mary Mumford was in