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12 July: His Excellency Mr Fredrik Eaton and Mrs Eaton were received in farewell audience by The Queen and took leave upon His Excellency relinquishing his appointment as High Commissioner for Canada in London.

His Excellency Monsieur Lamine Kamara was received in audience by Her Majesty and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Republic of Guinea to the Court of St James's.

Madame Kamara was also received by The Queen.

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

Her Majesty, Colonel-in-Chief, The Queen's Royal Lancers, received Lieutenant-Colonel Robert McKenzie-Johnston on relinquishing his appointment as Commanding Officer, The Queen's Royal Lancers, and Lieutenant-Colonel Alick Finlayson upon assuming the appointment.

Major-General Alastair Dennis, Colonel, The Queen's Royal Lancers, was present.

His Excellency Baron Herman Dehennin and Baroness Dehennin were received in farewell audience by The Queen and took leave upon His Excellency relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Kingdom of Belgium to the Court of St James's.

The Lord Owen was received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Member of the Order of Companions of Honour.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave an Afternoon Party in the Garden of Buckingham Palace.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and The Duke and Duchess of Kent were present.

Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms and The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard were on duty.

The Bands of the Grenadier Guards and the Army Air Corps played selections of music during the afternoon.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Fellow and Visitor, this morning visited the 1994 Degree Show at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis was in attendance.

His Royal Highness, President, City and Guilds of London Institute, later presented the 1994 City and Guilds Prince Philip Medal and Silver and Bronze Medals at Buckingham Palace and afterwards attended a Luncheon at 76 Portland Place, London W1.

Major Charles Richards was in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh, President and Honorary Life Fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, this evening gave a Dinner for the Tomorrow's Company Enquiry Team at Buckingham Palace.

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

12 July: The Princess Royal, Master, the Worshipful Company of Woolmen, this morning visited the Livery Companies' Exhibition 1994, Guildhall, London EC2, and was received by the Right Hon the Lord Mayor (Sir Paul Newall).

Her Royal Highness, Patron, British Executive Services Overseas, this evening attended a Reception for corporate sponsors at Durbar Court, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London SW1.

The Hon Mrs Legge-Bourke was in attendance.


12 July: The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, received the Secretary of the Duchy of Cornwall (Mr John James).

His Royal Highness received the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Prince of Wales, President, the Prince's Youth Business Trust, this evening attended an Advisory Council Meeting at JP Morgan, Victoria Embankment, London EC4.

Mr Matthew Butler was in attendance.

His Royal Highness later attended a Dinner at Sotheby's, New Bond Street, London W1.

Doctor Manon Williams was in attendance.


12 July: Princess Alexandra, Deputy Colonel-in-Chief of The Queen's Royal Lancers, this afternoon received Major-General AW Dennis, Colonel of the Regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel RA McKenzie-Johnston upon relinquishing command of the Regiment and Lieutenant-Colonel AI Finlayson on assuming this command.


The Queen opens the East Wing of the Royal Courts of Justice, London WC2. The Prince of Wales, President, Business in the Community, attends a 'Seeing is Believing' Report Back followed by a luncheon at St James's Palace. The Duke of York, Patron, visits Weston Spirit, Liverpool; opens the new building of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, Liverpool; as Patron, the Round Square, visits St Anne's School, Windermere, Cumbria; and, as Patron, attends the Fire Services Sports and Athletics Association Silver Jubilee Dinner, Fulwood, Lancashire. The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children Fund, hosts a 75th Birthday Private Appeal Dinner at Buckingham Palace; and as Honorary Colonel, University of London Officers Training Corps, visits the Annual Camp at Tregantle Fort, Cornwall. The Duke of Gloucester opens Headquarters Personnel and Training Command, RAF Innsworth, Gloucestershire. The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, Cheltenham International Festival of Music, attends a concert to mark the festival's 50th anniversary, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The Duke of Kent, Patron, Endeavour Training, visits the Children's Camp, Whitwell Camp Site, Rutland Water; and as Vice-Chairman, British Overseas Trade Board, visits Anglian Water Management Training Centre, Whitwell, Leicestershire; as Grand Master, attends a reception of the Order of St Michael and St George at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London SW1; as Patron, British Menswear Guild, attends Simpson's (Piccadilly) centenary dinner, at Claridge's, London W1. The Duchess of Kent receives a Honorary Doctorate of Law, Bristol University; visits British Aerospace to present the Queen's Award for Technological Achievement, Filton, Bristol; and, as Patron, Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood Trust, opens the Paediatric Oncology Unit, Bristol Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Princess Alexandra visits the Yorkshire Show at Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Prince Michael of Kent, President, Institute of the Motor Industry, attends the AGM at Fanshaws, Brickendon, Hertford.

Buckingham Palace

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

Bands playing in the Royal Parks

St James's Park, Royal Yeomanry, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm; Regent's Park (Queen Mary's Rose Garden), Hollweg Quintet, 6pm-7.30pm.