Court Circular


14 July: The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, this morning opened the new Headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service at Vauxhall Cross, London, and was received by the Chief of the Service (Sir Colin McColl).

Sir Kenneth Scott and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness were present at the Marriage of the Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones and Mr Daniel Chatto which was solemnised at St Stephen Walbrook, London EC4, this afternoon.

The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and the Earl of Snowdon, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, The Prince and Princess of Wales, The Prince Edward, The Princess Royal, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy and the Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy were also present.

The Duke of Edinburgh was represented by the Lord Howell at the Memorial Service for the Right Hon John Smith MP (Leader of the Opposition) which was held in Westminster Abbey today.

The Prince Edward was represented by Mr George Robertson MP.

14 July: The Princess Royal, Colonel- in-Chief, The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment), this morning visited the 1st Battalion at Fort George, Inverness, and was received by Colonel Iain Wotherspoon (Deputy Lieutenant of Inverness).

Mrs Charles Ritchie was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness this evening attended a Reception to celebrate the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Brook Advisory Centres at Haberdashers' Hall, Staining Lane, London EC2.


14 July: The Prince of Wales, President, The Prince's Trusts, this morning addressed the Training and Enterprise Council's National Conference at the Metropole Hotel, Birmingham.

Mr Matthew Butler was in attendance.


14 July: The Duke of Gloucester, Patron, Ash (Action on Smoking and Health), this afternoon presented the Ash and British Heart Foundation Awards at the London Hilton on Park Lane, London W1.

His Royal Highness was present at a Dinner to celebrate the 555th Anniversary of a Gift of Manuscripts to the University of Oxford by Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester at Convocation House, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, Broad Street, Oxford.

The Duke of Gloucester was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Oxfordshire (Sir Ashley Ponsonby Bt.)

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.


14 July: The Duke of Kent, Grand Master, the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George, this morning attended a service of commemoration and dedication, St Paul's Cathedral, London EC4.

Mr Nicolas Adamson was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent this afternoon visited the Kent County Show and, as Patron, Kent County Playing Fields Association, presented HRH Special Awards, the County Showground, Maidstone, Kent, and was met on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Kent (The Right Honourable Lord Kingsdown).

Fiona, Lady Astor of Hever was in attendance.


14 July: Princess Alexandra this evening attended a Reception held by the Family Holiday Association, to mark the United Nations Year of the Family, at St James's Palace, London SW1.

The Lady Mumford was in attendance.


The Queen visits the Royal British Legion Training Centre, Tidworth, Hampshire. The Queen Mother opens the new Community Hall at Lydd, Kent. The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children Fund, attends the opening of the 75th Birthday Appeal Gala, Pontefract Racecourse, Pontefract, Yorkshire. Princess Margaret visits the Annual Summer Show of the Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society in the Home Park, Windsor, Berkshire. The Duchess of Gloucester opens Ty Glyn Holiday Centre for Special Children, Aberaeron, Dyfed; as Commandant-in-Chief, St John Ambulance, Wales, visits units in West Glamorgan; and attends a Summer Ball in aid of St John Ambulance Association at Margam Abbey, Port Talbot. The Duke of Kent, Grand Master, United Grand Lodge of England, visits Albany Sheltered Housing and Nursing Home, Headington, Oxfordshire.

The Queen's Gallery

The Queen's Gallery opens between 10am and 5pm, and last admission is at 4.30pm.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Scots 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 Yeomanry, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm; Regent's Park, Regent Brass, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm.