Court Circular

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

22 July: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh today visited Lancashire and were received at Blackpool City Airport by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Lancashire (Sir Simon Towneley) and the Mayor of Fylde (Councillor George Bamber).

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness drove to Rossall School, Fleetwood, and were received by the Chairman, Rossall School Council (His Honour Judge Murchie), the Headmaster (Mr Richard Rhodes) and the Mayor of Wyre (Councillor Mrs Jean Mutch).

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attended a Service commemorating the School's One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary and afterwards viewed various activities, including a display of the School's involvement in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.

Her Majesty subsequently unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Queen, with The Duke of Edinburgh, honoured the Chairman of Council with her presence at Luncheon in the Dining Hall.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness this afternoon visited Blackpool to mark the Centenary of the Grand Theatre and Blackpool Tower.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh first visited the Grand Theatre and were received by the Chairman, the Grand Theatre Trust Board (Mr Samuel Lee) and the Mayor of Blackpool (Councillor Stephen Beilby).

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness toured the theatre and viewed dress rehearsals for the Centenary Gala, escorted by Mr William Quekett (Theatre Manager).

The Queen subsequently unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness later visited Blackpool Tower and were received by the President, First Leisure Corporation (the Lord Delfont) and the Chairman (the Lord Rayne).

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh toured the tower, escorted by Mr Stephen Brailey (Executive General Manager), and met representatives of Lancashire Parish and Town Councils.

Afterwards Her Majesty unveiled a commemorative mirror.

The Lady Farnham, the Right Honourable Sir Robert Fellowes, Mr Simon Gimson and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel-in- Chief, this evening attended the Regimental Dinner of The Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) at Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh.

Captain Jonathan Walker was in

attendance.

ST JAMES'S PALACE

22 July: The Prince of Wales today visited Gwent and was received by her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant (Mr Richard Hanbury-Tenison).

His Royal Highness, Patron, Glamorgan County Cricket Club, this morning attended the start of the second day of the club's match against Kent at King Henry VIII School, Abergavenny.

The Prince of Wales later opened the extension to the factory of Yuasa Battery (UK) Limited, Rassau, Ebbw Vale.

His Royal Highness, President, Business in the Community, this afternoon visited Tredegar to view a number of projects concerned with the regeneration of the town.

The Prince of Wales, Chairman, The Prince of Wales' Committee, subsequently visited the restored folly above Pontypool.

Mr Matthew Butler and Dr Manon Williams were in attendance.

YORK HOUSE

22 July: The Duke of Kent, President, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, this morning visited Girvan Lifeboat Station, North Drive, Girvan, Ayrshire and was met on arrival by her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Ayrshire and Arran (Major Richard

Henderson).

His Royal Highness this afternoon visited Troon Lifeboat Station, Northshore Road, Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Captain Alexander Tetley was in

attendance.

The Duchess of Kent, Chancellor, this morning presided at the Conferment of Degrees, the University of Leeds, Leeds.

Her Royal Highness this afternoon opened the Chapel Allerton Hospital, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, Yorkshire and was met on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire (Mr John Lyles).

Mrs Richard Beckett was in

attendance.

THATCHED HOUSE LODGE

22 July: Princess Alexandra, Patron, this afternoon opened the Veterinary Centre of the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals at 4 Church Terrace, Church End, Hendon, Middlesex.

Mrs Peter Afia was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness, accompanied by the Honourable Sir Angus Ogilvy, this evening took the Salute at a performance of the Royal Tournament at Earl's Court, London SW5.

Rear-Admiral Sir John Garnier was in attendance.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

TODAY: The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel-in-Chief, attends the Regimental Parade and Review of the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons), as part of the Farewell Gathering, at Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh. The Princess Royal, Patron, Northern Lighthouse Board, views part of the Annual Inspection Voyage from MV Pharos, visiting the lights, buoys and beacons around the Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, north coast and Hebrides. TOMORROW: The Duke of York attends the 150th Anniversary of the consecration of the Holy Trinity Church, Windsor, Berkshire.

The Queen's Gallery

TODAY: The Queen's Gallery opens between 10am and 5pm, and last admission is at 4.30pm. TOMORROW: The Queen's Gallery opens between 2pm and 5pm, and last admission is at 4.30pm.

Changing of the Guard

TODAY: The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; 1st Battalion The King's Regiment mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Scots Guards. TOMORROW: The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 10am; 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Scots Guards.

Bands playing in the

Royal Parks

TODAY: St James's Park, Ladies' Palm Court Orchestra, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm; Regent's Park, Avely Band, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm. TOMORROW: St James's Park, Ladies' Palm Court Orchestra, 3pm-4.30pm, 6pm-7.30pm; Hyde Park, Margate Silver Band, 3pm-4.30pm, 6pm-7.30pm; Greenwich Park, Crystal Palace Band, 3pm-4.30pm, 6pm- 7.30pm.

Windsor Castle

TODAY and TOMORROW: The Precincts and State Apartments at Windsor Castle open between 10am and 6pm.

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