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Court Circular


27 July: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this morning attended a Thanksgiving Service in St Paul's Cathedral to mark the Tercentenary of The Bank of England and were received at the steps to the West Door by the Right Hon the Lord Mayor (Sir Paul Newall) and at the West Door by the Dean of St Paul's (the Very Reverend Eric Evans).

Her Majesty, with His Royal Highness, afterwards drove to the Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, and honoured the Governor (Mr Edward George) with her presence at Luncheon in the Court Room.

The Lady Farnham, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

The Queen held a Council at 3pm.

There were present:

The Lord Mackay of Clashfern (Lord Chancellor), the Right Hon Antony Newton MP (Lord President), the Baroness Trumpington (Baroness-in-Waiting) and the Right Hon William Waldegrave MP.

Mr Anthony Blair MP was sworn in as a Member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

Mr John Prescott MP made affirmation as a Member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Right Hon William Waldegrave took the Oath of Office as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and kissed hands upon his appointment.

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, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, took the Salute this evening at a performance of the Royal Tournament at Earls Court.

Air Vice-Marshal Peter Harding and Major Charles Richards were in attendance.

The Queen was represented by Colonel Malcolm Havergal at the afternoon party held by the 'Not Forgotten' Association in the garden of Buckingham Palace.

27 July: The Princess Royal this evening attended the Gala performance of Sweet Lorraine at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Hampshire (Mrs Mary Fagan).

Mrs Timothy Holderness-Roddam was in attendance.


27 July: The Duke of Kent, President, the Imperial War Museum, this afternoon received Field Marshal the Lord Bramall KG, a Trustee.


27 July: Princess Alexandra, Patron, accompanied by the Honourable Sir Angus Ogilvy, this afternoon visited the offices of the Drug and Alcohol Foundation at 15 Allington Street, London SW1.

Her Royal Highness, President, later received Mr David Thompson, Chairman of Sight Savers (Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind), and subsequently attended a Reception given by Sight Savers at the Carlton Club, St James's Street, London SW1.

The Lady Mary Mumford was in attendance.