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30 June: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this morning visited the Mary Erskine School, Ravelston, Edinburgh, to mark the Tercentenary of the School and were received by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for the City of Edinburgh (Mr Norman Irons, the Right Hon the Lord Provost) and the Chairman of Governors (Mr Michael Walker).

Her Majesty unveiled a commemorative plaque before touring the School, with His Royal Highness, escorted by the Principal (Mr Patrick Tobin).

The Countess of Airlie, the Right Hon Ian Lang MP (Secretary of State for Scotland), the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

Lady Fraser, Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, was received by The Queen and reported on the recent proceedings of the General Assembly.

Lady Fraser, with Sir William Fraser, remained to Luncheon with Her Majesty.

Mr Charles Callander was received by The Queen when Her Majesty presented to him The Queen's Prize.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave an Afternoon Party in the garden of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Captain Alexander Ramsay of Mar and the Lady Saltoun, the Hon Elizabeth Ramsay of Mar and the Hon Alice Ramsay of Mar were present.

The Queen's Body Guard for Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers, under the command of the President of the Council, Major Sir Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple Bt, Silver Stick for Scotland, was on duty.

The High Constables of the Palace of Holyroodhouse were on duty.

The Highland Band and Lowland Band played selections of music.


30 June: The Princess Royal, Chancellor, University of London, today attended a Commemoration Service and Presentation Ceremony on the occasion of the Centenary of the foundation of the South East Agricultural College, Wye College, Ashford, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Kent (the Lord Kingsdown KG).

Mrs Andrew Feilden was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness, Honorary Associate, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, this evening attended the One- Hundred-and-Fiftieth Anniversary Banquet at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London SW1.

Lady Carew-Pole was in attendance.


30 June: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was present this morning at the Drumhead Service of Thanksgiving which was held at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Army Benevolent Fund.

The Lady Margaret Colville, Sir Alastair Aird and Major Colin Burgess were in attendance.

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Colonel-in-Chief, Toronto Scottish Regiment, received Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh Stewart (Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel), Lieutenant-Colonel J. Paul deB. Taillon (Commanding Officer) and Captain Gerald Jackson (President of the Officers' Association).


30 June: The Prince of Wales this morning visited Tower Bridge on the One- Hundredth Anniversary of the opening of the bridge.

Major Patrick Tabor was in attendance.

His Royal Highness this afternoon gave a Luncheon for the Department of Trade and Industry on board HMY Britannia, Pool of London.

The Prince of Wales, Honorary President, Royal Academy Trust, later attended a trustees' meeting at the Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London W1.

Commander Richard Aylard RN and Miss Belinda Harley were in attendance.

His Royal Highness, Founder and President, The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, this evening viewed the foundation course end of year exhibition at 14-15 Gloucester Gate, Regent's Park, London NW1.

Mr Stephen Lamport was in attendance.


30 June: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon this evening opened the Thirty-Fifth Antiquarian Book Fair at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London W1.

The Lady Juliet Townsend was in attendance.

30 June: The Duke of Gloucester, President, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, today visited the Royal Norfolk Show, New Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.

The Duchess of Gloucester was present this morning at the Drumhead Service of Thanksgiving which was held at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, to mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of the founding of the Army Benevolent Fund.

Mrs Michael Wigley was in attendance.


30 June: The Duke of Kent this morning attended a Drumhead Service to mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Foundation of the Army Benevolent Fund, the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3.

The Duke of Kent, Vice-Chairman, the British Overseas Trade Board, this afternoon visited Psion plc, Bristol Road, Greenford, and later visited Central Research Laboratories Limited, Dawley Road, Hayes, Middlesex.

Captain Alexander Tetley was in attendance.


The Prince of Wales hosts a garden party at Caernarvon Castle; as President, Business in the Community, attends a conference to discuss the regeneration of Gwynedd at Plas Menai, Caernarvon; and attends a celebration concert at the Cardiff Arena, Cardiff. Princess Royal, Patron, the National Autistic Society, opens Crossways, Mildenhall, Suffolk; visits the Nancy Oldfield Trust Centre at Irstead Road, Neatishead, and the floating base on Barton Broad, Norwich; and as Patron, Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, attends the Healthy Norfolk 2000 Conference and visits the Family Literacy Demonstration Project at the Clinic, Larkman First School, Norwich. Princess Margaret, President, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, attends the South Cheshire Branch's Centenary Ball, Tilstone Lodge, Tilstone Fearnall, Cheshire. The Duke of Kent, President, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, accompanied by The Duchess of Kent, attends the Wimbledon Championships, London SW19; and as Colonel-in- Chief, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, attends a dinner at Mercers' Hall, London EC2. Prince Michael of Kent, Guest of Honour, presents the Police Long Service and Good Conduct medals on behalf of Gloucestershire Constabulary at the Conference Centre, Nuclear Electric Headquarters, Barnwood, Gloucestershire.

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, North London Concert Band, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm; Regent's Park, British Airways Band, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm.