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28 June: The Queen this afternoon arrived at Royal Air Force Turnhouse and was received by the Secretary of State for Scotland (the Right Hon Ian Lang MP), who joined Her Majesty's Household as Minister in attendance.

The Queen drove to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and, with The Duke of Edinburgh, was received in the Forecourt by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the City of Edinburgh (Mr Norman Irons, the Right Hon the Lord Provost) and members of the City of Edinburgh District Council, when the Right Hon the Lord Provost surrendered to Her Majesty the Keys of the City, which The Queen returned to him.

A Guard of Honour found by The Queen's Own Highlanders, under the command of Major Richard Miller, was mounted in the Forecourt.

Her Majesty was subsequently received by the Hereditary Keeper of the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon).

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

The following are in attendance:

The Earl of Airlie KT (Lord Chamberlain), the Countess of Airlie and the Hon Mary Morrison (Ladies-in-Waiting), the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes (Private Secretary to The Queen), Major-General Sir Simon Cooper (Master of the Household), Lieutenant-Colonel Malcolm Ross (Comptroller, Lord Chamberlain's Office), Mr Robin Janvrin (Assistant Private Secretary), Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson (Deputy Master of the Household), Mr Charles Anson (Press Secretary), Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony Mather (Secretary, Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood and Assistant Comptroller, Lord Chamberlain's Office), Major James Patrick (Equerry) and Major Charles Richards (Equerry to The Duke of Edinburgh).

The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Air Commodore, today visited Royal Air Force Kinloss.

His Royal Highness this evening attended a Reception given by the Association of Edinburgh Royal Tradesmen at the Signet Library, Edinburgh.

Major Charles Richards was in attendance.


28 June: The Princess Royal, President, the Missions to Seamen, this morning attended the Annual Service and Annual General Meeting at St Michael Paternoster Royal, College Hill, London EC4, and Luncheon at Skinners' Hall, Dowgate Hill, and was received by the Right Hon the Lord Mayor (Sir Paul Newall).

Her Royal Highness, President, British Knitting and Clothing Export Council, this afternoon visited Suzanne Martin plc, 1 Dye House Lane, off Wick Lane, London EC3.

The Princess Royal, Master, the Worshipful Company of Woolmen, this evening attended a Livery and Ladies Dinner at Fishmongers' Hall, London Bridge, London EC4.

Mrs Malcolm Innes was in attendance.


28 June: The Prince of Wales, Patron, Scottish Business in the Community, today visited the Forgewood Estate, Motherwell and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Lanarkshire (Mr Hutchinson Sneddon).

His Royal Highness, Patron, The Prince's Trust and President, The Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust, this afternoon attended a Reception at the Civic Centre, Motherwell.

The Prince of Wales later visited the Eric Liddell Centre, Morningside Road, Edinburgh, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the City of Edinburgh (Mr Norman Irons, the Right Hon the Lord Provost).

Mr Matthew Butler was in attendance.


28 June: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon today visited Dorset and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Dorset (The Lord Digby).

Her Royal Highness, Patron, The Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom, visited the Retired Nurses National Home in Bournemouth, during the year of their Diamond Jubilee, and attended their Service of Re-Dedication at Christchurch Priory.

The Lady Elizabeth Cavendish was in attendance.

28 June: The Duke of Gloucester, President, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, accompanied by The Duchess of Gloucester, was present at a Dinner at the Royal Norfolk Showground, New Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk.

Mrs Euan McCorquodale and Major Nicholas Barne were in attendance.


28 June: The Duke of Kent, Honorary President, the Royal Geographical Society, this morning attended a presentation by Land Rover, Kensington Gore, London SW7.

The Duke of Kent, President, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, this afternoon attended the Wimbledon Championships, Wimbledon, London SW19.

Mr Nicolas Adamson was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent this evening attended a gala performance of Hamlet by the Cape Ballet, the Sadler's Wells Theatre, John Street, London EC1.

Fiona, Lady Astor of Hever was in attendance.


The Queen holds an investiture; as Patron, National Canine Defence League, opens new kennels in West Calder, West Lothian; and visits the training centre of the Epilepsy Association of Scotland, Livingston, West Lothian. The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron and Trustee, attends receptions at the Palace of Holyroodhouse for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The Prince of Wales visits the Laphroaig Distillery, Port Ellen, Islay; visits Islay High School, Bowmore, Islay; and visits Islay Woollen Mill Co Ltd, Bridgend, Islay. The Princess of Wales, Patron, attends a dinner at the Serpentine Gallery, London W2. The Princess Royal, Master, Worshipful Company of Woolmen, visits the Textile Conservation Centre at Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court, East Molesey, Surrey; as Patron, Townswomen's Guilds, attends the National Council Meeting at the Royal Albert Hall, London SW7; and as Patron, Royal Lymington Yacht Club, attends the Keelboat Regatta, Royal Lymington Yacht Club, Lymington, Hampshire. The Duke of Gloucester, President, Royal Norfolk Show, accompanied by The Duchess of Gloucester, visits the show, New Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk. The Duchess of Gloucester visits the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses, Edgbaston; and as Patron, St Peter's Research Trust (for the Cure of Kidney Disease), presents the Coat of Arms to the British Association of Urological Surgeons' on the occasion of their 50th Annual Meeting at the International Conference Centre, Birmingham, West Midlands. The Duke of Kent, Colonel-in-Chief, Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, visits the 4th Battalion at Annual Camp, Otterburn, Northumberland. The Duchess of Kent, Patron, attends the Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund Annual General Meeting, Royal Concert Hall, Sauchiehall, Glasgow. Prince Michael of Kent, Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, attends the 21st Birthday Celebrations of Lord Harris Court, Sindlesham, Berkshire.

Buckingham Palace

The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace opens between 10am and 5pm, and last admission is at 4.30pm. The Royal Mews opens between 12pm and 4pm, and last admission is at 3.30pm.

Changing of the Guard

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 Coldstream 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 (Queen Mary's Rose Garden), Capital Brass Quintet, 6pm-7.30pm; Hyde Park, Oslo Janitsjarkorps Band, 1pm.