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29 June: The Queen held an Investiture at the Palace of Holyroodhouse this morning.

Her Majesty afterwards received the Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland (Mr James Barron) and Mr Alan Ramage (Deputy Keeper), who were introduced into The Queen's presence by the Secretary of State for Scotland (the Right Hon Ian Lang MP), to mark the Nine-Hundredth Anniversary of the Great Seal of Scotland.

Captain David Younger was also received by The Queen who handed to him his Commission as Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for Tweeddale.

The Queen, Patron, National Canine Defence League, this afternoon opened new kennels at Benty Head, West Calder, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for West Lothian (the Earl of Morton), Colonel RoosmaleCocq (Vice- President) and Mr Kenneth Evans (Chairman).

Her Majesty toured the kennels, escorted by Mrs Clarissa Baldwin (Chief Executive Officer), and unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Queen, Patron, National Society for Epilepsy, later visited the training centre of the Epilepsy Association of Scotland, Bloom House, Livingston, and was received by the National Director (Mr John Craig).

After touring the centre, escorted by Mrs Jane Aitken (Director, Livingston District Epilepsy Group), Her Majesty unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Hon Mary Morrison, the Right Hon Ian Lang MP (Secretary of State for Scotland), Mr Robin Janvrin and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave a Dinner Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The following were invited:

Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Orkney, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Ayrshire and Arran and Mrs Henderson, the Lord and Lady Wilson of Tillyorn, the Hon Lord and Lady Osborne, Mr and Mrs Gerald Wilson, Dr and Mrs Calum MacLeod, Professor and Mrs John Howie, Mr and Mrs Ray Baker, Mr and Mrs Thomas Dun, Mr and Mrs George Esson, Professor and Mrs Eric Fernie, Dr and Mrs Christopher Masters, Mr and Mrs John McClelland and Councillor Rosemary McKenna and Mr James McKenna.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron and Trustee, today attended Receptions at the Palace of Holyroodhouse for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

His Royal Highness, Patron and Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award this afternoon attended a Luncheon for Scottish Charter Members at the offices of the Scottish Widows Fund and Life Assurance Society, Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh.

Major Charles Richards was in


By command of The Queen, the Lord Camoys (Lord-in-Waiting) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this evening upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of Uganda and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of Her Majesty.


29 June: The Princess Royal, Master, the Worshipful Company of Woolmen, this morning visited the Textile Conservation Centre at Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey.

Her Royal Highness, Patron, Townswomen's Guilds, this afternoon attended the National Council Meeting at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7.

Mrs Andrew Feilden was in


The Princess Royal, Patron, Royal Lymington Yacht Club, this evening attended the Keelboat Regatta at the club, Bath Road, Lymington, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Hampshire (Mrs Mary Fagan).


29 June: The Prince of Wales, Lord of the Isles, today visited Islay and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Argyll and Bute (Colonel Archibald Fletcher).

His Royal Highness visited the Laphroaig Distillery, Port Ellen, Laphroaig.

The Prince of Wales later visited Islay High School, Bowmore.

His Royal Highness subsequently visited Islay Woollen Mill Company, Bridgend.

Commander Richard Aylard RN was in attendance.


29 June: The Princess of Wales, Patron, this evening attended a Dinner at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2.

Miss Anne Beckwith-Smith and Mr Patrick Jephson were in attendance.

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

Major Nicholas Barne was in


The Duchess of Gloucester this afternoon visited the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands (Mr Robert Taylor).

Her Royal Highness, as Patron, St Peter's Research Trust (for the Cure of Kidney Disease), this evening presented the Coat of Arms to the British Association of Urological Surgeons on the occasion of their 50th Annual Meeting at the International Convention Centre, Broad Street, Birmingham.

Mrs Euan McCorquodale was in



29 June: The Duke of Kent, Colonel-in- Chief, the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, this morning visited the 4th Battalion at Annual Camp, Otterburn Training Area, Northumberland and was met on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Northumberland (The Viscount Ridley).

Captain Alexander Tetley was in


The Duchess of Kent, Patron, Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund, this afternoon attended the Annual General Meeting, the Royal Concert Hall, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, and was met on arrival by the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Glasgow (Councillor Susan Baird).

Mrs Richard Beckett was in



The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit the Mary Erskine School, Ravelston, Edinburgh, to mark the school's tercentenary; and later give a garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Queen Mother attends a Drumhead Service at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Army Benevolent Fund; The Duchess of Gloucester and The Duke of Kent also attend. The Prince of Wales visits Tower Bridge, London, on the 100th anniversary of the opening of the bridge; and, as Honorary President, Royal Academy Trust, attends a trustees' meeting followed by a reception for major benefactors at the Royal Academy of Arts, London W1. The Princess Royal, Chancellor, London University, attends a commemoration service and presentation ceremony on the occasion of the centenary of the foundation of the South East Agricultural College, Wye College, Kent; and as Honorary Associate, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, attends a 150th Anniversary Banquet at Banqueting House, Whitehall, London SW1. Princess Margaret opens the 35th International Antiquarian Book Fair, Grosvenor House Hotel, London W1. The Duke of Gloucester, President, Royal Norfolk Show, visits the show, New Costessey, Norfolk. The Duke of Kent, Vice-Chairman, British Overseas Trade Board, visits Psion plc, Greenford, Middlesex; and visits CRL Limited, Hayes, Middlesex. The Duchess of Kent attends the Wimbledon Championships, London SW19.

Buckingham Palace

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

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 Irish 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), Omega Wind Ensemble, 12.30pm-2pm.