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16 March: The Queen held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this


Mr Noel Jones (Her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Kazakhstan) and Mrs Jones were received by Her Majesty.

By command of The Queen, Vice- Admiral Sir James Weatherall (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr Chau Phong at 12-14 Victoria Road, London W8, this morning in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Court of St James's.

16 March: The Prince Edward, Chairman, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Special Projects Group, this evening held a meeting at Buckingham Palace.

16 March: The Princess Royal this morning opened the new Challenge Ropes Course at Churchtown Farm Field Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre, Lanlivery, Bodmin, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Cornwall (the Viscount Falmouth).

Lady Carew-Pole was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness, President, Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, this afternoon attended the Council Meeting and Annual General Meeting at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall.

The Princess Royal, accompanied by Commander Timothy Laurence RN, this evening attended the Royal Society for Asian Affairs Dinner, Savoy Hotel, London WC2.


16 March: The Prince of Wales this morning departed from Royal Air Force Northolt for a day visit to Paris.

His Royal Highness this afternoon visited the office of the British Council in rue de Constantine.

The Prince of Wales afterwards visited British businesses in the new Carousel development, Louvre Museum.

His Royal Highness later visited President Mitterrand at Elysee Palace.

The Prince of Wales, Patron, Philharmonia Orchestra, this evening attended a Concert at the residence of Her Majesty's Ambassador to the French Republic, 35 rue du Faubourg St Honore.

Mr Stephen Lamport and Mr Allan Percival were in attendance.


16 March: The Duchess of Kent, this morning attended the Rededication Ceremony of HMS Brecon, Rosyth Royal Dockyard, Rosyth, Fife, Scotland and was met on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Fife (The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine).

Mrs Richard Beckett was in


The Duke of Kent, Colonel-in- Chief, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, today received Lieutenant-Colonel James Porter on relinquishing the command of the 5th Battalion and Lieutenant-Colonel Keith Kiddle on assuming the appointment.


The Queen visits Emanuel School, London SW11, on the occasion of its 400th anniversary. The Queen Mother presents Shamrock to the Irish Guards at Chelsea Barracks, London SW3, on the occasion of St Patrick's Day. The Prince of Wales delivers the keynote address at the World Wide Fund for Nature Timber Seminar at the Brewery, London EC4. The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children Fund, attends the Birthday Appeal Group Meeting at Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Gloucester, Grand Prior, Order of St John, opens the new headquarters of St John Ambulance, Liverpool; visits sites of the Merseyside Development Corporation in the Wirral; opens the Glaxo Neurological Centre, Liverpool; and as President, Institute of Advanced Motorists, attends a reception at Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord's Ground, London NW8. The Duke of Kent visits Daks Simpson, Larkhall Industrial Estate, Larkhall; visits the Gowthrapple Co-operative, Heathfield, Wishaw; and visits the Medi-Park, Strathclyde Business Park, Mossend, Lanarkshire. The Duchess of Kent, Patron, John Grooms Association for Disabled People, opens Mardon House, Exeter; opens the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford), Exeter; and attends a service of thanksgiving to mark 200 years of Healthcare in Exeter, at Exeter Cathedral.

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 The King's Regiment mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Welsh Guards / The King's Regiment.