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BUCKINGHAM PALACE

19 March: The Queen, Patron, Rugby Football Union, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince Edward, today opened the new East Stand and attended the One Hundredth International Rugby Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, Middlesex.

Having been received by the President, Rugby Football Union (Mr Ian Beer), the President, Welsh Rugby Football Union (Sir Tasker Watkins) and the Mayor of Richmond (Councillor Gina MacKinney), Her Majesty, with Their Royal Highnesses, honoured the President with her presence at Luncheon.

The Queen later unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Lady Farnham, Sir Kenneth Scott, Major James Patrick and Mr Simon Gimson were in attendance.

19 March: The Princess Royal, Patron, Scottish Rugby Union, accompanied by Commander Timothy Laurence RN, today attended the International Rugby Match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the City of Edinburgh (Mr Norman Irons, the Right Hon the Lord Provost).

20 March: By command of The Queen, the Viscount Long (Lord-in-Waiting) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this morning upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Mrs Nazarbaeva and welcomed His Excellency and Mrs Nazarbaeva on behalf of Her Majesty.

20 March: The Duke of York, Colonel- in-Chief, The Royal Irish Regiment, this evening arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, from the Republic of Cyprus.

Captain Rupert Maitland-Titterton and Major Joyce Gillison were in attendance.

20 March: The Princess Royal this evening departed from Heathrow Airport, London, for the United States of America to attend the General Assembly in Tampa, Florida, as President of the International Equestrian Federation and to open the International Equine Sports Medicine Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, as President of the Animal Health Trust.

Mrs Timothy Holderness-Roddam was in attendance.

KENSINGTON PALACE

19 March: The Duke of Gloucester, Colonel-in-Chief, The Gloucestershire Regiment, was present at a Luncheon to celebrate the Regiment's Tercentenary at Royal Air Force Quedgeley, Gloucestershire.

His Royal Highness was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Gloucestershire (Mr Henry Elwes).

Major Nicholas Barne was in

attendance.

YORK HOUSE

20 March: The Duchess of Kent, Patron, the Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood Trust, this evening attended a reception at the Swallow Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol followed by a Variety Performance at the Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine's Parade, the Centre, Bristol, Avon.

Mrs Peter Troughton was in

attendance.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

The Prince of Wales, Patron, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, visits Hales Hall, Loddon, Norfolk; and presents the Country Landowners Association Farm Buildings Awards at Hilborough Stud Farm, Hilborough, Norfolk. The Duke of York opens Greenwich Place, Saltash, Cornwall; and as Patron, Royal Aero Club, attends a dinner at the Naval and Military Club, London W1. The Princess Royal, President, International Equestrian Federation, attends the General Assembly in Tampa, Florida; and as President, Animal Health Trust, opens the International Equine Sports Medicine Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Princess Margaret, President, Invalid Children's Aid Nationwide, visits the association's new offices at Barbican City Gate, London EC1. Prince Michael of Kent, Patron, David Shepherd Conservation Foundation, attends a Trustees' Meeting at the Foundation, Winkworth Farm, Godalming, Surrey; and as President, Institute of the Motor Industry, visits Dennis Fire Engines, Slyfield Industrial Estate, Guildford, Surrey.

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 Irish Guards / The King's Regiment.

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