Court Circular


24 March: The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, this morning opened the new Jewel House at the Tower of London and was received by the Constable (Field Marshal Sir John Stanier) and the Governor (Major-General Christopher Tyler) who presented to Her Majesty the Keys of the Tower, which The Queen was graciously pleased to return.

The Secretary of State for National Heritage (the Right Hon Peter Brooke MP) welcomed Her Majesty and The Queen was graciously pleased to reply.

Her Majesty unveiled the commorative gates before viewing the new Jewel House with His Royal Highness.

The Lady Farnham, the Earl of Airlie KT, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes and Lieutenant-Colonel Blair Stewart- Wilson were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Member, this afternoon attended the Spring Luncheon of the Worshipful Company of Marketors at Trinity House, London EC3.

His Royal Highness later visited the North Westminster Community School, North Wharf Road, London W2.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis was in attendance.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by Lieutenant- Colonel the Lord Charteris of Amisfield (Permanent Lord-in-Waiting) at the Funeral of the Dowager Viscountess Hambleden (Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) which was held in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Hambleden, this afternoon.

The Prince and Princess of Wales were represented by Sir Edward Ford.

The Duke and Duchess of Kent were represented by Mrs Peter Troughton.

Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy was represented by Dame Mona Mitchell.

24 March: The Prince Edward, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, this evening gave a Dinner for the Charter Founder Members at Buckingham Palace.


24 March: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was present at the Funeral of the Dowager Viscountess Hambleden which took place at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Hambleden, this afternoon.


24 March: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon was represented by the Hon Mrs Wills at the Funeral of the Dowager Viscountess Hambleden which was held in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Hambleden, this afternoon.

24 March: The Duke of Gloucester today visited Norfolk and was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Norfolk (Mr Timothy Colman).

His Royal Highness visited the School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich and later opened Woodlands Place, the new headquarters of Boulton and Paul Limited, Sprowston, Norwich.

Afterwards The Duke of Gloucester visited Ranworth Church and Broads Authority sites.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.


24 March: The Duchess of Kent this evening attended a Reception and Fashion Show at the Mansion House, London EC4.

Fiona, Lady Astor of Hever was in attendance.


The Queen visits South Yorkshire. The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel-in- Chief, attends the Regimental Thanksgiving Service and Farewell Parade of the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire), Salisbury, Wiltshire. The Duchess of Kent, Patron, the Samaritans, visits the Manchester Branch, Manchester; as Patron, visits the Christie Hospital, Manchester; and as President, attends a performance of Tchaikovsky's The Maid of Orleans, at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.

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 Coldstream Guards / The King's Regiment.

Windsor Castle

The Precincts and State Apartments at Windsor Castle open 10am-5pm.