Court Circular

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

25 March: The Queen this morning arrived at Sheffield Station and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for South Yorkshire (Lieutenant- Colonel Hugh Neill).

Her Majesty drove to Sheffield Hallam University and was received by the Chancellor (Sir Bryan Nicholson) and Councillor Ian Saunders (Deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield).

After touring the new building The Queen opened City Campus and unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Her Majesty later visited Elsecar Heritage Centre, Blacksmiths Square, Barnsley, and was received by the Chairman, Elsecar Trust (Councillor Robin Norbury) and the Mayor of Barnsley (Councillor Gerald Hadfield).

The Queen toured the site, escorted by Mr Anthony Gaynor (Project Director) and subsequently unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Her Majesty afterwards visited the Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade, Wath-upon-Dearne, and was received by the Brigade Governor (Major-General Sir Desmond Langley) and the Mayor of Rotherham (Councillor Cyril Kelly).

The Queen toured the centre, escorted by Wing Commander Stuart Cresswell (General Secretary) and unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Later Her Majesty drove to the Mansion House, Doncaster, and honoured the Mayor (Councillor John Quinn) with her presence at Luncheon.

This afternoon The Queen attended Doncaster Races and was received at the Racecourse by the Chairman of the Racecourse Committee (Councillor Ronald Gillies).

Lady Dugdale, Mr Robin Janvrin, Miss Penelope Russell-Smith and Lieutenant-Colonel Blair Stewart-Wilson were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel-in- Chief, this afternoon attended a Regimental Thanksgiving Service and Farewell Parade for The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire) in Salisbury and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Wiltshire (Field Marshal Sir Roland Gibbs).

Major Charles Richards was in attendance.

KENSINGTON PALACE

25 March: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, President, the Royal Ballet, this afternoon attended the Junior Choreographic Competition at the Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, Richmond Park.

Mrs Jane Stevens was in attendance.

YORK HOUSE

25 March: The Duchess of Kent, Patron, this afternoon visited the Christie Hospital, Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester, and was met on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Greater Manchester (Colonel John Timmins).

Her Royal Highness, Patron, the Samaritans, later visited the Samaritans of Manchester and Salford, Oxford Street, Manchester.

The Duchess of Kent, President, this evening attended a performance of Tchaikovsky's The Maid of Orleans, the Royal Northern College of Music, Oxford Road, Manchester.

Mrs Colin Marsh was in attendance.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

Princess Margaret, Patron, today attends a Fiddlers Rally in aid of Tenovus-Scotland in the City Hall, Glasgow. The Duke of Gloucester, Colonel-in-Chief, The Gloucestershire Regiment, accompanied by The Duchess of Gloucester, today attends a luncheon at Royal Air Force Innsworth; and later attends a service of thanksgiving for the regiment in Gloucester Cathedral. Prince Michael of Kent, Patron, Thames Rowing Club, today attends the 1994 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, and presents the Beefeater Gin Trophy to the winning crew, Mortlake, London.

The Queen's Gallery

TODAY: The Queen's Gallery opens between 10am and 5pm, and last admission is at 4.30pm. TOMORROW: The Queen's Gallery opens between 2pm and 5pm, and last admission is at 4.30pm.

Changing of the Guard

TODAY: The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am. TOMORROW: The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 10am; 1st Battalion Irish Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Irish Guards.

Windsor Castle

TODAY and TOMORROW: The Precincts and State Apartments at Windsor Castle open between 10am and 5pm.

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