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9 May: The Prince of Wales this afternoon received Lieutenant-General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Minister of Defence, United Arab Emirates).


9 May: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon was present this evening at a Private View of an exhibition of the work of Barry Swaebe, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in aid of the Friends of the Elderly and Gentlefolk's Help, of which Her Royal Highness is President.

The Countess Alexander of Tunis was in attendance.

9 May: Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Air Chief Commandant, Women, Royal Air Force, today received Group Captain Cynthia Fowler on assuming the appointment as Adviser to the Women, Royal Air Force.


The Queen attends a parade of pupils of the Royal Hospital School at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SE10, to mark the Tercentenary of Greenwich Hospital. The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief, Army Air Corps, presents the Guidon to the Army Air Corps at Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire. Prince Edward, Chairman, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Special Projects Group, attends an Exhibition of Photographs taken by the Award's Young Photographer 1993-94, at the Halina Photographers' Gallery, London SE11. Princess Margaret opens the new Fire Station, Ryde, Isle of Wight; as President, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, attends the Centenary Luncheon of the Isle of Wight Branch, Gatcombe House, Isle of Wight; and visits the Carisbrooke Castle Museum, Isle of Wight, and opens 'The Island Princess' Exhibition, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Princess Beatrice; and attends a reception in aid of the Development Appeal for Francis Holland School, Graham Terrace, to be held at Strand House, Head Office of WH Smith and Son, London SW1. The Duke of Kent, President, Engineering Council, presents the Annual Awards of the Hyde Park Hotel, London SW1; as President, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, attends the Annual Presentation of Awards Meeting at the Royal Festival Hall, London SE1; and as Vice-Chairman, British Overseas Trade Board, attends a dinner to launch the Action Japan Campaign, Lancaster House, St James's Palace, London SW1. The Duchess of Kent visits John Smedley Limited, Clay Cross, Chesterfield, Derbyshire; visits St Elphins Girls Public School, Darley Dale, Matlock; visits Nestle UK Company Limited, Ashbourne; and as Patron, Unicef UK, attends a reception, State Apartments, St James's Palace, London SW1. Prince Michael of Kent, Patron, Bermuda Maritime Museum, attends Dr Edward Harris' Lecture at Guildhall, London EC2; and attends a banquet in honour of the 300th anniversary of licencing of London taxis given by the Fellowship of Hackney Carriage Drivers at Guildhall, London EC2.

Buckingham Palace

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

Changing of the Guard

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

Windsor Castle

The Precincts and State Apartments at Windsor Castle open between 10am and 6pm.