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BUCKINGHAM PALACE 21 October: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh disembarked from HMY Britannia in Helsinki this afternoon.

Her Majesty visited The President of the Republic of Finland at the Presidential Palace.

His Royal Highness opened the new transmitter network for Classic FM in Southern Finland at the Sibelius Academy.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, this evening from the State Visit to the Russian Federation and were received at the airport by the Earl of Airlie KT (Lord Chamberlain) and Mr Roger Cato (Deputy Managing Director, Heathrow Airport).

The following were in attendance: The Right Hon Douglas Hurd MP (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) and Mrs Hurd, the Duchess of Grafton, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes, Major-General Sir Simon Cooper, Sir Kenneth Scott, Mr Charles Anson, Surgeon Captain David Swain RN, Air Commodore the Hon Timothy Elworthy, Major James Patrick, Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davies and Mr John Sawers.

21 October: The Prince Edward, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, today gave a Luncheon at Buckingham Palace.

ST JAMES'S PALACE 21 October: The Prince of Wales this morning received members of the Grampian Regional Council.

KENSINGTON PALACE 21 October: The Duke of Gloucester, Grand Prior, the Order of St John, this morning received Dr John Andrew on relinquishing the appointment of Provost of the American Society of the Order of St John.

21 October: The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were present this evening at the Anglo-Danish Society's Ball to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Society's Foundation at the Savoy, Strand, London WC2.

Mrs Howard Page and Major Nicholas Barne were in attendance.

YORK HOUSE 21 October: The Duke of Kent, President, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, this evening attended a Gala Concert, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7.

Captain Alexander Tetley was in attendance.

The Duke of Kent, Colonel-in- Chief, the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, was represented by General Sir John Wilsey, Colonel of the Regiment, at the Service of Thanksgiving for Colonel Chris Biles which was held at Sherborne Abbey, Dorset, this afternoon.

The Duchess of Kent, Patron, the RUC Benevolent Fund, this afternoon attended a luncheon, Somerley House, Ringwood, Hampshire, and was met on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Hampshire (Mrs Mary Fagan).

Mrs Peter Troughton was in attendance.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS The Queen Mother today attends the de-commissioning ceremony of HMS Resolution at the Clyde Submarine Base, Faslane.

The Queen's Gallery TODAY: The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace opens 10am-5pm. TOMORROW: The Queen's Gallery opens 2pm-5pm.

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; F Company Scots Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Welsh Guards.

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