Court Circular


14 September: Lady Abel-Smith has succeeded the Hon Mary Morrison as Lady- in-Waiting to The Queen.


14 September: The Princess Royal this morning opened the new Velodrome, the National Cycling Centre, Manchester, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Greater Manchester (Colonel John Timmins).

Her Royal Highness later opened the new Wheatsheaf Library, Rochdale,


The Princess Royal this afternoon attended a Civic Luncheon in Manchester Town Hall.

Miss Victoria Legge-Bourke was in attendance.


14 September: The Prince of Wales today visited Birmingham and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for West Midlands (Mr Robert Taylor).

His Royal Highness, President, The Prince's Youth Business Trust, this morning attended the trust's Trade Fair at the National Exhibition Centre.

The Prince of Wales, Centenary President, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, this afternoon visited the National Centenary Exhibition, Museum of Science and Industry, Newhall Street.

His Royal Highness, Patron, the Macmillan Nurse Appeal, later visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Selly Oak.

Dr Manon Williams was in attendance.


14 September: The Princess of Wales, Patron, Centrepoint, this afternoon visited the Mother and Baby Project, Breakspears Road, London SE4.

14 September: Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, today received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of College.


14 September: The Duke of Kent, Colonel-in-Chief, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, today received Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Sanderson, Commanding the 2nd Battalion, on relinquishing the appointment, and Lieutenant-Colonel Andy Whistler, on assuming the appointment.

The Duke of Kent, Chancellor, the University of Surrey, this afternoon received Professor Patrick Dowling, Vice-Chancellor.


The Prince of Wales, President, The Prince's Trust, attends the Prince's Trust Residential Course at Sussex University, Brighton. The Princess Royal, President, Princess Royal Trust for Carers, attends a trustees' meeting at British Telecom Headquarters, London EC1; as Patron, Canal Museum Trust, attends an exhibition on the Old Ice Trade and Ices, London Canal Museum, London N1; and as Patron, Home Farm Trust, attends a reception to launch the merger of HFT Housing Association with New Era Housing Association at Apothecaries Hall, London EC4. The Duke of Kent, visits the King Edward V1 School, Morpeth; visits the Calvert Trust Centre, Kielder; and as President, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, attends a reception at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London SW1.

Changing of the Guard

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