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Court Circular


1 April: The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, today reviewed the Royal Air Force at Royal Air Force Marham to mark the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of its formation (Group Captain Niall Irving Officer Commanding).

Her Majesty, with His Royal Highness, was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Norfolk (Mr Timothy Colman) and the Secretary of State for Defence (the Right Hon Malcolm Rifkind MP).

The Parade received The Queen with a Royal Salute.

Her Majesty inspected the parade and presented a new Queen's Colour for the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom.

After the presentation, The Queen was graciously pleased to address the Parade and the Chief of the Air Staff (Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon) replied.

Having viewed an Indoor Exhibition, Her Majesty, with His Royal Highness, honoured the Royal Air Force Board with her presence at Luncheon in the Officers' Mess.

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and The Duke of Edinburgh viewed an Outdoor Exhibition.

The Duchess of Grafton, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes, Major-General Brian Pennicott, Major James Patrick and Wing Commander Christopher Moran RAF were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh this evening attended the final Dinner of the Managing the Marine Environment Conference, Lerwick, Shetland, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant (Mr Magnus Shearer).

Wing Commander Christopher Moran RAF was in attendance.

1 April: The Princess Royal this afternoon attended the first Meeting of the International Brain Injury Forum: the Quest for Better Outcomes, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Oxfordshire (Sir Ashley Ponsonby Bt).


1 April: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was present at the 75th Anniversary Review of the Royal Air Force at Royal Air Force Marham today.

The Lady Angela Oswald was in attendance.


1 April: The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, this morning presided at a Meeting of The Prince's Council.

His Royal Highness this evening held a Meeting and gave a Dinner to discuss heritage issues.


The Prince of Wales, President, the Prince's Trust, visits the Work, Sport and Leisure seminar week at the Haven Holiday Centre, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Grenadier Guards.