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Court Circular


5 April: Lady Abel Smith has succeeded the Lady Susan Hussey as Lady-in-Waiting to The Queen.

The Duke of Edinburgh, President, Guards Polo Club, this evening attended a dinner at the Waterside Inn, Bray.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis was in attendance.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by Mr James Crowden, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire, at the Funeral of the Lord de Ramsey, formerly Her Majesty's Lieutenant for the County of Huntingdon and Peterborough, which was held in the Church of St Thomas a Beckett, Ramsey, this morning.


5 April: The Duke of York, Patron, gave a reception for Weston Spirit at Sunninghill Park, Ascot, Berkshire, this evening.

5 April: The Princess Royal, Colonel-in- Chief, this morning took the salute at the Formation Parade for The Royal Logistics Corps at The Princess Royal Barracks Blackdown, Deepcut, Surrey, and was received by the Representative Colonel Commandant (Major-General Colin Carrington).

Her Royal Highness afterwards opened the newly named The Princess Royal Barracks Blackdown, later joining members of the Headquarters' Sergeants' Mess for Luncheon at the Barracks.

The Princess Royal this evening attended a Dinner with Officers of The Royal Logistics Corps at the Headquarters' Officers' Mess.

The Hon Mrs Legge-Bourke was in attendance.


5 April: The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in- Chief, the Parachute Regiment, this morning visited the 2nd Battalion at Stanford, Norfolk.

Commander Robert Fraser RN was in attendance.


5 April: Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were represented by Mr John Lowther, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Northamptonshire, at the Funeral of Lord de Ramsey, formerly Her Majesty's Lieutenant for the County of Huntingdon and Peterborough, which was held in the Church of St Thomas a Beckett, Ramsey, this morning.


3 April: The Duke of Kent, President, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, this afternoon arrived at the Royal Air Force Northolt from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Amman, Jordan.

Commander Roger Walker RN was in attendance.

Changing of the Guard

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


The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, opens the renovated premises of the Windsor Methodist Church. The Queen Mother names a British Rail locomotive at Euston Station to mark the Centenary of the Girls' Brigade. The Princess of Wales attends the Health of the Nation conference on mental health at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, Yorkshire. The Duke of York attends the Young Electronic Designer Awards Ceremony at the Science Museum, London SW7. The Princess Royal attends the National Federation of Women's Institutes/National Farmers Union Conference on 'Caring in the Countryside' at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, Gloucestershire; and later, as Chancellor, London University, attends the Conference of Registrars and Secretaries Conference Dinner, King's College London, London WC2. The Duchess of Kent represents the Queen at the Lord High Admiral's Divisions, Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Devon.