Court Circular

WINDSOR CASTLE

19 April: The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys), received Lieutenant-General Sir Norman Arthur upon relinquishing his appointment as Colonel and Major-General Charles Ramsay upon assuming the appointment.

Her Majesty, Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys), received Lieutenant- Colonel Nicholas Seymour upon relinquishing his appointment as Commanding Officer and Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Allen upon assuming the appointment.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Trustee, University of Cambridge Kurt Hahn Trust, this morning attended a Meeting of the Trust followed by Luncheon at the Dresdner Bank, Frankfurt.

His Royal Highness later visited the Town Hall.

Mr Brian McGrath was in attendance.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

19 April: The Duke of York, Colonel-in-Chief, the Royal Irish Regiment, today received Lieutenant-Colonel James Jackson upon relinquishing Command of the Ninth Battalion and Lieutenant-Colonel George Hislop RHF on assuming the appointment.

19 April: The Prince Edward, Chairman, the International Council of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, this afternoon held a Meeting of the Public Relations Panel at Buckingham Palace.

ST JAMES'S PALACE

19 April: The Prince of Wales this morning visited North Ronaldsay and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Orkney (Brigadier Malcolm Dennison).

His Royal Highness met the islanders and viewed damage and repairs to the Sheep Dyke.

The Prince of Wales this afternoon visited Scalloway and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Shetland (Mr Magnus Shearer).

His Royal Highness met fish farmers and fishermen from areas affected by the recent oil spill.

Commander Richard Aylard RN was in attendance.

KENSINGTON PALACE

19 April: The Duke of Gloucester today visited Merseyside and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Merseyside (Mr Henry Cotton).

In the morning His Royal Highness opened the Post Graduate Education Centre, Arrowe Park Hospital, the Wirral, and afterwards visited the Liverpool Institute Building, Mount Street, Liverpool.

In the afternoon The Duke of Gloucester visited the Midland Goods Depot, Crosshall Street, Liverpool and later opened the Baycliff Family Health Care Centre, West Derby.

Finally His Royal Highness opened the Sue Gill Workplace Nursery, Knowsley Hey School, Seel Road, Huyton.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.

YORK HOUSE

19 April: The Duchess of Kent, Patron, this evening attended a Gala Ball in aid of the Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund Nurses Appeal at St Andrews Hall, St Andrew's Plain, Norwich, Norfolk and was met on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Norfolk (Mr Timothy Colman).

Mrs Julian Tomkins was in attendance.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

The Queen, Patron, visits the Army Chaplains' Department at Bagshot Park, Surrey. The Duke of Edinburgh attends a Ceremony to mark the Disbandment of Royal Air Force Germany and Reformation of Number 2 Group, Royal Air Force at Headquarters Royal Air Force Germany, Rheindahlen, Germany. Prince Edward, Chairman, the International Council of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Association, attends a Reception given by the Anglo Mauritian Association at St James Court Hotel, London SW1. Princess Alice, President, Ladies' Guild of the St John Ophthalmic Hospital, attends a Meeting, London SW1. The Duke of Kent, President, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, visits the institution's headquarters at Poole; and opens the Lytchett Minster and Upton Community Association's new Community Centre, Upton, Poole, Dorset.

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.

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