Court Circular


20 April: The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica was received by The Queen.

Her Majesty, Patron, this afternoon visited the Royal Army Chaplains' Department, Bagshot Park, Surrey, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant (Mr Richard Thornton).

The Queen toured the Headquarters, escorted by the Chaplain General to the Forces (the Reverend James Harkness).

Mrs John Dugdale, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes, Major James Patrick and Major-General Brian Pennicott were in attendance.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave a Dinner Party at Windsor Castle, at which the Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and The Duke of York were present.

The guests were:

The Prime Minister and Mrs Major, His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Cameroon and Madame bol-Alima, the Lord Alexander of Weedon (Chairman, National Westminster Bank) and the Lady Alexander of Weedon, Sir Michael Angus (Chairman, Whitbread Plc) and Lady Angus, Dr John Biggs (Chairman, Free Church Federal Council) and Mrs Biggs, Mr Ted Dexter (Chairman, England Cricket Committee) and Mrs Dexter, and Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Falkner (Commanding Officer, Household Cavalry Regiment) and Mrs Falkner.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Marshal of the Royal Air Force, today attended a Ceremony to mark the disbandment of Royal Air Force Germany at Rheindahlen.

His Royal Highness later visited the Rathaus, Monchengladbach.

The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, this afternoon from Germany.

Mr Brian McGrath and Wing Commander Christopher Moran RAF were in attendance.


17 April: The Duke of York, Colonel-in- Chief, the Royal Irish Regiment, today attended a Luncheon for Freedom of the Borough of Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Captain Rupert Maitland-Titterton and Major Joyce Gillison were in attendance.

20 April: The Prince Edward, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, today gave a luncheon at Buckingham Palace.

His Royal Highness, Chairman, the International Council of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Association, this evening attended a Reception given by the Anglo-Mauritian Association, St James Court Hotel, Buckingham Gate, London SW1.


20 April: The Hon Mrs Rhodes has succeeded Ruth, Lady Fermoy as Lady-in- Waiting to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.


20 April: The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, this morning received the Secretary of the Duchy of Cornwall (Mr David Landale).


20 April: The Duke of Kent, President, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution this afternoon visited the Institution's Headquarters at West Quay Road, Poole and was met on arrival by Major General Mark Bond (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset).

His Royal Highness later opened the Lytchett Minister and Upton Community Association's new Community Centre, Poole Road, Upton, Poole, Dorset.

Captain the Honourable Tom Coke was in attendance.

The Duke of Kent, Patron, the London Philharmonic, this evening attended a Concert at the Royal Festival Hall.

Commander Roger Walker RN was in attendance.


Prince Edward, Chairman, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Special Projects Group, attends a Reception given by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in support of the Award at the Guildhall, Windsor, Berkshire. The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children Fund, visits the Robert Milne Family Centre in Ipswich and Newmarket Family Project, Suffolk. Princess Alice, President, North London Collegiate School, opens the school's Swimming Pool, Canons, Edgware, Middlesex. The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, Iris Fund (for Prevention of Blindness), attends a Performance given by Opera Interludes at Goldsmiths' Hall, London EC2. The Duke of Kent opens the new College of Technology at the Dudley College of Technology, Dudley; as Vice-Chairman, the British Overseas Trade Board, visits the Binding Sight Limited, Institute of Research and Development, Birmingham Research Park, Birmingham; attends a Reception at the Birmingham Chamber of Industry and Commerce; and visits Trueflo Valves Limited, Witton, Birmingham. The Duchess of Kent, Deputy Colonel-in-Chief, the Royal Logistics Corps, attends Dinner at the Royal Logistics Corps, Princess Royal Barracks, Camberley, Surrey.

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 Coldstream Guards.