Court Circular


6 December: The Prince Edward, President, this afternoon attended the Lord's Taverners' Caribbean Horizons Christmas Luncheon at the London Hilton, Park Lane, London W1.

His Royal Highness, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Foundation, and Chairman, International Council, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Association, this evening left Heathrow Airport, London, for New York, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco, United States of America.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.


6 December: The Prince of Wales, President, The Prince's Trusts this evening gave a Reception at St James's Palace.

His Royal Highness, Honorary President, Royal Academy Trust, later attended a Dinner given in honour of Sir Roger de Grey to celebrate his Presidency at the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1.

Miss Belinda Harley was in attendance.


6 December: The Princess of Wales this morning named the first Airbus A340 aircraft for Virgin Atlantic Airways at Heathrow Airport, London.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.


6 December: Princess Alexandra, Patron, this evening attended a 'Celebration of Christmas' concert in aid of the New Bridge at St Margaret's, Westminster Abbey, London SW1.

The Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox was in attendance.

Order of Merit

The Queen has appointed Lord Jenkins of Hillhead and Mr Lucian Freud CH to be members of the Order of Merit.


The Queen holds an investiture; and attends the Regimental Dinner of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards at St James's Palace. The Duke of Edinburgh visits the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2. The Prince of Wales gives a reception to mark the launch of the Roof of Americas Expedition at the Officer's Mess, Wellington Barracks, London SW1. The Princess Royal, Patron, The Butler Trust, visits HM Prison Swansea, Swansea, West Glamorgan; as Patron, Citizens' Advice Bureau, opens the Barry Bureau, Barry, South Glamorgan; and as President, Save the Children Fund, attends a Festival of Trees Gala Dinner, Natural History Museum, London SW7. The Duke of Gloucester, Liveryman, Worshipful Company of Grocers, attends a court luncheon at Grocers' Hall, London EC2. The Duchess of Gloucester, Honorary Freeman, Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers, attends the Tercentenary Banquet at Guildhall, London EC2. Princess Alexandra presents the Barclays Youth Work Awards at a Reception to be held in aid of Youth Clubs UK at the Mansion House, London EC4. Prince Michael of Kent, Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, attends the Annual Meeting of the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariners at Mark Masons Hall, London SW1.