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7 December: The Queen held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this morning.

The Earl of Airlie KT (Lord Chamberlain) had an audience of Her Majesty and presented an Address from the House of Lords, to which The Queen was graciously pleased to make reply.

The Right Hon John Major MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of Her Majesty this evening.

The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief, later honoured The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys) with her presence at the Regimental Dinner at St James's Palace and was received by the Colonel (Major-General Charles Ramsay).

The Lady Susan Hussey, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes and Lieutenant-Colonel Malcolm Ross were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Admiral of the Fleet, this morning addressed the Royal College of Defence Studies, Belgrave Square, London SW1.

His Royal Highness this afternoon visited the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis was in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh was represented by General Sir Brian Kenny at the Memorial Service for Colonel George Kidston-Montgomerie of Southannan which was held in the Chapel of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3, this afternoon.

The Lady Susan Hussey has succeeded Mrs John Dugdale as Lady-in- Waiting to Her Majesty.

7 December: The Princess Royal, Patron, the Butler Trust, this morning visited HM Prison Swansea, 200 Oystermouth Road, Swansea, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for West Glamorgan (Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Michael Llewellyn Bt).

Her Royal Highness, Patron, National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, this afternoon opened Barry Citizens Advice Bureau, 119 Broad Street, Barry, and was received by Mr John Cory (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan).

The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children Fund, this evening attended the Festival of Trees Gala Dinner, National History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7.

The Hon Mrs Legge-Bourke was in attendance.


7 December: The Lady Margaret Colville has succeeded Mrs Michael Gordon-Lennox as Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.


7 December: The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, this morning received the Secretary of the Duchy of Cornwall (Mr John James).

His Royal Highness this afternoon attended a Luncheon with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (the Right Hon Douglas Hurd MP) at 1 Carlton Gardens, London SW1.

The Prince of Wales later chaired a Council Meeting of The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, 14-15 Gloucester Gate, Regent's Park, London NW1.

Mr Stephen Lamport was in attendance.

His Royal Highness this evening gave a Reception to mark the launch of the Roof of Americas Expedition at the Officers' Mess, Wellington Barracks, London SW1.

Commander Robert Fraser RN was in attendance.


7 December: The Duke of Gloucester was received as an Honorary Freeman by the Worshipful Company of Grocers at a Court Luncheon at Grocers' Hall, Princes Street, London EC2.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.

The Duchess of Gloucester, Honorary Freeman, the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers, was present this evening at the Tercentenary Banquet at Guildhall, London EC2.

Mrs Michael Wigley was in attendance.


7 December: The Duchess of Kent this morning arrived at London Gatwick from the Republic of the Seychelles.

Mrs Peter Troughton was in attendance.

The Duke of Kent, Deputy Colonel- in-Chief, this evening attended the Regimental Dinner of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys) at St James's Palace.

Mr Nicolas Adamson was in attendance.


7 December: Princess Alexandra, accompanied by the Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy, this evening presented the Barclays Youth Action Awards at a Reception held in aid of Youth Clubs UK at the Mansion House, London EC4.

Her Royal Highness was received by the Right Hon the Lord Mayor (Alderman Paul Newall).

Mrs Peter Afia was in attendance.


The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, attends a reception at the Naval Club, London W1, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Officers' Association. The Duke of Edinburgh, National President, Royal Air Forces Association, attends a meeting of Central Council, and lunch at the Royal Air Force Club, London W1; and as Patron, attends the winter meeting of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons at the Royal College of Surgeons, London WC2. The Queen Mother dines with the Benchers at the Middle Temple, London EC4. The Prince of Wales, President, the Prince's Trust, opens the Gateway Partners Foyer Project, London SE1; attends a reception in aid of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, Old Battersea House, London SW11; and gives a reception for winners of the Prince of Wales's Award for Rural Crafts and Skills at St James's Palace. The Princess Royal, President, British Olympic Association, attends the National Olympic Committee Meeting, the Queen's Club, London W14; and as President, Royal Yachting Association, attends a Council Meeting at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, London SW1. Princess Margaret, President, Girl Guides Association, gives a reception for Queen's Guides at Kensington Palace. The Duke of Gloucester presents the British Council of Shopping Centres Awards for 1993 at the annual dinner at the London Hilton on Park Lane, London W1. The Duke of Kent, President, attends the Business and Technology Education Council's Student of the Year Medal Award Ceremony at the Institute of Civil Engineers, London W1. The Duchess of Kent, Patron, attends the Not Forgotten Association's Christmas Party, Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, London SW1. Princess Alexandra, Chancellor, Lancaster University, presides at ceremonies for the conferment of Higher and Honorary Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas; and opens the George Fox teaching and residential building at Lancaster University. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent attend lunch at 10 Downing Street, London SW1, in honour of Mikhail Gorbachev; Prince Michael of Kent, President, Council of SSAFA, attends a Carol Concert, Guards Chapel, London SW1.

Buckingham Palace

The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace opens between 10am and 5pm. The Royal Mews opens between 12pm and 4pm, and last admission is at 3.30pm.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am.

Windsor Castle

The Precincts at Windsor Castle open between 10am and 4pm, and the State Apartments between 10.30am and 3pm.