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8 December: Mr Justice Jacob was received by The Queen upon his appointment as a Justice of the High Court when Her Majesty conferred upon him the honour of Knighthood and invested him with the insignia of a Knight Bachelor.

His Excellency Monsieur Gabriel Sar was received in audience by The Queen and presented the letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Republic of Senegal to the Court of St James's.

His Excellency was accompanied by the following members of the Embassy:

Monsieur MAR Bengeloun (Minister-Counsellor), Monsieur M. Sene (First Counsellor), Madame F. Diallo (First Secretary), Monsieur M. Kane (First Secretary) and Monsieur ID Ndiaye (Attache).

Madame Vilasco-Sar was also received by Her Majesty.

Sir David Gillmore (Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Afairs) was present and the Household in Waiting were in attendance.

The Queen received the Bishop of Salisbury (the Right Reverend David Stancliffe) who was introduced into Her Majesty's presence by the Right Hon Antony Newton MP (Lord President of the Council) and did homage upon his appointment.

The Queen received the Bishop of Gloucester (the Right Reverend David Bentley) who was introduced into Her Majesty's presence by the Right Hon Antony Newton MP (Lord President of the Council) and did homage upon his appointment.

The Lord President of the Council administered the Oath.

The Bishop of Chelmsford (Clerk of the Closet) and the Household-in-Waiting were in attendance.

The State President of the Republic of South Africa and Mrs de Klerk visited The Queen this afternoon.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this evening attended a Reception at the Naval Club, 38 Hill Street, London W1, to mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Officers' Association and were received by the President (Admiral Sir William Pillar).

The Duchess of Grafton, Mr Robin Janvrin and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh, National President, The Royal Air Forces Association, today attended a meeting of Central Council and a Luncheon at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly, London W1.

Wing Commander Christopher Moran RAF was in attendance.

His Royal Highness, Patron, this afternoon attended the Winter Meeting of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons at the Royal College of Surgeons, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis was in attendance.

By command of The Queen, the Viscount Long (Lord-in-Waiting) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this morning upon the Arrival of The State President of the Republic of South Africa and Mrs de Klerk and welcomed them on behalf of Her Majesty.

The Duke of Edinburgh was represented by Mr Maldwin Drummond at the Memorial Service for Sir Owen Aisher which was held in St Clement Danes, Strand, London WC2, today.

The Princess Royal was represented by Mr Robin Duchesne.

8 December: The Princess Royal, Colonel-in-Chief, Royal Corps of Signals, this morning received Major-General Alan Yeoman and Major-General Gordon Oehlers upon relinquishing their appointments as Colonels Commandant of the Regiment.

Her Royal Highness, President, British Olympic Association, later attended the National Olympic Committee Meeting at the Queen's Club, Palliser Road, London W14.

The Princess Royal, President, Royal Yachting Association, this afternoon attended a Council Meeting at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, 60 Knightsbridge, London SW1.


8 December: Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, a Master of the Middle Temple, was pleased to dine with her fellow Benchers at the Middle Temple this evening.

The Dowager Viscountess Hambleden and Sir Alastair Aird were in attendance.


8 December: The Prince of Wales, President, The Prince's Trust, this morning opened the Gateway Partners Foyer Project for the homeless, 66 Lancaster Street, London SE1.

Mr Matthew Butler was in attendance.

His Royal Highness later attended a Reception in aid of The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, Old Battersea House, 30, Vicarage Crescent, London SW11.

Miss Belinda Harley was in attendance.

The Prince of Wales this evening gave a Reception at St James's Palace for winners of The Prince of Wales's Award for Rural Crafts and Skills.


8 December: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, President, the Girl Guides Association, held a Reception at Kensington Palace this afternoon following the presentation of Brooches to those who have become Queen's Guides.

The Lady Juliet Townsend was in attendance.

8 December: The Duke of Gloucester presented the British Council of Shopping Centres Award for 1993 at the Annual Dinner at the London Hilton on Park Lane, London W1.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.


8 December: The Duke of Kent, Colonel, Scots Guards, today received Lieutenant- Colonel Timothy Spicer, Commanding Officer the 1st Battalion, relinquishing the appointment, and Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Fitzalan Howard, assuming the appointment.

The Duke of Kent, President, this afternoon attended the Business and Technology Education Council's Student of the Year Medal Award Ceremony at the Institute of Civil Engineers, Great George Street, London SW1.

Captain Alexander Tetley was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent, Patron, this afternoon attended the Not Forgotten Association's Christmas Party at Buckingham Palace, London SW1.

Miss Helen Tughan was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent, Deputy, Colonel-in-Chief, The Prince of Wales's own Regiment of Yorkshire, today received Lieutenant-Colonel Timothy Vines, Regimental Secretary.

Her Royal Highness later received Lieutenant-Colonel Alastair Duncan, Commanding Officer the 1st Battalion, relinquishing the appointment, and Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Le Brun, assuming the appointment.

The Duchess then received Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony Blanch, Commanding Officer the 3rd Battalion, relinquishing the appointment, and Lieutenant- Colonel Christopher Wood, assuming the appointment.


8 December: Princess Alexandra today visited Lancashire and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Lancashire (Mr Simon Towneley). Her Royal Highness, Chancellor, presided at ceremonies for the conferment of Higher and Honorary Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas at Lancaster University.

Princess Alexandra subsequently opened the George Fox Teaching and Residential Building at the University.

The Lady Mary Mumford was in attendance.