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11 February: His Excellency Mr Jan Vilikovsky was received in audience by The Queen and presented his Letters of Credence as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Federal Republic of Slovakia to the Court of St James's.

His Excellency was accompanied by the following members of the Embassy: Mr Pavel Sisa (Minister-Counsellor), Mr Milos Ruppeldt (Second Secretary) and Mr Vladimir Devecka (Commercial Attache).

Mrs Vilikovsky was also received by Her Majesty.

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

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Peter Harding was received by The Queen upon relinquishing his appointment as Chief of the Air Staff and upon assuming the appointment of Chief of the Defence Staff.

Sir George Lepping was received by Her Majesty upon relinquishing his appointment as Governor-General of Solomon Islands.

Lady Lepping was also received by The Queen.

The President of Ukraine and Mrs Kravchuk visited Her Majesty and remained to Luncheon.

The Duke of York was also present.

The Queen this afternoon visited All Souls Clubhouse, Cleveland Street, London W1, and was received by the Chair of Management Committee (Miss Gail Pattinson) and the Lord Mayor of Westminster (Councillor Dr Cyril Nemeth).

Having toured the clubhouse, escorted by the Reverend Simon Parke (Pastor and Team Leader), Her Majesty unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Lady Elton, Sir Kenneth Scott and Lieutenant-Colonel Blair Stewart-Wilson were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron and Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, today attended a Luncheon at Midland Bank plc, Poultry, London EC2.

Mr Brian McGrath was in attendance.

His Royal Highness this afternoon visited the Design Council to view an Exhibition of the work of the winning and other nominated designers of The Prince Philip Prize for the Designer of the Year, Haymarket, London SW1.

Wing Commander Christopher Moran RAF was in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, the New Zealand Society, this evening attended the Waitangi Day Dinner, the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London W8.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis was in attendance.

11 February: The Princess Royal this morning opened the Conquest Hospital, St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for East Sussex (Admiral Sir Lindsay Bryson).

Her Royal Highness, President, the Rural Housing Trust, afterwards opened the trust's new housing development at Buddens Green, Beckley.

The Princess Royal this afternoon opened Burton Cottages, Bishops Lane, Robertsbridge.

Her Royal Highness later opened Greenwich House, Peacehaven Centre, Peacehaven.

Mrs Andrew Feilden was in attendance.

The Princess Royal, Honorary Colonel, University of London Contingent Officer Training Corps, this evening attended the Annual Dinner at Yeomanry House, Handel Street, London WC1.

Mrs Malcolm Innes was in attendance.


11 February: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was present this morning at a Service of Thanksgiving in the Church of St Giles-in-the-Fields, London WC2, to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Shaftesbury Homes and 'Arethusa'.

Dame Frances Campbell-Preston and Sir Martin Gilliat were in attendance.


11 February: The Princess of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshire), this morning received Lieutenant-Colonel David Wake upon relinquishing command of the 2nd Battalion and Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Cooper upon assuming command at Kensington Palace.

Her Royal Highness, Patron, British Red Cross Youth, afterwards attended a Corporate Luncheon at Searcy's, 30 Pavilion Road, London SW1.

Mr Patrick Jephson was in attendance.


11 February: The Duchess of Kent this morning visited the Rape Examination and Care Centre, Sunderland and District General Hospital, Kayll Road, Sunderland and was met on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Tyne and Wear (Colonel Sir Ralph Carr-Ellison).

Her Royal Highness this afternoon visited the Department of Speech and the Students' Union of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and Quality Software Products Limited, OLAS House, Team Valley, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

Mrs David Napier was in attendance.

The Duke of Kent, Grand Master, the United Grand Lodge of England, this afternoon attended a lunch at Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2.

The Duke of Kent, President, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, this evening attended a reception to launch a nationwide appeal at 21 Albermarle Street, London W1.

Commander Roger Walker RN, was in attendance.


The Duke of Edinburgh, Chancellor, visits the University of Edinburgh; and later opens the Glasgow Hilton Hotel, Glasgow. The Prince of Wales visits the US to attend the Tercentenary celebrations of the College of William and Mary at Williamsburg. The Duke of Kent, Honorary Air Vice-Marshal, presents a Standard to No 13 Squadron Royal Air Force, at RAF Honington, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Changing of the Guard

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