Court Circular

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

18 February: His Excellency Senor Don Alberto Aza 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 Spain to the Court of St James's.

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

The Marques de Torregrosa (Minister Counsellor), Captain Jose Maria Pascual (Defence and Naval Attache), Senor Don Fernando Serrano- Suner (Minister for Cultural Affairs), Senor Don Ramon Ansoain (Minister Consular Affairs), Senor Don Juan Gonzalez-Cebrian (First Counsellor), Colonel Victor Velasco (Military Attache), Lieutenant-Colonel Francisco Beca (Air Attache) and Senor Don Francisco Javier Zarzalejos (Press Counsellor).

Senora Dona Aza 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.

Her Excellency Mrs Margaret Nasha was received in farewell audience by The Queen and took leave upon Her Excellency relinquishing her appointment as High Commissioner for the Republic of Botswana in London.

His Excellency Senor German Riesco and Senora Riesco were received in farewell audience by Her Majesty and took leave upon His Excellency relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Republic of Chile to the Court of St James's.

His Excellency Mr Kwaku Asante and Mrs Asante were received in farewell audience by The Queen and took leave upon His Excellency relinquishing his appointment as High Commissioner for the Republic of Ghana in London.

The Queen, Patron, and The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Fellow, this evening attended a Reception at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 1 Lambeth High Street, London SE1, to mark the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the grant of its Royal Charter and were received by the President (Mr David Coleman) and Mr Nicholas Wood (Vice-President).

The Countess of Airlie, Sir Kenneth Scott and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness were represented by Sir Kieran Prendergast (High Commissioner in Nairobi) at the Memorial Service for Sir Michael Blundell which was held in All Saints Church, Nairobi, this afternoon.

18 February: The Prince Edward this evening attended a Gathering of the Churchill Explorers Association, the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.

YORK HOUSE

18 February: The Duchess of Kent, Patron, Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust, this evening attended a reception followed by the Ceremony of the Keys at Her Majesty's Tower of London, EC3, and was received by Field Marshal Sir John Stanier (Constable of the Tower).

Mrs Peter Troughton was in attendance.

THATCHED HOUSE LODGE

18 February: Princess Alexandra this evening attended a Concert given by the Moscow International Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble XXI, in aid of the BEARR Trust (British Emergency Action for Russia and the Republics) at St John's Smith Square, London SW1.

The Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox was in attendance.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, visits the Poolemead Centre, Bath; and as Patron and Honorary Fellow, attends the Triennial Dinner of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh.

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 Scots Guards.

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