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25 February: His Excellency Mr George Papoulias and Mrs Papoulias were received in farewell audience by The Queen and took leave upon His Excellency relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Hellenic Republic to the Court of St James's.

Miss Kathleen Raine had the honour of being received by The Queen when Her Majesty presented her with the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

The Poet Laureate (Mr Ted Hughes) was present.

Admiral Sir Julian Oswald had the honour of being received by The Queen upon relinquishing his appointment as Chief of the Naval Staff and First Sea Lord.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Fellow, this evening attended a Dinner given by the Institution of Water and Environmental Management, the Royal Westminster Hotel, Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis was in attendance.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by His Excellency Sir Stanislaus James (Governor-General of St Lucia) at the State Funeral of Sir Allen Lewis (formerly Governor-General of St Lucia) which was held in the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Castries, St Lucia, this afternoon.

The Duke of Edinburgh was represented by Mr Roland Wiseman at the Funeral of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Adderley which was held at St Andrew's Church, Chinnor, Oxfordshire, today.

25 February: The Prince Edward today visited Northern Ireland and was received at Aldergrove Airport, by Mr Jeremy Hanley (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), Sir Hugh Annesley (Chief Constable Royal Ulster Constabulary) and Lieutenant-General Roger Wheeler (General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland).

The Prince Edward, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, this morning visited Strathearn School where His Royal Highness opened the new sports hall and attended the award's Young People's Forum and was received by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for the City of Belfast (Colonel Elliot Wilson).

His Royal Highness later visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards (Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Langton) in County Fermanagh and remained to Luncheon.

The Prince Edward, Chairman, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Special Projects Group, this afternoon visited Hillsborough Castle where His Royal Highness was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for County Down (Colonel William Brownlow) and attended a Briefing on the impact of the Special Projects on the Award Scheme in Northern Ireland, met the young people involved in these projects and attended a Reception.

This evening His Royal Highness attended the Annual Award Ceremony for the Association of Business Sponsorship to the Arts, the Dunadry Inn, Templepatrick, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for County Antrim (Captain Sir Richard Dobbs).

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.

25 February: The Princess Royal, patron, University of the West Indies Development and Endowment Appeal, this evening attended a Gala Recital and Dinner at Lancaster House, London SW1.


25 February: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother this afternoon visited the Lewis W. Hammerson Memorial Home for the Elderly in the Bishop's Avenue, N2.

Miss Jane Walker-Okeover and Sir Martin Gilliat were in attendance.


25 February: The Prince of Wales this morning attended an Executive Committee Meeting and Trustees Meeting of The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, Gloucester Gate, Regent's Park, London NW1.

Mr Peter Westmacott was in attendance.

His Royal Highness this afternoon received Professor El-Wakil.

The Prince of Wales later received the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Finally His Royal Highness received the President of the British Legion (General Sir Edward Burgess).


25 February: The Princess of Wales, Patron, the Douglas Bader Foundation, this morning opened the Douglas Bader Centre, a rehabilitation and recreation centre for the disabled, Queen Mary's University Hospital, Roehampton, London SW15.

Her Royal Highness, President, the Royal Marsden Hospital, afterwards opened the Wolfson Children's Cancer Unit, the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.

25 February: The Duke of Gloucester, Trustee, British Museum, an The Duchess of Gloucester, this evening were present at a performance of Crazy for You to launch the American Friends of the British Museum, Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, London W1.

Mrs Howard Page and Major Nicholas Barne were in attendance.


25 February: The Duchess of Kent, Patron the Choir School's Association, this morning visited King's College Choir School, and was met on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire (Mr James Crowden).

Her Royal Highness, Patron, Downing College, this afternoon visited the new Maitland Robinson Library, Downing College, Cambridge.

The Duchess of Kent later visited the Sue Ryder Home, The Old Palace, Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Mrs Colin Marsh was in attendance.


25 February: Princes Alexandra this afternoon opened the Elmcroft Community Centre of the Worcester Park and North Cheam Community Association at London Road, North Cheam.

Mrs Peter Afia was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness this evening attended a Reception to mark the 10th Anniversary of Westminster Bereavement Service at the Cartlon Club, St James's Street, London SW1. The Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox was in attendance.

Princess Alexandra was represented by Mrs Wendy Bain at the State Funeral of Sir Allen Lewis, formerly Governor-General of St Lucia, which was held in the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Castries, St Lucia today.


The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh held a Lunch Party yesterday at Buckingham Palace. The guests were:

Mrs Jeremy Dixon (Architect and Travel Photographer); Mrs John Strachan (Chairman Designate, Board of HM Customs and Excise); Mr Peter Badge (Chief Metropolitan Stipendary Magistrate); Mr Hayden Phillips (Permanent Secretary, Department of National Heritage); Professor Stewart Sutherland (Vice-Chancellor, London University, and HM Chief Inspector of Schools in England); His Honour Judge Stephen Tumim (HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales); Mr David Verey (Chairman and Chief Executive, Lazard Brothers); Mr Moray Watson (actor).


The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit Newbury, Berkshire. The Prince of Wales, Patron, Macmillan Nurse Appeal, visits Cossham Memorial Hospital, Bristol. The Princess Royal, President, National Federation of Young Farmers' Club, attends the Wiltshire Federation of Young Farmers' Club's 60th Anniversary Dinner Dance, Melksham, Wiltshire. The Duke of Kent, President, attends a Discourse by Professor Michael O'Shea at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London W1.

Changing of the Guard

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