Court Circular

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

2 July: The Queen left the Palace of Holyroodhouse this morning and subsequently opened Drummond House, Edinburgh, the new headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Having been received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the City of Edinburgh (Mr Norman Irons, the Right Hon the Lord Provost), Her Majesty unveiled a commemorative sculpture and toured the headquarters, escorted by the Lord Younger of Prestwick (Chairman).

The Queen afterwards honoured the Chairman with her presence at Luncheon.

The Lady Susan Hussey, the Right Hon Ian Lang MP (Secretary of State for Scotland), the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes, Mr John Haslam and Lieutenant-Colonel Blair Stewart-Wilson were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh has left the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

2 July: The Duke of York, Colonel-in- Chief, The Royal Irish Regiment, today received Lieutenant-Colonel John Potter upon assuming his appointment as Commanding Officer of the 5th Battalion.

2 July: The Prince Edward, President, the Lord's Taverners, this afternoon attended the Test Match between England and Australia at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Trent Bridge, Nottingham, and was received by Colonel Richard Abel Smith (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire).

His Royal Highness this evening attended a Dinner at the Royal Moat House International Hotel, Nottingham.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.

2 July: The Princess Royal, Patron, the Butler Trust, this morning visited HM Prison Saughton, Edinburgh, and was received by Sir Donald McCallum (Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh).

Mrs David Bowes Lyon was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness this afternoon opened the Leazes Wing of the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear (Colonel Sir Ralph Carr-Ellison).

CLARENCE HOUSE

2 July: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Colonel-in-Chief, The King's Regiment, today presented Colours on behalf of the Queen to the 1st Battalion of the Regiment at the Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow.

The Lady Angela Oswald, Sir Alastair Aird and Captain the Hon Edward Dawson-Damer were in attendance.

ST JAMES'S PALACE

2 July: The Prince of Wales this morning held a meeting with the Right Hon John Major MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury), the Right Hon Peter Brooke MP (Secretary fo State for National Heritage) and members of heritage organisations at St James's Palace.

His Royal Highness, Colonel-in-Chief, the Royal Regiment of Canada, received Major-General Reginald Lewis (Honorary Colonel), Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Fairclough (Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel) and Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Voss (Commanding Officer).

The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief, the Parachute Regiment, received Lieutenant-General Sir Michael Gray upon relinquishing his appointment as Colonel Commandant and Major-General Rupert Smith upon assuming the appointment.

His Royal Highness, Patron, Music in Country Churches, this evening attended a Concert by the English Chamber Orchestra at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Redgrave, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Suffolk (Sir Joshua Rowley Bt).

Commander Robert Fraser RN was in attendance.

KENSINGTON PALACE

2 July: The Princess of Wales, President, Royal Academy of Music, this morning attended a Graduation at the Academy, Marylebone Road, London NW1.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.

2 July: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, this afternoon visited Edinburgh, and was received by the Lord- Lieutenant for the City of Edinburgh (Councillor Norman Irons, the Right Hon the Lord Provost).

Her Royal Highness attended a Garden Party given by the 'Not Forgotten' Association for the Ex-Service Disabled, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon later visited the Canongate Kirk.

The Lady Glenconner and Major the Lord Napier and Ettrick were in attendance.

2 July: The Duchess of Gloucester, Deputy Colonel-in-Chief, Adjutant General's Corps, this afternoon arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, on conclusion of her visit to Units of the Corps in Gemrany.

Miss Suzanne Marland was in attendance.

YORK HOUSE

2 July: The Duke of Kent this morning visited Banbury School, Ruskin Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire, and was met on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Oxfordshire (Sir Ashley Ponsonby Bt).

Commander Roger Walker RN was in attendance.

2 July: The Duchess of Kent this afternoon attended the Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, London SW19.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

Prince Edward, President, the Lord's Taverners, today attends the Lady Taverners Founders' Day Reception Lunch at Lord's Cricket Ground, London NW8. The Princess Royal, Patron, 1993 Island Games, today opens the Island Games, Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight. The Duke of Kent, President, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, accompanied by The Duchess of Kent, today and tomorrow attends the Lawn Tennis Championship Meeting, Wimbledon, London SW19. Princess Alexandra, Patron of the Leeds Castle Foundation, today attends an Open Air Concert at Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent; and tomorrow attends the finals of the Lawn Tennis Championship Meeting at Wimbledon. Prince Michael of Kent, Trustee of the National Motor Museum, attends a race day at Castle Combe.

Changing of the Guard

TODAY: The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Welsh Guards. TOMORROW: The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 10am; 1st Battalion the King's Regiment mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the King's Regiment.

Bands playing in the

Royal Parks

TODAY: St James's Park, Life Guards, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm; Regent's Park, Central Band of the Royal British Legion, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm. TOMORROW: St James's Park, Life Guards, 3pm-4.30pm, 6pm- 7.30pm; Regent's Park, Central Band of the Royal British Legion, 3pm-4.30pm, 6pm- 7.30pm; Hyde Park, Becontree Brass Band, 3pm-4.30pm, 6pm-7.30pm; Greenwich Park, Tilbury Band, 3pm-4.30pm; 6pm-7.30pm.

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