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BUCKINGHAM PALACE

22 July: His Excellency Dr Ngoni Togarepi Chideya was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Commission as High Commissioner for the Republic of Zimbabwe in London.

His Excellency was accompanied by the following members of the High Commission:

Dr ET Sakupwanya (Deputy High Commissioner), Lieutenant-Colonel F. Zabanyana (Defence Attache), Mr M. Matongo (Counsellor), Mr M. Manhuna (Counsellor), Mr A. Mutembwe (Counsellor), Mr S. Undenge (Counsellor), Mr A. Mutandwa (Counsellor) and Miss S. Pswarayi (Attache).

Mrs Chideya 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.

Mr Hugh Arbuthnott was received in audience by The Queen and kissed hands upon his appointment as Her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Copenhagen.

Mrs Arbuthnott was also received by Her Majesty.

Mr Timothy David (Her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Suva) was received by The Queen.

The President of the Republic of India visited Her Majesty.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, Cricket Club Conference, this afternoon attended a Cricket Match between the Cricket Club Conference and the Australian Services Touring XI at Brentwood Cricket Club, Brentwood, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Essex (the Lord Braybrooke).

Captain Giles Inglis-Jones was in attendance.

By command of The Queen, the Baroness Trumpington (Baroness-in-Waiting) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this morning upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of India and Mrs Sharma and welcomed His Excellency and Mrs Sharma on behalf of her Majesty.

22 July: The Princess Royal, President, the Royal Smithfield Club, this afternoon attended a Council Meeting at Butcher's Hall, London EC1.

Mrs Timothy Holderness-Roddam was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness, President, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, this evening attended a Reception at Buckingham Palace.

The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children Fund, accompanied by Commander Timothy Laurence RN, later attended a Special Gifts Dinner at Buckingham Palace.

CLARENCE HOUSE

22 July: Major-General Brian Mayes today had the honour of being received by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Colonel-in-Chief, Royal Army Medical Corps, upon assuming the appointment of Director-General Army Medical Services.

ST JAMES'S PALACE

22 July: The Prince of Wales, President, Business in the Community, this morning attended a discussion meeting at St James's Palace with those who had taken part in the 'Seeing is Believing' Programme.

His Royal Highness, Patron, Macmillan Nurse Appeal, this afternoon presented awards to the winning entrants in the Macmillan Design challenge at The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, 14-15 Gloucester Gate, Regent's Park, London NW1.

Miss Belinda Harley was in attendance.

The Prince of Wales, Great Master, the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, this evening attended a Reception in Westminster Abbey, London SW1.

Commander Robert Fraser RN was in attendance.

His Royal Highness, President, The Prince's Youth Business Trust, later attended a dinner at Grand Metropolitan, St James's Square, London SW1.

Mr Hugh Merrill was in attendance.

KENSINGTON PALACE

22 July: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, President, The Royal Ballet, was present this evening at a performance by the Royal Ballet School at Holland Park Open Air Theatre.

Mrs Jane Stevens was in attendance.

22 July: The Duchess of Gloucester today visited the East of England Show, Peterborough and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire (Mr James Crowden).

Mrs Howard Page was in attendance.

THATCHED HOUSE LODGE

22 July: Princess Alexandra, President, this morning visited the Royal Star and Garter Home for Disabled Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen at Richmond, Surrey.

Her Royal Highness this afternoon visited Nottingham and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire (Sir Andrew Buchanan, Bt).

Princess Alexandra, Vice-Patron of the Young Women's Christian Association, opened the YWCA Hostel for Homeless Girls at Colville Street and, subsequently, opened the new extension to the Medical Research Council's Institute of Hearing Research at Nottingham University.

Later, Princess Alexandra visited County Hall, Nottingham.

Mrs Peter Afia was in attendance.

Luncheon

22 July: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh today held a Lunch Party at Buckingham Palace, London SW1. Among the guests were:

Miss Antoinette Sibley (President, Royal Academy of Dancing); Lady Wilcox (Chairman, National Consumer Council); the Lord Briggs (Chancellor, Open University); Mr Jim Elms (Chairman, Central Council of Physical Recreation); Mr Robin Halward (Governor, HM Prison Manchester); Father Peter Knott SJ (Chaplain, Eton College); Sir Duncan Nichol (Chief Executive, National Health Service Management Executive); Mr Luke Rittner (Director of Communications, Sotheby's).

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

The Duke of Edinburgh, President, the National Playing Fields Association, visits the 'West Wilts 93' Show in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. The Princess of Wales attends the Great North British Transplant Games in the counties of Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. The Princess Royal visits Holy Trinity Church, Workington, Cumbria; as President, Save the Children Fund, visits the Save the Children Fund Shop in Carlisle, Cumbria; visits Carlisle Racecourse, Cumbria; lays the Foundation Stone at Westlakes Research Institute, Westlakes Science and Technology Park, Moor Row, Cumbria; and as President, Save the Children Fund, visits the Save the Children Shop in Workington, Cumbria. The Duke of Gloucester, Deputy Colonel-in-Chief, Royal Logistics Corps, visits the Royal Logistics Corps Territorial Army Headquarters and Training Centre, Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham, Lincolnshire; and later, accompanied by The Duchess of Gloucester, takes the Salute at an evening performance of the Royal Tournament at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, London SW5. The Duke of Kent attends a Tri-Service Mess Dinner at the Royal Naval Staff College, London SE10. Prince Michael of Kent, President of the National Eye Research Centre, visits the Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol, Avon.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Scots Guards.

Bands playing in the Royal Parks

St James's Park, South Nottinghamshire Hussars Band, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm; Regent's Park, Household Division Musicians Association Band, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm.

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