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27 July: General Sir Martin Farndale (Master Gunner) and Major-General Michael Tennant (Director Royal Artillery) were received by The Queen and presented Her Majesty with a Regimental Brooch on behalf of the Royal Horse Artillery.

His Excellency Mr M. Riaz Samee 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 Islamic Republic of Pakistan in London.

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

Mr Khalid M. Shafi (Minister/Deputy Head of Mission), Mr Muhammad Nisar (Consul General/Minister), Commodore M. Jameel Akhtar (Defence and Naval Attache), Mr M. Yousaf Ali (Counsellor/Head of Chancery), Miss DS Kureshi (Counsellor, Political), Colonel Javed Alam Khan (Military Attache), Mr Mohammad Athar Tahir (Counsellor, Commercial) and Mr Masood Khalid (First Secretary, Political).

Mrs Samee 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.

Mrs Justice Arden was received by The Queen upon her appointment as a Justice of the High Court when Her Majesty invested her with the Insignia of a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Mr Justice Wall was received by The Queen upon his appointment as a Justice of the High Court when Her Majesty conferred upon him the honour of Knighthood and invested him with the Insignia of a Knight Bachelor.

General Sir Charles Guthrie was recieved by The Queen upon his appointment as Aide-de-Camp General to Her Majesty.

Mr John Haslam was received by The Queen upon relinquishing his appointment as Deputy Press Secretary when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

The Right Hon John Major MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of The Queen this evening.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Master, today attended the Quarterly Court and Luncheon at Trinity House, London EC3.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis was in attendance.

The Lady Susan Hussey has succeeded Mrs John Dugdale as Lady-in-Waiting to The Queen.

27 July: The Prince Edward, Chairman, Steering Committee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Golf Society, this morning attended the society's meeting at Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Surrey.

Mrs Richard Warburton was in attendance.

His Royal Highness, Chairman, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Special Projects Group, this evening held a meeting at Buckingham Palace.

27 July: The Princess Royal this morning opened the new factory of Quante Telecommunications Limited, Lynx Businees Park, Fordham Road, Snailwell, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire (Mr James Crowden).

Miss Victoria Legge-Bourke was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness, accompanied by Commander Timothy Laurence RN, this evening took the salute at a performance of the Royal Tournament, Earl's Court, London SW5


27 July: The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in- Chief, Gordon Highlanders, this morning received Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Durcan upon relinquishing his appointment as Commanding Officer and Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon Ian Chant- Sempill upon assuming the appointment.

His Royal Highness, Colonel-in-Chief, the Parachute Regiment, received Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony Kennett upon relinquishing his appointment as Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, and Lieutenant-Colonel Godfrey McFall upon assuming the appointment.

The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, afterwards presided at a meeting of The Prince's Council.


27 July: The Princess of Wales today visited Suffolk and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant (Sir Joshua Rowley, Bt).

Her Royal Highness this morning opened St Nicholas' Hospice, Hardwick Heath, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds.

The Princess of Wales, Patron, St Matthew Society, afterwards attended a Conference at the Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds.

Her Royal Highness this afternoon opened a sheltered housing scheme for the elderly at William Wood House, Schools Street, Sudbury.

The Princess of Wales later visited Lucas Diesel Systems, Newton Road, Sudbury.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.


27 July: The Duchess of Kent, Chancellor today presided at Congregations for the Conferment of Degrees at the University of Leeds.

Mrs Peter Troughton was in attendance.


27 July: Princess Alexandra, President of WWF UK (World Wide Fund for Nature), this afternoon received Mr George Medley upon retiring as Director.

Her Royal Highness, Patron of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, later received Mr Dennis Armstrong upon retiring as Chairman and Mr John Robertson on assuming this appointment.


The Queen visits Whitefield School and Centre, London E17, and opens the school's new library and resource centre. The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, and Prince Edward, Trustee, the International Foundation, attend a dinner in support of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award World Fellowship at St James's Palace. The Princess Royal, Past Master, The Worshipful Company of Farriers, attends the Liveryman's Conference, Guildhall, London EC2; visits the UK Sailing Centre, West Cowes, Isle of Wight; and as President, Royal Yachting Association, attends the 1993 Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup Opening Reception, Royal Yacht Squadron, The Castle, Cowes, Isle of Wight. Princess Alice takes the Salute at a performance of the Royal Tournament, Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, London SW5. The Duke of Kent, President, the Scout Association, opens the Jamboree Cymru at Glanusk Park, Crickhowell, Powys, Wales. The Duchess of Kent takes the Salute at the Royal Tournament, Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, London SW5. Princess Alexandra takes the Salute at The Queen's Review of the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, Lincolnshire.

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 Irish Guards.

Bands playing in the

Royal Parks

St James's Park, Band of the Metropolitan Police, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm.