Court circular

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

23 June: Mr Thomas Young was received in audience by The Queen and Kissed Hands upon his appointment as Her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Baku.

Mrs Young was also received by Her Majesty.

His Excellency Mr Pavli Qesku was received in audience by The Queen and presented his Letters of Credence as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Republic of Albania to the Court of St James's.

His Excellency was accompanied by the following member of the Embassy: Mr Vangjel Dheri (Counsellor).

Mr Anthony Figgis (Assistant Under- Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) was present and the Household-in-Waiting were in attendance. Mr Justice Kerr 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.

His Excellency Pengiran Haji Mustapha and Datin Norfishah Jirim were received in farewell audience by The Queen and took leave upon His Excellency relinquishing his appointment as High Commissioner for Brunei in London.

Her Majesty held a Council at 12.40pm.

There were present:

The Right Hon Antony Newton MP (Lord President); the Lord Fraser of Carmyllie (Minister of State, Scottish Office); the Right Hon John Gummer MP (Secretary of State for the Environment) and the Right Hon Nicholas Scott (Minister of State, Department of Social Security).

Mr Roger Freeman MP and Sir George Young Bt MP were sworn in as members of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

Mr Nigel Nicholls was in attendance as Clerk of the Council.

The Right Hon Antony Newton MP had an audience of The Queen before the Council.

Mr Sydney Chapman MP (Vice-Chamberlain of the Household) was received in audience by Her Majesty and presented Addresses from the House of Commons to which The Queen was graciously pleased to make reply.

The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe visited Her Majesty this afternoon.

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 visited Lauder College, Dunfermline this morning and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Fife (the Earl of Elgin and Kincardine KT).

His Royal Highness this afternoon attended the National Awards Ceremony for the Skene Young Entrepreneurs Award, Merchants' Hall, Edinburgh, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the City of Edinburgh (Mr Norman Irons, the Right Hon the Lord Provost).

The Duke of Edinburgh, President, the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, later attended the Gala Preview of the Flower Show, Ingliston, Edinburgh.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis was in attendance.

The Queen was represented by the Viscount Boyne (Lord-in-Waiting) at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of the Lord Ridley of Liddesdale (a former Cabinet Minister) which was held in St Margaret's Church, Westminster, London SW1, today.

The Princess Royal was represented by Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Gibbs.

Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy, was represented by Major Sir Peter Clarke.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir John Grandy at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Dermot Boyle which was held in St Clement Danes Church, Strand, London WC2, today.

Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, was represented by Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Simon Bland.

23 June: The Prince Edward, Chairman, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Special Projects Group, this morning launched 'the Summer Challenge' at the BT Tower, 60 Cleveland Street, London W1.

Mr Geoffrey Crawford was in attendance.

23 June: The Princess Royal, President, the Missions to Seamen, this morning attended a Centennial Service at St Mary's Church and opened the new Missions to Seamen Club at Schiedam, the Netherlands.

Mrs Charles Ritchie was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness, Member, the International Olympic Committee, this afternoon attended the Inauguration of the Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Princess Royal, Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Logistics Corps, and Honorary Air Commodore, Royal Air Force Lyneham, was represented by Mrs Andrew Feilden at the Memorial Service for the crew of Hercules XV 193 which was held at Royal Air Force Lyneham, Chippenham, Wiltshire, this afternoon.

CLARENCE HOUSE

23 June: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother this morning unveiled a statue of General Charles de Gaulle in Carlton Gardens, SW1.

The Dowager Viscountess Hambleden, Sir Alastair Aird and Captain the Hon Edward Dawson-Damer were in attendance.

ST JAMES'S PALACE

23 June: The Prince of Wales today visited Cornwall and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Cornwall (the Viscount Falmouth).

His Royal Highness this morning opened the new Tate Gallery St Ives, Porthmeor.

The Prince of Wales this afternoon visited Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, Porthpean Road, St Austell.

Miss Belinda Harley was in attendance.

His Royal Highness, President, The Prince's Trust and the Prince's Youth Business Trust, this evening gave a Dinner for supporters of the trusts.

The Prince of Wales was represented by Mr Gerald Ward at the Memorial Service for the crew of Hercules XV 193 which was held at Royal Air Force Lyneham, Chippenham, Wiltshire, this afternoon.

KENSINGTON PALACE

23 June: The Princess of Wales today visited Derbyshire and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant (Colonel Sir Peter Hilton).

Her Royal Highness this morning visited the Snoezelen Centre, Whittington Hall Hospital, Old Whittington, Chesterfield.

The Princess of Wales, Patron, Relate, Othen House, 7 Sheffield Road, Chesterfield.

Her Royal Highness later visited Filigree, Carter Lane East, South Normanton.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.

23 June: The Duke of Gloucester, Grand Prior, Order of St John, accompanied by The Duchess of Gloucester was present this evening at a Gala Performance of The Magic Flute in aid of St John Ambulance, Kent at Frenchstreet House, Westerham, Kent.

Their Royal Highnesses were received by Dame Audrey Emerton (Deputy Lieutenant of Kent).

Mrs Michael Wigley and Major Nicholas Barne were in attendance.

YORK HOUSE

23 June: The Duke of Kent, President, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club this afternoon attended the Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon, London SW19.

Captain the Honourable Tom Coke was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent this afternoon opened the new Extension to the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex.

Mrs Colin Marsh was in attendance.

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