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Court Circular


26 June: The Queen arrived at Morpeth Station this morning and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Northumberland (the Viscount Ridley KG) and the Mayor of Castle Morpeth (Councillor George Green).

Her Majesty opened the Bedlington Law Courts and was received by the Mayor of the Borough of Blyth Valley (Councillor Robert Anderson) and by a Guard of Honour found by The Queen's Own Yeomanry.

Having toured the Law Courts, escorted by Mr Robin Birley (Chairman, Northumberland Magistrates Courts Committee), The Queen unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Her Majesty later visited Alcan Aluminium Smelting Works, Lynemouth, and was received by the President, British Alcan Aluminium plc (The Lord Peyton of Yeovil).

The Queen viewed a display depicting Alcan's operations in connection with Ellington Colliery and Blyth Harbour and toured the works, escorted by the director, Lynemouth Smelter, Alcan Primary and Recycling (Mr Christopher Dagger).

Afterwards Her Majesty unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Queen honoured Newcastle Racecourse with her presence this afternoon and was received by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear (Colonel Sir Ralph Carr-Ellison) and the Lord Mayor of the City of Newcastle (Councillor Mrs Joan Lamb).

The Hon Mary Morrison, Sir Kenneth Scott and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

Her Majesty later travelled to Waverley Station, Edinburgh, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the City of Edinburgh (Mr Norman Irons, the Right Hon the Lord Provost).

26 June: The Duke of York this evening attended the Centenary Banquet of the Royal Norwich Golf Club, Norwich, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for Norfolk (Mr Timothy Colman).

Captain Neil Blair RN was in attendance.

27 June: The Duke of York this morning attended a Service in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Suffolk (Sir Joshua Rowley Bt).

His Royal Highness afterwards attended a Parade of the 2002 (Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry) Field Battery Royal Artillery (volunteers) to mark the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the raising of the Suffolk Yeomanry, Bury St Edmunds.

Captain Neil Blair RN was in attendance.

26 June: The Prince Edward, Trustee, the International Council of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Foundation, left Heathrow Airport, London, today for Lisbon, Portugal.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.

27 June: The Prince Edward this afternoon arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, from Lisbon, Portugal.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.


27 June: Divine Service was held at the Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, this morning.

The Reverend Charles Robertson preached the Sermon.

The Lady Susan Hussey has succeeded the Hon Mary Morrison as Lady-in- Waiting to Her Majesty.


26 June: The Prince of Wales this evening attended the Dettingen Te Deum Concert at St James's Church, Piccadilly, London W1.

Miss Belinda Harley was in attendance.


26 June: The Duke of Gloucester, Grand Prior, Order of St John, accompanied by The Duchess of Gloucester, was present at the Annual Service of Commemoration and Re-dedication, St Paul's Cathedral, London EC4.

Mrs Howard Page and Major Nicholas Barne were in attendance.


The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, opens an exhibition of the Honours of Scotland at Edinburgh Castle; attends a reception given by the Commonwealth Institute (Scotland) in the garden of the Holyroodhouse; and dines with the Secretary of State for Scotland at Bute House, Edinburgh. Prince Edward opens the Fitness Gallery at the Savoy, London WC2. The Princess Royal opens the Third International Sheep Veterinary Conference, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh; opens the KG Ethylene Project, BP Chemicals Limited, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire; as Patron, Citizens Advice Scotland, visits the Levenmouth Bureau, Methil, Fife, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary; as President, Save the Children Fund, visits the Save the Children Shop, Kirkcaldy; visits the Dunfermline and West Fife Hospital; and attends the Manchester Olympic Games Dinner, Hilton Hotel, London W1. Princess Margaret, Master of the Bench, opens a Flower Festival in Lincoln's Inn Chapel, London WC2, in aid of the Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund and legal charities. The Duke of Gloucester, Grand Prior, Order of St John, attends the Grand Prior's Advisory Council at St John's Gate, London EC1. The Duke of Kent, President, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, attends the Lawn Tennis Championship Meeting, Wimbledon, London SW19.

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 Grenadier Guards.