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BUCKINGHAM PALACE

10 March: Major-General David Botting was received by The Queen upon relinquishing his appointment as Director General of Ordnance Services.

Admiral Sir Benjamin Bathurst was received by Her Majesty upon assuming the appointment of Chief of the Naval Staff and First Sea Lord.

The Queen held a Council at 12.30pm.

There were present:

The Right Hon Antony Newton MP (Lord President), the Baroness Trumpington (Baroness in Waiting), the Right Hon William Waldegrave MP (Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster), the Right Hon Sir Wyn Roberts MP (Minister of State, Welsh Office).

The Prime Minister of New Zealand (the Right Hon James Bolger), the Right Hon Sir John Waite and the Right Hon Sir John Roch were sworn in as Members of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

As the Council Her Majesty pricked the List of High Sheriffs for the Counties of England (other than Cornwall and those in the Duchy of Lancaster) and Wales.

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

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

After the Council, the Right Hon William Waldegrave MP had an audience of The Queen when Her Majesty pricked the List of High Sheriffs for the Counties of the Duchy of Lancaster.

The Right Hon James Bolger, with Mrs Bolger, remained to Luncheon with Her Majesty.

Today is the Anniversary of the Birthday of The Prince Edward.

10 March: The Prince Edward this evening attended a Dinner given by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Mrs Hurd in honour of the Prime Minister of New Zealand and Mrs Bolger, 1 Carlton Gardens, London SW1.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.

ST JAMES'S PALACE

10 March: The Prince of Wales this afternoon carried out engagements in Munich, Germany.

His Royal Highness, Vice-Patron, the British Council, visited an Exhibition of Victorian paintings at the Neue Pinakothek Art Gallery.

The Prince of Wales later visited Raca - Redac - Design - Systems GmbH, a German subsidiary of the UK Racal group designing computer components and software.

Commander Richard Aylard RN was in attendance.

KENSINGTON PALACE

10 March: The Princess of Wales this morning opened the Riverpoint Hostel for single homeless women, Manor Place, Southwark, London SE17.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.

YORK HOUSE

10 March: The Duke of Kent, President, the Scout Association, this afternoon visited the Association's Headquarters, Baden-Powell House, Queen's Gate, London SW7.

Commander Roger Walker RN was in attendance.

Duchy of Lancaster

The Queen pricked the names of the following High Sheriffs on the Lites for the Counties of the Duchy of Lancaster at Buckingham Palace yesterday:

Lancashire: Col Robert Ralney Craik, of Mawdesley, Ormakirk; Greater Manchester: Lawrence Duncan Lawton, of Greenfield, Oldham; Merseyside: Commodore Roderick Hughes Walker, of Heswall, Wirral.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

The Duke of Edinburgh pays official visits to the Commonwealth of Dominica, Montserrat, St Christopher and Nevis, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Prince of Wales, Patron, Project DARC Star Territorial Army Everest Expedition and the Reserve Forces Ulysses Trust, attends a Presentation at the Royal Geographical Society, London SW7; and later, as Royal Bencher of Gray's Inn, attends a Student reception and presentation in the Hall, Gray's Inn, London WC1. The Duchess of Kent, Patron, attends the United Response 20th Anniversary Launch reception at the Imperial War Museum, London SE1.

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 Welsh Guards.

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