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16 March: The Queen held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this morning.

Captain Lachhimiparsad Gurung, 2nd Battalion 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles, and Captain Silajit Gurung, Queen's Gurkha Signals, (The Queen's Gurkha Orderly Officers) were received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested them with the Insignia of Members 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 was represented by Sir David Plastow at the Memorial Service for Sir George Turnbull which was held in St George's Church, Hanover Square, London W1, today.

The Lady Elton has succeeded the Hon Mary Morrison as Lady-in-Waiting to The Queen.

16 March: The Prince Edward today visited Hertfordshire and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Hertfordshire (Mr Simon Bowes Lyon).

His Royal Highness this afternoon visited the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield Campus, College Lane, Hatfield.

The Prince Edward later launched the Hertfordshire Association for Young People, British Aerospace, Stevenage, where he was received by the Chairman of the Association (Mr Teddy Faure Walker).

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.

16 March: The Princess Royal this afternoon attended the Council Meeting and Annual General Meeting of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Cornwall (the Viscount Falmouth).

Her Royal Highness, Patron, Gloucestershire Rugby Football Union, this evening attended the Gloucestershire County Senior Cup Final at Kingsholm and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Gloucestershire (Mr Henry Elwes).

Mrs Andrew Feilen was in attendance.


16 March: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, President, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, gave a Reception for Members of the Society's Management Board and Regional Directors at Kensington Palace this evening.

The Lady Glenconner, The Hon Mrs Whitehead and Major The Lord Napier and Ettrick were in attendance.

16 March: Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, East Africa Women's League (United Kingdom), was present this afternoon at the Fiftieth Anniversary Annual General Meeting at Holy Trinity Church House, Brompton Road, London SW7.

Mrs Michael Harvey was in attendance.


16 March: The Duke of Kent, Trustee the Science Museum, this evening attended a Dinner at the Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7.

Commander Roger Walker RN was in attendance.


The Queen Mother presents Shamrock to the Irish Guards at Pirbright on the occasion of St Patrick's Day. The Princess of Wales visits Bolton Hospice, Bolton, Lancashire; opens the Genito-Urinary Medicine Clinic at Hope Hospital, Salford, Lancashire; as Patron, Centrepoint Soho, opens the Peterloo Housing Association Returning Home Project at Longsight, Manchester; and as Patron, Turning Point, visits Douglas House, Didsbury, Manchester. The Princess Royal, President, Royal Yachting Association, attends the Commodores Reception and Annual General Meeting, Inn on the Park, London W1. Princess Margaret presides at the Annual Council Meeting of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children at the Barbican Centre, London EC2. The Duke of Kent visits the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Ironbridge, Telford, and opens an extension to the Nuffield Hospital, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The Duchess of Kent visits Walsingham Community Home, Turnbull Close, Dartford, Kent; visits Family Matters, Gravesend, Kent; as Patron of the Friends of Rochester Cathedral, visits Rochester Cathedral, Rochester; and later attends the Kent Rural Initiative launch reception at Godmersham Park, Kent. Prince Michael of Kent, Patron of the Brooklands Museum Trust Appeal, attends a fundraising luncheon at the museum; and, as President of the Institute of the Motor Industry, attends the Annual Dinner at the Gloucester Hotel, London SW7.

Changing of the Guard

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