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24 March: His Excellency Dr Virgilio Barca and Senora de Barco were received in farewell audience by The Queen and took leave upon His Excellency relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Colombia to the Court of St James's.

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple was received by Her Majesty upon his appointment as Governor and Commander- in-Chief of Gibraltar.

Lady Chapple was also received by The Queen.

General Sir Edward Burgess was received by Her Majesty upon relinquishing his appointment as President, Royal British Legion.

Mr Richard Thomas was received in audience by The Queen and kissed hands upon his appointment as Her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Luanda.

Mrs Thomas was received by The Queen.

Mr Peter Westmacott was received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.

The Queen, Patron, Youth Hostels Association, this afternoon opened Rotherhithe Youth Hostel, and was received by the Mayor of Southwark (Councillor Mary Ellery).

Her Majesty toured the hostel, escorted by the Chairman (Mr John Patten), and afterwards unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Mrs Robert de Pass, Sir Kenneth Scott and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

The President of the Republic of Cyprus and Mrs Clerides were received by The Queen this evening.

24 March: The Prince Edward, Chairman, the International Council of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Association, this morning left Heathrow Airport, London, for the United States of America and Canada.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer is in attendance.

24 March: The Princess Royal this morning presented The Princess Royal Award to Mr Gordon Newman for the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers at Buckingham Palace.

Her Royal Highness, Patron, British Executive Service Overseas, received the Viscount Boyd of Merton upon relinquishing his appointment as President and Mr Robert Horton upon assuming the appointment.

The Princess Royal, Patron, the Association of Combined Youth Clubs, this afternoon attended a Special Appeals Luncheon at the Cavalry and Guards Club, Piccadilly, London W1.

Her Royal Highness, Immediate Past Master, the Worshipful Company of Loriners, later attended the Trade Liaison Committee and Finance Committee Meetings, Guildhall, London EC2.

Lady Carew Pole was in attendance.

The Princess Royal, Patron, British Executive Service Overseas, this evening gave a reception for the Council and Representatives of the Corporate Membership Scheme at Buckingham Palace.


24 March: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother this afternoon received the Presidents of Queen Mary's Clothing Guild at St James's Palace on the occasion of the Guild's Annual General Meeting.

Dame Frances Campbell-Preston was in attendance.


24 March: The Prince of Wales today visited Cumbria and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant (Sir Charles Graham Bt).

His Royal Highness this morning visited the St Bees Management Centre where he met teachers and students involved in management training programmes, St Bees School, St Bees.

The Prince of Wales, President, The Prince's Youth Business Trust, afterwards attended a Trade Fair where His Royal Highness met young people who have established their own businesses with help from the trust, St Bees School.

The Prince of Wales this afternoon visited the Vivat Trust's restoration of Church Brow Cottage, Kirkby Lonsdale.

His Royal Highness later visited Barrow-in-Furness and met groups involved in the economic development of Cumbria.

Finally The Prince of Wales visited Warrington and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Cheshire (Mr William Bromley Davenport).

His Royal Highness visited Warrington General Hospital and met Hospital staff, emergency staff and patients.

Commander Robert Fraser RN was in attendance.


24 March: Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Air Chief Marshal, Women's Royal Air Force, today received Air Commodore Ruth Montague, Director of the Women's Royal Air Force.


The Queen visits the Headquarters of the Crown Estate, London SW1, and lunches with the Commissioners. The Prince of Wales inaugurates the European Bank's permanent headquarters, One Exchange Square, London EC2; and later attends an anniversary performance of Handel's Messiah at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. The Duchess of Kent, Patron, Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund attends a reception to launch the Palliative Care Appeal for India at the Grand Locarno Room of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London SW1. Prince Michael of Kent attends the final awards for the Cellnet Driver Challenge, the Transport and Road Research Laboratory at Crowthorne, Berkshire.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; The Queen's Colour Squadron RAF mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Royal Air Force Band.