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30 March: His Excellency Mr Riivo Sinijarv was received in audience by The Queen and presented his Letters of Credence as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Republic of Estonia to the Court of St James's.

His Excellency was accompanied by the following member of the Embassy: Mr Allan Sepp (Counsellor and Consul).

Mrs Sinijarv was also received by Her Majesty.

Sir David Gillmore (Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs) was present and the Household-in-Waiting were in attendance.

Mr Alan Montgomery (Her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Manila) was received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.

Mrs Montgomery was also received by The Queen.

The Archbishop of Canterbury was received in audience by Her Majesty.

Mr Francis Kirkpatrick was received by The Queen when Her Majesty decorated him with the Royal Victorian Medal (Silver).

The Queen visited St David's Home for Disabled Ex-Servicemen, Ealing, London W5, this afternoon to mark its Seventy-Fifth Anniversary and was received by the President, St David's Board of Management (His Eminence Cardinal Basil Hume, Archbishop of Westminster), the Chairman (Mr John Poland) and Mr Michael Branch (President, Lucas Aerospace Disabled Ex-Servicemen's Fund).

Her Majesty toured the home, escorted by Mr Thomas Connell (Nursing Manager/Administrator) and afterwards attended a Reception.

The Lady Susan Hussey, Sir Kenneth Scott and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

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, Patron and Trustee, today attended Receptions for young people who have reached the Gold Standard in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award at St James's Palace.

Wing Commander Christopher Moran RAF was in attendance.

His Royal Highness, President, King George's Fund for Sailors, later attended a Luncheon at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall SW1.

Mr Brian McGrath was in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh, President of the Trustees, this afternoon attended a Meeting of the Trustees of Westminster Abbey Trust and unveiled an Inscription on the West Face of the North Tower, Westminster Abbey, London SW1.

The Lady Susan Hussey has succeeded Mrs Robert de Pass as Lady-in-Waiting to The Queen.

30 March: The Duke of York, Commodore, this evening attended a Fitting Out Dinner, the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge, London SW1.

Captain Neil Blair RN was in attendance.

30 March: The Princess Royal, Chief Commandant, Women's Royal Naval Service, today visited HMS Sultan, Gosport, Hampshire, and was received by the Captain (Captain Alan Ferguson RN).


26 March: The Prince of Wales this evening visited Northern Ireland and was received by the Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Mr Jeremy Hanley MP).

His Royal Highness, Colonel-in-Chief, Army Air Corps, visited the Northern Ireland Regiment in Aldergrove.

Commander Robert Fraser RN was in attendance.

27 March: The Prince of Wales, Colonel, Welsh Guards, this morning visited the 1st Battalion in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland.

Commander Robert Fraser RN was in attendance.


30 March: The Duke of Gloucester, Deputy Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Logistic Corps, this afternoon received Major-General Colin Carrington upon assuming his appointment as Representative Colonel Commandant and Major-General David Burden, Director General Logistical Support (Army).

The Duke of Gloucester, Patron, Action on Smoking and Health and President, Cancer Research Campaign this evening was present at a reception given by the Health Education Authority at the British Heart Foundation, 14 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.


30 March: The Duchess of Kent, Deputy Colonel in Chief designate, this morning received Colonel CM Lake, Regimental Colonel, Major-General Colin Carrington, Representative Colonel Commandant and Major-General David Burden, Director General the Royal Logistic Corps.


The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, visits the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and attends the Honorary Fellowships Ceremony, London WC1; and, as Honorary Member, Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers, attends a dinner at the Institute of Civil Engineers, London SW1. The Princess Royal, President, the Rural Housing Trust, attends the Annual Conference of the South Eastern Branch of the Institute of Housing, Guildhall, Winchester, Hampshire. The Duchess of Kent attends lunch with the City of London Sheriff's Society at Saddlers' Hall, London EC2.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am.