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4 November: The Queen was received this morning by the Chief Royal Engineer (General Sir John Stibbon), Her Majesty's Consul-General (Mr Patrick Yarnold) and the Garrison Commander (Brigadier Alwin Hutchinson) at Bindon Barracks, Hameln, the Federal Republic of Germany.

Her Majesty drove to the centre of Hameln and, having been received by the Mayor (Frau Christa Burns), signed the Golden Book of the town.

The Queen afterwards visited Upnor Training Area and, escorted by the Engineer in Chief (Army) (Major-General Field), viewed a demonstration of Royal Engineer activities.

Her Majesty later drove to Gordon Barracks and honoured Lieutenant- Colonel John Durance (Commanding Officer, 35 Engineer Regiment) with her presence at Luncheon in the Officers' Mess.

This afternoon The Queen opened the Sappers Autumn Fair and met wives and families of members of the Corps.

Her Majesty later arrived at Royal Air Force Marham from the Federal Republic of Germany.

The Countess of Airlie, Sir Kenneth Scott and Lieutenant-Colonel Blair Stewart-Wilson were in attendance.

The Queen held a Council at Sandringham this evening.

There were present:

The Lord Wakeham (Lord Privy Seal), the Baroness Chalker (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office), the Right Hon Peter Lilley MP (Secretary of State for Social Security) and the Right Hon Sir Wyn Roberts MP (Minister of State, Welsh Office).

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

The Lord Wakeham had an audience of Her Majesty before the Council.

The Prince of Wales, on behalf of The Queen, held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this morning.

4 November: The Princess Royal, President, Riding for the Disabled Association, today attended the National Conference at Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, and was received by Mr David Fearnley (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire).

Her Royal Highness, President, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, this evening attended the Scottish Film and Television Awards, the Moat House International Hotel, Congress Road, Glasgow, and was received by her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the City of Glasgow (Mr Robert Innes, the Right Hon the Lord Provost).

Mrs David Bowes-Lyon was in attendance.


4 November: Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother visited Queen Mary's Clothing Guild at St James's Palace this morning.

Dame Frances Campbell-Preston was in attendance.

Her Majesty, Colonel-in-Chief, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), was present this evening at a Reception given by the London Branch of The Black Watch Association at the Victory Services Club.

Dame Frances Campbell-Preston and Captain the Hon Edward Dawson- Damer were in attendance.


4 November: The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief, 2nd King Edward V11's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles), presented The Prince of Wales's Kukri 1993 to Corporal Tilakman Pun at St James's Palace.

His Royal Highness this afternoon presented the Stone Federation of Great Britain's Natural Stone Awards for 1993 at the London Hilton, Park Lane, London W1.

The Prince of Wales, President, The Prince's Trust and The Prince's Youth Business Trust, this evening gave a Dinner for major supporters of the trusts.


4 November: The Princess of Wales, Patron, Birthright, this morning attended the relaunch of the charity at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London NW1, and afterwards at the Regent Hotel, Marylebone Road, London NW1.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.

4 November: The Duke of Gloucester, Trustee, British Museum, this evening opened the Exhibition 'Deities and Devotion: The Arts of Hinduism' at the British Museum, London WC1.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.

The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, National Listening Library, was present this afternoon at the Annual General Meeting held at Drapers' Hall, Throgmorton Street, London EC2.

Mrs Howard Page was in attendance.


4 November: The Duke of Kent, Colonel, Scots Guards, this morning attended the 2nd Battalion's Farewell Parade at Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh and was met on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the City of Edinburgh (The Right Honourable Mr Norman Irons).

His Royal Highness this afternoon visited Canongate Kirk (the Kirk of Holyrood House), Edinburgh, and later visited the Scottish Veterans Housing Association's Whitefoord House, 53 Canongate, Edinburgh.

The Duke of Kent, Colonel, Scots Gaurds Association, this evening attended a dinner hosted by the Ayrshire Branch at the Gart Ferry Hotel, Racecourse Road, Ayr, Scotland.

Captain Alexander Tetley, Scots Guards was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent, Deputy Colonel-in-Chief, the Adjutant General's Corps, this morning visited the Military Corrective Training Centre, Berechurch Hall Camp, Colchester, Essex.

Mrs David Napier was in attendance.


4 November: Princess Alexandra, attended by the Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox, arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, this morning from New York.


The Princess of Wales, Patron, British Red Cross Youth, attends the Care in Crisis Awards Presentation at Mirabelle, Curzon Street, London W1. The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children Fund, visits the Planet Project, Harperbury, Hertfordshire; and as President, Rural Housing Trust, opens an English Villages Housing Associaiton Scheme, Sarratt, Hertfordshire. The Duke of Kent, Patron, Trinity College of Music, presides at the Presentation Ceremony and Concert at Wigmore Hall, London W1. The Duchess of Kent presents the Historical Association's Young Historian Scheme prizes at the Museum and Library of the Order of St John, London EC1.

The Queen's Gallery

The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace opens between 10am and 5pm.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; 1st Battalion Scots Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Irish Guards.