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BUCKINGHAM PALACE

17 November: The Queen held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this morning.

Brigadier Alan Breitmeyer was received by Her Majesty and delivered up his Stick of Office upon relinquishing his appointment as Harbinger and received his Stick of Office upon his appointment as Lieutenant of Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms.

Major Sir Philip Duncombe Bt was received by The Queen and received his Stick of Office upon his appointment as Harbinger of Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms.

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, this afternoon opened the new developments at the National Portrait Gallery, Orange Street, London WC2, and was received by the President of the Development Appeal (the Viscount Whitelaw) and the Lord Mayor of Westminster (Councillor Mrs Jennifer Bianco).

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness toured the galleries, escorted by the Reverend Professor Owen Chadwick (Chairman of the Trustees) and Dr John Hayes (Director), and afterwards The Queen unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Lady Farnham, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes, Mr Christopher Lloyd, Miss Penelope Russell-Smith and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh this morning visited the London Custom House, Lower Thames Street, London EC3.

His Royal Highness, Life Member and Gold Card Holder, this afternoon attended a Luncheon given by the Variety Club of Great Britain at the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

The Duke of Edinburgh, President, Central Council of Physical Recreation, this evening attended a Dinner to honour Miss Marea Hartman at Drapers' Hall, London EC2.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis was in attendance.

17 November: The Prince Edward, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, today gave a Luncheon at Buckingham Palace.

His Royal Highness, President, National Youth Music Theatre, this evening attended the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7.

Mrs Richard Warburton was in attendance.

ST JAMES'S PALACE

17 November: The Prince of Wales today visited West Yorkshire and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant (Mr John Lyles).

His Royal Highness, President, Business in the Community, The Prince's Trust and The Prince's Youth Business Trust, this morning visited Mexborough to see the work of organisations involved in the regeneration of the Dearne Valley.

The Prince of Wales, Patron, Macmillan Nurse Appeal, this afternoon attended a Reception at Nostell Priory, Wakefield.

His Royal Highness, Patron, The Prince of Wales Hospice, later visited the hospice and met patients, staff, volunteers and members of support groups at Pontefract.

Mr Matthew Butler was in attendance.

The Prince of Wales this evening gave a Reception for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Pentland Group at St James's Palace.

KENSINGTON PALACE

17 November: The Princess of Wales, Patron, Turning Point, this morning attended a Conference entitled 'Can the Community Care?' at the Regent Hotel, Marylebone Road, London NW1.

Mr Patrick Jephson was in attendance.

17 November: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Member of the Court of Assistants of the Haberdashers' Company, today visited Haberdashers' Aske's College, Hatcham, New Cross, and was received by Lieutenant-Colonel C St J. Graham (Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Lewisham).

Her Royal Highness this morning visited the Girls' School to open the Bostock Building, and was entertained to Luncheon.

The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, this afternoon visited the Boys' School and opened the Swingland Building.

The Hon Mrs Whitehead was in attendance.

YORK HOUSE

17 November: The Duke of Kent, President, this afternoon attended a Board of Trustees Meeting, at the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1.

His Royal Highness, President, this evening dined with the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London SW1.

Captain Alexander Tetley was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent this morning presented the Fujifilm Tree Council's Schools Competition Prizes, 35 Belgrave Square, London SW1.

Her Royal Highness this afternoon addressed the Metropolitan Senior Police Officers at Chigwell Police Sports Club, Chigwell Hall, Chigwell.

The Duchess of Kent, President, later attended the Action Research Annual Meeting, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London SW1.

Mrs Fiona Henderson was in attendance.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

The Queen opens Parliament. The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Life Member, British Sub-Aqua Club, presents the 1992 Duke of Edinburgh's Prize at Buckingham Palace. The Prince of Wales visits the Food from Britain Speciality Food Promotion at Selfridges Food Hall, London W1; opens the new Day Centre at Trinity Hospice, London SW4; and hosts a concert to celebrate the life of Ruth, Lady Fermoy, at Buckingham Palace. Prince Edward, President, Lord's Taverners, attends the Young Lord's Taverners' Masked Ball at Simpson's-in- the-Strand, London WC2. Princess Margaret, Grand President (St John Ambulance), attends the Grand Prior's First Aid Competition in Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire; and attends a luncheon in aid of the 'Spirit of Normandy' Appeal at the Lee Wood Hotel, Buxton. The Duke of Gloucester presents the Office of the Year Awards 1993 on behalf of the Institute of Facilities Management and the Association of Facilities Managers Limited at Trinity House, London EC1; and, as President, St Bartholomew's Hospital, accompanied by The Duchess of Gloucester, attends a concert to mark the 850th anniversary of the death of Rahere, the hospital's founder, in the Priory Church of St Bartholomew-the- Great, London EC1. The Duke of Kent attends the launch of the military paintings of Terence Cuneo at the Imperial War Museum, London SE1. The Duchess of Kent, Patron, attends a reception to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Samaritans at St James's Palace. Princess Alexandra visits the Mid-Cheshire Sheltered Workshop Trust, Sandiway, Cheshire; and as Patron, Alzheimer's Disease Society, visits the offices of the Vale Royal Branch, Northwich, Cheshire.

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 Scots Guards.

Windsor Castle

The Precincts at Windsor Castle open between 10.30am and 4pm.

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