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BUCKINGHAM PALACE

18 November: The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, went in State to the Palace of Westminster today to open the Session of Parliament.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness drove in a Carriage Procession, escorted by a Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry, and were received at the Sovereign's Entrance by the Lord Great Chamberlain and the Earl Marshal.

Guards of Honour were provided at Buckingham Palace by The Queen's Guard mounted by the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards and at the Palace of Westminster by the 1st Battalion Scots Guards.

A staircase party of the Household Cavalry was on duty at Victoria Tower, House of Lords.

Gun Salutes were fired in Green Park by The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery and from the Tower of London Saluting Battery by the Honourable Artillery Company.

The Imperial State Crown, the Sword of State and the Cap of Maintenance were conveyed previously to the House of Lords in a Carriage Procession, escorted by a Regalia Escort of the Household Cavalry.

Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms was on duty in the Prince's Chamber and The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard was on duty in the House of Lords.

The Ladies and Gentlemen of the Household in Waiting and the Pages of Honour to The Queen were in attendance at the Palace of Westminster.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh returned to Buckingham Palace and were received by the Lord Chamberlain and the Vice-Chamberlain of the Household.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness this evening attended a Concert at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the life of Ruth, Lady Fermoy.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Life Member, British Sub-Aqua Club, this afternoon presented the 1992 Duke of Edinburgh's Prize at Buckingham Palace.

His Royal Highness, President, later chaired a meeting of the trustees of Westminster Abbey Trust at Buckingham Palace.

18 November: The Prince Edward, President, the Lord's Taverners, this evening attended the Young Lord's Taverners' Masked Ball at Simpson's-in-the- Strand, 100 Strand, London WC2.

Mrs Richard Warburton was in attendance.

CLARENCE HOUSE

18 November: Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Bromley Gardner today had the honour of being received by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Colonel-in- Chief, The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish), upon relinquishing his appointment as Commanding Officer of The Queen's Own Hussars.

ST JAMES'S PALACE

18 November: The Prince of Wales this morning received Lord Morris of Castle Morris (Chairman, The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture).

His Royal Highness later opened the new Day Centre, Trinity Hospice, 30 Clapham Common North Side, London SW4.

The Prince of Wales this afternoon visited the Food from Britain Speciality Food Promotion at Selfridges Food Hall, London W1.

Commander Robert Fraser RN was in attendance.

His Royal Highness this evening held a Concert at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the life of Ruth, Lady Fermoy.

The Princess of Wales attended the Concert.

KENSINGTON PALACE

18 November: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, today visited Derbyshire and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Derbyshire (Colonel Sir Peter Hilton).

Her Royal Highness attended a Luncheon in aid of the 'Spirit of Normandy' Appeal, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Battle for Normandy Campaign, at the Lee Wood Hotel, Buxton.

The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Grand President (St John Ambulance), this afternoon attended the Grand Prior's First Aid Competition for St John Ambulance, at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.

The Hon Mrs Whitehead was in attendance.

The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, was present this evening at a Concert at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the life of Ruth, Lady Fermoy.

18 November: The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were present this morning at the State Opening of Parliament.

This afternoon His Royal Highness presented the 1993 Office of the Year Awards, Trinity House, London EC1.

This evening The Duke of Gloucester, President, St Bartholomew's Hospital, and The Duchess of Gloucester were present at a Concert to mark the Eight Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Death of Rahere, the Hospital's Founder, in the Priory Church of St Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield, London EC1.

Mrs Michael Wigley and Major Nicholas Barne were in attendance.

YORK HOUSE

18 November: The Duke and Duchess of Kent this morning attended the State Opening of Parliament.

The Duke of Kent this afternoon attended the launch of the military paintings of Terence Cuneo at the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1.

Captain Alexander Tetley was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent, Patron, this evening attended a reception to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Samaritans at St James's Palace, London SW1.

Mrs David Napier was in attendance.

THATCHED HOUSE LODGE

18 November: Princess Alexandra this afternoon visited Cheshire and was received by the Hon Michael Flower (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire).

Her Royal Highness opened the Petty Pool Outdoor Centre of the Mid-Cheshire Sheltered Workshop Trust at Sandiways.

Princess Alexandra, Patron, later met representatives of the Vale Royal Branch of the Alzheimer's Disease Society and members of the Vale Royal Council for Voluntary Service at the Council House, Northwich.

Mrs Peter Afia was in attendance.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, visits Winchester, Hampshire, and opens the new Visitors' Centre, Winchester Cathedral, and the new Hampshire Record Office. The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, Egham and Thorpe Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Association, attends a dinner at the Great Fosters Hotel, Egham, Surrey. Princess Margaret, President, the Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, attends the Touch of Tartan Ball in aid of the society at the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen.

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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