Court Circular


12 October: The Queen held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this morning.

Mr John Martin was received in audience by Her Majesty upon his appointment as British High Commissioner to the Republic of Malawi.

Mrs Martin was also received by The Queen.

This afternoon Her Majesty, escorted by the International Chairman, the Leonard Cheshire Foundation (Sir David Goodall), handed over the Keys of Land Rovers purchased by the Leonard Cheshire Foundation to the High Commissioners for the Republic of Malawi, the Kingdom of Swaziland, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Zimbabwe.

The Right Hon John Major MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of The Queen this evening.

12 October: The Prince Edward, Trustee, this morning attended The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Finance and Administration Committee meeting at Hobart House, Grosvenor Place, London SW1.

His Royal Highness this evening attended a Reception and Presentation to review the Raleigh International 1992 Brunei Expedition at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7.

Mrs Richard Warburton was in attendance.

12 October: The Princess Royal, President, Chartered Institute of Transport, today attended the International Council meeting, 80 Portland Place, London W1.

Her Royal Highness this evening attended a Private Viewing of 'The Horse in the Environment' International League for the Protection of Horses Art Exhibition, the Mall Gallery, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1.

Mrs William Nunneley was in attendance.


12 October: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was represented by the Lady Elizabeth Basset at the Funeral of the Lady Mary Harvey which took place at All Saints' Church, Warham, this afternoon.


12 October: The Princess of Wales today visited Birmingham and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for West Midlands (the Earl of Aylesford).

Her Royal Highness this morning visited the Edward's Trust and opened Edward House and Sunrise at 87-89 Stirling Road, Edgbaston.

The Princess of Wales this afternoon planted a tree at Birmingham Cathedral to commemorate the restoration work.

Her Royal Highness later opened The Princess of Wales Unit at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital.

The Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Captain Edward Musto RM were in attendance.

The Princess of Wales, Patron, British Red Cross Youth, attended a Performance of La Boheme in aid of the British Red Cross Victims of War Former Yugoslavia Appeal at the London Coliseum, London WC2.

Miss Anne Beckwith-Smith and Mr Patrick Jephson were in attendance.

12 October: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, was present this evening at a Reception at the Beatrix Potter Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in aid of Invalid Children's Aid Nationwide of which Her Royal Highness is President.

The Hon Mrs Whitehead was in attendance.

The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, was represented by The Lady Glenconner at the Funeral of The Lady Mary Harvey which was held at All Saints' Church, Warham, this afternoon.

12 October: The Duchess of Gloucester today visited Dorset and was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Dorset (the Lord Digby).

Her Royal Highness opened Dorset Lodge, Bournemouth Churches Housing Association's new supported accommodation for homeless people, Suffolk Road, Bournemouth, and afterwards opened Dorset County Council's Probation and Social Services Offices, Madeira Road. Later the Duchess of Gloucester opened Bartley Court, an extension to East Borough Housing Trust's sheltered accommodation for the elderly, Wimborne.

Mrs Howard Page was in attendance.


12 October: The Duke of Kent, Vice- Chairman, the British Overseas Trade Board, today left RAF Northolt for Odense and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Commander Roger Walker RN was in attendance.


The Queen opens the renovated headquarters of the Prudential Corporation plc, Holborn, London EC1. The Princess of Wales, Patron, British Sports Association, attends a reception at 13 Grosvenor Crescent, London SW1. Prince Edward, Patron, the London Mozart Players, attends a concert and dinner at St James's Palace. The Princess Royal, President, Chartered Institute of Transport, visits the Channel Tunnel, Folkestone, Kent; and as President, Save the Children, attends the Industry and Commerce Group Meeting and a Corporate Members Reception at Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Gloucester, Patron, British Mexican Society, accompanied by The Duchess of Gloucester, attends the bi-annual dinner at the Naval and Military Club, London W1. The Duchess of Gloucester, Fellow, Queen Mary and Westfield College, opens new student residences in London E1. The Duchess of Kent, Deputy Colonel-in-Chief, visits 20 Squadron the Royal Logistics Corps, Regent's Park Barracks, London NW4; and attends the Worshipful Company of Musicians' Court Dinner at Stationers' Hall, London EC2.

Buckingham Palace

The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace opens between 10am and 5pm. The Royal Mews opens between 12pm and 4pm, and last admission is at 3.30pm.

Changing of the Guard

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