Court Circular


15 October: The Queen this morning arrived at Cardiff Central Station and drove through the Butetown Tunnel Link.

Her Majesty was received by the Chairman, South Glamorgan County Council (Mr Douglas Francies) and the Chairman, Highway and Transportation Services (Councillor Kenneth Hutchings) and unveiled a commemorative plaque, naming the Butetown Tunnel Link 'Queen's Gate'.

The Queen subsequently visited South Glamorgan County Hall and toured the building, escorted by Mr Francies.

Her Majesty afterwards opened the Huggard Centre, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, and was received by the Chairman, Cardiff Action for the Single Homeless (the Reverend Douglas Bale) and Mrs Ethel Huggard (widow of the benefactor).

The Queen unveiled a commemorative plaque before touring the centre.

Her Majesty held an Investiture at Cardiff Castle this morning and was received by the Right Hon the Lord Mayor of Cardiff (Councillor Victor Riley).

This afternoon The Queen arrived at the National Museum of Wales and inspected a Guard of Honour.

Her Majesty opened the new Courtyard Galleries Extension and unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Afterwards the Queen toured the new extension, escorted by the President (Mr Timothy Edwards), and subsequently honoured the President with her presence at Luncheon.

The Countess of Airlie, the Right Hon John Redwood MP (Secretary of State for Wales), Mr Robin Janvrin, Mr Charles Anson, Lieutenant-Colonel Blair Stewart-Wilson and Mr Simon Gimson were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh this evening arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, from Canada.

Sir Brian McGrath was in attendance.

15 October: The Princess Royal, Patron, Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, this morning attended the Annual General Meeting and Board of Management Meeting at Kingsbourne House, 229-231 High Holborn, London WC1.

Her Royal Highness, Chancellor, University of London, this afternoon opened the Student Hall of Residence, King's College London, Hampstead Campus, Kidderpore Avenue, London NW3.

Lady Carew-Pole was in attendance.


15 October: The Princess of Wales, Patron, Headway National Head Injuries Association, this morning attended the Head Injury Services Conference at St George's Hospital, Blackshaw Road, London SW17.

Mr Patrick Jephson was in attendance.

15 October: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, President, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, today visited Swindon and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Wiltshire (Field Marshal Sir Roland Gibbs).

Her Royal Highness opened the Society's Centre in Victoria Road, and was entertained to luncheon at the Offices of the Nationwide Building Society in Pipers Way.

The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, later visited the Allied Dunbar Centre in Station Road, and the premises of the Rover Group in Bridgend Road.

Mrs Jane Stevens was in attendance.


15 October: The Duke of Kent, Vice- Chairman, the British Overseas Trade Board, this afternoon attended the Simpler Trade Procedures Board Lunch at the Cafe Royal, Regent Street, London W1.

Commander Roger Walker RN was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent, Patron, the Haemophilia Society, this morning opened the new Haematology Unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary, Duckworth Lane, Bradford, and was met on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire (Mr John Lyles).

Her Royal Highness this afternoon presented the British Wool Marketing Board's Annual British Wool Quality Awards at Oak Bank Mills, Station Road, Clayton, Bradford; on behalf of the Sick Children's Trust visited Eckersley House, St James's University Hospital, Leeds; on behalf of the Disabled Housing Trust later opened Daniel Yorath House, Lands Lane, Garforth, Leeds.

Mrs Julian Tomkins was in attendance.


TODAY: Prince Edward, Chairman, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Special Projects Group, attends a reception in support of the Centre d'Hardelot and meets participants in the Kent Post Office Youth Challenge at County Hall, Maidstone, Kent; and attends the Kent Youth and Community Service Annual Staff Awards at St George's Centre, Chatham Maritime, Kent. TOMORROW: Princess Margaret attends a service of dedication for the Abbey Appeal in Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire. The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (ASBAH), attends a concert at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge. The Duchess of Kent, Patron, the Norwich and Norfolk Festival, attends the Festival Finale at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich, Norfolk.

The Queen's Gallery

TODAY: The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace opens between 10am and 5pm. TOMORROW: The Queen's Gallery opens between 2pm and 5pm.

Changing of the Guard

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

Windsor Castle

TODAY and TOMORROW: The Precincts at Windsor Castle open between 10.30am and 4pm. The State Apartments open between 10.30am and 5pm.