Court Circular

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

16 October: By command of The Queen, the Viscount Goschen (Lord- in-Waiting) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this evening upon the Departure of The President of the Republic of Zambia and Mrs Chiluba and bade farewell to The President and Mrs Chiluba on behalf of Her Majesty.

16 October: The Prince Edward, Chairman, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Special Projects Group, today visited Kent and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant (the Lord Kingsdown).

His Royal Highness this afternoon attended a Reception in support of the Centre d'Hardelot and met participants of the Kent Post Office Youth Challenge at County Hall, Maidstone.

The Prince Edward this evening attended the Kent Youth and Community Service Annual Staff Awards at St George's Centre, Chatham Maritime.

Mrs Richard Warburton was in attendance.

17 October: Miss Annette Wilkin was received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested her with the Insignia of a Member of the Royal Victorian Order.

Mr Michael Thresher was received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Member of the Royal Victorian Order.

ST JAMES'S PALACE

17 October: The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief, the Gordon Highlanders, this evening received Lieutenant General Sir Peter Graham (Colonel) and retired members of the Regiment.

KENSINGTON PALACE

17 October: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, this afternoon attended a Service of Praise and Dedication to mark the launch of the Abbey Appeal in Tewkesbury Abbey.

Her Royal Highness was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Gloucestershire (Mr Henry Elwes).

Mrs Jane Stevens was in attendance.

17 October: The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, was present this evening at a Concert at Corn Exchange, Cambridge, and was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire (Mr James Crowden).

Mrs Euan McCorquodale was in attendance.

YORK HOUSE

17 October: The Duchess of Kent, Patron, the Norwich and Norfolk Festival, this afternoon attended the Festival Finale at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich, Norfolk.

Mrs Peter Troughton was in attendance.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

The Queen visits Cyprus for the opening stages of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting; and, with The Duke of Edinburgh, visits the Republic of Cyprus and the Sovereign Base Areas. The Princess of Wales, Patron, the Tushinkaya Children's Hospital Trust, attends a reception at the Apothecaries' Hall, London EC4. The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children Fund, attends a 'Thank You' Reception, KPMG Offices, Manchester; and as Patron, College of Occupational Therapists, addresses a study day, entitled 'Current Trends in Caring for Elderly People', at North Tees Health NHS Trust Hospital, Stockton on Tees, Cleveland. Princess Margaret visits the London Dyslexia Institute, London SW1. The Duke of Gloucester opens the new building at Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, National Asthma Campaign, attends a reception at St James's Palace. The Duchess of Kent, Patron, launches the British Arts Festival Year 1995, at the Barbican Centre, London EC2. Princess Michael of Kent, as guest of honour, attends Age Concern's 'A Celebration of Age' service at Gloucester Cathedral.

Changing of the Guard

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

Windsor Castle

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

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