Court Circular


18 October: The Queen left Heathrow Airport, London, this morning in a Royal Air Force VC10 to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the Republic of Cyprus.

Her Majesty was received at the Airport by the Earl of Airlie KT (Lord Chamberlain), Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant of Greater London (Field Marshal the Lord Bramall KG), Mr Christos Ioannou (Deputy High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus) and Mr Roger Cato (Deputy Managing Director, Heathrow Airport).

The following are in attendance:

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (the Right Hon Douglas Hurd MP), the British High Commissioner in Nicosia (Mr David Dain), the Countess of Airlie, the Lady Elton, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes, Major-General Sir Simon Cooper, Sir Kenneth Scott, Mr Charles Anson, Professor Sir Norman Blacklock, Surgeon Captain David Swain RN, Air Commodore the Hon Timothy Elworthy, Lieutenant-Colonel Blair Stewart-Wilson, Major James Patrick and Mr John Sawers.

The Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Cyprus this evening.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis is in attendance.

The Lady Elton has succeeded the Hon Mary Morrison as Lady in Waiting to The Queen.


18 October: The Prince Edward, Chairman, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Special Projects Group, this evening attended a Reception and Dinner at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Mrs Richard Warburton was in attendance.

18 October: The Princess Royal, Patron, College of Occupational Therapists, this morning addressed a Study Day 'Current Trends in Caring for Elderly People' at North Tees General Hospital, Stockton-on-Tees, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Cleveland (the Lord Gisborough).

Her Royal Highness, President, Save the Children Fund, this afternoon attended a 'Thank You' Reception at KPMG Offices, St James' Square, Manchester, and was rETHER write erroreceived by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Greater Manchester (Colonel John Timmins).

Lady Carew-Pole was in attendance.


18 October: The Princess of Wales, Patron, Tushinkaya Children's Hospital Trust, this evening attended a Reception at the Apothecaries' Hall, Blackfriars Lane, London EC4.

Mrs James Lonsdale and Mr Patrick Jephson were in attendance.

18 October: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, this afternoon visited the London Dyslexia Institute in Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1.

The Hon Mrs Whitehead was in attendance.

18 October: The Duke of Gloucester today visited Cheltenham and was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Gloucestershire (Mr Henry Elwes).

In the morning His Royal Highness opened the new building at Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, The Park Campus, Cheltenham.

In the afternoon The Duke of Gloucester visited Smiths Industries, Bishop's Cleeve, Cheltenham.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.

The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, National Asthma Campaign was present this evening at a Reception held at St James's Palace, London SW1.

Mrs Euan McCorquodale was in attendance.

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.

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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