Court circular


20 October: By command of The Queen, the Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish (Lord-in-Waiting) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this afternoon upon the Departure of The Duke of Kent for Singapore and bade farewell to His Royal Highness on behalf of Her Majesty.

20 October: The Prince Edward, Patron, Haddo House Hall Arts Trust, this morning attended a Presentation at Mobil North Sea Limited, Mobil Court, 3 Clements Inn, London WC2.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.

His Royal Highness, President, Commonwealth Games Federation, this evening attended a Reception to mark the 1994 United Kingdom Commonwealth Games Appeal launch at St James's Palace.

Mrs Richard Warburton was in attendance.

20 October: The Princess Royal this morning launched HMCC Vincent at Rosyth Royal Dockyard, Rosyth, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for Fife (the Earl of Elgin and Kincardine KT).

Her Royal Highness, President, Save the Children Fund, later visited the Save the Children Fund Shop, 142 St John's Road, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the City of Edinburgh (Mr Norman Irons, the Right Hon the Lord Provost).

The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children Fund, this afternoon visited the Save the Children Shop, 12 Melville Place, Edinburgh.

Her Royal Highness afterwards opened the Scotland Yard Adventure Centre, 70 Eyre Place, Edinburgh.

The Princess Royal, Patron, Citizens Advice Scotland, subsequently visited the Leith Bureau, 166 Great Junction Street, Edinburgh.

Mrs David Bowes-Lyon was in attendance.


20 October: The Princess of Wales received the Right Hon John Major MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury).

Her Royal Highness today visited Manchester and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Greater Manchester (Colonel John Timmins).

The Princess of Wales, Patron, the Guinness Trust, this morning visited the Hulme Project, Eyre Street.

Her Royal Highness, Patron, Turning Point, this afternoon opened the Smithfield Centre, Thompson Street.

The Princess of Wales later opened the Arts, Conference and Exhibition Centre, Bolton School, Bolton.

Mr Patrick Jephson was in attendance.

20 October: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, President, this afternoon visited the Horder Centre for Arthritis at Crowborough, and opened the new Outpatients Suite.

Her Royal Highness was received by Mr Timothy Jones (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex).

The Lady Glenconner was in attendance.

20 October: The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, St Peter's Research Trust, was present at a Gala Evening in aid of the Trust at Fishmongers' Hall, London Bridge, EC4.

Mrs Euan McCorquodale was in attendance.


20 October: The Duke of Kent, Vice- Chairman, the British Overseas Trade Board, today left London Heathrow for Singapore and Malaysia.

Commander Roger Walker, RN was in attendance.


The Prince of Wales, President, King Edward's Hospital Fund for London, hosts a luncheon at St James's Palace. The Princess of Wales, President, Royal Academy of Music, attends a concert at the Academy, London NW1. Prince Edward attends a royal gala performance of Phantom of the Opera in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care at The Opera House, Manchester. The Princess Royal, Colonel- in-Chief, the Royal Logistic Corps, visits 3 and 4 Regiments on pre-op Grapple Training at Abingdon, Oxfordshire; as President, Animal Health Trust, attends a royal film premiere of Homeward Bound: the Incredible Journey, Odeon Leicester Square, London WC2. Princess Margaret visits Harefield Hospital, Harefield, Uxbridge, Middlesex; and as President of the Friends of the Elderly and Gentlefolk's Help, attends a reception and performance of Opera Interludes at Lambeth Palace, London SE1. The Duke of Gloucester launches the Rockingham Forest Trust, Rockingham Castle, Market Harborough, Leicestershire; and opens the new refinery of ABR Foods Limited, Weldon Industrial Estate, Corby, Northamptonshire. The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, Notting Hill Housing Trust, attends a reception to mark the Trust's 30th Anniversary at Kensington Palace, London W8. The Duchess of Kent, Patron, the National Federation of Music Societies, attends the Alfreda Hodgson Memorial Concert at the Wigmore Hall, London W1. Princess Alexandra visits the International Tracing Service of the International Committee of the Red Cross at Arolsen, Germany.

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.