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Court Circular


16 July: The President of the European Parliament (Dr Egon Klepsch) was received by The Queen.

Mr Julian Hartland-Swann, (Her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Rangoon) was received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George.

Mrs Hartland-Swann was also received by Her Majesty.

Sir James Adams, Sir Alan Donald, Sir Michael Simpson- Orlebar, Sir Crispin Tickell and Sir John Whitehead were received by The Queen on their retirement from the Diplomatic Service.

Lady Adams, Lady Donald, Lady Simpson-Orlebar, Lady Tickell and Lady Whitehead were also received by The Queen.


16 July: The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief, the Parachute Regiment, received Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Neame on relinquishing command of the Tenth (Volunteer) Battalion, and Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Kershaw on assuming the appointment.

The Princess of Wales this morning opened the St Mungo Community Trust's Patrick House at 17 Rivercourt Road, Hammersmith, London W6.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.

16 July: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, President, the Royal Ballet, was present this morning at a performance by the Royal Ballet School at Holland Park Open Air Theatre.

Mrs Jane Stevens was in attendance.

16 July: The Duchess of Gloucester this evening attended the Final Concert and presented the Awards at the City of London Carl Flesch International Violin Competition, Barbican Centre, London EC2. Mrs Michael Wigley was in attendance.

Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester this afternoon took the Salute at a Performance of the Royal Tournament at Earl's Court, London SW5.

Dame Jean Maxwell-Scott and Major Nicholas Barne were in attendance.


16 July: Princess Alexandra today visited Cumbria and was received by Mr James Cropper (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria).

Her Royal Highness visited the Queen Elizabeth School at Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth.

Princess Alexandra subsequently visited James Cropper plc at Burneside Mills, Kendal.

The Lady Mary Mumford was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness, President of Sight Savers (Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind), was represented by Rear Admiral Sir John Garnier at the Funeral of Sir Edwin Arrowsmith which was held at All Saints Church, Fulham, this afternoon.


The Queen visits Greater Manchester. The Queen Mother visits the Royal School for Deaf Children, Margate, to mark its 200th Anniversary. The Prince of Wales, President, Business in the Community, attends an Employees in the Community Action Training Day Conference at the Allied Dunbar Training Centre, Wanborough, Wiltshire. The Princess of Wales, Patron, the London Symphony Chorus, attends the First Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London SW7. The Duke of Kent, Chancellor, confers Degrees to Graduands and Honorary Graduands, Surrey University, Guildford.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts The Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards mounts The Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Grenadier Guards.

Bands playing in the Royal Parks

St James's Park, Eltham Concert Band, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm.