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5 August: His Excellency Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Commission as High Commissioner for the Federal Republic of Nigeria in London.

His Excellency was accompanied by the following members of the High Commission:

Professor Ade Adefuye (Deputy High Commissioner), Mr ML Abubakar (Minister), Mr MU Mohammed (Minister Counsellor, Political), Mr AI Imohe (Minister, Consular and Administration), Mr I. Abubakar (Counsellor, Protocol), Wing Commander S. Hedima (Deputy Defence Adviser, Air), Captain MI Idris (Deputy Defence Adviser, Library) and Mr O. Oyawale (Information Attache).

Mrs Abubakar was also received by Her Majesty.

Mr Nigel Broomfield, Deputy Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, was present, and the Household-in- Waiting were in attendance.

The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief, received Lieutenant-General Sir Jeremy Mackenzie (Colonel Commandant of the Adjutant General's Corps) and Major-General Robin Grist (Director General).

The Queen held a Council at 12.40pm.

There were present:

The Right Hon Antony Newton MP (Lord President), the Lord Ackner (Lord of Appeal), the Lord Slynn of Hadley (Lord of Appeal) and the Baroness Chalker of Wallasey (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office).

Mr Geoffrey de Deney was in attendance as Clerk of the Council.


5 August: The Prince of Wales, Patron, Marylebone Centre Trust, this morning received Dr Patrick Pietroni.

The Princess of Wales visited Newcastle upon Tyne today and was received by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear (Sir Ralph Carr-Ellison).

Her Royal Highness this morning visited St Oswald's Hospice, Regent Avenue, Gosforth.

The Princess of Wales, Patron, Relate, this afternoon visited the Relate Centre at Mea House, Ellison Place.

Her Royal Highness, President, Barnardo's, subsequently visited the New Families and Orchard Projects, Jesmond, and the Somervyl Family Centre, Longbenton.

Mrs James Lonsdale and Mr Patrick Jephson were in attendance.