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15 August: By command of The Queen, Mr David Gee (Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside) was present at Manchester Airport this morning upon the arrival of The President of the Republic of Haiti and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of Her Majesty.


15 August: Today is the anniversary of the Birthday of The Princess Royal.


16 August: The Queen disembarked from HMY Britannia this morning at Aberdeen and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the City of Aberdeen (Councillor James Wyness, Lord Provost).

The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince Edward also disembarked.

Her Majesty subsequently drove to Balmoral Castle.

Divine Service was held in Crathie Parish Church this morning.

The Reverend Keith Angus preached the sermon.

The Lady Susan Hussey, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes, Wing Commander David Walker RAF and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel- in-Chief of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Militia) and the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, visited Lewes and Newhaven to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid today.

His Royal Highness was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for East Sussex (Admiral Sir Lindsay Bryson).

Wing Commander Christopher Moran RAF was in attendance.


16 August: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was present this morning at a Service held in St Peter's Church, Thurso, to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Scottish Women's Rural Institutes and the 70th Anniversary of the Caithness Federation SWRI.

Ruth, Lady Fermoy and Sir Martin Gilliat were in attendance.


The Princess of Wales, Patron, Turning Point and of the 36th International Congress on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, attends a session of the Congress at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow. The Princess Royal visits Kyle, Portree, Skye, and Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.

Changing of the Guard

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

Bands playing in the Royal Parks

St James's Park, 3pm-4.30pm, 6pm-7.30pm, Household Division Musicians' Association; Regent's Park,3pm-4.30pm, 6pm-7.30pm, London Electricity Redbridge Brass Band; Hyde Park, 3pm-4.30pm, 6pm-7.30pm, Cambridge Band; Greenwich Park, 3pm-4.30pm, 6pm-7.30pm, XBY Concert Band.