Court Circular


23 September: By command of The Queen, Sir Ashley Ponsonby Bt (Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Oxfordshire), was present at Royal Air Force Brize Norton this morning upon the Departure of The King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and bade farewell to His Majesty on behalf of Her Majesty.

By command of The Queen, the Viscount Long, Lord-in-Waiting, was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this afternoon upon the departure of the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea and Lady Korowi and bade farewell to Their Excellencies on behalf of Her Majesty.


23 September: The Prince Edward, Trustee, today gave a Lunch for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Buckingham Palace.

23 September: The Princess Royal this morning visited Avon and was received by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for Avon (Sir John Wills Bt).

Her Royal Highness, Visitor, Dorothy House Foundation, visited Dorothy House Foundation Macmillan Service, 164 Bloomfield Road, Bath.

The Princess Royal, Patron, Sense, the National Deaf-Blind and Rubella Association, afterwards visited the Royal National Institute for Deaf People at Poolemead, Bath, and opened the new Recreation Area.

Her Royal Highness this afternoon visited Wiltshire and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Wiltshire (Field Marshal Sir Roland Gibbs).

The Princess Royal, President, Riding for the Disabled Association, visited the Lackham College Group at Lackham Agricultural College, Lacock, and opened the Joint Equestrian Centre.

Her Royal Highness, President, the Rural Housing Trust, afterwards opened the Rural Housing Scheme at Rushall.

Mrs William Nunneley was in attendance.


23 September: The Princess of Wales today visited Cleveland and was received by Major David Walford (Deputy Lieutenant of Cleveland).

Her Royal Highness opened the Cleveland Alzheimer's Residential Centre at Kirkdale, Radcliffe Crescent, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees.

Subsequently, The Princess of Wales opened the Princess of Wales Bridge, Stockton-on-Tees.

Afterwards Her Royal Highness visited the Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology at South Cleveland Hospital, Middlesbrough.

Finally The Princess of Wales opened the new premises of the Green Tyre Company at Riverside Park, Middlesbrough.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.

23 September: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Colonel- in-Chief The Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment) today visited the 1st Battalion at Oakington Barracks, Cambridge.

Her Royal Highness was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for the County of Cambridgeshire (Mr James Crowden).

Mrs Charles Vyvyan and Major The Lord Napier and Ettrick were in attendance.

23 September: The Duke of Gloucester today visited Suffolk and was received by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for Suffolk (Sir Joshua Rowley Bt).

In the morning His Royal Highness visited the site of the former King Edward VI Grammar School, St Michael's Close, Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds.

Afterwards The Duke of Gloucester opened the Unitarian Meeting House, Churchgate Street, and later visited St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

In the afternoon His Royal Highness visited the Long Shop Museum, Leiston, and afterwards opened the Leiston Swimming Pool, Leiston.

In the evening The Duke of Gloucester attended a Concert in aid of the Music Therapy Charity at St James's Palace, London SW1.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.

The Duchess of Gloucester, Honorary Liveryman, the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers, was present this evening at the Annual Banquet at Guildhall, London EC2.

Mrs Euan McCorquodale was in attendance.


23 September: Princess Alexandra this evening attended a Gala Performance of She Stoops to Conquer at Chichester Festival Theatre to celebrate its 30th Anniversary Year and in aid of the United Kingdom Branch of International Social Services.

Her Royal Highness was received by Major-General Sir Philip Ward (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex).

The Lady Mary Mumford was in attendance.


The Princess of Wales, President, the Royal Marsden Hosptal, attends the film premiere of Just Like a Woman at the Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square, London WC2. The Duke of York, Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps, attends a reception on board HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, London SE1. The Princess Royal opens the Waterside Centre, Solihull; visits Philip Harris Medical Limited in celebration of its 175th Anniversary at Hazelwell Lane, Stirchley; re-opens Snow Hill Centre for Shape Housing Association, Birmingham; and, as Patron, Sense, the National Deaf-Blind and Rubella Association, opens the group homes at Selly Oak and Edgbaston. Princess Margaret, Honorary Air Commodore, visits Royal Air Force Coningsby, Lincolnshire. The Duke of Gloucester, Colonel-in- Chief, the Gloucestershire Regiment, receives the Freedom of Northavon on behalf of the Regiment at Thornbury, Avon.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regi ment mounts The Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; 1st Battalion The Kings Regiment mounts The Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the The Kings Regiment.