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24 September: The National Chairman of the Scottish Women's Rural Institutes (Mrs Marie Mackie) and the Office Bearers of the Institutes were received by The Queen on the occasion of their Seventy-fifth Anniversary.


24 September: The Duke of York, Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps, this evening attended a Reception on board HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, London SE1.

Captain Neil Blair RN was in attendance.

24 September: The Prince Edward today visited Southport and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Merseyside (Mr Henry Cotton).

His Royal Highness visited the Ainsdale Nature Reserve and the Botanic Gardens.

Subsequently The Prince Edward visited Southport Town Hall and was entertained to lunch by the Mayor of Sefton (Councillor Norman Jones).

His Royal Highness this afternoon visited the Southport Arts Centre followed by the Atkinson Art Gallery.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.

24 September: The Princess Royal today visited the West Midlands and was received by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for the West Midlands (the Earl of Aylesford).

Her Royal Highness re-opened Show Hill Centre for Shape Housing Association, 86 Old Snow Hill, Birmingham.

The Princess Royal, Patron, Sense, the National Deaf-blind and Rubella Association, opened Group Homes at 428-430 Gillott Road, Egbaston, and 104 Dawlish Road, Selly Oak.

Her Royal Highness visited Philip Harris Medical Limited at Stirchley, and afterwards opened the Birmingham Business Park in Solihull.

Mrs William Nunneley was in attendance.


24 September: The Princess of Wales this evening attended the film premiere of Just Like a Woman in aid of SOS and as Patron, Royal Marsden Hospital, at the Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square, London WC2.

Mrs James Lonsdale and Captain Edward Musto RM were in attendance.

24 September: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Honorary Air Commodore, today visited Royal Air Force Coningsby, and was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Lincolnshire (Sir Henry Nevile).

Mrs Jane Stevens and Major The Lord Napier and Ettrick were in attendance.

24 September: The Duke of Gloucester, Colonel-in-Chief, the Gloucestershire Regiment, today received the Freedom of the District of Northavon on behalf of the Regiment at Thornbury, Avon.

His Royal Highness was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Avon (Sir John Wills Bt).

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.


The Duke of York attends the Peper Harow Golf Day at Wentworth, Surrey; and later visits Lakefield College School, Ontario, to attend their annual gathering and a board meeting. Prince Edward, Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Special Projects Group, launches the Campaign for City Youth - Tyne and Wear Challenge, at Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne; opens the Newcastle Award Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne; and attends a dinner in support of the Award at the Gosforth Park Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne. The Princess Royal, opens the new Laboratory of the Agricultural and Food Research Council Institute of Food Research, Whiteknights Campus, Reading University, Berkshire; and attends Queen Elizabeth's Foundation Race Day at Ascot, Berkshire. The Duchess of Gloucester, visits the Oxford Rhesus Therapy Unit at the John Radcliffe Maternity Hospital, Headington; as Patron, National Asthma Campaign, visits the Asthma Genetics Laboratory in the Nuffield Department of Medicine at the John Radcliffe Hospital II and later attends the Campaign's Annual Conference Dinner at Christ Church, Oxford. Princess Alexandra opens the new factory of Makita Manufacturing Europe Limited at Hortonwood, Telford, Shropshire; and opens the new St Peter's Church of England Primary School at Bratton, Telford, Shropshire.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts The Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am.