Court Circular


3 October: By command of The Queen, the Baroness Trumpington, Baroness-in-Waiting, was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this morning upon the Departure of The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, for the United States of America, and bade farewell to Her Royal Highness on behalf of Her Majesty.

4 October: Divine Service was held in Crathie Parish Church this morning.

The Reverend Keith Angus preached the sermon.


3 October: The Duke of York, Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps, this morning commissioned the Headquarters of TS Weston, Sunnyside Road North, Weston- super-Mare, Avon, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for Avon (Sir John Wills Bt).

His Royal Highness this afternoon opened the Mental Health Unit of Weston-super-Mare General Hospital.

Captain Rupert Maitland- Titterton was in attendance.


4 October: The Princess of Wales, Patron, National Aids Trust, attended a Gala Performance of classical ballet at the Royalty Theatre, Kingsway, London WC2.

Miss Alexandra Loyd and Captain Edward Musto RM were in attendance.

3 October: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon left Heathrow Airport, London, this morning for a visit to the United States of America.

Her Royal Highness was received at the Airport by Sir Donald Logan (Special Representative of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Mr Kenneth Wylie (Special Facilities Officer, Heathrow Airport Limited) and Miss Valerie Scoular (General Manager, Ground Operations London, British Airways).

The Hon Mrs Whitehead and Major The Lord Napier and Ettrick were in attendance.


3 October: The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were present this evening at the 25th Anniversary Ball of the Aga Khan Foundation (UK), Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London W1.

Mrs Euan McCorquodale and Major Nicholas Barnes were in attendance.



The Princess of Wales attends the launch of the Joint Council for Anglo Caribbean Churches Drug and Alcoholic Abuse Project at Railton Road Methodist Church, London SE24. The Princess Royal visits Napier University, Edinburgh; visits Douglas House, Edinburgh; visits Scottish Nuclear Limited's AGR Nuclear Power Station, Torness; as Patron, College of Occupational Therapists, holds a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to mark the Diamond Jubilee Year for Occupational Therapy; and later, as Fellow, Royal Scottish Geographical Society, attends the Society's Annual Dinner,Edinburgh. The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, National Listening Library, attends the Annual General Meeting at Draper's Hall, London EC2. The Duke of Kent, Vice-Chairman of the British Overseas Trade Board, visits the British Footwear Fair at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham; visits MEM Company Limited, Tyseley, Birmingham, and JE Meath Limited, Burslem, Stoke on Trent. The Duchess of Kent, Patron, visits the Christie Hospital, Manchester, and opens the National Library for the Blind, Bredbury, Stockport.

Changing of the Guard

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