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6 October: The Queen was represented by the Baroness Trumpington, Baroness in Waiting, at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Sir John Barnes, formerly Her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at The Hague, which was held in St Margaret's Church, Westminster, this morning.

6 October: The Princess Royal this morning opened the International Public Works Conference and Exhibition at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Warwickshire (the Viscount Daventry).

Her Royal Highness, President, National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs, afterwards attended a Reception at the Young Farmers' Club Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park.

The Princess Royal, Patron, College of Occupational Therapists, this afternoon attended a Multi-Disciplinary Conference 'Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities' at the Royal Court Hotel, Keresley, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands (the Earl of Aylesford).

Her Royal Highness, President, British Knitting and Clothing Export Council, afterwards visited J and J Cash Limited, Coventry.

Mrs William Nunneley was in attendance.


6 October: The Princess of Wales this morning received the Minister for Overseas Development (the Baroness Chalker of Wallasey) at Kensington Palace.

Her Royal Highness this afternoon visited the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers at 15 St Helen's Place, London EC3, and unveiled a portrait commissioned for HMS Cornwall.

Mr Patrick Jephson was in attendance.

6 October: The Duke of Cornwall, Patron, the King Mahendra UK Trust for Nature Conservation today received Sir Arthur Norman on relinquishing the appointment as Chairman of the Trust and Field Marshal Sir John Chapple on assuming the appointment.

6 October: The Duchess of Gloucester today visited Merseyside and was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Merseyside (Mr Henry Cotton).

Her Royal Highness opened Tower Hill Enterprise Centre, Shevingtons Lane, Kirkby and afterwards visited Grange Court Sheltered Housing Scheme, Grange Road, Wavertree. Later The Duchess of Gloucester opened the new extension at Plantation Junior and Infant School, Hollies Road, Halewood.

Mrs Euan McCorquodale was in attendance.


The Duke of Edinburgh attends the Commissioning Ceremony of the Birkhall Steam Engine, at the Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, Aberdeenshire. The Princess of Wales opens Kevin Ryan Court, Georgetown, Merthyr Tydfil; opens the Continuing Care Centre for the terminally ill at the former Pontypridd Cottage Hospital; and as Patron, The Trust for Sick Children in Wales, opens the Children's Centre at East Glamorgan District Hospital. The Princess Royal, Chancellor, London University, attends the inauguration of the Convex supercomputing service, London University Computer Centre, London WC1; attends the International Projects for Youth-Exchange-Lunch in celebration of its 20th Anniversary at the House of Lords, London SW1; as Patron, British Executive Service Overseas attends the Annual General Meeting, DTI Conference Hall, Kingsgate House, London SW1; and attends the GAP - International Projects for Youth Exchange Lunch, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary at the House of Lords. The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, National Asthma Campaign, meets Branch Members and Volunteers at the Campaign's Headquarters at Providence Place, London N1; and as Patron, the foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (Cot Death Research and Support), attends the first International Cot Death Bazaar in aid of the Foundation at the Commonwealth Institute, London W8.

Changing of the Guard

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