Court Circular

Buckingham Palace

13 October: The Right Hon David Mellor MP was received in audience by The Queen on the relinquishment of his appointment as Secretary of State for National Heritage.

His Excellency Major-General Bharat Kesher Simha and Madame Simha were received in farewell audience by Her Majesty and took leave upon His Excellency relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from Nepal to the Court of St James's.

The Queen held a Council at 12 noon.

There were present:

The Right Hon Anthony Newton MP (Lord President), the Earl Ferrers (Minister of State, Home Office), the Right Hon Michael Howard MP (Secretary of State for the Environment), the Right Hon Sir Simon Brown (Lord Justice of Appeal), the Right Hon Sir David Hirst (Lord Justice of Appeal), and the Right Hon Sir Christopher Rose (Lord Justice of Appeal).

The Right Hon Peter Brooke MP received the Seals of Office as Secretary of State for National Heritage, took the Oath of Office and kissed hands on appointment.

The Right Hon Sir Simon Brown (Lord Justice of Appeal), the Right Hon Sir David Hirst (Lord Justice of Appeal) and the Right Hon Sir Christopher Rose (Lord Justice of Appeal), having been previously appointed Members of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, took the necessary Oaths.

Sir Geoffrey de Deney was in attendance as Clerk of the Council.

The Right Hon Anthony Newton MP (Lord President) had an audience of The Queen before the Council.

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and Mrs Towers had the honour of being received by Her Majesty.

Mr Edward Bewshear had the honour of being received by The Queen this morning, when Her Majesty decorated him with the Royal Victorian Medal (Silver).

The Right Hon John Major MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of The Queen this evening.

The Lady Susan Hussey has succeeded Mrs Robert de Pass as Lady- in-Waiting to Her Majesty.

The Duke of Edinburgh, International President of WWF - World Wide Fund for Nature, left Royal Air Force Marham this morning for Greece.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis is in attendance.

13 October: The Princess Royal, Colonel-in-Chief, the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, this morning received Brigadier Patrick Hargrave on relinquishment of his appointment as Colonel of the Regiment, and Brigadier Ronald Silk upon assuming the appointment.

Her Royal Highness, Chancellor, University of London, subsequently opened the Randall Institute, 26-29 Drury Lane, London WC2, and was received by the Right Hon the Lord Mayor of Westminster (Dr Cyril Nemeth).

The Princess Royal, President, Animal Health Trust, afterwards attended the 1992 Equestrian Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London W1, and was received by the Chairman of the Trust (the Lord Fairhaven).

Her Royal Highness, Patron, the Butler Trust, subsequently attended a Symposium at HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs, Du Cane Road, London W12 and was received by the Chairman of the Trust (the Right Hon Lord Justice Woolf).

The Princess Royal, Patron, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, this evening attended a performance of Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Barbican, London EC2.

Mrs Charles Ritchie was in attendance.

KENSINGTON PALACE

13 October: The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, this morning received the Secretary of the Duchy of Cornwall (Mr David Landale).

His Royal Highness this evening attended a Dinner for the Working Group of Innovation, chaired by Sir John Fairclough, at the Murrayshall Country House Hotel, Perth.

Mr Hugh Merrill was in attendance.

The Princess of Wales, Patron, Relate, attended a Morning Conference at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE1.

Mr Patrick Jephson was in attendance.

13 October: The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester this evening arrived at Heathrow Airport at the conclusion of Their Royal Highnesses's visit to Belgium.

Mrs Howard Page and Major Nicholas Barne were in attendance.

YORK HOUSE

13 October: The Duke of Kent, President of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, this morning visited Longhope Lifeboat Station and Stromness Lifeboat Station, Orkney.

This afternoon His Royal Highness visited Wick Lifeboat Station and was met on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Caithness (The Viscount Thurso) and later visited Thurso Lifeboat Station.

Captain the Honourable Tom Coke was in attendance.

THATCHED HOUSE LODGE

13 October: Princess Alexandra this afternoon opened the Science and Technology Centre, Ibstock Place, the Froebel School, Clarence Lane, Roehampton, London SW15.

The Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox was in attendance.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

The Queen attends a Service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of E1 Alamein; and attends a Reception to mark the fortieth Anniversary of the Leonard Cheshire Foundation and the 75th birthday of Lord Cheshire at St James's Palace. The Prince and The Princess of Wales attend the Service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein. The Princess of Wales attends a Gala Performance of Radio Times in aid of Help the Hospices. The Duke of York, Patron of Fight for Sight, opens the new Institute of Ophthalmology in Bath Street, London EC1; and attends the 1992 National Service for Seafarers in St Paul's Cathedral, London EC4. The Princess Royal, Patron, the Home Farm Trust, delivers the keynote address at a Conference 'Learning from Experience' at Church House, Westminster, London SW1; as President, Save the Children Fund, holds a Meeting of the Save the Children Fund Industry and Commerce Group at , and holds a Reception at for Save the Children Corporate Members. Princess Margaret, Colonel-in-Chief, attends the annual Cocktail Party of Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, in the Great Hall of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3. The Duke of Kent, President of the Cavalry and Guards Club, attends a Committee Dinner at the Club, 127 Piccadilly, London W1. The Duchess of Kent, opens the Radiology Unit, Nottingham City Hospital; launches the Nottinghamshire Bereavement Trust and attends a Fashion Show by employees of Remploy; and attends a Gala Concert at the Barbican in aid of 'Cities in Schools'. Princess Michael of Kent launches the BP Oil UK 'Living with Traffic Going International' as part of the 'Living with Traffic' initiative at Britannic Tower, London EC2.

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 , 11.30am, band provided by the Irish Guards.

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