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15 October: His Excellency the Hon Manuel T. Yan and Mrs Yan were received in farewell audience by The Queen and took leave upon His Excellency relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary form the Philippines to the Court of St James's.

The Governor of Western Australia and Lady Burt were received by Her Majesty.

The Lord Maclay was received by The Queen and delivered up the Insignia of the Order of the Thistle worn by his Uncle, the late Lord Muirshiel KT.

Sir Colin Cole had the honour of being received by Her Majesty upon relinquishing his appointment as Garter Principal King of Arms, and delivered up the Insignia of Office, when The Queen invested him with the Insignia of Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (Civil Division).

Dr Conrad Swan had the honour of being received by Her Majesty when The Queen handed to him the Insignia of Office upon his appointment as Garter Principal King of Arms.

The Queen was entertained at Dinner this evening by His Excellency the High Commissioner for Australia and Mrs Smith at Stoke Lodge, Hyde Park Gate, London SW7.

15 October: The Princess Royal this morning presented the Plain English Campaign's Inside Write Awards at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1.

Her Royal Highness then presented the Radio 4 'In Touch' David Scott Blackhall Award at Broadcasting House, London W1.

The Princess Royal, Master, the Worshipful Company of Loriners, attended the Autumn Court Meeting, followed by Dinner, at Cutlers Hall, Warwick Lane, London EC4.

Mrs Charles Ritchie was in attendance.


15 October: The Princess of Wales, Patron, Help the Aged, this morning visited the Bromley by Bow Volunteering Project, Tower Hamlets, London E1.

Her Royal Highness afterwards opened 'Images of Drugs in Southwark', an Exhibition of local people's art work at the Marquee, Potter's Field, London SE1.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.

15 October: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, today visted Elstree and was received by Mr Timothy Gilligan (Deputy-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire).

Her Royal Highness, Member oft he Court of Assistants of the Haberdashers' Company, this morning visited the Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls and opened the Wiltshire Building.

The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, this afternoon visited the Haberdashers' Aske's School for the Boys and opened the Bourne Building.

The Countess Alexander of Tunis was in attendance.

15 October: The Duke of Gloucester, Patron, the International Visual Communications Association, was present this evening at a reception at the Studios of Limehouse Television, Rupert Street, London W1.

Major Nicolas Barne was in attendance.


15 October: The Duke of Kent today opened Rover Group's new Triaxis Press Line, Swindon, and was met on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for Wiltshire (Field Marshal Sir Roland Gibbs).

This afternoon His Royal Highness opened Avon-Clevite Limited's new premises in Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Captain the Honourable Tom Coke was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent, Deputy, Deputy Colonel-in-Chief, The Adjutant General's Corps, today received Major-General Robin Grist, Director General.


15 October: Princess Alexandra this afternoon visited the House of St Barnabas-in-Soho, Greek Street, London W1.

Her Royal Highness, Patron, subsequently attended a Service of Thanksgiving in Westmainster Abbey to mark the 25th Anniversary of St Christopher's Hospice.

Mrs Peter Afia was in attendance.

Princess Alexandra and Sir Angus Ogilvy this evening attended a Concert in aid of Live Music Now at the Barbican Centre, London EC2.


The Queen visits Northampton. The Princess of Wales attends engagements in Portsmouth to mark her acceptance of the Honorary Freedom of the City. The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children Fund, visits the Save the Children Shop, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire; as Patron, International Rescue Corps, opens the new Headquarters and National Stores, Glory Mill Papers Limited, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire; visits Pangbourne College, Berkshire, in celebration of the College's 75th Anniversary; and opens the Special Baby Care Unit at High Wycombe General Hospital, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Princess Margaret, Patron of Tenovus, attends a Dinner at Lainston House, Sparsholt, Hampshire.

Changing of the Guard

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