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BUCKINGHAM PALACE

16 October: The Queen arrived at Wellingborough Station this morning and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Northamptonshire (Mr John Lowther).

Her Majesty drove to Weatherbys, was received by the Chairman (Mr Christopher Weatherby) and made a tour of the building.

The Queen then opened the renovated Northampton Guildhall and unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Her Majesty honoured the Mayor of Northampton (Councillor Frank Tero) with her presence at luncheon.

The Queen this afternoon opened the new Northampton High School, unveiled a commemorative plaque and was received by the Chairman of the Governors (Mr J. Corrin).

The Lady Susan Hussey, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

By command of The Queen, the Earl of Aylesford, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands, was present at Birmingham Airport this morning upon the Arrival of The President of the French Republic, and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of Her Majesty.

The Duke of Edinburgh, attended by Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis, arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, this afternoon from Greece.

His Royal Highness, International President of WWF - World Wide Fund for Nature, subsequently chaired an Executive Committee Meeting at Windsor Castle.

The Lord Buxton of Alsa and Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis were in attendance.

16 October: The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children Fund, this morning visited the Fund's shop, High Street, High Wycombe, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire (Commander the Hon John Freemantle RN).

Her Royal Highness then visited the Special Care Baby Unit, Wycombe General Hospital, and was received by Mr John Paterson (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire).

The Princess Royal, Patron, International Rescue Corps, afterwards opened the new Headquarters and National Stores, Glory Mill Papers Limited, Wooburn Green, High Wycombe.

Her Royal Highness subsequently visited Pangbourne College in celebration of its 75th Anniversary, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire (Mr John Henderson).

Mrs Charles Ritchie was in attendance.

KENSINGTON PALACE

16 October: The Princess of Wales today visited Portsmouth and was received by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for Hampshire (Lieutenant Colonel Sir James Scott Bt).

Her Royal Highness this morning received the Honorary Freedom of the City of Portsmouth at the Guildhall.

The Princess of Wales subsequently visited the City Museum, Museum Road.

This afternoon Her Royal Highness visited the Buckingham Green Play Area, Buckland.

Finally, The Princess of Wales visited the Neo-natal Unit, St Mary's Hospital.

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

15 October: The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, National Asthma Campaign, was present this morning at the 10th Asthma Gift Fair at the Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London SW6.

Mrs Michael Wigley was in attendance.

16 October: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Patron, Tenovus, was present this evening at a Dinner to celebrate the Twenty- first Anniversary of the Opening of the Tenovus Research Laboratory, Southampton, held at Lainston House, Sparsholt, Winchester.

Her Royal Highness was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for the County of Hampshire (Lieutenant-Colonel Sir James Scott).

The Lady Glenconner was in attendance.

16 October: The Duke of Gloucester, Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Pioneer Corps was present at the Annual Past and Present Officers' Dinner at Simpson Barracks, Wootton, Northamptonshire.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.

ROYAL

ENGAGEMENTS

The Duke of Edinburgh today re-opens the 2nd Datchet Scout Group Hall, at Datchet, Berkshire. The Duke of York, Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps, tomorrow takes the Salute at the Trafalgar Day Parade, Trafalgar Square, London WC1. The Duchess of Kent, Patron of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, tomorrow attends a concert as part of the 1992 Festival.

Changing of the Guard

TODAY: The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts The Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am. TOMORROW: The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts The Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 10am; 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards mounts The Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Grenadier Guards.

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