Court Circular


19 October: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh left Heathrow Airport, London, this morning in an aircraft of The Queen's Flight for the State Visit to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness were received at the Airport by the Lord Chamberlain (the Earl of Airlie KT), Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (Field Marshal the Lord Bramall KG), Herr Friedrich Kroneck (Charge d'Affaires, Germany Embassy) and the Managing Director of Heathrow Airport (Mr Michael Roberts).

The following are in attendance: the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (the Right Hon Douglas Hurd MP), the Duchess of Grafton, Mrs John Dugdale, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes, Major-General Sir Simon Cooper, Sir Kenneth Scott, Mr Charles Anson, Surgeon Captain Norman Blacklock, Lieutenant-Colonel Blair Stewart-Wilson, Air Commodore the Hon Timothy Elworthy, Mr Brian McGrath and Mr Richard Gozney.


19 October: The Princess of Wales this evening attended the Film Premiere of 1492 - Conquest of Paradise in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and as Patron, RELATE, at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, London WC2.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.


19 October: The Duke of Kent, President of the Royal Television Society, this evening attended a dinner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London W2 at the start of the Society's Autumn Symposium.

Commander Roger Walker RN was in attendance.


19 October: Princess Alexandra this afternoon visited Warwickshire and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Warwickshire (Captain the Viscount Daventry).

Her Royal Highness, Patron of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, opened the rebuilt Kennel Complex at the Breeding Centre at Tollgate House, Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa, and later visited the Midlands Regional Training Centre at Edmondscote Manor, Leamington Spa.


Princess Margaret opens the new Opthalmology Unit at the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital, Coventry; opens the Alvis Retail Park, Coventry; and attends a First Night Gala Performance of Lost in Yonkers at the Richmond Theatre, Richmond, Surrey, in aid of the Richmond Theatre and Help the Aged. The Duchess of Kent attends a reception and concert at Fishmonger's Hall, London EC4, in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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.