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28 October: The Queen held a Council at 11.40am.

There were present:

The Right Hon Antony Newton MP (Lord President), the Right Hon John Patten MP (Secretary of State for Education), the Right Hon Virginia Bottomley MP (Secretary of State for Health), the Right Hon Nicholas Scott MP (Minister of State, Social Security), the Right Hon Bikenibeu Paeniu, the Right Hon Robert Boscawen, the Right Hon Sir Leonard Hoffmann (Lord Justice of Appeal) and the Right Hon Sir Anthony Evans (Lord Justice of Appeal).

The Right Hon Bikenibeu Paeniu, the Right Hon Robert Boscawen, the Right Hon Sir Leonard Hoffmann and the Right Hon Sir Anthony Evans 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 Antony Newton MP had an audience of The Queen before the Council.

His Excellency Professor Sergui Komisarenko was received in audience by Her Majesty and presented his Letters of Credence as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from Ukraine to the Court of St James's.

His Excellency was accompanied by the following members of the Embassy: Dr Mikhailo Bilooussov (Minister Counsellor) and Mr Igor Loguino (First Secretary).

Mrs Komisarenko was also received by The Queen.

Sir David Gillmore (Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) was present and the Household in Waiting were in attendance.

General Sir David Ramsbotham was received by Her Majesty upon relinquishing his appointment as Representative Colonel Commandant of the Royal Green Jackets, and General Sir Edward Jones on assuming the appointment.

The Queen received the Leaders of the Visegrad Group visiting London for the European Community Presidency talks.

The Right Hon John Major MP (President of the European Council) and Monsieur Jacques Delors (President of the European Commission) were present.

Her Majesty, Patron, Queen Mary and Westfield College, this afternoon visited the College, opened the new Arts Building and Library Extension and unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Queen was received by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets (Councillor Kofi Appiah), the Chairman of the Council of the College (Mr Martin Harris) and the Principal of the College (Professor Graham Zellick).

Lady Abel Smith, Mr Robin Janvrin and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

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

The Duke of Edinburgh, patron and Trustee, attended The Duke of Edinburgh's Award General Council in Sheffield today.

His Royal Highness, Honorary Member, the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, this evening attended the Hallamshire Feast.

Wing Commander Christopher Moran RAF was in attendance.

By command of the Queen, the Baroness Trumpington, Baroness- in-Waiting, was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this morning upon the Departure of The Duke of Kent for the United States of America and bade farewell to His Royal Highness on behalf of Her Majesty.

By command of the Queen, the Baroness Trumpington, Baroness- in-Waiting, was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this evening upon the Departure of the Duchess of Kent for Austria and bade farewell to Her Royal Highness on behalf of Her Majesty.

28 October: The Prince Edward, Trustee, today attended the General Council of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

His Royal Highness was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for South Yorkshire (Lieutenant- Colonel Hugh Neill).

Mrs Richard Warburton was in attendance.


28 October: The Prince of Wales today visited Manchester and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Greater Manchester (Colonel John Timmins).

His Royal Highness this morning visited HMS Bronington, Quay West, Trafford Park, Trafford.

The Prince of Wales, President, Business in the Community, subsequently attended an Education Conference on Opportunities through Partnership at Salford College of Further Education, Trafford Road, Ordsall, Salford.

His Royal Highness, President, The Prince's Trust and The Prince's Youth Business Trust, this afternoon met volunteers and grant recipients at Ordsall Library, Ordsall.

The Prince of Wales afterwards visited the 'Provision' Warehouse at Hays Distribution, Barton Dock Road, Trafford Park, Trafford.

Finally, His Royal Highness, President, the Royal College of General Practitioners, visited the Manchester Research Unit, Didsbury, Manchester.

Mr Peter Westmacott and Lieutenant-Commander Robert Fraser RN were in attendance.

His Royal Highness this evening inaugurated The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture at Regent's Park, London NW1.

Mr Peter Westmacott was in attendance.

Finally, his Royal Highness, Patron, Royal Society for Nature Conservation, attended a Gala Dinner for the Society's Eightieth Anniversary at the Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace, London SW1.

Commander Richard Aylard RN was in attendance.

The Princess of Wales, Patron, National Aids Trust, this morning attended a Conference 'Women, Aids and Social Change' at the Commonwealth Institute, Kensington High Street, London W8.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.

28 October: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Colonel-in- Chief Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, this afternoon received Colonel Valerie Smith on relinquishing her appointment as Colonel Commandant of the Corps, and Colonel Diana Anderson on assuming this appointment.

Her Royal Highness, Grand President, St John Ambulance Association and Brigade, this evening attended the 'Gift of Sight' Musical Evening at St James's Palace, in aid of the St John Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem.

Mrs Robin Benson was in attendance.

28 October: The Duke of Gloucester, Honorary Colonel, the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia), today visted the Regiment's Annual Camp at Longmoor Training Camp, Longmoor, Hampshire.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.


29 October: The Duchess of Kent, Patron of Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund, this morning opened The Duchess of Kent House, Dellwood Hospital, Reading and was met on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Berkshire (Mr John Henderson).

Mrs Colin Marsh was in attendance.

The Duke of Kent, Patron of the American Air Museum in Britain Campaign, this morning left Heathrow Airport, London for Los Angeles.

Commander Roger Walker RN is in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent this evening left Heathrow Airport, London, to attended the 'Touch of Britain' Trade Promotion at the Hilton Hotel, Vienna.

Mrs Julian Tomkins is in attendance.


The Queen holds an Investiture. The Prince of Wales attends a concert in aid of the London Oratory Appeal at the Brompton Oratory; and, as Patron, Project Darc Star, Territorial Army Everest Expedition, gives a Reception at Kensington Palace.

Changing of the Guard

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