Court Circular


3 December: The Queen today visited Oxford and was received at Oxford Railway Station by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Oxfordshire (Sir Ashley Ponsonby Bt).

Her Majesty drove to Christ Church Cathedral and, having been received by the Lord Mayor of Oxford (Councillor Mrs Roy Gatehouse), the Bishop of Oxford (the Right Reverend Richard Harries) and the Very Reverend John Drury (Dean of Christ Church), attended a Service of Thanksgiving for the 450th Anniversary of the Diocese.

The Queen later honoured the College with her presence at Luncheon.

Her Majesty this afternoon made a tour of the Oxfam Shop, Oxfam House, Milford House and Kirkley House in Summertown on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Oxfam and was escorted by the Director (Dr David Bryer).

The Queen unveiled a Commemorative Plaque at Kirkley House.

Subsequently, Her Majesty visited the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Clinical Oncology Unit at Churchill Hospital and was received by the Chairman of Oxfordshire Health Authority (Dr Peter Iredale), the Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy (President of the Fund) and Sir Walter Bodmer (Director-General).

The Queen, escorted by Professor Adrian Harris (Head of Unit), toured the Unit and unveiled a Commemorative Plaque.

Mrs John Dugdale, Major Sir Shane Blewitt, Mr Robin Janvrin and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Trustee, this morning attended a Trustees' Meeting and Lunch at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

His Royal Highness, Baron Greenwich of Greenwich, this afternoon planted a tree in Greenwich Park, London SE10.

Mr Brian McGrath was in attendance.

By Command of The Queen, the Viscount St Davids, Lord-in-Waiting, was present at Royal Air Force Northolt this evening upon the Departure of The President of the Italian Republic and bade farewell to His Excellency on behalf of Her Majesty.

3 December: The Princess Royal this morning re-opened the Wellcome Trust Building, 183 Euston Road, London NW1.

Mrs Malcolm Innes was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness, Patron, the British School of Osteopathy, this afternoon attended the Annual Degree Awards Ceremony at St Martin-in-the-Fields (Councillor Dr Cyril Nemeth).

The Princess Royal, Patron, the British School's 75th Anniversary Graduation Reception at St James's Palace.

Mrs Charles Ritchie was in attendance.


3 December: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, a Master of the Middle Temple, was pleased to dine with her fellow Benchers at the Middle Temple this evening.

The Lady Grimthorpe and Sir Alastair Aird were in attendance.


3 December: The Prince of Wales this afternoon left from Royal Air Force Northolt for a visit to France.

His Royal Highness this evening attended a Dinner for participants in the Anglo-French Colloquium at Versailles.

Mr Peter Westmacott is in attendance.

The Princess of Wales, Patron, English National Ballet and the Foundation for Conductive Education, this evening attended the Nutcracker Ball at the Durbar Court, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London SW1.

Viscountess Campden and Mr Patrick Jephson were in attendance.

3 December: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, President, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, this afternoon opened TF Agnes House, the West Merseyside Child Protection Team's building in Wavertree, Liverpool.

Her Royal Highness was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Merseyside (Mr Henry Cotton).

The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon was present this evening at a gala performance of Les Miserables held at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, in aid of Body Positive North West.

Her Royal Highness was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Greater Manchester (Colonel John Timmins).

Mrs Jane Stevens was in attendance.

3 Decemeber: The Duchess of Gloucester today opened the 10th Army Conference of the Federation of Army Wives (UKLF) at the Churchill Hall, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and was received on arrival by Mrs Naomi Robinson (Deputy-Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire).

Mrs Howard Page was in attendance.


3 December: The Duchess of Kent, Patron of Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund, this evening attended the Anglo-Israel Dinner in aid of the training of overseas nurses in palliative cancer care, at Guildhall, London EC1.

Mrs Julian Tomkins was in attendance.


3 December: Princess Alexandra, Colonel-in-Chief, this evening attended the Annual Dinner of the Officers of the 17th/21st Lancers at the Cavalry and Guards Club, Piccadilly, London W1.

The Lady Mary Mumford was in attendance.


The Prince of Wales is admitted to the Academie des Sciences Morales et Politiques at the Institut de France, Paris. The Duke of Kent, Chancellor of Surrey University, presides at Guildford Cathedral over Ceremonies for the Conferment of Degrees; and later attends a dinner for honorary graduates at the university.

Changing of the Guard

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