Court Circular


8 December: The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron and Trustee, today attended Receptions for young people who have reached the Gold Standard in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award at St James's Palace.

Wing Commander Christopher Moran RAF was in attendance.

His Royal Highness and The Prince Edward, Trustee, this evening gave a Reception for the Friends of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Buckingham Palace and later attended a Dinner at the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

Mr Brian McGrath and Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer were in attendance.

The Queen was represented by the Bishop of Chelmsford, Clerk of the Closet, this morning at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Gerald Ellison, formerly Dean of Her Majesty's Chapels Royal, which was held in St Paul's Cathedral, London EC4.

The Duke of Edinburgh was represented by the Dean of Westminster.

8 December: The Princess Royal, President, International Equestrian Federation, this morning received the President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (Dr Primo Nebiolo).

Her Royal Highness, Master, the Worshipful Company of Loriners, this afternoon attended a Trade Liaison Sponsored Committee Meeting at Saddlers Hall, Gutter Lane, London EC2.

The Princess Royal, President, REDR, Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief, afterwards attended the Annual General Meeting at the Institution of Civil Engineers, 1-7 Great George Street, London SW1.

Mrs Andrew Feilden was in attendance.


8 December: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was present this morning at a Reception at Guildhall given by the Corporation of London for the National Federation of Far Eastern Prisoners of War Clubs and Associations.

The Lady Margaret Colville, Sir Martin Gilliat and Captain The Hon Edward Dawson-Damer were in attendance.

Dame Frances Campbell-Preston has succeeded the Lady Margaret Colville as Lady-in-Waiting to Her Majesty.


8 December: The Prince of Wales today visited Liverpool and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Merseyside (Mr Henry Cotton).

His Royal Highness, President, Business in the Community, this morning visited the Homeground Partnership at Ladbroke Building, Mile End, Scotland Road.

The Prince of Wales, President, Business in the Community, later attended a Meeting of the North West Business Leadership Team's Environment Action Group and, as President, The Prince's Youth Business Trust and The Prince's Trust, met young people assisted by The Prince's Youth Business Trust and companies involved in The Prince's Trust Volunteers Programme at St George's Hall, William Brown Street.

His Royal Highness this afternoon visited and opened the Wirral Freeport at Duke Street, Birkenhead.

The Prince of Wales, President, Macmillan Nurse Appeal, afterwards met patients, Macmillan nurses and other staff at Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology, Clatterbridge Road, Bebbington, and later attended a Reception at Eaton Hall, Cheshire.

Mr Hugh Merrill was in attendance.

8 December: Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, President, this morning was present at a Meeting of the Ladies' Guild of the St John Ophthalmic Hospital at 1 Grosvenor Crescent, London SW1.

Dame Jean Maxwell-Scott was in attendance.

Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester was represented by Mrs Harvey this morning at a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Gerald Ellison, formerly Dean of Her Majesty's Chapels Royal, which was held in St Paul's Cathedral, London EC4.


8 December: The Duchess of Kent, Patron, this afternoon attended the 'Not Forgotten' Association's Christmas Party at the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace.

Mrs Julian Tomkins was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness this evening opened the Orangerie Italiana 1992, the International Fair of Italian Art and Antiques at the Accademia Italiana, 24 Rutland Gate, London SW7.

Mrs Peter Wilmot-Sitwell was in attendance.


8 December: Princess Alexandra, Patron of the Mental Health Foundation, was represented by the Lady Mary Mumford at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Major-General CMF Deakin which was held in the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London SW1, today.


The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron and Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, attends a dinner at the Hamilton Suite, London W1. The Queen Mother attends a Musical Evening at St James's Palace given in aid of the Royal United Kingdom Beneficent Association. The Prince of Wales, President, Business in the Community, attends a Conference on Opportunities in Holyhead, at the Ulchedre Centre, Old Convent Site, Holyhead, Anglesey; as Patron, Abbeyfield Society, visits the Abbeyfield SSAFA, Anglesey; as Chairman, as President, The Prince's Youth Business Trust, presents the 250th Bursary Award, at the Holyhead Leisure Centre; and later attends a Reception to mark the 60th Anniversary of the BBC World Service at the Guildhall, London EC4. The Princess of Wales, Patron, Turning Point, visits the Whitley Bay Substance Misuse Project, Marine Avenue, Tyne and Wear; visits Woodlawn School, West Monkseaton; and visits Interconnection Systems Limited, South Shields, Tyne and Wear. The Princess Royal, Patron, Sense, the National Deaf-Blind and Rubella Association, visits the association's shop at Leyton, London E10; visits Castleton House, London E17; and as President, British Knitting and Clothing Export Council, visits Alec Berman and Son, Walthamstow, and visits Drake's, London EC1; as Chancellor, London University, opens the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biochemical Materials, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London E1; and later as President, Save the Children Fund, attends the Festival of Trees Dinner at the Banqueting House, London SW1. Princess Margaret attends a Soiree d'Or in the Britten Theatre at the Royal College of Music, London SW7. The Duke of Gloucester presents the 1992 Annual Awards for Planning Achievement for the Royal Town Planning Institute at Glaziers Hall, London SE1. The Duchess of Gloucester attends a dinner given by the Anglo-Finnish Society and the Finnish-British Trade Guild to mark the 75th Anniversary of Finland's Independence at the London Marriott Hotel, London W1. The Duke of Kent, Vice-Chairman of the British Overseas Trade Board, visits British Aerospace, Warton, Preston and Karrimor International Limited, Accrington, Lancashire; as Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England attends a Dinner at the Preston Masonic Hall; and later, as President of the Business and Technology Education Council, attends a dinner at the Dorchester Hotel, London W1, in honour of Mr TGP Rogers, Chairman. The Duchess of Kent, President, attends a Congregation of Awards Ceremony at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Princess Alexandra opens Waddell Hall, the new hall of residence at St Martin's College, an associated college of Lancaster University; as Chancellor, presides at ceremonies for the conferment of Higher and Honorary Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas at Lancaster University. Prince Michael of Kent attends a luncheon given by Aston Martin Lagonda and presents the FIA Historic GT Championship Trophy at their London showroom, London SW1.

Changing of the Guard

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