COURT CIRCULAR

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

15 December: The Queen held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this morning.

Mr Marcus Bishop was received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.

Mr Michael Tims was received by The Queen upon relinquishing his appointment as Assistant to the Master of the Household 'G' Branch, when Her Majesty conferred upon him the honour of Knighthood and invested him with the Insignia of a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

His Excellency Senor Don Felipe de la Morena and Senora de la Morena were received in farewell audience by The Queen and took leave upon His Excellency relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from Spain to the Court of St James's.

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

The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, British Athletic Federation, this morning presented Awards and World Record Plaques at Buckingham Palace.

His Royal Highness, Patron and Trustee, later 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.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron and Trustee, gave a Lunch and took the chair at a Meeting of the International Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Buckingham Palace.

His Royal Highness, Patron and Trustee, and The Prince Edward, Trustee and Chairman, the International Council, attended a Reception and Dinner for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award World Fellowship at St James's Palace.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis was in attendance.

The Lady Susan Hussey has succeeded the Hon Mary Morrison as Lady-in-Waiting to The Queen.

15 December: The Duke of York left Royal Air Force Northolt this morning for Germany to visit the families of those soldiers serving in Bosnia and Croatia.

Captain Neil Blair RN and Captain Rupert Maitland- Titterton are in attendance.

15 December: The Princess Royal, Patron, National Association of Victims Support Schemes, this afternoon attended the sixth Meeting or the Victim Support Advisory Board, Church House, Westminster, London SW1.

Her Royal Highness this evening visited Canning House, 2 Belgrave Square, London SW1.

Mrs Timothy Holderness- Roddam was in attendance.

KENSINGTON PALACE

15 December: The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief, Army Air Corps, today visited Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire.

Lieutenant-Commander Robert Fraser RN was in attendance.

His Royal Highness, President, Business in the Community, this evening attended the Annual Meeting and Reception of the Per Cent Club at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London SW1.

Mr Hugh Merrill was in attendance.

The Princess of Wales, Patron, Turning Point, this morning attended a Conference, 'The Voluntary Sector: the 1990s and Beyond', at Merchant Taylors' Hall, London EC2.

Mr Patrick Jephson was in attendance.

YORK HOUSE

15 December: The Duchess of Kent, Patron, the Spastics Society, and Patron, Unicef UK, this evening attended the Joy to the World Celebration of Christmas Concert in aid of the Leukaemia Research Fund, the Royal Marsden Cancer Appeal, the Spastics Society and Unicef at the Royal Albert Hall, London SW7.

Mrs Peter Wilmot-Sitwell was in attendance.

THATCHED HOUSE LODGE

15 December: Princess Alexandra, Patron, this afternoon visited St Christopher's Hospice, 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham, London SE26.

The Lady Mary Mumford was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness, Patron, accompanied by the Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy this evening attended a performance of the Messiah, arranged by Crisis in aid of homeless people, at Central Hall, Westminster, London SW1.

The Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox was in attendance.

ROYAL

ENGAGEMENTS

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attend the Royal Film Performance of Chaplin in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London WC2. The Princess of Wales, Patron of the London Symphony Chorus, attends a concert at the Barbican Centre, London EC2. The Princess Royal, Past Master, the Worshipful Company of Farriers, attends a Court Meeting at Innholders' Hall, London EC4. Princess Margaret attends a Carol Concert at the Guards Chapel, London SW1, in aid of the Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund. Princess Alexandra attends the Christmas Show of the Olympia International Show Jumping Championships at Olympia, London W14. The Duke of Kent, President of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, attends the 75th Anniversary Meeting of the Commission at 2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Changing of the Guard

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

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