Court Circular


16 December: His Excellency Mr Cecil Pilgrim and Mrs Pilgrim were received in farewell audience by The Queen and took leave upon His Excellency relinquishing his appointment as High Commissioner for the Co-operative Republic of Guyana in London.

Field Marshal Sir Richard Vincent was received by Her Majesty upon relinquishing his appointment as Chief of the Defence Staff.

His Excellency Dato Kamarudin was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Commission as High Commissioner for Malaysia in


His Excellency was accompanied by the following members of the High Commission: Haji Salim Hashim (Deputy High Commissioner); Mr Bahar Ahmad (Senior Trade Commissioner); Haji Abdul Rahman Kasbon (Counsellor, Education); Mr R. Karunakaran (Trade Commissioner, Investment); Colonel Saidi Zakaria (Defence Adviser); Mr Aznan Mat Piah (Counsellor, Information); Mr Nazir Ahmad (Immigration Attache) and Mr Suhaini Abdullah (Second Secretary, Political).

Datin Jamayiah Kamarudin was also received by Her Majesty.

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

The Lord Westbury was received by The Queen today and presented a sculpture by Mrs Patti Hurlbert on behalf of the Order of St John to mark Her Majesty's Fortieth Anniversary.

Mrs Hurlbert was also received by The Queen.

Sir Stephen Egerton, Mr Michael Newington and Sir Roger Tomkys were received by Her Majesty on their retirement from the Diplomatic Service.

Lady Egerton, Mrs Newington and Lady Tomkys were also received by The Queen.

The Queen, Patron, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, this evening attended the Royal Film Performance of Chaplin in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund at the Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square, London WC2.

The Lady Farnham, Mr Robin Janvrin, Mr John Haslam and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh attended a Lunch given by the Colonel and Officers of 7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles at St James's Palace.

16 December: The Prince Edward, Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, today gave a lunch in Buckingham Palace.

16 December: The Duke of York arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, this evening from Germany.

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

16 December: The Princess Royal, Past Master, the Worshipful Company of Farriers, this morning attended a Court Meeting and Luncheon, Innholders Hall, College Street, London EC4.

Mrs Richard Carew Pole was in attendance.


16 December: The Prince of Wales, President, Royal Agricultural College, this morning received Professor Jones at St James's Palace.

His Royal Highness, Patron, Abbeyfield Society, this afternoon received Mr Leslie Brazier (National Chairman) and Mr Foster Murphy (Chief Executive) at Kensington Palace.

The Princess of Wales, Patron, London Symphony Chorus, this evening attended a Concert at the Barbican Centre, London EC2.

Viscountess Campden and Captain Edward Musto RM were in attendance.

16 December: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon was present this evening at a Carol Concert held at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, in aid of Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund.

Lady Aird was in attendance.


16 December: The Duke of Kent, President, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, this morning attended the 75th Anniversary Meeting of the Commission at 2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Commander Roger Walker RN was in attendance.

The Duke of Kent, President, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club Wimbledon, this afternoon received the Chairman, Mr John Curry and the Chief Executive, Mr Christopher Gorringe.


16 December: Princess Alexandra and the Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy this evening attended the Olympia International Show Jumping Championships at Olympia, London W14.

Mrs Peter Afia was in attendance.


The Prince of Wales attends the Age Resource Awards Ceremony and Reception to mark the UK Celebrations of the European Year of Older People and Solidarity Between Generations 1993, in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London SW1. The Duke of York, Colonel- in-Chief of the Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's) attends a Gulf Medal Presentation Parade at Chester Castle, Chester; and opens the new extension to Macclesfield Town Hall, Cheshire. The Prince Edward, Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Special Projects Group, attends the Pacific Asia Travel Association United Kingdom Chapter's Christmas Lunch in support of the Pegasus Project of the Award, London Marriott Hotel, W1. The Princess Royal, President, British Knitting and Clothing Export Council visits Gabicci plc, London NW2; visits Link-Up, The Edge Business Centre, London NW2; and as Patron, the British Institute of Sports Coaches Limited, presents the United Kingdom Coach of the Year Awards at the Cafe Royal, London W1. The Duchess of Kent attends the Annual Christmas Celebration at Westminster Cathedral, London SW1. Princess Michael of Kent attends the Christmas Party of The Worshipful Company of Weavers at the Almshouses, Wanstead, Essex; and attends the London Fire Brigade Annual Service of Carols at St Paul's Cathedral, London EC4.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Grenadier Guards.