Court Circular

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

28 May: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, today visited Merseyside to commemorate the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.

Her Majesty this morning arrived at Lime Street Railway Station, Liverpool, to join His Royal Highness and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Merseyside (Mr Henry Cotton).

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh drove to Salthouse Quay, were received by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool (Councillor Michael Black), the First Sea Lord (Admiral Sir Benjamin Bathurst), Commander-in-Chief, Naval Home Command (Admiral Sir John Kerr) and Commander-in-Chief, Fleet (Admiral Sir Hugo White) and met veterans associated with the battle of the Atlantic.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness afterwards visited the Merseyside Maritime Museum where The Queen unveiled a commemorative plaque.

After touring the museum and viewing various exhibits, The Queen, with The Duke of Edinburgh, honoured the Chairman, National Museums and Galleries (Sir Leslie Young) with her presence at Luncheon.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness this afternoon visited Liverpool Football Club on the occasion of the club's centenary and were received by the Chairman (Mr David Moores) and the Chief Executive (Mr Peter Robinson).

The Queen, having toured the club with The Duke of Edinburgh, unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness then met representatives of families bereaved by the Hillsborough disaster.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh later visited Bootle Town Hall and were received by the Mayor of Sefton (Councillor Geoffrey Mann).

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness met veterans associated with the Battle of the Atlantic and viewed an exhibition commemorating the battle.

The Queen then unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Duchess of Grafton, Major-General Brian Pennicott, Mr Robin Janvrin, Mr Charles Anson and Lieutenant-Colonel Blair Stewart-Wilson were in attendance.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness gave a Dinner and a Reception on board HMY Britannia this evening.

By command of The Queen, the Baroness Trumpington (Baroness-in-Waiting) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this morning upon the Departure of The President of the Republic of Ireland and Mr Robinson and bade farewell to Her Excellency and Mr Robinson on behalf of Her Majesty.

KENSINGTON PALACE

28 May: The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, AFASIC - Overcoming speech impairments, this morning visited the Nuffield Speech and Language Unit, 6 Castlebar Hill, London W5.

Mrs Euan McCorquodale was in attendance.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

The Prince of Wales attends a Massed Bands concert to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic at Goodison Park, Liverpool. The Duke of Kent, President of the Governors, Wellington College, attends the Annual Speech Day at Crowthorne, Berkshire.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 4pm; 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am.

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