Court Circular

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

30 April: The President of the Portugese Republic and Senhora Soares, with the Portuguese Suite in attendance, left Buckingham Palace this morning upon the conclusion of the State Visit to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

His Excellency Senor Herran Errazuriz was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Republic of Chile to the Court of St James's.

His Excellency was accompanied by the following members of the Embassy: Senor Lionel del Solar (Minister Counsellor), Rear-Admiral Eduardo Berardi (Naval Attache), Brigadier Jorge Arangua (Military Attache), Colonel Patricio Rios (Air Attache), Senora Carmen Lynam (Minister Counsellor), Senor Jose Luis Balmaceda (Counsellor), Senor Fernando Hafeman (Counsellor, Economic Affairs) and Senora Florencia Varas (Press and Cultural Attache).

Senora Errazuriz 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 Queen held a Council at 11.45am.

There were present: the Lord Mackay of Clashfern (Lord Chancellor), the Right Hon Antony Newton MP (Lord President), the Right Hon Archibald Hamilton MP (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence) and the Right Hon Alastair Goodlad MP (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office).

Nr Nigel Nicholls was in attendance as Clerk of the Council.

The Right Hon Antony Newton MP had an audience of Her Majesty before the Council.

Air Marshal Sir Andrew Wilson was received by The Queen upon relinquishing his appointment as Commander-in-Chief Royal Air Force Germany and upon assuming his appointment as Air Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (the Right Hon Sir Patrick Mayhew MP) was received by The Queen.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Visitor, Royal College of Art, this morning attended the Exhibition 'Portugal in the Opening of the World' at the Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London SW7.

30 April: The Princess Royal, Visitor, this morning visited St Mary's Cathedral Workshop, 28 Manor Place, Edinburgh, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the City of Edinburgh (Mr Norman Irons, the Right Hon the Lord Provost).

Her Royal Highness, President, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, opened the new offices of Ernst and Young, George Street, Edinburgh.

Mrs David Bowes-Lyon was in attendance.

YORK HOUSE

30 April: The Duke and Duchess of Kent this evening attended the Thames Valley Police 25th Anniversary Dinner at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Thame, Oxfordshire.

Mrs Fiona Henderson and Commander Roger Walker RN were in attendance.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

The Duke of York, Patron, today attends the Spring Dinner at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, Liverpool.

Changing of the Guard

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

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