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4 May: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh left Heathrow Airport, London, this morning for the State Visit to Hungary.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness were received at the airport by the Earl of Airlie KT (Lord Chamberlain), Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (Field Marshal the Lord Bramall KG), Mr Jozsef Hajgato (Hungarian Charge d'Affaires) and Mr Michael Roberts (Managing Director, Heathrow Airport).

The following are in attendance: the Baroness Chalker of Wallasey (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Ofice), the Lady Farnham, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes, Major-General Sir Simon Cooper, Mr Robin Janvrin, Mr Charles Anson, Surgeon Captain Norman Blacklock RN, Major James Patrick, Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis and Deputy Assistant Commissioner David Meynell.

4 May: The Princess Royal this morning opened the new factory of Barr and Stroud Limited, Caxton Street, Glasgow, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord- Lieutenant for the City of Glasgow (Mr Robert Innes, the Right Hon the Lord Provost).

Her Royal Highness this afternoon opened the new Headquarters of Britannia Life Limited, 50 Bothwell Street.

The Princess Royal later visited the Gartnavel Royal Hospital in celebration of its 150th Anniversary.

Mrs David Bowes-Lyon was in attendance.


4 May: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was present this afternoon at a Reception given at St James's Palace to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Schoolmistresses' and Governesses' Benevolent Institution.

The Hon Mrs Rhodes and Sir Alastair Aird were in attendance.


4 May: The Prince of Wales visited Welshpool today and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Powys (Mr Mervyn Bourdillon).

His Royal Highness, Patron, Abbeyfield Society, this morning opened the Dorothy Hughes Abbeyfield House.

The Prince of Wales afterwards visited the new canal boat owned by the Heulwen Trust, the Montgomery Canal.

His Royal Highness, President, Business in the Community, this evening gave a Dinner for Business in the Community Wales.

Commander Robert Fraser RN was in attendance.


4 May: The Princess of Wales this morning opened the Westway EPICS (Elderly Persons' Integrated Care Service) Centre, Malton Road, London W10.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.


4 May: The Duke of York, Patron, the UK-Crete Veteran's Association, today received The Right Honourable The Earl Jellicoe, Chairman, and Mr Vincent Williams, Honorary Secretary.

The Duke of Kent, President, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution this afternoon presented the Institution's Annual Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London SE1.

Captain the Honourable Tom Coke was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent, Deputy Colonel-in-Chief the Adjutant General's Corps, this morning received Major-General Robin Grist OBE, Director General.


The Prince of Wales, Chairman, Prince of Wales' Committee, launches an environmental awareness project at Ysgol Gyfun Dyffryn Taf, Whitland, Dyfed; and as President, Macmillan Nurse Appeal, attends a Concert at the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth. The Princess of Wales, Patron, Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, attends the launch of the Report of a King's Fund Working Party at the King's Fund Centre, London NW1. The Princess Royal attends the Annual Luncheon of the Lighting Industry Federation at the Institute of Directors, London SW1; and later, as Under Warden, The Worshipful Company of Woolmen, attends the Court Meeting and Livery Dinner at Painters' Hall, London EC4, and will be installed as Upper Warden. Princess Margaret, President, the Scottish Children's League and the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, attends the Annual General Meeting in the City Chambers, Glasgow. The Duke of Gloucester, President, East Midlands Tourist Board, visits Snibston Discovery Park, Coalville, Leicestershire; opens Denby Pottery Visitors Centre, Denby, Derbyshire; visits Midland Railway Centre, Butterley Station, Ripley; later visits National Tramway Museum, Crich, Matlock and the Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath. The Duchess of Gloucester, Chief Patron, Women Caring Trust, attends a Reception to mark the Trust's 21st Anniversary at the House of Lords, London SW1. The Duke of Kent visits Lady Haig's Poppy Factory, Edinburgh; and as Colonel-in-Chief, the Scots Guards, visits the Second Battalion, Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh. The Duchess of Kent opens the new District General Hospital, Odstock; and visits the Salisbury Macmillan Unit at Salisbury District General Hospital, Odstock, Salisbury, Wiltshire. Princess Alexandra attends a Charity Gala Evening to mark the 75th Anniversary of the British Antique Dealers' Association, in aid of the Macmillan Nurse Appeal, at the Duke of York's Headquarters, London SW3. Prince Michael of Kent, Commodore of the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service, visits the Southampton Unit, Southampton, Hampshire.

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.