Court Circular


6 May: His Excellency Mr Junus Habibie was received in audience by The Prince of Wales and The Prince Edward, Counsellors of State acting on behalf of 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 Indonesia to the Court of St James's.

His Excellency was accompanied by the following members of the Embassy:

Mr Jack Said Gaffar (Minister Counsellor), Mr Arizal Effendi (Minister Counsellor), Mrs Hendrati Munthe (Counsellor), Mr Karso Popon (Counsellor), Mr Djoko Hardono (First Secretary), Mr Richard Simbolon (First Secretary), Colonel Johny Mandas (Defence Attache) and Mr Sulaeman Sulaeman (Attache).

Mrs Habibie was also received by Their Royal Highnesses.

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 and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by His Excellency Mr John Field (High Commissioner in Colombo) at the State Funeral of His Excellency Mr Ranasinghe Premadasa (President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka) which was held at Independence Square, Colombo, this afternoon.

6 May: The Princess Royal, President of Patrons, Crime Concern, this morning attended the Lessons in Crime Prevention Conference on the role of Secondary Schools in Tackling Crime by and against Young People, the London Hilton, Park Lane, London W1.

Her Royal Highness, Patron, the Cranfield Trust, this afternoon attended a Conference on the Management Problems of Small-Medium Sized Charities, IBM Marketing Centre, 76, Upper Ground, London SE1, and was received by the Mayor of Southwark (Councillor Mrs Mary Ellery).

The Princess Royal, Chancellor, University of London, this evening attended the University of London Union's Honorary Life Membership and Laurels Ceremony, Malet Street, London WC1.

Mrs Andrew Feilden was in attendance.


6 May: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was present this afternoon at a Service in the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans to mark the Re- Hallowing of the Shrine.

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


6 May: The Prince of Wales, President, Royal College of Music, this morning received Mr Leopold de Rothschild.

His Royal Highness, Patron, National Gallery Trust, this evening attended a dinner to mark the re-opening of the Central Hall, the National Gallery, London WC2.

Miss Belinda Harley was in attendance.


6 May: The Princess of Wales today visited Birmingham and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for West Midlands (the Earl of Aylesford).

Her Royal Highness this morning visited a local Drugs Prevention Team Project, Wallace Lawler Centre, Newtown, Aston. The Princess of Wales later opened Victoria Square, Birmingham City Centre.

Her Royal Highness, Patron, the Foundation for Conductive Education, this afternoon attended a Luncheon to celebrate the charity's fifth Anniversary, the Metropole Hotel.

Finally The Princess of Wales opened the Jewish Welfare Board's Old People's Home, Stirchley.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.

6 May: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Patron, this evening attended the Royal Caledonian Ball at Grosvenor House, in aid of the Royal Caledonian Schools.

Mrs Charles Vyvyan was in attendance.

6 May: The Duke of Gloucester presented the 1992 Restoration Awards for the Sand and Gravel Association at a Luncheon at the RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.

The Duchess of Gloucester this morning opened the Design and Technology Centre at Warwick Park School, Peckham Road, London SE15.

Mrs Michael Wigley was in attendance.


6 May: The Duke of Kent, Honorary Air Commodore, this morning visited Royal Air Force Leuchars, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

Captain the Honourable Tom Coke was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent this afternoon attended the Forces Help Society and Lord Roberts Workshops Annual Floral Luncheon at the Savoy Hotel, Savoy Place, London WC2, and was met on arrival by the Lord Mayor of Westminster (Dr Cyril Nemeth).

Mrs Fiona Henderson was in attendance.

The Duke of Kent this evening attended the Inaugural Sir Robert Watson- Watt Lecture and Dinner at the Royal Aeronautical Society, 4 Hamilton Place, London W1.

Captain the Honourable Tom Coke was in attendance.


6 May: Princess Alexandra, President, this afternoon attended the Annual General Court of the Royal Humane Society at Haberdashers' Hall, London EC3.

The Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness, President, this evening attended a Concert in aid of the Royal Star and Garter Home for Disabled Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3.

Mrs Peter Afia was in attendance.


The Princess of Wales, Patron, British Red Cross Youth, attends the launch of the International Red Cross National Headquarters, London SW1. The Princess Royal, President, British Knitting and Clothing Export Council, visits Nylon Hosiery Company Limited, Hinckley, Leicestershire; and as President, Animal Health Trust, opens Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, Waltham Centre, Waltham-on-the-Wolds, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. The Duchess of Kent visits Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children's Hospital; visits the League of Welldoers; and opens the Hillsborough Heart Ward at Walton Hospital, Liverpool, Merseyside.

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 Welsh Guards.

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