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10 May: The Duke of Edinburgh this evening attended the Annual Banquet given by the Wine and Spirit Trades' Benevolent Society, Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

Mr Brian McGrath was in attendance.

10 May: The Princess Royal today visited Staffordshire and was received by Colonel Walter James (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire).

Her Royal Highness, President, the Rural Housing Trust, this morning opened Harpur-Crewe Cottages, Top of Hope, Alstonefield, and attended a Reception at Alstonefield Village Hall.

The Princess Royal later opened Almshouse Croft, Bradley, and re-opened Bradley Village Hall.

Mrs Charles Ritchie was in attendance.

The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children Fund, this evening gave a Reception for members of the Young Presidents' Organisation at Buckingham Palace.


10 May: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was present at a Reception at the Imperial War Museum given to mark the 50th Anniversary of the formation of Royal Air Force 617 (Dambusters) Squadron.

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


10 May: The Prince of Wales left Royal Air Force Lyneham this morning for a visit to Rome. His Royal Highness attended a Luncheon given by President Scalfaro.

The Prince of Wales, Founder and President, The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, this afternoon visited Villa Caprarola.

Mr Stephen Lamport was in attendance.


10 May: The Princess of Wales, President, Hospital for Sick Children, this morning visited the hospital, Great Ormond Street, London WC1.

Mr Patrick Jephson was in attendance.

10 May: The Duke of Gloucester today visited Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire (Mr James Crowden) and for Northamptonshire (Mr John Lowther).

His Royal Highness opened the new buildings at Hinchingbrooke School, Brampton Road, Huntingdon, and later opened the European Information Bureau at the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Thorpe Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

Afterwards The Duke of Gloucester opened the Green Lane Clinic, Thrapston and later was present at a Reception to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of Ecton House, Ecton Lane, Sywell, Northamptonshire.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.


10 May: The Duke of Kent this afternoon visited and planted a commemorative tree at the offices of the South Oxfordshire District Council, Crowmarsh, Wallingford, Oxfordshire and was met on arrival by Mr Charles Parker (Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire).

Commander Roger Walker RN was in attendance.


The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, opens the Centenary Exhibitions of the Commonwealth Institute, London W8. The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron and Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, attends a dinner at Guildhall, London EC2. The Princess of Wales, Patron, National Aids Trust, attends a lunch at Claridge's, London W1. Prince Edward, Patron, The Royal Exchange Theatre Company, attends a dinner in support of the theatre, the Serpentine Gallery, London W2. The Princess Royal, Chancellor, London University, opens the new building for the Eisai Research Laboratory, University College London, London WC1; visits the Deanery, London EC4; and as President, Animal Health Trust, attends the Civil Engineers Dinner, Dorchester Hotel Penthouse, London W1. Princess Margaret opens the Lord Roberts Wing at the Princess Christian Homes of the Forces Help Society and Lord Roberts Workshops, Knaphill, Surrey. The Duchess of Gloucester visits Newlands House Cheshire Home, Netherseal, Derbyshire; visits Fairy Step Shoes Ltd, and Dunnicliffe Brothers, shoe manufacturers, Melbourne; visits the Community Fair at Melbourne Parish Church; and later visits the National Farmers Union display at Samuel Jackson Growers Ltd, Kings Newton, Derbyshire. The Duke of Kent, President, the Engineering Council, attends a meeting of the Engineering Council, London WC2. The Duchess of Kent presents the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, Dorchester Hotel, London W1.

Changing of the Guard

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