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11 May: Mr John Harrison was received in audience by The Queen upon his appointment as British High Commissioner to the Republic of Mauritius.

Mrs Harrison was also received by Her Majesty.

The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief, Corps of Royal Engineers, received General Sir George Cooper upon relinquishing his appointment as Chief Royal Engineer and General Sir John Stibbon upon assuming the appointment.

Sir Reginald Palmer was received in audience by The Queen upon his appointment as Governor-General of Grenada when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George.

Lady Palmer was also received by The Queen.

The Governor of Queensland and Mr McDonald were received by Her Majesty.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer was received by The Queen and, as Master of the Royal Mint, presented Her Majesty with a gold Coronation Anniversary Crown.

The Queen, acompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, this afternoon opened the Centenary Exhibitions, the Commonwealth Institute, and was received by the Baroness Chalker of Wallasey (representing the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs - Trustee), the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (Councillor Miss Elizabeth Christmas) and the Director General (Mr Stephen Cox).

Her Majesty unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Queen, with the Duke of Edinburgh, toured the Institute, escorted by the Chairman (Mr Richard Fyjis-Walker) and viewed the exhibitions before attending a Reception.

The Lady Farnham, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

The Prime Minister of Canada and Mrs Mulroney were received by The Queen this afternoon.

The Right Hon John Major MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of Her Majesty this evening.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron and Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and The Prince Edward, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Association, this afternoon attended a Luncheon given by The Duke of Braganca, the Carlton Club, London SW1.

Wing Commander Christopher Moran RAF and Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron and Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, this evening attended a Banquet, Guildhall, London EC2.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis was in attendance.

The Lady Elton has succeeded The Hon Mary Morrison as Lady-in-Waiting to The Queen.

11 May: The Prince Edward, Patron, this evening attended a Dinner in support of The Royal Exchange Theatre Company, the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, London W2.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.

11 May: The Princess Royal, President, Save the Children, this morning held the Inaugural Meeting of Save the Children Fund Seventy Fifth Birthday Appeal Group at Buckingham Palace.

Her Royal Highness, Chancellor, University of London, later opened the Eisai Research Laboratory, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1.

The Princess Royal this afternoon visited the Deanery, Amen Court, London EC4, and was received by the Dean of St Paul's (the Very Reverend Eric Evans).

Her Royal Highness, President, Animal Health Trust, this evening attended the Civil Engineers Dinner, the Dorchester, Park Lane, London W1.

Mrs Charles Ritchie was in attendance.


11 May: The Princess of Wales, Patron, National Aids Trust, this afternoon attended a Luncheon at Claridge's, Brook Street, London W1.

Mr Patrick Jephson was in attendance.

11 May: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon this afternoon visited the Princess Christian Homes of the Forces Help Society and Lord Roberts Workshops at Knaphill, and opened the Lord Roberts Wing.

Her Royal Highness was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Surrey (Mr Richard Thornton).

The Hon Mrs Wills was in attendance.

11 May: The Duke of Gloucester, Honorary Air Commodore, Royal Air Force Odiham this afternoon received the Commanding Officer of Royal Air Force Odiham (Group Captain Christopher Chambers).

The Duchess of Gloucester today visited Derbyshire and was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Derbyshire (Colonel Peter Hilton).

In the morning Her Royal Highness visited Newlands House, Cheshire Home, Netherseal and afterwards visited Fairy Step Shoes Limited, Commerce Street, Melbourne and Dunnicliff Brothers Limited, Shoe Manufacturers, Castle Street, Melbourne.

In the afternoon The Duchess of Gloucester visited Melbourne Parish Church and later visited the National Farmers Union display at Samuel Jackson Growers Limited, Kings Newton.

Mrs Michael Wigley was in attendance.


11 May: The Duke of Kent, President, this morning attended a meeting of the Engineering Council, Maltravers Street, London WC2.

Commander Roger Walker, RN was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent this evening presented the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards for 1992 at the Dorchester Hotel, London SW1.

Mrs Peter Wilmot-Sitwell was in attendance.


The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, attends a Reception at St James's Palace given jointly by the Franco-British Society and Association France-Grande Bretagne. The Duke of Edinburgh, President, The Central Council of Physical Recreation, attends the 1993 Annual General Meeting at Merchant Taylors' Hall, London EC2; presents the 1993 Templeton Prize at Buckingham Palace; and as Patron, the British Athletic Federation, presents the 1992 British Athletic Federation Awards and World Record Plaques at Buckingham Palace. The Princess of Wales visits Bethany, a home for people living with HIV/Aids in Bodmin, Cornwall; opens the new Art and Technology Block at Sir James Smith's School, Camelford, Cornwall; and visits Key Organics Ltd, Camelford, Cornwall. The Princess Royal, Patron, College of Occupational Therapists, attends a One-Day Multidisciplinary Conference 'Health Promotion - an Investment for the Future', St Thomas's Hospital, London SE1; as President, The Rural Housing Trust, attends the launch of the nationwide computer system for all Rural Housing Associations, London SW1; and as Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) attends the Regimental Officers' London Lunch at the Caledonian Club, London SW1. Princess Margaret, President of the Royal Ballet, attends a Gala Performance of Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in aid of the Royal Opera House Trust and the Royal Academy of Dancing. The Duchess of Kent, Patron, opens the International Social Service of the United Kingdom's Spring Fair at Kensington Town Hall, London W8; and later, as President, the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, attends a Gala Dinner for Players at Leeds United Football Club Banqueting Suite, Leeds. Princess Alexandra visits Rome to undertake engagements at the British School at Rome and the Keats- Shelley Memorial House.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard (led by its mounted band) at Horse Guards, 11am; 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Irish Guards.