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BUCKINGHAM PALACE

12 May: General Sir Brian Kenny was received by The Queen upon relinquishing his appointment as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

His Excellencey Senor Juan Enrique Fischer was received in audience by Her Majesty and presented his Letters of Credence as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Oriental Republic of Uruguay to the Court of St James's.

His Excellency was accompanied by the following members of the Embassy: Dr Hector Ricardo Vadavatti (Minister Counsellor), Captain Julian Valdez (Naval Attache), Colonal Omar Porciuncula (Military Attache), Dr Jorge Jure (First Secretary) and Dr Alvaro Pacheco (Second Secretary).

Senora de Fischer was also received by The Queen.

Mr Anthony Figgis (Assistant Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) was present and the Household-in-Waiting were in attendance.

Mr Patrick Morgan (Her Majesty's Ambassador at Tegucigalpa) was received by the Queen.

Mrs Morgan was also received by Her Majesty.

The Queen held a Council at 12.40pm.

There were present: the Right Hon Antony Newton MP (Lord President), the Right Hon Michael Portillo MP (Chief Secretary to the Treasury), the Right Hon Sir Nicholas Lyell MP (Attorney General) and the Right Hon Douglas Hogg MP (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office).

The Right Hon Thomas Gault, the Right Hon Edward Zacca and Sir Peter Gibson were sworn in as members of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.

Mr 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.

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, this evening attended a Reception given jointly by the Franco-British Society and the Association France-Grande Bretagne at St James's Palace and was received by the Marquess of Lansdowne (President, the Franco-British Society), Monsieur Jacques Viot (Ambassadeur de France, President de l'Association France-Grande Bretagne) and Sir Reginald Hibbert (Chairman, the Franco-British Society).

The Lady Farnham, Mr Robin Janvrin and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh, President, the Central Council of Physical Recreation, this morning chaired the 1993 Annual General Meeting and afterwards attended a Luncheon, Merchant Taylors' Hall, London EC2.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis was in attendance.

His Royal Highness, this afternoon presented the 1993 Templeton Prize at Buckingham Palace.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, the British Athletic Federation, later presented the 1992 British Athletic Federation Awards and World Record Plaque at Buckingham Palace.

12 May: The Princess Royal, Patron, College of Occupational Therapists, this morning attended the Multi-disciplinary Conference 'Health Promotion - an Investment for the Future', St Thomas's Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1.

Her Royal Highness, Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment), accompanied by Commander Timothy Laurence RN, attended the Regimental Officers' London Luncheon, Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1.

The Princess Royal, President, the Rural Housing Trust, this afternoon attended the launch of the nationwide computer system for all Rural Housing Associations, Hobart House, 40 Grosvenor Place, London SW1.

Mrs Charles Ritchie was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness, President, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, accompanied by Commander Timothy Laurence RN, this evening attended a Dinner for Corporate Members, Guildhall, London EC2.

KENSINGTON PALACE

12 May: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, President, The Royal Ballet, was present this evening at 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.

Mrs Jane Stevens was in attendance.

12 May: The Princess of Wales today visited Cornwall and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant (the Viscount Falmouth).

Her Royal Highness, Patron, National Aids Trust, this morning visited Bethany, a home for people living with HIV/Aids, St Mary's Road, Bodmin.

The Princess of Wales this afternoon opened The Princess of Wales Design Centre, Sir James Smith's School, Camelford.

Her Royal Highness later visited Key Organics Limited, Camelford.

Mr Patrick Jephson was in attendance.

ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

The Queen opens the new Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. The Princess of Wales attends a Gala Charity Concert in aid of the Council for Music in Hospitals at St John's, Smith Square, London SW1. The Princess Royal, Patron, the Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, attends the Voluntary Organisation's Conference, Church House Conference Centre, London SW1; visits the Olympic Centre and Olympic Park in Manchester; and opens Manchester Airport Railway Station. Prince Edward attends the inauguration of the Victorian Paintings Exhibition at the Prado, Madrid, Spain. The Duke of Gloucester opens Leicestershire Record Office, Wigston Magna, and later visits Wigston Framework Knitters Museum; opens an extension to Blaby District Council Offices, Narborough; opens Skelton Court Care Home for the Elderly, Kirby Frith; and later visits Leicestershire Scout Headquarters, Leicester. The Duchess of Gloucester visits Royal Air Force Boulmer, Northumberland. The Duke of Kent, Vice-Chairman, the British Overseas Trade board, visits Hi-Lo Manufacturing Limited, London SE28; visits Waddington and Duval Limited, Lee Road, Merton, London SW19; and visits Philips Printed Circuits (UK) Limited, Croydon, Surrey.

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 Irish Guards.

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