Court Circular


13 May: The Queen this morning opened the new Chelsea Westminster Hospital and was received by Dr Brian Mawhinney (Minister of State for Department of Health) and the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (Councillor Miss Elizabeth Christmas).

Her Majesty toured the hospital, escorted by the Chairman, North West Thames Health Authority (Sir William Doughty), met staff and patients and subsequently unveiled a commemorative plaque.

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

13 May: The Prince Edward this morning left Heathrow Airport, London, for Spain to attend the inauguration of the Victorian Paintings Exhibition, the Prado, Madrid.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer and Mr Christopher Lloyd were in attendance.

13 May: The Princess Royal, Patron, the Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, this morning attended a Conference for Voluntary Organisations 'Don't Take it as Read', Church House Conference Centre, Dean's Yard, Westminster, London SW1.

Mrs Charles Ritchie was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness this afternoon opened Manchester Airport Railway Station and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Greater Manchester (Colonel Jim Timmins).

The Princess Royal afterwards visited Manchester 2000 Olympic facilities and attended a Reception at KPMG Peat Marwick, St James' Square, and a Dinner at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Midland Hotel.


13 May: The Princess of Wales this evening attended a Gala Charity Concert in aid of the Council for Music in Hospitals, St John's, Smith Square, London SW1.

Mrs Max Pike and Captain Edward Musto RM were in attendance.

13 May: The Duke of Gloucester today visited Leicestershire and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Leicestershire (Mr Timothy Brooks).

In the morning His Royal Highness opened the Leicestershire Record Office, Long Street, Wigston Magna and later visited Wigston Framework Knitters Museum.

In the afternoon The Duke of Gloucester opened the new offices of Blaby District Council, Narborough and afterwards opened Skelton Court Care Home for the Elderly, Ryder Road, Kirby Frith.

Finally His Royal Highness visited the Leicestershire Scout Headquarters on the occasion of their Sixtieth Anniversary, Regent Road, Leicester.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.

The Duchess of Gloucester today visited Royal Air Force Boulmer and was received on arrival in Northumberland by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Northumberland (the Viscount Ridley KG).

Mrs Michael Wigley was in attendance.


13 May: The Duke of Kent, Vice- Chairman, the British Overseas Trade Board this morning visited Hi-Lo Manufacturing Limited, Nathan Way, London SE28, and this afternoon visited Waddington and Duval Limited, Lee Road, Merton, SW19, and Philips Printed Circuits (United Kingdom) Limited, Commerce Way, Croydon, Surrey.

Captain the Honourable Tom Coke was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent, Deputy Colonel-in-Chief, the Royal Dragoon Guards, this afternoon left RAF Northolt for Paderborn, Germany.

Mrs Peter Troughton was in attendance.


The Duke of Kent, President, the Imperial War Museum, visits the American Air Museum in Great Britain at RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire; and later, as Member of the Honourable Artillery Company, dines with the Mess Club, Armoury House, London EC1.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11.30am; 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Welsh Guards.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: HR Manager

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are in need of a HR Manage...

h2 Recruit Ltd: Business Development Manager - HR Consultancy - £65,000 OTE

£35000 - £40000 per annum + £65,000 OTE: h2 Recruit Ltd: London, Birmingham, M...

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair