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17 May: The Right Hon John Major MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of The Queen this evening.

17 May: The Prince Edward, President, this afternoon attended the Inaugural Lunch of the Lord's Taverners Middlesex Region, the Hyatt Carlton Tower Hotel, Cadogan Place, London SW1.

His Royal Highness this evening attended the Final of the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Masters, Queen's Club, Palliser Road, London W14.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.


17 May: The Prince of Wales left Royal Air Force Lyneham this morning for a visit to the Republic of Poland.

Mr Stephen Lamport, Commander Robert Fraser RN and Mr Richard Arbiter were in attendance.


17 May: The Princess of Wales, Honorary Freeman of the Grocers' Company, this afternoon attended a Luncheon with the Court, Grocers' Hall, London EC2.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.

17 May: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon this afternoon visited Oldham and was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Greater Manchester (Colonel John Timmins).

Her Royal Highness visited the Lyceum Music Centre in Union Street, Oldham.

Mrs Jane Stevens was in attendance.


17 May: The Duke of Kent, Vice- Chairman, the British Overseas Trade Board, this morning left for Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia with a party of British Businessmen.

Commander Roger Walker RN was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent, Patron, attended a concert hosted by the Diplomatic Wives Committee of Unicef, at the Residence of the German Ambassador, Belgrave Square, London SW1.

Mrs Julian Tomkins was in attendance.

Lord High Commissioner

17 May: His Grace the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Hon Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden, accompanied by Her Grace Lady Macfarlane, this morning attended Communion at the General Assembly, before going on to visit Yarrow's Shipbuilders, Govan.

In the afternoon, Their Graces travelled to Greenock where they visited the Quarrier's Homes at the Larkfield Centre.

Among the guests for dinner were:

The Lord Justice Clerk and Lady Ross; Viscount and Viscountess Weir; Lord and Lady Rothschild; Sir Robin and Lady Duthie; Mr and Mrs Campbell Duff; The Rev Alan and Mrs Forrest; The Rev William Hogg; Mr and Mrs Turnbull Hutton; Professor Maxwell and Mrs Irvine; Provost Ian and Mrs Miller; Mr and Mrs Colin Montgomerie; Mrs Margaret Peebles.

After dinner their Graces watched a dancing display given by the boys from Queen Victoria School, Dunblane.


The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit Sunderland; and visit Cleveland, Humberside and Norfolk from HMY Britannia. The Princess of Wales attends the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation's marketing presentation 'The Emerging Vision' at the Mermaid Theatre, London EC4. The Duchess of Kent, Patron, visits the Christie Hospital, Withington, Manchester; and, as Patron, visits the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.

Changing of the Guard

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