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20 May: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh disembarked from HMY Britannia this morning at Great Yarmouth and were received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Norfolk (Mr Timothy Coleman).

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness drove to Thetford and were received by Councillor David Sawyer (Chairman, Breckland District Council) and the Mayor (Mrs Kathleen Key).

The Queen visited Breckland House, St Nicholas Street, and, after touring the offices, unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Her Majesty later visited Oxborough Hall and was received by Mr Jonathan Peel (Deputy Chairman, National Trust) and Mr Henry Bedingfeld (Rouge Croix Pursuivant, donor).

Her Majesty, with His Royal Highness, then honoured the Lord Hemingford (Regional Chairman, National Trust) with her presence at Luncheon.

The Queen this afternoon visited St Margaret's Church, King's Lynn, and was received by the Mayor of the Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk (Councillor Charles Matkin).

Her Majesty attended an Ascension Day Service and viewed the church, escorted by the Priest in Charge (Canon Michael Yorke).

The Duke of Edinburgh this morning visited Kilverstone Mobility Centre, Thetford.

The Duchess of Grafton, Sir Kenneth Scott, Mr John Haslam, Major James Patrick and Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis were in attendance.


20 May: The Prince of Wales this evening arrived at Royal Air Force Northolt from a visit to the Republic of Poland.

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

His Royal Highness, President, British Sub-Aqua Club, later attended the fortieth Anniversary Dinner, Guildhall, London EC2.

Commander Robert Fraser RN was in attendance.


20 May: The Princess of Wales this evening attended a Dinner in aid of the British Wheelchair Sports Foundation, the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London SW1.

Miss Alexandra Loyd and Captain Edward Musto RM were in attendance.


20 May: The Duchess of Kent, Patron, this afternoon visited the Samaritan Youth Project at Haberdashers' Aske's School, Pepys Road, London SE14.

Mrs David Napier was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent, Patron, the Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood Trust UK, this evening attended a Reception organised by the Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood Trust UK and Thorn EMI at Woods Mews, London W1.

Her Royal Highness later attended the Football Association's Challenge Cup Final Replay at Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Middlesex.

Mrs Fiona Henderson was in attendance.


20 May: Princess Alexandra, Patron, this afternoon attended the Annual Lunch of BEN (Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund) at the Savoy Hotel, London WC2.

Mrs Peter Afia was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness, Patron, and the Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy this evening attended a performance of Macbeth by English National Opera at the London Coliseum, London WC2.

Lord High Commissioner

20 May: His Grace the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Honourable Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden, accompanied by Lady Macfarlane, this morning visited the General Assembly before going on to the Queen's Bay Home, Edinburgh.

Among the guests for luncheon at the Palace of Holyroodhouse were:

Viscount and Viscountess Thurso; The Hon Sir Steven Runciman; The Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow and Mrs Robert Innes; Mr and Mrs Roger Billcliffe; Mr and Mrs John Graham; Mr Ian Gow; Mr Ivor Guild; The Very Reverend Andrew Herron and Mrs Herron; Mr and Mrs IAL Hogg; Mr and Mrs Michael McCrum; The Reverend Andrew and Mrs Maclean.

During the afternoon their Graces visited Dunfermline Abbey and St Margaret's Cave, Dunfermline, before returning to Edinburgh to watch the Schools Beating the Retreat performed by schools combined cadet forces.

In the evening there was a reception for 300 guests at the Palace.

Among the guests for dinner at the Palace were:

Sir William and Lady Fraser; Sir Peter and Lady Hutchison; Mr and Mrs Sandy Grant Gordon; The Reverend Professor Clement Graham and Mrs Anne Fraser; The Chaplain and Mrs James Harkness; The Reverend and Mrs Craigie Hood; The Reverend Robert Logan; The Reverend Hugh McKay; Mr and Mrs Andrew Reekie; Professor and Mrs A. Skinner.


The Prince of Wales, President, the Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum, launches the International Hotels Environment Initiative at the Grosvenor House, London W1; and, as Patron, Music in Country Churches, attends a Recital by Yvonne Kenny and Geoffrey Parsons at St Agnes Church, Cawston, Norfolk. Prince Edward, Chairman of the Special Projects Group of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, undertakes engagements in the West Midlands; and, as President of the Lord's Taverners, visits the One Day Cricket International between England and Australia at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Princess Margaret visits Bagatelle, the Greenock Medical Aid Society's home in Greenock; and Ardgowan Hospice, Greenock. The Duke and The Duchess of Gloucester attend a Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication of the Church of St James Garlickhythe, London EC4. Prince Michael of Kent, Trustee of the National Motor Museum, opens the new Shell Art Collection at Beaulieu, Hampshire. Princess Michael of Kent, accompanied by Prince Michael, opens the Art Exhibition at the Sue Ryder Home, Lechampton, Gloucestershire.

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.