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21 May: The Prince Edward, Chairman, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Special Projects Group, today visited West Midlands and was received by Colonel Anthony Griffiths (Deputy Lieutenant).

His Royal Highness this morning visited British Car Contracts, 100 Stratford Road, Solihull.

The Prince Edward later visited Specialist Computer Holdings, James House, Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham.

His Royal Highness afterwards visited Contracts Galley Pearl, Cuckoo Wharf, 427 Lichfield Road, Aston, Birmingham.

The Prince of Edward was entertained to Luncheon by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham (Councillor Paul Tilsley), the Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham.

His Royal Highness this afternoon visited West Bromich Building Society Head Office, 374 High Street, West Bromwich.

The Prince Edward, President, the Lord's Taverners, attended the One Day International Cricket Match between England and AUstralia, the Warwickshire County Cricket Ground, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

His Royal Highness this evening attended a Display by the Chinese Award Centre to launch the Arcadian Festival, the Arcadian Centre, Birmingham.

The Prince Edward afterwards attended a Reception at the Hotel Ibis and a Dinner at the China Court Restaurant, the Arcadian Centre.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.


21 May: The Prince of Wales, President, The Prince of Wales Business Leaders forum, this morning launched the International Hotels Environment Initiative, Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.

Commander Richard Aylard RN was in attendance.

His Royal Highness this afternoon received Sir Alistair Grant, President, and Dr John Beaumont, Chief Executive, the Institute of Grocery Distribution.

The Prince of Wales, Patron, Music in Country Churches, this evening attended a Rectial by Yvonne Kenny and Geoffrey Parsons at St Agnes Church, Cawston, Norfolk, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant (Mr Timothy Colman).

Commander Robert Fraser RN was in attendance.


21 May: The Prince Margaret, Countess of Snowdon this afternoon visited Greenock, and was received by Colonel Sir Houston Shaw-Stewart Bt (Vice Lord- Lieutenant of Renfrewshire).

Her Royal Highenss visited Bagatelle, the Greenock Medical Aid Society's Home in Eldon Street.

The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon later visited the Ardgowan Hospice in Nelson Street, Greenock.

Lady Aird was in attendance.

21 May: The Duke of Gloucester, Grand Prior, Order of St John, today received the Lord Prior of the Order (the Lord Vestey) and the Chancellor of the Order (Professor Anthony Mellows).


21 May: The Duchess of Kent, Patron, this morning, visited the International Social Service of the United Kingdom's Annual Spring Fair at Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8, and was met on arrival by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea (Councillor Frank Taylor).

The Duchess of Kent, President, the Yorkshire Cricket Club, this evening attended a Gala Dinner for players at Leeds United Football Club, Elland Road, Leeds.

Mrs Julian Tomkins was in attendance.

The Duke of Kent this evening attended a Livery Theme Dinner at the Fishmonger's Company, Fishmonger's Hall, London Bridge, London EC4.

Captain the Honourable Tom Coke was in attendance.


21 May: Princess Alexandra, accompanied by the Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy and attended by the Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox, this afternoon left Heathrow Airport, London, to undertake engagements in Rome.

Lord High Commissioner

21 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 visit the Aids hospice at the City Hospital, Edinburgh, and St Andrew's and St George's Church, Edinburgh.

Among the luncheon guests at the Palace of Holyroodhouse were:

Sir William and Lady Fraser; Dr and Mrs Jack Cormack; The Chaplain General and Mrs Harkness; The Reverend and Mrs Craigie Hood; The Reverend Robert Logan; The Reverend Hugh Mackay; Mr and Mrs Andrew Reekie; The Reverend Charles Robertson; The Very Reverend Dr W. Roy Sanderson and Mrs Sanderson.

In the afternoon their Graces visited the Church of Scotland offices in Edinburgh. In the evening their Graces attended the Closing Sederunt of the General Assembly.


The Duke of York today visits Aberlour House, Banffshire. Princess Alexandra, Patron, today attends the Reception and Grand Centenary Dinner of the Kew Guild in the Natural History Museum, London SW7. Prince Edward tomorrow attends a 'Tribute to Joe Loss' Concert and Reception in support of Outreach at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester. Princess Alexandra, Patron of the National Kidney Research Fund, tomorrow starts the annual 'Walk Across London's Bridges', in aid of the fund and the Kidney Foundation, in Battersea Park, London SW11. Prince Michael of Kent, Patron of the Queen Elizabeth Gate Appeal, is present tomorrow at the Installation of the gates, Hyde Park, London W1.

Changing of the Guard

TODAY: The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Scots Guards. TOMORROW: The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 4pm; 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Scots Guards.