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25 May: The Vice-President of India, Mrs Narayanan and Miss Amrita Narayanan were received by The Queen.

Mr Lindsay Misros (High Commissioner for Solomon Islands) was received by Her Majesty.

The Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Sinclair were received by the Queen.

The Queen received the Bishop of Manchester (the Right Reverend Christopher John Mayfield) who was introduced into Her Majesty's presence by the Right Hon Kenneth Clark MP (Secretary of State for the Home Department) and did homage upon his appointment.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department administered the Oath.

The Bishop of Chelmsford (Clerk of the Closet) and the Household in Waiting were in attendance.

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, this afternoon unveiled a statue of Field Marshal the Viscount Alanbrooke on Raleigh Green, Whitehall, London SW1.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness were received by the Lord Mayor of Westminster (Councillor Jenny Bianco) and Field Marshal the Lord Carver (President of the Appeal).

The Duchess of Grafton, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes, Major-General Brian Pennicott and Lieutenant-Colonel Blair Stewart-Wilson were in attendance.

The President of the Republic of Uganda and Mrs Museveni were received by The Queen.

The Right Hon John Major MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of Her Majesty this evening.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Grand President, this morning chaired a Council Meeting of the British Commonwealth Ex-Services League at Buckingham Palace.

His Royal Highness, Patron, this evening attended a Reception to celebrate the Inauguration of London Guildhall University, Guildhall, London EC2.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis was in attendance.

By command of The Queen, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Gwynedd (Mr Meuric Rees) was present at Royal Air Force Valley, Anglesey, this evening upon the Arrival of the King of Norway and welcomed His Majesty on behalf of Her Majesty.

25 May: The Princess Royal today launched Caledonian Isles, the new vessel for Caledonian MacBrayne at Richard (Shipbuilders) Limited, Crown Works, Lowestoft, and was received by Major General Jack Dye (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk).

Her Royal Highness, President, Save the Children Fund, this afternoon visited the Save the Children Shop, 122 Bevan Street East, Lowestoft.

Mrs Andrew Feilden was in attendance.

The Princess Royal, President, Animal Health Trust, later held a Meeting of the Industry Committee followed by a Reception at Bukingham Palace.


25 May: Dame Frances Campbell-Preston has succeeded the Lady Elizabeth Basset as Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.


25 May: The Prince of Wales this afternoon attended the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association Service of Remembrance and Rededication in the Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

His Royal Highness attended the President's Reception at St James's Palace this evening.

Commander Robert Fraser RN was in attendance.


25 May: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, President, The Girl Guides Association, attended the Annual General Meeting of the Association, held this morning at Commonwealth Headquarters, Buckingham Palace Road, and this afternoon at the Merchant Taylors' Hall, Threadneedle Street.

Mrs Jane Stevens was in attendance.

25 May: The Duke of Gloucester, President, St Bartholomew's Hospital this afternoon opened the Community Renal Unit, 29 Cambridge Park, Wanstead, London E11.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.

The Duchess of Gloucester, Commandant-in-Chief, St John Ambulance Wales, this evening presented the St John Ambulance Nursing Bursaries and the Lady Moyra Browne Trust Awards at St John's Gate, Clerkenwell, London EC1.

Mrs Euan McCorquodale was in attendance.


25 May: The Duke of Kent this afternoon visited SCOPE House, Weston Road, Crewe, and as Vice-Chairman the British Overseas Trade Board visited Europa Scientific, Europa House, Crewe Business Park, Crewe, Cheshire and was met on arrival by The Hon Michael Flower (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire).

Commander Roger Walker RN was in attendance.

The Duke of Kent, Liveryman, The Salters' Company this evening attended a performance of La Boheme at Salters' Hall, Fore Street, London EC2.

Captain the Honourable Tom Coke was in attendance.

The Duchess of Kent today opened the new Cytology Training School at St Mary's Hospital, Praed Street, Paddington, London W2.

Mrs Peter Wilmot-Sitwell was in attendance.

The Duke of Kent was represented by Captain the Honourable Tom Coke at the Memorial Service for the Life of Lord Pennock of Norton in Cleveland which was held at St Margaret's Westminster today.


The Queen attends a lecture and reception at the Royal Geographical Society, London SW7, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest; The Princess Royal and The Duke of Kent (Honorary President, the Royal Geographical Society) also attend. The Prince of Wales, Patron, the Macmillan Nurse Appeal, gives a reception for the American 'Friends' of the Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund at Highgrove House, Tetbury, Gloucestershire. The Princess of Wales, Patron, the Guinness Trust, visits the Community Flat, Didcot, Oxfordshire; visits Oxford Brookes University, Oxford; and as Patron, National Aids Trust, visits Oxaids and Body Positive at Ebor House, Oxford. The Princess Royal, President, British Knitting and Clothing Export Council, attends the Annual General Meeting and Luncheon at the Berkeley Hotel, London SW1; launches the Association of Payment Clearing Systems Project for the Banking Information Service, Bafta, London W1; and, as President, Royal Yachting Association, attends a Meeting of the Council, Royal Thames Yacht Club, London SW1. Princess Margaret, Master of the Bench, dines with the Treasurer and Benchers of Lincoln's Inn, London WC2. The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, opens the new Resource Room at the Centre, Frensham, Surrey. Princess Alexandra, Patron of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, meets 'Four Men in a Boat' at St Katherine's Marina, London E1, at the halfway point of their journey from Nuneaton to Tower Bridge and back in aid of the association.

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 Scots Guards.