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26 May: Mr Martin Bourke was received in audience by The Queen and Kissed Hands upon his appointment as Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Mrs Bourke was also received by Her Majesty.

His Excellency Mr Elias Gounaris was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Hellenic Republic to the Court of St James's.

His Excellency was accompanied by the following members of the Embassy:

Mr Anastase Scopelitis, Minister; Mr Georges Costoulas, First Counsellor; Captain Constantinos Hartofilis, Shipping Attache; Mr Dimitri Alexandrakis, Counsellor; Mr Alexandros Rallis, First Secretary; Mr Dimitris Hatzopoulos, First Secretary; Mrs Aglaia Balta, First Secretary and Consul; and Dr Constantine Papadopoulos, Second Secretary.

Mrs Gounaris was also received by Her Majesty.

Sir David Gillmore, Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, was present and the Household in Waiting were in attendance.

Her Majesty, Colonel-in-Chief, the Calgary Highlanders, received Mr FP Mannix, Honorary Colonel; Mr RR McDaniel, Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel; Mr GM Milne, Regimental Secretary; and Lieutenant-Colonel JL Moffat, Commanding Officer.

Mr Nicholas Hasluch was received by The Queen and delivered up the Insignia of the Order of the Garter worn by his father, the late Sir Paul Hasluck.

Mrs Hasluck was also received by Her Majesty.

His Excellency Senhor Jose Primo and Senhora Primo were received in farewell audience by The Queen and took leave upon His Excellency relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Republic of Angola to the Court of St James's.

The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and Mrs Manning were received by The Queen.

Her Majesty, Patron, this evening attended a Lecture and Reception at the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London SW7, to commemorate the Fortieth Anniversary of the first ascent of Everest and was received by the President, the Royal Geographical Society, Sir Crispin Tickell, and the Chairman, the Mount Everest Foundation, Major-General Patrick Fagan.

The Lady Susan Hussey, Mr Robin Janvrin and Lieutenant-Colonel Blair Stewart-Wilson were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Admiral of the Fleet, today reviewed a fleet of ships to commemorate the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, off Moelfre, Anglesey.

The King of Norway, Honorary Colonel, Royal Marines, was also present.

Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis was in attendance.

By command of The Queen, the Viscount Long (Lord-in-Waiting) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this morning upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of Ireland and Mr Robinson and welcomed Her Excellency and Mr Robinson on behalf of Her Majesty.

26 May: The Prince Edward, President, the Lord's Taverners, this afternoon attended the Cricket Match between Bertie Joel's All Star XI and the Lord's Taverners XI, the Bank of England Sports Ground, Roehampton, London SW15.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.

26 May: The Princess Royal this morning launched the Association of Payment Clearing Systems Project for the Banking Information Service, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 195 Piccadilly, London W1.

Her Royal Highness, President, later attended the Annual General Meeting and Luncheon of the British Knitting and Clothing Export Council, the Berkeley Hotel, Wilton Place, London SW1.

Mrs Malcolm Innes was in attendance.

The Princess Royal, President, Royal Yachting Association, this afternoon attended a Meeting of the Council, Royal Thames Yacht Club, 60 Knightsbridge, London SW1.

Her Royal Highness, accompanied by Commander Timothy Laurence RN, this evening attended a Lecture and Reception to commemorate the Fortieth Anniversary of the first ascent of Everest, the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London SW7.


26 May: The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, this morning presided at a Meeting of The Prince's Council.

His Royal Highness, President, The Prince's Trust, afterwards received the West Midlands Business Leaders Group of The Prince's Trust Volunteers.

The Prince of Wales, Patron, the MacMillan Nurse Appeal, this evening gave a Reception for the American 'Friends' of the Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund.


26 May: The Princess of Wales today visited Oxfordshire and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant, Sir Ashley Ponsonby Bt.

Her Royal Highness, Patron, Guinness Trust, this morning visited the Community Flat, Newlands Avenue, Didcot.

The Princess of Wales this afternoon visited Oxford Brookes University, Headington, Oxford.

Her Royal Highness, Patron, National Aids Trust, later visited Oxaids and Body Positive, Ebor House, Blue Boar Street, Oxford.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.

May 26: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Master of the Bench, this evening dined in Hall at Lincoln's Inn.

The Countess Alexander of Tunis and Major The Lord Napier and Ettrick were in attendance.

May 26: The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, this afternoon visited the Centre and opened the Resources Library and Courtyard at Frensham, Farnham and was received on arrival by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Surrey (Mr Richard Thornton).

Mrs Euan McCorquodale was in attendance.


26 May: The Duke of Kent, Honorary President, the Royal Geographical Society, this evening attended a lecture and reception to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the ascent of Mount Everest at Kensington Gore, London SW7.

Commander Roger Walker RN was in attendance.


26 May: Princess Alexandra, Patron of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, this afternoon met 'Four Men in a Boat' at St Katherine Haven, London E1, at the halfway point of their canoe journey from Nuneaton to Tower Bridge and back in aid of the Association.

The Lady Mary Mumford was in attendance.


The Queen presents new Standards to the Household Cavalry on Horse Guards Parade; Princess Margaret and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent also attend. The Duke of Edinburgh visits the Warship Preservation Trust, Birkenhead, Merseyside; as Patron, the Outward Bound Trust, attends a luncheon given by the Glasgow and West of Scotland Outward Bound Association at the Central Hotel, Glasgow; as Patron and Trustee, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, visits Compaq Computers, Erskine, Renfrewshire; visits the Princess Louise Scottish Hospital for Disabled Ex- Service Men and Women, Erskine; and as Honorary Member, attends the 120th Anniversary Dinner of the Mudhook Yacht Club at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club, Rhu, Dunbartonshire. The Prince of Wales, Patron, Royal Society for Nature Conservation, visits the Kent Trust for Nature Conservation and opens the trust's new headquarters at Tyland Barn, Maidstone, Kent; and, as Duke of Cornwall, visits the Brogdale Horticultural Trust's site to see the work being undertaken to maintain and enhance the National Fruit Collections in Faversham, Kent. The Princess of Wales, Patron, Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, attends the World Chiropractic Congress at Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London SW1. Prince Edward, Patron, the Haddo House Hall Arts Trust, attends the Exhibition and Dinner of the 'Spring Promenade '93' - a festival of artists, craftsmen and designers - at Haddo House Hall, Aberdeenshire. The Princess Royal, President, Animal Health Trust, attends the Council of Management Annual General Meeting followed by Luncheon with Members of the Council, the Kennel Club, London W1; as Commandant-in-Chief, Women's Transport Service (FANY), attends the inauguration of the new headquarters, A Block, Duke of York's Headquarters, London SW3; and later, as President, Save the Children Fund, holds a Special Gifts Dinner at Buckingham Palace for Save the Children Fund's 75th Anniversary Appeal. The Duchess of Kent attends the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association's Reunion Dinner, at the Cafe Royal, London W1.

Changing of the Guard

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 Irish Guards.