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23 July: His Excellency Tan Sri Wan Sidek and Puan Sri Nurzan were received in farewell audience by The Queen and took leave upon His Excellency relinquishing his appointment as High Commissioner for Malaysia in London.

His Excellency Monsieur Balthazar Habonimana 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 Republic of Burundi.

His Excellency was accompanied by the following member of the Embassy: Monsieur Canut Niyonkuru (First Counsellor).

Madame Habonimana was also received by Her Majesty.

Mr Nigel Broomfield (Deputy Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) was present and the Household- in-Waiting were in attendance.

Sir Paul Scoon was received by The Queen on the relinquishment of his appointment as Governor- General of Grenada.

Lady Scoon was also received by Her Majesty.

The Hon Michael Pakenham (Her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Luxembourg) was received by The Queen.

The Hon Mrs Michael Pakenham was also received by Her Majesty.

Mr Derek Chappell was received by The Queen on his retirement when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave an Afternoon Party in the garden of Buckingham Palace.

The Duke of Gloucester, The Duke and Duchess of Kent, Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy and the Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy were present.

Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms and The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard were on duty.

The Bands of the Life Guards and The Gloucestershire Regiment 28th/61st played selections of music during the afternoon.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, visited the Renfurly Library Service, Coldharbour Place, Camberwell, London SE5.

Mr Brian McGrath was in attendance.

23 July: The Prince Edward this afternoon returned to Royal Air Force Northolt from a visit to Bordeaux, France.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.

His Royal Highness this evening took the Salute at a performance of the Royal Tournament at Earl's Court.

Mrs Richard Warburton was in attendance.


23 July: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother this morning visited the Headquarters of the Women's Royal Voluntary Service and presented General Service Medals to Services Welfare Members.

Dame Frances Campbell-Preston and Sir Alastair Aird were in attendance.

Her Majesty, as Patron of the Church Army, this afternoon received a delegation from the World Leaders Conference.


23 July: The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, presided at a meeting of The Prince's Council.

Today The Princess Wales visited Winchester and was received by General Sir David Fraser (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire).

THis morning Her Royal Highness, Colonel-in-Chief, the Royal Hampshire Regiment, attended the Regiment's Farewell Parade at the Guildhall, Winchester, and a Service of Thanksgiving at Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire.

Her Royal Highness subsequently attended a reception at the Great Hall, Winchester.

Captain Edward Musto RM was in attendance.

23 July: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Patron, the Friends of Southwark Cathedral, this afternoon visited a Flower Festival held at the Cathedral in aid of Crisis.

Mrs Robin Benson was in attendance.

23 July: Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester today visited the East of England Show, Peterborough and was received by Major William Birkbeck (Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire).

Dame Jean Maxwell-Scott was in attendance.


The Duke of Edinburgh, President, attends the Closing Sessions of The Duke of Edinburgh's Seventh Commonwealth Study Conference, in Oxford. The Prince of Wales attends a Gala Concert at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex. The Duke of Kent, Chairman of the United Kingdom Trustees, attends the Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conference closing sessions, Oxford. Princess Alexandra opens the new Mental Health Unit of the Ealing Health Authority at Ealing Hospital, Southall, Middlesex; and takes the Salute at the Evening performance of the Royal Tournament at Earl's Court, London SW5.

Changing of the Guard

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

Bands playing in the Royal Parks

St James's Park, Metropolitan Police, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm; Regent's Park, Regent Brass Band, 12.30pm- 2pm, 5.30pm-7pm.