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28 July: His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent was received by The Queen when Her Majesty conferred upon him the honour of Knighthood and invested him with the Insignia of a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

29 July: His Excellency Monsieur Mohamed Lessir 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 Tunisia to the Court of St James.

His Excellency was accompanied by the following members of the Embassy: Monsieur Hatem Bergaoui (Counsellor), Mr Mohamed Bakir (Secretary, Social and Cultural Affairs), Miss Boutheina Labidi (Secretary, Political and Press), Monsieur Mohamed Lamine Lourimi (Financial Attache) and Mr Khaled Trabelsi (Attache).

Madame Lessir 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.

The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief, received Major General Sir Michael Palmer (Honorary Colonel) and Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Stewart (Commanding Officer) upon the relinquishment of their appointments on the amalgamation of The Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry.

Mr Michael Dibbon (British Ambassador at Asuncion) had an audience of The Queen.

The Honourable Mr Justice Latham had the honour of being received by The Queen upon his appointment as a Judge of the High Court of Justice, when Her Majesty conferred upon him the honour of Knighthood and invested him with the Insignia of a Knight Bachelor.

Lieutenant Commander Malcolm Sillars, Royal Navy, had the honour of being received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested him with the insignia of a Member of the Royal Victorian Order.

The Queen, Patron, this afternoon visited the Royal British Legion Poppy Factory at Richmond on the occasion of its Seventieth Anniversary year.

Her Majesty was received by the Mayor of Richmond (Councillor Anne Summers) and the National President of the Royal British Legion (General Sir Edward Burgess).

The Queen toured the Factory, accompanied by the National Chairman (Mr Ted Jobson) and the Poppy Factory Chairman (Mr David Knowles).

Her Majesty embarked in the National Rivers Authority launch Windrush, escorted by the Representative Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London (Mr David Jacobs) and subsequently visited Kingston upon Thames.

The Queen's Bargemaster and Watermen were on duty.

The Queen was received by the Mayor of the Royal Borough (Councillor David Edwards), who presented Professor Ronald Coleman (Chairman of the Board of Governors of Kingston University) and Dr Robert Smith (Vice Chancellor) and then visited Kingston upon Thames.

Her Majesty was received by Mr Rowan Bentall (President) and unveiled a plaque commemorating one hundred and twenty five years of the firm's trading in Kingston.

The Queen subsequently attended a Reception in the Guildhall, and unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Queen's Bargemaster and Watermen were on duty.

Lady Abel Smith, the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes, Wing Commander David Walker and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

The Lord Camoys, Lord-in-Waiting, was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this evening upon the departure of The Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia and bade farewell to His Majesty on behalf of Her Majesty.

The Duke of Edinburgh, attended by Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis, arrived at Heathrow Airport, London this evening from Germany.


29 July: Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester was represented by The Lady Barnard at the Funeral of The Dowager Lady Hotham at St Mary's Church, Dalton Holme, Market Weighton, Humberside, today.



The Princess of Wales, as Patron, Relate, attends the film premiere of Far and Away in aid of Mencap at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, London WC2. Prince Edward attends the Watermill Theatre's 25th Royal Gala Evening for a production of The Card at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, Berkshire. Princess Margaret opens the Anglian Water's refurbished sewage treatment works at Whitlingham, Norfolk.

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 Welsh Guards.

Bands playing in

the Royal Parks

St James's Park, Merton Concert Band, 12.30pm-2pm, 5.30pm-7pm.