Diary: 26 April - 2 May

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Tuesday 27: State visit by the President of Portugal begins.

Wednesday 28: Film premiere of Edwin Drood at the Curzon Cinema, London WC2, in aid of the Home Farm Trust. Football, World Cup qualifying: Portugal v Scotland; England v The Netherlands; Republic of Ireland v Denmark; Spain v Northern Ireland; RCS v Wales.

Thursday 29: Rose Ball, Grosvenor House, London W1. Red Cross Ball, Dorchester Hotel, London W1. Cricket, Britannic Assurance County Championship starts. Horse Racing, 1,000 Guineas, Newmarket, Suffolk.

Saturday 1 May: May Day. Horse Racing, 2,000 Guineas, Newmarket. Rugby League, Challenge Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, Wembley. Rugby Union, Pilkington Cup final, Twickenham Rugby Ground, Twickenham, Middlesex. Bedfordshire Spring Craft Show begins, Woburn Abbey, Woburn, Bedfordshire. Canalway Festival begins, Little Venice, London W9.

Sunday 2: Third Sunday after Easter. Cricket, Lavinia, Duchess of Norfolk's XI v Australians, Arundel, West Sussex. Bexhill One Hundred Festival of Motoring, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.