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Diary: April

1: Review of the Royal Air Force at RAF Marham by the Queen to mark the 75th anniversary of its formation. Fitness Expo' 93 begins, Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, London SW5. Liverpool International Film Festival opens, Liverpool, Merseyside.

2: Rugby League, Great Britain v France.

3: Football, FA Cup semi-final, Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday, Wembley. Horse Racing, Grand National steeplechase, Aintree. Football, Scottish Cup semi-finals. Judo, British Open, Birmingham.

4: Palm Sunday. Football, FA Cup semi- final, Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur. Lacrosse, Women's World Cup begins, Edinburgh. London Victoria International Doll Show, Royal Horticultural Society's Halls, London SW1.

6: Lincoln Cathedral Choir sings Bach's St John Passion accompanied by the Lincoln Baroque Players, Lincoln Minster.

7: Football, European Champions' League; European Cup-Winners' Cup and Uefa Cup semi-finals, first legs. Harrogate International Youth Music Festival, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

8: Maundy Thursday. Hockey, European Cup-Winners' Cup begins, Sutton Coldfield. International Spring Gardening Fair begins, Wembley Conference Centre, Wembley.

9: Good Friday. Scenes from The Crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, Westminster Abbey, London SW1.

10: Rugby Union, Pilkington Cup semi- finals, and Cardiff v Barbarians. Snooker, Women's World Championship, Sheffield. Horse Racing, Carlisle Racecourse, Durdar, Cumbria. Spring Craft Fair begins, Alexandra Palace, London N22. International Festival of Country Music, Exhibition Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate, North Yorks. IMREX '93 - International Model Railway Exhibition, Royal Horticultural Society's Halls, London SW1.

11: Easter Day. Motor Racing, European Grand Prix, Donington Park, Leicestershire. Easter Parade and Show, Battersea Park in aid of the Mental Health Foundation, London SW11.

12: Gymnastics, World Championships begin, Birmingham. Horse Racing, Welsh Champion Hurdle, Chepstow; Irish Grand National, Fairyhouse. Rugby Union, Swansea v Barbarians. Horse Racing, Wincanton Racecourse, Wincanton, Somerset. Hi-Tec British Open Squash Championships begin, Lambs Squash Club, London EC1, and Wembley Conference Centre, Wembley.

15: Film premiere of Accidental Hero in aid of Mencap, Odeon West End Cinema, London WC2. Men's Over-All Finals of the 1993 World Gymnastics Championships at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. Horse Racing, Ripon Racecourse, Ripon, North Yorkshire.

16: Horse Racing, Scottish Champion Hurdle, Ayr. Rugby Union, World Cup Sevens begins, Edinburgh. Opera North Spring Season begins, Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

17: Rugby Union, ADT County Championship final, Twickenham. Snooker, Embassy World Professional Championship begins, Sheffield.

18: First Sunday after Easter. Rugby World Cup Sevens Final, Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Athletics, London Marathon, Greenwich Park, London SE10. Football, Coca-Cola League Cup Final, Arsenal v Sheffield Wednesday, Wembley. Ice Hockey, World Championship, Pool A, begins, Dortmund and Munich, Germany. Rugby League, Stones Bitter Premiership, first round.

19: Weightlifting, European Senior Championship begins, Sofia.

21: The Queen's Birthday: 41-gun Royal Salute fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park, London W2, and a 62-gun Royal Salute fired by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London, London EC3. Football, European Champions' League; European Cup-Winners' Cup and Uefa Cup semi- finals, second legs.

22: Cricket, Tetley Bitter Shield begins, Essex v England, Chelmsford. Orienteering, British Championships begin, Ludlow. Horse Racing, Beverley Racecourse, Beverley, Humberside.

23: Hockey, Women's Home Countries tournament, Cardiff. Ice Hockey, Heineken British Championships, Wembley.

24: Athletics, National 12-stage Road Relay Championships, Sutton Park, Birmingham. Horse Racing, Whitbread Gold Cup, Sandown Park.

25: Second Sunday after Easter. The Children's Variety Performance, Dominion Theatre, London W1, in aid of the NSPCC.

27: State visit by the President of Portugal begins. Cricket, Benson & Hedges Cup, preliminary round. Horse Racing, Lansdown Racecourse, Bath, Avon.

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

29: Rose Ball, Grosvenor House, London W1. Cricket, Britannic Assurance County Championship starts. Golf, Cannes Open begins. Horse Racing, 1,000 Guineas, Newmarket. Horse Racing, Netherhampton Racecourse, Wiltshire.

30: Tennis, Davis Cup, European-African Zone, Hungary or Finland v Great Britain.

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