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TODAY: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, 60; Mr Peter Allen, radio presenter, 52; Professor Sir Eric Ash, former Rector, Imperial College of Science, 70; Miss Presley Baxendale QC, 47; Mr George Benjamin, composer, 38; Lt- Cdr Sir Richard Buckley, Extra Equerry to the Duke of Kent, 70; Miss Carol Channing, actress and singer, 77; Mr Christopher Chataway, former athlete, and former chairman, Civil Aviation Authority, 67; Mr Robert Clatworthy, sculptor, 70; Mr William Crosbie, artist, 82; Lord Nicholas Gordon Lennox, former ambassador to Spain, 67; Dame Brenda Hale, High Court judge, 53; Air Marshal Sir Christopher Hartley, 85; Sir John Hobhouse, a Lord Justice of Appeal, 66; Air Marshal Sir Richard Kemball, 59; Mr Norman Mailer, novelist, 75; Mr Phil Manzanera, guitarist, 47; Mr Patrick Morgan, counsellor and deputy Head of Post, Abu Dhabi, 54; Miss Rosanne Musgrave, Headmistress, Blackheath High School, 46; Miss Suzanne Pleshette, film and television actress, 61; Miss Jean Simmons, actress, 69; The Rev Lord Soper, Methodist leader and broadcaster, 95; Sir Michael Wilford, former ambassador to Japan, 76.

TOMORROW: Lord Abernethy, a Senator of the College of Justice in Scotland, 60; Mrs Hazel Alexander, sculptor, 86; Dr Christopher Barnett, Headmaster, Whitgift School, Croydon, 45; Sir Kenneth Bond, former vice-chairman, GEC, 78; Sir Peter Crill, judge, Court of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, 73; Mrs Josceline Dimbleby, cookery writer, 55; Professor Sir Sam Edwards, physicist, 70; Mrs Virginia Elliot, three-day-eventer, 43; Mr Don Everly, rock singer, 62; Hildegarde (Miss Hildegarde Sell), singer and actress, 92; Sir Gordon Hobday, former Chancellor, Nottingham University, 82; Mr Adam Ingram MP, Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, 51; Professor Douglas Johnson, historian of France, 73; Mrs Eleanor Laing MP, 40; Sir Maurice Laing, life president, John Laing plc, 80; Mr John Donald McCall, former chairman, Consolidated Gold Fields, 87; Sir Stanley Matthews, footballer, 83; Sir John Nott, former chairman and chief executive of Lazards, 66; Professor Sir Mark Richmond, member, School of Public Policy, University College, London, 67; Mr Peter Sallis, actor, 77; Mr Andrew Smith MP, Minister for Welfare to Work and Equal Opportunities, 47; Dame Muriel Spark, novelist, 80; Sir Peter Tapsell MP, 68; Miss Renata Tebaldi, operatic soprano, 76; Mr Boris Yeltsin, President of the Russian Federation, 67.

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