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October 1997

The Duke of York, Trustee, this evening attended a Dinner given by the Trustees of Lakefield College School at the Granite Club, Toronto, Canada.

The Prince of Wales, Patron, this afternoon took part in a tree planting ceremony in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, to mark the Seventy Fifth Anniversary of the International Tree Foundation. His Royal Highness later visited the Commonwealth Centre, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, toured displays by Commonwealth Non-Governmental Organisations and joined the final session of the Commonwealth Youth Forum.

The Crown Prince of Tonga was received by The Queen this morning. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh later gave a Reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse for representatives of the media covering the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The Princess Royal was present. Afterwards Dr. the Hon. Kenny Anthony (Prime Minister of St. Lucia) and the Hon. Mr. Inder Kumar Gujral (Prime Minister of the Republic of India) were received by Her Majesty. The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales, this afternoon opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Edinburgh Conference Centre. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave a Dinner this evening for Commonwealth Heads of Government at which Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal and Captain Timothy Laurence RN were present. The following were invited: The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Prime Minister of Australia and Mrs. Howard, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and Sheikh Rehana, the Prime Minister of Barbados and Mrs. Arthur, the Prime Minister of Belize, The President of Botswana and Lady Masire, The Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, the Prime Minister of Cameroon, the Prime Minister of Canada and Mrs. Chrétien, The President of Cyprus and Mrs. Clerides, the Prime Minister of Dominica, the Prime Minister of Fiji and Mrs. Rabuka, The President of the Gambia and Mrs. Tuti Faal-Jammeh, The President of Ghana and Mrs. Rawlings, the Prime Minister of Grenada and Mrs. Mitchell, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana, the Prime Minister of India and Mrs. Gujral, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-Operation of Kenya, The President of Kiribati and Madame Keina Tito, the Deputy Prime Minister of Lesotho, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Malawi and Mrs. Chipeta, the Prime Minister of Malaysia and Datin Seri Dr. Siti Hasmah, The President of the Republic of Maldives, the Prime Minister of Malta, the Prime Minister of Mauritius and Mrs. Ramgoolam, The President of Mozambique and Mrs. Chissano, The President of Namibia and Mrs. Nujoma, the Prime Minister of New Zealand and Mrs. Bolger, the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the Deputy Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and Mrs. Haiveta, the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Prime Minister of St. Lucia, the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Miss Louise Mitchell, the Minister of Education of Samoa, the Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles and Mrs. Michel, The President of Sierra Leone and Mrs. Kabbah, the Prime Minister of Singapore, the Deputy Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, The President of the Republic of South Africa and Mrs. Graca Machel, The President of Sri Lanka, The King of Swaziland and The Inkhosikati, The President of Tanzania and Mrs. Mkapa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence of Tonga, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and Mrs. Panday, The President of Uganda and Mrs. Museveni, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Mrs. Blair, the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, the Vice President of Zambia, The President of Zimbabwe and Mrs. Mugabe, and the Commonwealth Secretary-General and Mrs. Anyaoku. Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka) presented to Her Majesty and His Royal Highness Golden Wedding gifts on behalf of the Commonwealth Heads of Government. The Duke of Edinburgh this afternoon attended a Reception to promote the Army Cadet Force Association in Scotland at the Army Headquarters Scotland, Craigiehall, South Queensferry, West Lothian.

ST. JAMES'S PALACE COURT CIRCULAR 23rd October, 1997 The Duke of Kent, Vice Chairman, the British Overseas Trade Board, this morning visited the Korea Institute of Science and Technology and this afternoon visited the British Council and British Information Centre. His Royal Highness this evening attended a Dinner given by the Director of the British Council (Mr. T. Toney) at the Lotte Hotel, Seoul, for Korean alumni of British universities.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, this evening on conclusion of the visit to the Gulf States of Bahrain, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. Miss Suzanne Marland was in attendance.

The Princess Royal this morning opened the Commonwealth Partnership in Medicine Meeting at the Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh, and was received by Dr. John McKay (Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh). Her Royal Highness afterwards opened a new laboratory at the Medical Research Council Collaborative Centre, Western General Infirmary, Edinburgh. The Princess Royal this afternoon attended a short installation ceremony to accept the gift of Honorary Membership of the Merchant Company at the Merchants Hall, Hanover Street, Edinburgh. Her Royal Highness later visited the Non-Government Organisation Exhibition at the Commonwealth Centre, Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh. The Princess Royal, Patron, Scotland Africa '97, this evening attended a Reception at the University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh. Her Royal Highness, Patron, College of Occupational Therapists, afterwards attended the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Occupational Therapy Education in Scotland at Queen Margaret College, Duke Street, Edinburgh.

The Prince Edward this evening attended the Royal Tennis Court Dinner at Hampton Court Palace.

The Duke of York, Trustee, this morning left Heathrow Airport, London, to visit Lakefield College School and to attend events as Patron, Round Square, at Appleby College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Captain Neil Blair RN is in attendance.

The Queen arrived at Edinburgh Airport this afternoon and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh (Mr. Eric Milligan, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost). Her Majesty drove to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and was received by the Deputy Keeper of the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Lord James Douglas-Hamilton). Later, accompanied by members of the City of Edinburgh District Council, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost surrendered to The Queen the Keys of the City, which Her Majesty returned to him. A Guard of Honour found by the 1st Battalion The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), under the command of Major Michael Onslow, was mounted in the Forecourt. The Hon. Benjamin William Mkapa (President of the United Republic of Tanzania), the Hon. Te Beretitenti Teburoro Tito (President of the Republic of Kiribati) and Sheikh Hasina (Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh) were received later by The Queen. The Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien (Prime Minister of Canada) and the Hon. John Howard (Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia) dined with Her Majesty at the Palace of Holyroodhouse this evening. The Duke of Edinburgh, Master, this afternoon attended the Corporation of Trinity House Civic Luncheon at Trinity House, London EC3. His Royal Highness, Patron, this evening attended the Fiftieth Anniversary Dinner of the Royal Institute of Navigation at Plaisterers Hall, London Wall, London EC4. Councillor Brian Fallon (Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh) was present at Edinburgh Airport today upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of Mozambique, The President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Mrs. Mkapa, The President of the Republic of South Africa and Mrs. Machel, The President of the Republic of Ghana and Mrs. Rawlings, The President of the Republic of the Gambia and Mrs. Faal-Jammeh, and The President of the Republic of Namibia and Mrs. Nujoma and welcomed them on behalf of The Queen. The Lord Haskel (Lord in Waiting) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this evening upon the Arrival of The President of the Republic of Malawi and Madame Muluzi and welcomed His Excellency and Madame Muluzi on behalf of Her Majesty.

ST. JAMES'S PALACE COURT CIRCULAR 22nd October, 1997 The Duke of Kent, Vice Chairman, the British Overseas Trade Board, this morning opened a seminar given by the British Marine Equipment Council at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Haeundae Beach, Pusan, Korea. His Royal Highness later visited the British Pavilion at the Kormarine Exhibition and laid a Wreath at the United Nations Cemetery, Pusan.

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