April 2001

The Princess Royal, Patron, this morning chaired the Basic Skills Agency's Annual Conference for Wales at the All Nations Centre, Sachville Avenue, Heath, Cardiff, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan (Captain Norman Lloyd-Edwards RNR). Her Royal Highness, Patron, Sense - the National Deafblind and Rubella Association, this afternoon attended an Employers' Lunch at the Marriott Hotel, Mill Lane, Cardiff. The Princess Royal, Patron, the Development Trust (for the Mentally Handicapped), later opened a new Respite Home for Children and the Hydrotherapy Pool at Sir Jules Thorn House, Osborne Court, Osborne Road, Malvern Link, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire (Sir Thomas Dunne).

The Earl and Countess of Wessex this morning visited the Shafallah Centre, Doha, Qatar. Their Royal Highnesses later opened the new library at Doha English Speaking School. The Earl of Wessex this afternoon attended a Lunch given by Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani at the Al Dana Club, Doha. His Royal Highness later visited Ibn Tamia School to launch the English Language Teaching and Learning Initiative, promoted by the British Council, and the introduction of a CD Rom and Website. The Countess of Wessex this afternoon called upon Sheikha Aisha bint Khalifa Al Thani at the Diplomatic Club and attended a Lunch. Her Royal Highness later attended a Fashion Show, promoting British retailers who have outlets in Doha, at the Doha Sheraton Hotel. The Earl and Countess of Wessex this evening attended The Queen's Birthday Party at the residence of Her Majesty's Ambassador to the State of Qatar (His Excellency Mr. David Wright). Their Royal Highnesses afterwards attended a Dinner on board HMS LANCASTER.

The Queen this afternoon opened the Exhibition the Victorian Vision: Inventing New Britain, commemorating the Centenary of the death of Queen Victoria, at the Victoria and Albert Museum and was received by Field Marshal Sir John Chapple (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London), the Chairman of the Victoria and Albert Museum Board of Trustees (Ms. Paula Ridley), Dr. Alan Borg (Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum) and the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (Mr. Richard Walker-Arnott). By command of Her Majesty, Sir Anthony Figgis (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Choi Sung-hong at 60 Buckingham Gate, London SW1, this afternoon in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Republic of Korea to the Court of St. James's. Mrs. Fiona Henderson has succeeded the Lady Susan Hussey as Lady in Waiting to The Queen.

The Princess Royal, President, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, this morning launched Valuing Carers Voices Campaign at Wesleyan Assurance Society, Colmore Circus, Birmingham, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands (Mr. Robert Taylor). Her Royal Highness, President, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, this afternoon attended a Lunch given by the Birmingham Fundraising Committee at Hagley Hall, Hagley, Worcestershire. The Princess Royal later opened the new Centre for Defence Medicine at Selly Oak Hospital, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust, Raddlebarn Road, Birmingham. Her Royal Highness, Patron, this evening attended a Reception for Members of the Welsh Assembly at the Basic Skills Agency's Annual Conference for Wales at Cardiff Castle and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan (Captain Norman Lloyd-Edwards RNR).

The Earl and Countess of Wessex this morning visited the Bahrain Institute of Finance. Their Royal Highnesses afterwards visited the Al Fateh Mosque and the Bayt Al Quran Museum. The Earl and Countess of Wessex later left Bahrain for Qatar to undertake engagements in support of "British Week in Qatar" and were received on arrival in Doha by Her Majesty's Ambassador to the State of Qatar (His Excellency Mr. David Wright). Their Royal Highnesses this afternoon toured the Super Catex Exhibition, promoting British business interests in Qatar, at the Ramada Hotel, Doha, and viewed the new British Airways Club World Seat which is being introduced on the Doha route. The Earl and Countess of Wessex afterwards attended the Qatar Business Forum Lunch. His Royal Highness, accompanied by Her Royal Highness, later visited Landmark Mall and launched "British Week in Qatar". The Earl and Countess of Wessex this evening visited Al Sadd Football Stadium and met the Manchester City and Qatari National Under 17 Football Teams before watching the Match. Their Royal Highnesses later attended a Dinner given by Her Majesty's Ambassador to the State of Qatar and Mrs. Wright at the Inter-Continental Hotel.

The Duke of York, President, this evening presented the prizes at the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom Annual Awards Ceremony at St. James's Palace.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex this morning visited Batelco (Bahrain Telecommunications), Hamala, Bahrain. Their Royal Highnesses afterwards called upon the Prime Minister of the State of Bahrain. The Earl and Countess of Wessex later visited the Bahrain Training Institute. His Royal Highness, Chairman of the International Council, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Association, accompanied by Her Royal Highness, afterwards attended an Award Ceremony at St. Christopher's School and opened a new wing of the School. The Earl and Countess of Wessex were received this afternoon by The Amir of the State of Bahrain. Their Royal Highnesses afterwards attended a Lunch with The Crown Prince of the State of Bahrain (Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force) at Riffa Palace and later visited The Crown Prince's Royal Yacht. The Earl and Countess of Wessex this evening attended an Expatriate Reception and a Dinner at the residence of Her Majesty's Ambassador to the State of Bahrain (His Excellency Mr. Peter Ford).

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