The Queen held a Council at 12.40 p.m.. There were present: the Rt. Hon. Margaret Beckett MP (President), the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston (Minister of Transport), the Rt. Hon. Paul Murphy MP (Secretary of State for Wales), the Rt. Hon. Tessa Jowell MP (Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment) and the Rt. Hon. Ian McCartney MP (Minister of State, Cabinet Office). Mr. Alex Galloway was in attendance as Clerk of the Council. The Rt. Hon. Margaret Beckett MP had an audience of Her Majesty before the Council.
The Queen has been pleased to appoint Sir John Guinness to be a Trustee of the Royal Collection upon the retirement of Mr. Simon Jervis. The appointment is to date from 8th June, 2001. The Queen has been graciously pleased to appoint Mr. Jonathan Spencer to be a Serjeant-at-Arms to Her Majesty in succession to Mr. Michael Parker. [10th April, 2001]
Princess Alexandra this evening attended a Reception, Recital and Dinner in aid of the National Opera Studio at Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2.
The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, National Asthma Campaign, this evening attended a Dinner in Dovehouse Street, London SW3, to mark the retirement of the Founding Chairman (the Rt. Hon. Sir Peter Emery MP).
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was represented by Sir Richard Carew Pole, Bt. at the Memorial Service for Mr. John Bond which was held in St. Stephen's Church, Rochester Row, this afternoon.
The Duke of York, Chairman of the Trustees, Outward Bound Trust, today undertook the following engagements in the United States of America. His Royal Highness this morning visited the School for the Physical City, New York. The Duke of York today attended a Lunch and Meeting at the offices of The New York Times, New York. His Royal Highness was received this evening at Boston Airport, Massachusetts, by Her Majesty's Consul-General for Boston (Mr. George Ferguson) and later attended a Dinner on Thompson Island.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave a Dinner Party at which The Earl and Countess of Wessex were present. The following were invited: the Archbishop of Westminster, His Excellency the Secretary General of the Commonwealth and Mrs. McKinnon, the Secretary of State for Defence and Mrs. Hoon, the Lord and Lady Stevenson of Coddenham, Sir Andrew and Lady Turnbull, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Green. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were represented by Mr. Philip Everett (Deputy Ranger of Windsor Great Park) at the Memorial Service for Mr. John Bond (formerly Keeper of the Savill Gardens) which was held in St. Stephen's Church, Rochester Row, London SW1, this afternoon. The Prince of Wales was represented by Mr. Roland Wiseman. The Duke of York was represented by Miss Charlotte Manley. The Princess Royal was represented by Lady Carew Pole. The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon was represented by Mrs. Jane Stevens. The Hon. Mary Morrison has succeeded Mrs. Fiona Henderson as Lady in Waiting to The Queen.
The Duke of Kent, President, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, this afternoon arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, from Canada. Mr. Nicolas Adamson was in attendance.
The Duke of York, Chairman of the Trustees, Outward Bound Trust, this morning departed Heathrow Airport, London, for the United States of America. Captain Richard Dilworth is in attendance.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Trustee, this evening chaired a Meeting of The Prince Philip Trust Fund for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead at Woolley Park, Wantage, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire (Mr. Philip Wroughton). By command of The Queen, Sir Anthony Figgis (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Juli Minoves-Triquell at Savoy Hill, London WC2, today in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Principality of Andorra to the Court of St. James's.