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April 2001

Princess Alexandra, Patron of English National Opera, this afternoon received Mr. John Baker upon retiring as Chairman and Mr. Martin Smith upon assuming the appointment.

The Duchess of Gloucester, President, this afternoon attended a showcase performance by postgraduate musical theatre students at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1.

The Earl of Wessex, Patron, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, accompanied by The Countess of Wessex, this evening attended a Concert given by the National Children's Orchestra of Scotland and Camerata Scotland in the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, and was received by Lady Arbuthnott (Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Glasgow).

The Duke of York, Chairman of the Trustees, Outward Bound Trust, attended the Morning Meeting at Willauer School, Thompson Island, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America. His Royal Highness also attended a briefing on the Outward Bound and Boston Public Schools Choices programme in the Lewis Library, Willauer School, and later visited students from the Choices programme participating in a Search and Rescue exercise at the Farm Site. The Duke of York, Chairman of the Trustees, this afternoon departed Boston for New York upon the conclusion of His Royal Highness's Outward Bound Trust engagements. Captain Richard Dilworth was in attendance.

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.