November 2001

The Earl of Wessex, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, today gave a Lunch at Bagshot Park, Surrey. The Earl and Countess of Wessex this evening attended a performance of A Christmas Carol given by the Northern Ballet Theatre at the new Victoria Theatre, Woking, and were received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey (Mrs. Timothy Goad).

The Prince of Wales this afternoon attended a Memorial Service for United Kingdom victims of the 11th September 2001, which was held at Wesminster Abbey. His Royal Highness, Patron, Wildlife Trusts, later visited the Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Hickling Restoration Project, Hickling, Norwich. The Prince of Wales later opened a new wing of Leonard Cheshire, The Grove, at Scotts Hill, East Carleton, Norwich.

The President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia visited The Queen this morning. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh today attended a Special Service in Westminster Abbey for the United Kingdom families of those who lost their lives in the United States of America on 11th September, 2001 and were received by the Dean (the Very Reverend Wesley Carr) and the Archbishop of Canterbury. After the Service, Her Majesty, accompanied by His Royal Highness, placed flowers on the Memorial for Innocent Victims. The Duke of Edinburgh this morning presented the World Ship Trust International Maritime Heritage Award and the Individual Award for Achievement in the field of historic ship restoration at Buckingham Palace. His Royal Highness, President and Honorary Life Fellow, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, this afternoon presented the 2001 Albert Medal at Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Edinburgh later visited Kesslers Manufacturing, International Business Park, Stratford, London E15. The Baroness Trumpington (Extra Baroness in Waiting) was present at Royal Air Force Northolt this evening upon the Departure of The President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and bade farewell to His Excellency on behalf of The Queen. The Lord Denham (Lord in Waiting) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this afternoon upon the Arrival of The President of the French Republic and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of Her Majesty. The Lord Denham (Lord in Waiting) was present at Heathrow Airport, London, this afternoon upon the Arrival of The President of Ireland and welcomed Mrs. McAleese on behalf of The Queen.

The Duke of Kent, President, the Scout Association, this morning visited the 1st Bilston Scouts, Prouds Lane, Bilston, Wolverhampton, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands (Mr. Robert Taylor). His Royal Highness later presented the Birmingham Post Business Awards at the International Convention Centre, Broad Street, Birmingham. The Duke of Kent this afternoon visited Park View Day Centre, Monkspath Hall Road, Solihull.

The Duke of Gloucester, Patron, the Kensington Society, was represented by Major Nicholas Barne at the Memorial Service for Mrs. Gay Christiansen (founder of the Society) which was held in St. Mary Abbots Church, Kensington, London W8, this afternoon.

The Princess Royal today visited Glasgow and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Glasgow (Mr. Alexander Mosson, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost). Her Royal Highness visited the Malawi Millennium Project at the University of Strathclyde, Rottenrow East. The Princess Royal, Patron, Victim Support Scotland, this afternoon attended the launch of VSS Vision at Glasgow City Chambers, George Square. Her Royal Highness afterwards opened The Princess Royal Maternity Unit, Glasgow Infirmary, Alexandra Parade. The Princess Royal, President, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, this evening attended the Annual Dinner at the Thistle Hotel, Cambridge Street.

The Prince of Wales, Patron, Wildlife Trusts, this evening attended a reception to mark the 75th Anniversary of The Norfolk Wildlife Trust which was held at Sandringham.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh today undertook a series of engagements connected with broadcasting. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness this morning visited the set of EastEnders at BBC Elstree Centre Studios, Clarendon Road, Borehamwood, and were received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire (Mr. Simon Bowes Lyon) and the Mayor of Hertsmere Borough Council (Councillor William Hogan). The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, escorted respectively by Mr. M. Young (Controller of Continuing Drama Series) and Mr. John Yorke (Executive Producer), toured the set and met members of the cast and crew. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness this afternoon visited ITN Studios, Gray's Inn Road, London WC1, and were received by Field Marshal Sir John Chapple (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London). The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh toured the studios, escorted by Mr. Mark Wood (ITN Chairman) and Mr. Stewart Purvis (ITN Chief Executive), and viewed programmes in production and equipment and technology used. Her Majesty later visited the BBC Studios of Blue Peter at BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, London W12, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (the Lord Imbert) and Mr. S. Hocking (Editor of Blue Peter). The Queen afterwards opened CNN's new London Bureau and Production Centre, Great Marlborough Street, London W12, and was received by Mr. Walter Isaacson (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CNN Newsgroup). His Royal Highness later visited Classic FM, Classic FM House, Swallow Place, Oxford Circus, London W1. The Duke of Edinburgh afterwards visited BBC World Service, Bush House, Strand, London WC2. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness this evening gave a Reception at Buckingham Palace for the broadcasting industry. The Duke of York, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, accompanied by the Rt. Hon. Sir Angus Ogilvy, were present. The Duke of Edinburgh, Admiral, Royal Yacht Squadron, later attended the Winter Dinner at Trinity House, Tower Hill, London EC3. By command of The Queen, Sir Anthony Figgis (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Justas Vincas Paleckis at 84 Gloucester Place, London W1, this morning in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Republic of Lithuania to the Court of St. James's. The Lord Bassam of Brighton (Lord in Waiting) was present at Royal Air Force Northolt this afternoon upon the Arrival of The President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and welcomed His Excellency on behalf of Her Majesty.

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE QUEEN

A new version of the British Monarchy web site will be launched by The Queen during the reception for the broadcasting industry at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, 28th November, 2001. The Queen will view key areas of the site, including the Golden Jubilee section - a review of Her Majesty's reign.

The new site retains its wealth of information about the British Monarchy and its history, members of the Royal Family, Royal ceremonies and residences.

Princess Alexandra, Patron of Mind, this afternoon received Miss Judi Clements upon retiring as Chief Executive and Mr. Richard Brook upon assuming the appointment.

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