The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were received this morning at City of Derry Airport by the Rt. Hon. Dr. John Reid MP (Secretary of State for Northern Ireland). Her Majesty and His Royal Highness drove to Maydown Ebrington Centre, Londonderry, and were received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Londonderry (Mr. James Eaton), the Chairman of Maydown Ebrington Group (Mr. Desmond Steen) and the Mayor of Derry City Council (Alderman Mildred Garfield). The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this afternoon visited Hillsborough Castle and were received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Down (Mr. William Hall). The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland was received in audience by The Queen. The Rt. Hon. David Trimble MP MLA (First Minister, Northern Ireland Assembly) and Mr. Mark Durkan MLA (Deputy First Minister) were received afterwards by Her Majesty. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were entertained to Lunch by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness later visited Lisburn Borough Council Civic Centre and were received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim (the Lord O'Neill) and the Mayor of Lisburn Borough Council (Councillor James Dillon). The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, toured the Centre and subsequently officially opened the Lagan Valley Island Complex. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness afterwards visited Fergusons Irish Linen Factory, Banbridge, County Down, and were received by the Non-Executive Chairman of the Franklins Group (Mr. Ralf Bauer) and Mr. David Neilly (Managing Director). The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh toured the Factory and met members of the staff. By command of The Queen, Sir Anthony Figgis (Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps) called upon His Excellency Mr. Gabriel Alexandre Sar at 39 Marloes Road, London W8, this morning in order to bid farewell to His Excellency upon relinquishing his appointment as Ambassador from the Republic of Senegal to the Court of St. James's.
The Duke of Kent, President, the Engineering Council, this evening attended the Annual Senate Dinner at Dyers' Hall, Dowgate Hill, London EC4.
The Duke of Gloucester, Honorary Air Commodore, this evening visited No. 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force at Royal Air Force Brize Norton, Oxfordshire. The Duchess of Gloucester this morning visited Maple Infants' School, Maple Road, Surbiton, Surrey, and was received by Colonel Geoffrey Godbold (Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London). Her Royal Highness this afternoon received Commander David Heley RN upon relinquishing his appointment as Commanding Officer of HMS GLOUCESTER.
The Princess Royal today visited Norfolk and was received by the Reverend Jonathan Peel (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk). Her Royal Highness, President, the Rural Housing Trust, today attended a Seminar for Parish Councils at Hempnall Village Hall, Hempnall. The Princess Royal, President of the Patrons, Crime Concern, this afternoon visited the Earlham Youth Project at the Gurney Centre, Irstead Road, Earlham, and subsequently visited the Community Wardens Scheme at the Community Wardens Building, Motum Road, Earlham. Her Royal Highness, President, Riding for the Disabled Association, this evening attended the pre-Conference Dinner at the Norwich Sport Village Hotel, Drayton High Road, Hellesdon.
Today is the Anniversary of the Birthday of The Prince of Wales. The Prince of Wales, President, this afternoon attended a lunch for the Prince of Wales Hospice (Pontefract) at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London W1. His Royal Highness, President, this afternoon visited the Royal College of Music for the Annual President's visit and Awards Ceremony. The Prince of Wales, Patron, this evening attended a reception given by the British School at Athens Appeal and inaugurated The Prince of Wales Bursary.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire (Chief of the Air Staff) was received by The Queen this morning. Her Excellency Dr. Kaja Tael was received in audience by Her Majesty and presented the Letters of Recall of her predecessor and her own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Republic of Estonia to the Court of St. James's. Sir John Kerr (Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) was present. The Queen held a Council at 12.20 p.m.. There were present: the Rt. Hon. Robin Cook MP (President), the Lord MacDonald of Tradeston (Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster), the Rt. Hon. John Spellar MP (Minister of State, Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions) and the Rt. Hon. Paul East. The Rt. Hon. Sir Kenneth Keith and the Rt. Hon. Simon Upton were sworn in as members of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council. The Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish MSP made affirmation as a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council. Mr. Alex Galloway was in attendance as Clerk of the Council. The Rt. Hon. Robin Cook MP had an audience of Her Majesty before the Council. The Queen, Patron, the London Goodenough Trust for Overseas Graduates, this afternoon visited Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1, to celebrate its new status as a College, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (the Lord Imbert), the Chairman (Sir Christopher Wates) and the Mayor of the London Borough of Camden (Councillor Roger Robinson). Her Majesty toured the College, meeting students, alumni and Visiting Fellows, and subsequently attended a Reception. The Duke of Edinburgh, Senior Fellow, this morning presented the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award at Buckingham Palace. His Royal Highness, Patron, today attended Receptions at St. James's Palace for Young People who have reached the Gold Standard in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
Princess Alexandra, Patron of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, this afternoon received Mr. Barry Weatherill (Chairman). Her Royal Highness, Patron, this evening attended a Dinner in aid of St. Christopher's Hospice at Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2.
The Duke of Kent this morning visited the Royal College of Defence Studies, Seaford House, Belgrave Square, London SW1. His Royal Highness this afternoon attended a Lunch given by the Government Hospitality Fund Wine Committee at Lancaster House, London SW1. The Duke of Kent, Grand Master, the Order of St. Michael and St. George, this evening attended a Reception at St. James's Palace to mark the publication last year of the book The Order of St. Michael and St. George by the Reverend Dr. Peter Galloway.
The Duke of Gloucester this evening attended an Asian Art in London Dinner for Historic Royal Palaces and The Queen's Gallery Restoration Project, in the State Apartments, Kensington Palace. The Duchess of Gloucester this afternoon visited Stockport and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester (Colonel John Timmins). Her Royal Highness visited Woodlands (unit for elderly people) and Tree House (unit for combined children's health services) at Stepping Hill Hospital. The Duchess of Gloucester afterwards opened the new Sports and Technology Centre at Stockport Grammar School. Her Royal Highness later visited the Museum of Hatting - Hat Works.
The Hon. Mrs. Rhodes has succeeded Mrs. Michael Gordon Lennox as Lady in Waiting to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.