Court Circular

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  • 15 May 1997

    Buckingham Palace

    May 14: The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, went in State to the Palace of Westminster today to open the Session of Parliament. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness drove in a Carriage Procession, escorted by a Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry, and were received at the Sovereign's Entrance by the Lord Great Chamberlain and the Earl Marshal. Guards of Honour were mounted at Buckingham Palace by The Queen's Guard found by the 1st Battalion Scots Guards and at the Palace of Westminster by the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Wales. A staircase party of the Household Cavalry was on duty at Victoria Tower, House of Lords. Gun Salutes were fired in Green Park by The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, and from the Tower of London Saluting Battery by the Honourable Artillery Company. The Imperial State Crown, the Sword of State and the Cap of Maintenance were conveyed previously to the House of Lords in a Carriage Procession, escorted by a Regalia Escort of the Household Cavalry. Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms was on duty in the Prince's Chamber and The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard was on duty in the Royal Gallery. The Ladies and Gentlemen of the Household in Waiting and the Pages of Honour to The Queen were in attendance at the Palace of Westminster. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh returned to Buckingham Palace and were received by the Lord Chamberlain and the Vice-Chamberlain of the Household. BUCKINGHAM PALACE May 14: The Duke of York this morning visited a number of British commercial concerns in San Francisco, California. His Royal Highness later attended a Reception and Luncheon for the Britain Meets the Bay Foundation at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, San Francisco. The Duke of York this afternoon attended a Reception given by the British Consul General at the Residence. His Royal Highness this evening attended the opening night of the Royal Shakespeare Company's "Comedy of Errors" at the Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Theater, University of San Francisco. The Duke of York subsequently attended a Reception given by Mr and Mrs Gordon Getty for the Royal Shakespeare Company. BUCKINGHAM PALACE May 14: The Princess Royal, Patron, the British Nutrition Foundation, this morning attended a conference on "Nutrition in Infancy" at the Royal Society of Medicine, Wimpole Street, London W1. Her Royal Highness, Patron, College of Occupational Therapists, this afternoon attended the conference/study day on "Positive Images, Positive Steps" and "the Role of Occupational Therapy in the Mental Health Field is Developing More Than Ever" at Marshalsea Road, Southwark, London SE1. The Princess Royal this evening attended a King George's Fund for Sailors' Fund-raising Dinner at Drapers' Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London EC2. ST JAMES'S PALACE May 14: The Prince of Wales today visited Dorset and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant (the Lord Digby). His Royal Highness, President, this morning visited The Prince's Trust's "Superstart" programme for disadvantaged young people at Osmington Bay, Weymouth, and toured the site, meeting a number of participants. The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, this afternoon opened the Enterprise Centre, Poundbury, Dorchester, and was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Dorchester. KENSINGTON PALACE May 14: The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon was present at the State Opening of Parliament this morning. KENSINGTON PALACE May 14: The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were present this morning at the State Opening of Parliament. THATCHED HOUSE LODGE RICHMOND PARK May 14: Princess Alexandra this morning visited the ISS (International Social Service of the United Kingdon) International Spring Fair at Kensington Town Hall, London W8. At the invitation of The Queen, the President of Brazil will pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom from December 2-5. The President and Senhora Cardoso will stay at Buckingham Palace.