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  • 25 October 1997

    Palace Of Holyroodhouse

    Mr. Nelson Mandela (President of the Republic of South Africa), the Hon. Serge Vohor Rialuth (Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu), Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif (Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan), Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell (Prime Minister of Grenada) and Dr. the Hon. Navinchandra Ramgoolam (Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius) were received by The Queen this morning. His Excellency Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (President of the Republic of Maldives) was also received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested him with the Insignia of an Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George. The King of Swaziland, Senhor Joaquim Chissano (President of the Republic of Mozambique), the Hon. Dr. Alfred Sant (Prime Minister of Malta) and the Hon. Basdeo Panday (Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago) were entertained to Luncheon by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness this evening gave a Reception for Ministers and Senior Officials attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Duke of Edinburgh this morning visited the Commonwealth Centre Exhibition of Non-Governmental Organisations in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh.

  • 24 October 1997

    Palace Of Holyroodhouse

    The Crown Prince of Tonga was received by The Queen this morning. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh later gave a Reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse for representatives of the media covering the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The Princess Royal was present. Afterwards Dr. the Hon. Kenny Anthony (Prime Minister of St. Lucia) and the Hon. Mr. Inder Kumar Gujral (Prime Minister of the Republic of India) were received by Her Majesty. The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales, this afternoon opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Edinburgh Conference Centre. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh gave a Dinner this evening for Commonwealth Heads of Government at which Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal and Captain Timothy Laurence RN were present. The following were invited: The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Prime Minister of Australia and Mrs. Howard, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and Sheikh Rehana, the Prime Minister of Barbados and Mrs. Arthur, the Prime Minister of Belize, The President of Botswana and Lady Masire, The Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, the Prime Minister of Cameroon, the Prime Minister of Canada and Mrs. Chrétien, The President of Cyprus and Mrs. Clerides, the Prime Minister of Dominica, the Prime Minister of Fiji and Mrs. Rabuka, The President of the Gambia and Mrs. Tuti Faal-Jammeh, The President of Ghana and Mrs. Rawlings, the Prime Minister of Grenada and Mrs. Mitchell, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana, the Prime Minister of India and Mrs. Gujral, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-Operation of Kenya, The President of Kiribati and Madame Keina Tito, the Deputy Prime Minister of Lesotho, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Malawi and Mrs. Chipeta, the Prime Minister of Malaysia and Datin Seri Dr. Siti Hasmah, The President of the Republic of Maldives, the Prime Minister of Malta, the Prime Minister of Mauritius and Mrs. Ramgoolam, The President of Mozambique and Mrs. Chissano, The President of Namibia and Mrs. Nujoma, the Prime Minister of New Zealand and Mrs. Bolger, the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the Deputy Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and Mrs. Haiveta, the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Prime Minister of St. Lucia, the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Miss Louise Mitchell, the Minister of Education of Samoa, the Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles and Mrs. Michel, The President of Sierra Leone and Mrs. Kabbah, the Prime Minister of Singapore, the Deputy Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, The President of the Republic of South Africa and Mrs. Graca Machel, The President of Sri Lanka, The King of Swaziland and The Inkhosikati, The President of Tanzania and Mrs. Mkapa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence of Tonga, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and Mrs. Panday, The President of Uganda and Mrs. Museveni, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Mrs. Blair, the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, the Vice President of Zambia, The President of Zimbabwe and Mrs. Mugabe, and the Commonwealth Secretary-General and Mrs. Anyaoku. Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka) presented to Her Majesty and His Royal Highness Golden Wedding gifts on behalf of the Commonwealth Heads of Government. The Duke of Edinburgh this afternoon attended a Reception to promote the Army Cadet Force Association in Scotland at the Army Headquarters Scotland, Craigiehall, South Queensferry, West Lothian.

  • 12 October 1997

    Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attended Evensong this evening in Holy Trinity Church, Murree. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness later left Islamabad, Pakistan, and flew to New Delhi, India,. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were received at the Airport by the British High Commissioner to the Republic of India (His Excellency Sir David Gore-Booth) and the Minister in Attendance (Shrimati Kamla Sinha).

  • 8 October 1997

    Aiwan-e-sadr, Islamabad

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this morning visited the National Assembly, Islamabad, where Her Majesty addressed the Joint Session of Parliament. The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, afterwards opened a British Council exhibition "Traditions of Respect" (on the influence of Islam in the West) at the Convention Centre, Islamabad. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness later gave a Luncheon at the British High Commissioner's residence. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this afternoon visited Rawalpindi Cricket Club, met the Pakistani and South African Test teams and watched part of the match. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness later laid a Wreath at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and met veterans. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh afterwards attended a Reception in the gardens of the British High Commissioner's residence. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness subsequently watched Beat Retreat by the Royal Marine Band.

  • 7 October 1997

    Aiwan-e-sadr, Islamabad

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this morning arrived at Chaklala Airport, Islamabad, Pakistan, and were received by the Foreign Minister (Captain Gohar Ayub Khan). Her Majesty and His Royal Highness drove to the President's Palace, Aiwan-e-Sadr, and were received by The President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Sardar Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari). The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh later visited Shah Faisal Mosque. Her Majesty afterwards visited the Prime Minister (Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif) at his residence. The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, this afternoon opened new commercial offices at the British High Commission. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness subsequently attended a Reception for media representatives at the High Commission. This evening The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attended a State Banquet given by The President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan at the Presidential Palace.

  • 6 October 1997

    Buckingham Palace

    Lieutenant Colonel Peter Gibbs was received by The Queen upon his retirement as Private Secretary to The Princess Royal when Her Majesty conferred upon him the honour of Knighthood and invested him with the Insignia of a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh left Heathrow Airport, London, this evening to visit Pakistan and India. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness were received at the Airport by the Earl of Airlie KT (Lord Chamberlain), Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (Field Marshal the Lord Bramall KG), His Excellency Dr. L. M. Singhvi (High Commissioner of the Republic of India), Mr. Javed Iqbal (Acting High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan), Mr. Roger Cato (Deputy Managing Director, Heathrow Airport) and Sir Colin Marshal (Chairman, British Airways). The following are in attendance: the Rt. Hon. Robin Cook MP (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), His Excellency Mr. David Dain (British High Commissioner to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan) and Mrs. Dain, the Countess of Airlie, the Lady Elton, the Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Fellowes, Major General Sir Simon Cooper, Mr. Robin Janvrin, Mr. Geoffrey Crawford, Surgeon Captain David Swain RN, Air Commodore the Hon. Timothy Elworthy, Lieutenant Commander Toby Williamson RN and Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis. The Lady Elton has succeeded Lady Dugdale as Lady in Waiting to The Queen.

  • 10 July 1997

    St. James's Palace

    The Prince of Wales this morning visited HMS NOTTINGHAM and viewed an air defence and battle damage exercise. His Royal Highness this afternoon visited a disaster exercise site at Weston Mill. The Prince of Wales this evening attended a Gala Dinner at the Royal Albert Hall, London SW7, organised by Asia House to celebrate the Fiftieth Anniversary of Indian and Pakistani independence.

  • 2 July 1997

    Buckingham Palace

    The Duke of York this evening attended the Annual Dinner of the Pakistan Society in the Great Hall, Lincoln's Inn, London WC2.

  • 13 June 1997

    St. James's Palace

    The Prince of Wales this morning gave a Reception to launch the Disability Partnership, formerly The Prince of Wales' Advisory Group on Disability, at St. James's Palace. His Royal Highness this afternoon gave a Reception to mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of India and Pakistan's Independence. The Prince of Wales, Colonel, Welsh Guards, this evening attended the Senior Colonels' Conference and Dinner at Buckingham Palace.

  • 12 June 1997

    Buckingham Palace

    The Crown Prince of Nepal was received by The Queen this morning. His Excellency Mian Riaz Samee was received in audience by Her Majesty and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Court of St. James's. Mrs. Riaz Samee was also received by The Queen. Sir John Coles (Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) was present. Mr. Justice Coghlin was received by The Queen upon his appointment as a Justice of the High Court in Northern Ireland when Her Majesty conferred upon him the honour of Knighthood and invested him with the Insignia of a Knight Bachelor. The following were received in audience by The Queen and kissed hands upon their appointment as Her Majesty's Ambassadors: Mr. George Edgar (Cambodia), Mr. John Forbes-Meyler (the Republic of Ecuador), Mr. Roy Osbourne (the Republic of Nicaragua), Mr. Colin Munro (the Republic of Croatia) and Mr. Timothy Craddock (the Republic of Estonia). Mrs. Edgar, Mrs. Forbes-Meyler, Mrs. Osbourne and Mrs. Munro were also received by Her Majesty. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this evening arrived at Lambeth Pier and were received by the Chairman, Port of London Authority (Sir Brian Shaw). Her Majesty and His Royal Highness embarked in the Port of London Authority Barge ROYAL NORE, proceeded downriver to Emerson Street Stairs and were received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London (Field Marshal the Lord Bramall KG) and the Mayor of Southwark (Councillor William Skelly). The Queen's Bargemaster and Watermen were on duty. The Queen, with The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, the Shakespeare Globe Trust, subsequently attended a special celebratory performance to mark the opening of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London SE1, and were received by the Chairman of the Shakespeare Globe Trust (Sir Michael Perry). Afterwards Her Majesty and His Royal Highness witnessed a display of Fireworks. The Duke of Edinburgh, President, this morning chaired a meeting of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee at Buckingham Palace. His Royal Highness, Patron, Opportunities for People with Disabilities, later attended a Reception at the Gibson Hall, Bishopsgate, London EC2.