Order of the Garter ceremony
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh sit with the Knights and Ladies of the Garter in the Waterloo Room at Windsor Castle before a Garter Service at St George's Chapel in the castle grounds. * The Knights and Ladies, with the Officers of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, are, from left: front row: The Duke of Grafton, The King of Spain, The Queen of Denmark, The Duke of Gloucester, The Princess Royal, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Kent, Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, The Queen of the Netherlands, The King of Norway. Second row: Page of Honour The Honorable John Bowes-Lyon, Black Rod Sir Michael Willcocks, Sir Edward Heath, The Duke of Devonshire, Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, The Duke of Wellington, The Chancellor Lord Carrington, Lord Richardson of Duntisbourne, Lord Bramall, Viscount Ridley, Lord Kingsdown, Baroness Thatcher, Garter Peter Gwynn-Jones, Page of Honour Lord Carnegie. Third row: Lord Inge, The Duke of Abercorn, Lord Ashburton, The Register The Dean of Windsor, Sir Edmund Hillary, The Prelate The Bishop of Winchester, Sir Timothy Coleman, The Secretary Hubert Chesshyre, Sir William Gladstone and Sir Anthony Acland.
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Thatcher Heath Tory Conference
Former Conservative Prime Ministers Sir Edward Heath and Baroness Thatcher listen to the debate at the Conservative Party Conference annual conference in Bournemouth. 24/10/00: Heath announced that he is to retire from Parliament at the next general election. * after more than 50 years as an MP. As the Father of the House - its longest serving Member - Sir Edward conducted, the arduous procedure to elect the new Speaker. Despite his age, Sir Edward is a regular attender at the Commons, an occasional speaker - always without notes and invariably witty - and never misses an opportunity to proclaim his pro-European views. *25/10/00 Sir Edward Heath will be remembered as the one-term Prime Minister who found it hard to forgive Margaret Thatcher for ousting him from the Tory leadership. But his crowning achievement, taking Britain into the Common Market, is likely to provide the longer lasting legacy. The bitterness over his loss of the leadership was deep, reflected in almost ceaseless and sometimes savage attacks on her policies while she was in power.