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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall's Mary Rose visit

26 February 2014

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall's Mary Rose visit

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Mary Rose on Wednesday 26th February for their first view of the purpose-built Mary Rose museum within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Their Royal Highnesses toured the museum, including the Stavros Niarchos Learning Suite and viewed at close quarters some of the unique Mary Rose artefacts. They also met with trustees, major donors, staff and volunteers.

The Prince of Wales, President of the Trust, has been actively involved with the Mary Rose since his first dive on the wreck on the 30th July 1975 and has followed the project very closely from those early days. His Royal Highness was one of the last people to dive down to the Mary Rose wreck in 1982, before watching the hull being raised from The Solent.

Rear Admiral John Lippiett CBE, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust said. “We are delighted to be welcoming Their Royal Highnesses to the Mary Rose and to be able to show them around our new museum. They will meet many of the people who have made the museum project possible. His Royal Highness’s personal involvement has been fundamental throughout the project’s history and we look forward to showing him our achievements. We are especially pleased that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall will be paying her first visit to the Mary Rose”.