Island to welcome royalty

By Matthew McKew

Thursday, July 31, 2014

 

A ROYAL presence will be felt next week when the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week begins on Sunday.

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal will visit the sailing event.

Prince Philip will attend the annual Cowes Week service at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday.

He will then attend a reception and dinner at the Royal Yacht Squadron to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cowes Combined Clubs, which was formed in 1964 on his suggestion.

Cowes Combined Clubs represents the Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal London Yacht Club, Royal Thames Yacht Club, Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Royal Southern Yacht Club, Island Sailing Club and Royal Ocean Racing Club.

These sailing clubs are involved in the co-ordination of the regatta.

On Monday, the Duke of Edinburgh will visit Clare Lallow, a boat building company established in 1867.

He will inspect the Opposition, formerly known as Morning Cloud II, which was commissioned in 1970 by then Prime Minister, Edward Heath.

Prince Philip will then visit Beken Ltd to view a photography exhibition with the theme Royalty at Cowes.

Meanwhile, the Princess Royal will visit the environmental and outdoor education charity, Medina Valley Centre, near Newport.

She will then attend a reception at the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes.

On Monday, she will attend a vigil service at the Chapel of St Nicholas in Castro at Carisbrooke Castle. The service will mark the outbreak of the First World War.

On Tuesday, she will be involved in racing.

In her role as patron of UKSA, the Princess Royal will be joined by young ambassadors and representatives of the youth charity.

The Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Maj Gen Martin White, said: "I am very much looking forward to welcoming the Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal to the Isle of Wight, both of whom are regular visitors.

"I am particularly pleased the Princess Royal is to join our commemorations to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War. The service is set to be a moving tribute to those who served and gave their lives for our country."

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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