By George – that’s the way to pay a royal visit

George Rogers, holding his hat, watches George VI enter a building during his visit to Portsmouth Dockyard in 1941
George Rogers, holding his hat, watches George VI enter a building during his visit to Portsmouth Dockyard in 1941
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No sooner had the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge named their son George than two pictures dropped into my inbox.

The baby will one day, presumably, become King George VII and Tamora Langley, who sent me the photos - one shown here and the other published on my Remember When page in The News today - thought readers would be interested in the subject matter, namely the last King George visiting Portsmouth Dockyard in 1941.

Tamora, of Revenge Close, Milton, Portsmouth, says her great grandad, another George (George James Rogers), features in both, welcoming George VI, little George’s great-great-grandfather, to the home of the Royal Navy soon after the worse bombing raid of the Second World War on the city.

She adds: ‘I remember my great-grandad.

‘He lived on Winter Road, Southsea, until he was 98 and would tell me all about his life working his way up from a dockyard apprentice to become the manager of the dockyard.’

She said he used to describe what life was like living in Milton ‘village’ and ‘how it was only at the end of his second year of working as an apprentice he was able to afford a suit’.