New Colour

JPNS 01-06-12 RW queenwhale''The Queen shares a joke with a young rating and a wren during a walkabout in a marquee at Whale Island, Portsmouth, in May 1986

JPNS 01-06-12 RW queenwhale''The Queen shares a joke with a young rating and a wren during a walkabout in a marquee at Whale Island, Portsmouth, in May 1986

A Pompey forward heads the ball towards the Milton goal.  (Barry Cox collection)

From the heat of Egypt to blackberrying at Leigh Park

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In May 1986 the Queen presented a new Colour to the Portsmouth Command of the Royal Navy on the famous parade ground at Whale Island.

A 1,000-strong detachment of sailors paraded in pouring rain for the event having refused the chance to complete inside the drill shed.

Here the Queen shares a joke with a young rating and a wren during a short walkabout in a marquee on the Upper Lawn on the island.

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