Now, all together girls – let’s sing for our princess

Princess Margaret (extreme right, seated) being entertained by Sea Rangers on board Foudroyant in Portsmouth Harbour in May 1950. Below, Sea Rangers on board HMS Victory in the same year.
Princess Margaret (extreme right, seated) being entertained by Sea Rangers on board Foudroyant in Portsmouth Harbour in May 1950. Below, Sea Rangers on board HMS Victory in the same year.

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In May 1950 the 19-year-old Princess Margaret brought crowds on to the streets of Portsmouth and Gosport when she visited the old training ship Foudroyant moored in the harbour.

As Commodore of the Sea Rangers she came to inspect youngsters from that uniformed organisation for girls aged nine to 21.

jpns-05-02-15 rw trafalgar''Sea Rangers on board HMS Victory in the 1950s

jpns-05-02-15 rw trafalgar''Sea Rangers on board HMS Victory in the 1950s

Here we see the Queen’s younger sister sitting in on a talk to the girls given by a senior officer.

Or perhaps, judging by that officer’s blurred hands, she was conducting a recital of sea shanties – ones of the non-bawdy variety, I’m sure.

Today’s pictures come from Helen Bishop of Esslemont Road, Southsea.

We also see Sea Rangers dancing the hornpipe, much to the amusement of watching Sea Scouts on what looks like Southsea Common, and more of them on HMS Victory.