Submarine crew were at the Queen’s side as well

Roy Day, third from the left, on the submarine HMS Tactician also escorted the Queen
Roy Day, third from the left, on the submarine HMS Tactician also escorted the Queen
Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

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The recent article about the destroyer HMS Solebay escorting the Royal Yacht Britannia during the Queen’s visit to West Africa, brought back similar memories for Roy Day.

Roy, of Silver Street, Southsea, was serving in the submarine HMS Tactician in 1961 running out of Singapore.

The Queen on board the Royal Yacht Britannia

The Queen on board the Royal Yacht Britannia

In February of that year Roy said the boat visited Karachi to coincide with the Queen’s visit to Pakistan.

Roy, third from the left in this picture of the submarine’s company, said: ‘The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh together with the president of Pakistan, Muhammad Ayub Khan, inspected the Pakistan navy aboard the presidential yacht.

‘We, the sole representatives of the Royal Navy, were stationed at the end of the line. ‘Shortly before we slipped the buoy to proceed to sea, we received a signal from Her Majesty to splice the mainbrace – a signal, I remember, which was well received by all the crew.’