Prince William enjoys traditional tot of rum as he visits Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport

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Prince William drank a tot of rum in a ritual for newly qualified submariners at the rededication ceremony for HMS Alliance in Gosport today.

Arriving by Lynx helicopter, the Duke of Cambridge was welcomed by schoolchildren waving flags at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport today.

Prince William in Gosport today

Prince William in Gosport today

He was there to see the work done as part of a recent restoration project which has returned HMS Alliance to her former glory.

There was also a ceremony to rededicate the submarine, the only one surviving from the Second World War era.

William enjoyed a tour of the boat, and when asked if he would be bringing his son George to see the submarine he said: It’s great that younger generations can really see and feel what it is like to be a submariner. I wouldn’t let George in here. A nightmare George is - too many things for him to pull and hit.’

Afterwards, the prince took a tot of rum.

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View a picture slideshow of the prince’s visit here

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HMS Alliance, at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Haslar, looks a little different today to how she was when the Duke of Cambridge last saw her.

William came to Gosport in 2008 to open a memorial to thousands of lost submariners at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Haslar.

Prince William is the Commodore-in-Chief Submarines, and also the royal patron of the HMS Alliance appeal.

Launched in July 1945, Alliance was designed for service in the Far East but the Second World War ended before she could be put into action.

The vessel went on to see more than 25 years of service and is now the star attraction at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.

She has been on display since 1981 but urgent conservation and restoration was needed after she began to rust and fall into the sea.

The conservation project has also seen the interior of the vessel made to look like it is operational again.