Princess Anne shown the inner workings of Portsmouth Naval Base

Princess Anne watches riggers. Picture: L(Phot) Alex Knott
Princess Anne watches riggers. Picture: L(Phot) Alex Knott
HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth            Picture: PA

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FROM riggers to pilots and police officers, Princess Anne was shown the inner workings of Portsmouth Naval Base during her visit.

The Princess, in her role as Commodore-in-Chief Portsmouth, was shown what goes on at the waterfront areas of the 300-acre base.

She started her tour at the rigging shop, which has been housed within Semaphore Tower since the 1940s. The royal guest watched riggers at work before BAE Systems’ master rigger Martin Paine explained the history of the shop.

The Princess then met Queen’s Harbour Master Captain Steve Hopper and Chief Admiralty Pilot Captain Tony Bannister who described their role in ensuring the safety and security of Portsmouth Harbour and the eastern Solent.

She was then taken on a tour of the harbour in a Ministry of Defence Police launch. Inspector Tom Huntley explained the role of MoD Police marine unit in patrolling the patch and keeping the harbour safe.