Princess Anne visits Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth

Engine woes end mission

0
Have your say

Royal Marines musicians travel to far flung places to perform in front of royalty... but today, Princess Anne came to them.

The Princess Royal visited the Royal Marines School of Music this afternoon to see how the world-class musicians are trained.

Princess Anne speaks to trainee musicians at the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth Naval Base     Picture: Paul Jacobs

Princess Anne speaks to trainee musicians at the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth Naval Base Picture: Paul Jacobs

She watched a normal day unfold at the school, which is in Portsmouth Naval Base, including a marching display on the parade ground.

It was the school’s first royal visit since 1996, when the Princess Royal’s brother, the Earl of Wessex, opened the school on its relocation from Kent.

Musician Megan Devoy, 20, from Fareham, said: ‘It was really good to meet Princess Anne.

‘She asked me lots of questions like how long I had been in training, and why I wanted to join, things like that.

17/10/13      SB   Princess Anne''HRH The Princess Royal visits the Royal Marines School of Music, with  Lt Col Nick Grace left and Maj John Ridley right''Picture: Paul Jacobs (132894-1)

17/10/13 SB Princess Anne''HRH The Princess Royal visits the Royal Marines School of Music, with Lt Col Nick Grace left and Maj John Ridley right''Picture: Paul Jacobs (132894-1)

‘She seemed very interested in what everyone had to say.’

Princess Anne also saw the naval base headquarters, where Commodore Jeremy Rigby explained preparations for the arrival of Portsmouth’s future warships.

She was also given a tour of the historic Block Mills, a Georgian factory which produced wooden pulley-blocks for ships.

Royal Marine Musician Jack Lewis, 17, added: ‘I’ve never met royalty before so it was great.

‘It was good to be able to show her what we do here.’

Earlier in the day, Princess Anne visited the new Citizens Advice Bureau in Winston Churchill Avenue.