THREE lucky schoolgirls were presented with awards from Prince William after entering a submarine-themed poetry contest.
The submarine museum - which the prince visited yesterday - had invited pupils from Brune Park Community School to visit HMS Alliance and then write a poem about life on board.
The three students who wrote the best poems – Alegria Tracey, Alicia Bonas, and Felicity Gill – were then invited to meet William and receive an award from him.
Alegria, 12, read out her poem to the Duke.
She said: ‘I wasn’t really that nervous.
‘I didn’t know until the last minute that he was going to be here so that was a very nice surprise.
‘I really enjoyed the poetry project and it’s nice that someone like Prince William was able to hear it.’
Alegria’s dad Steve Tracey, 52, of Gosport, added: ‘I am immensely proud of her.
‘I am proud of her not only for winning but also for the way she got up and read it out so perfectly.’
Students from Brune Park were also invited to line the route to the museum when Prince William arrived.
He stopped and chatted to the youngsters before going on to take part in the rededication ceremony.