A Royal celebration

ROYALTY Mark Inkster, left, meeting the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace, with Brian Mead, Tim Robinson and David Mead
ROYALTY Mark Inkster, left, meeting the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace, with Brian Mead, Tim Robinson and David Mead
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Pictures by Ellie Pilmoor

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IT WAS a moment of pride which they will never forget.

Members of the Royal Southern Yacht Club raised a toast with the club’s patron, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at a luncheon at Buckingham Palace.

One hundred and fifty members were invited to the palace to celebrate the club’s 175th anniversary.

In an interesting coincidence, Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns for 175 years.

A pre-luncheon champagne reception was held in the Picture Gallery, during which guests were presented to the Duke by the Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Mark Inkster.

Peta Stuart-Hunt, spokeswoman for the Hamble-based club, said: ‘It was wonderful.

‘It was a particular treat to have been presented to the Duke of Edinburgh who was on excellent form.’