Prince Charles praises Mary Rose Museum as he visits Portsmouth with Camilla

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Prince Charles today praised the Mary Rose Museum as he visited Portsmouth with Camilla to see the new home of his ancestor Henry VIII’s warship.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard this morning to tour the museum and see some of the artefacts which have been put on display for the first time. Charles said the museum was a great British achievement.

Prince Charles tries a longbow at the Mary Rose Museum

Prince Charles tries a longbow at the Mary Rose Museum

Afterwards, Charles went go on board HMS Dragon while Camilla visited a support centre in Cosham for victims of sexual assault and abuse.

Rear-Admiral John Lippiett, the chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust, said: ‘We are delighted to be welcoming Their Royal Highnesses to the Mary Rose and to be able to show them around our new museum.

‘They will meet many of the people who have made the museum project possible.

‘His Royal Highness’s personal involvement has been fundamental throughout the project’s history and we look forward to showing him our achievements.

‘We are especially pleased that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall will be paying her first visit to the Mary Rose.’

At the Mary Rose Museum, Prince Charles and Camilla met trustees, donors, staff, and volunteers.

Prince Charles is the president of the Mary Rose Trust, and has been involved with the ship since his first dive on the wreck on July 30, 1975.

He has followed the project closely since those days.

Prince Charles was one of the last people to dive down on the Mary Rose wreck in 1982, pictured, before watching the hull being raised from the Solent.

The new museum opened to the public in May last year, and has since seen more than 250,000 people pass through the doors.

Today was Prince Charles’ first visit to the museum, and it was the first time the Duchess of Cornwall has seen the ship.

Later in the day, the Royal couple visited HMS Illustrious. Camilla was shown a demonstration of medics’ skill before she and Charles met sailors who had helped with the relief operation in the Philippines.

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