Prince Philip tours Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth

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The Duke of Edinburgh has arrived at the Mary Rose Museum in a surprise visit to Portsmouth.

Prince Philip is at the museum, in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, for a private tour.

The Duke of Edinburgh arrives at the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth today. Below, Prince Philip with collections assistant Simon Ware. Picture: Helen Yates

The Duke of Edinburgh arrives at the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth today. Below, Prince Philip with collections assistant Simon Ware. Picture: Helen Yates

He will also visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy in his role as Lord High Admiral.

Paul Griffiths, the head of operations at the Mary Rose Museum, said: ‘It’s a real honour to be able to welcome the Duke of Edinburgh here today.

‘What’s really nice is that he requested the visit, not the other way around.

‘It’s a feather in our cap and also a great thing for Portsmouth as well that we are attracting people like Prince Philip to the city.’

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The Duke was met outside the museum by members of the Mary Rose Trust, including Rear-Admiral John Lippiett.

There were a few gasps of surprise from visitors to the dockyard as a dark Range Rover carrying Prince Philip pulled up in front of the museum.

Katherine Roberts, 37, from Birmingham, was waiting to go on board HMS Victory when the Duke arrived.

She said: ‘Nobody had any idea somebody like him would be here until we noticed all this attention on the area and then the car pulled up.

‘It was a really nice surprise.

‘It just goes to show how good the museum must be if the Duke of Edinburgh came here especially to see it.’

As reported in The News, the museum recently welcomed its 250,000th visitor since opening in May.

· Click here to see a picture of Princess Anne trying out one of the museum’s longbows when she visited earlier this year.

· The picture above, by Helen Yates, shows the Duke of Edinburgh with collections assistant Simon Ware.

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