THE Princess Royal got stuck into a bit of Portsmouth history with a visit to the newly-opened Mary Rose Museum.
The princess visited the museum to celebrate the centenary of The Naval Review journal.
The celebration was held at the museum, in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, and gave her a chance to explore the wonders of King Henry VIII’s ship.
Princess Anne met staff and was given a tour of the museum.
She even had a go at drawing a long bow.
Rear-Admiral John Lippiett is the chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust and a trustee of The Naval Review.
He said: ‘It was tremendous to have a visit from the royal family, but also to have the number of people we have been seeing since the opening of the museum.
‘I understand we have just passed the 130,000 mark.
‘The Princess Royal is the first, I’m sure, of the royal family who would wish to come and see us.
‘I’m sure there will be others but it just goes to show the level of interest, nationally and internationally, of this exhibition.’
The Naval Review is a quarterly journal which has been published since 1913. Its circulation is restricted to serving or retired officers and warrant officers of the armed forces and is aimed at encouraging thought and discussion on subjects such as naval strategy, tactics, training and discipline.
Other guests at the event included the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Lynne Stagg, and naval base commander Commodore Jeremy Rigby.
The Princess also met many authors who have contributed to The Naval Review, and presented commemorative volumes to major donors.
As reported in The News, the Mary Rose Museum saw 100,000 visitors in its first eight weeks of opening.
The eyes of the world were on Portsmouth on May 30 for the museum’s official opening. It was marked with a day of events around the city, including a wreath-laying at the wreck site.