Royal visit for Portsmouth’s Mary Rose Museum

ROYAL VISIT Prince Charles and Camilla will visit the Mary Rose Museum later this month
ROYAL VISIT Prince Charles and Camilla will visit the Mary Rose Museum later this month
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PRINCE Charles and Camilla will visit Portsmouth next week to see the new Mary Rose Museum for the first time.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit the historic ship on February 26 at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

They will tour the museum, including the learning suite, and will see some of the artefacts which have been put on display for the first time since the attraction opened in May last year.

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.’

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will meet trustees, major donors, staff, and volunteers at the museum.

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.