THIS year marks the 500th anniversary of the launch of the Mary Rose, which was built in Portsmouth.
She was one of the first ships able to fire a broadside and was a firm favourite of Tudor monarch King Henry VIII.
After a long and successful career, she sank accidentally in the Solent during an engagement with the French invasion fleet in 1545.
Following the modern discovery of the wreck in 1971, the project became known to the general public and received increasing media attention.
In 1974 the project received Royal patronage from Prince Charles, who participated in several dives on the site.
Prince Harry’s laying of the foundation stone for the brand new Mary Rose museum now opens a new chapter for the ship at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
From Autumn 2021, the ship will be on display with more artefacts on show than ever before.
This comes after the Mary Rose Trust received a £21million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to complete the £35 million project for the conservation of the hull and to build a permanent museum.
The trust says the new museum will ‘represent the very best in 21st century architecture and construction’.
And they say it will provide ‘a beautiful and secure environment for the finest collection of 16th century artefacts in the world.’