The wreck of the Mary Rose was discovered on the Solent seabed in 1971 and it was just three years later that the Prince of Wales made his first dive on the remains of Henry VIII’s flagship.
Many more were to follow when time permitted as Prince Charles pursued his naval career.
That first dive triggered a fascination with the project and he followed the excavation, conservation and exhibition of artefacts with a very close interest.
He became president of the Mary Rose Trust and played an active role in its objective of reuniting the Mary Rose with her incredible collection of artefacts.
This culminated with his visit yesterday to see the new £36m museum for the first time.