ROYAL Navy reservists were honoured with medals by Prince Michael of Kent last night.
The Prince, who is Commodore-in-Chief of Maritime Reserves, visited HMS King Alfred on Whale Island to award the medals to part-time sailors.
In his first visit to the naval reserve unit since 2003, he said: ‘I was talking to someone recently who said reservists are twice the citizen, which is pretty accurate.’
Lieutenant Alan Bradley received a volunteer reserve service medal for 10 years’ service with HMS King Alfred as a communications specialist.
The 46-year-old from Clanfield who works as a civilian at HMS Collingwood for BAE Systems, said: ‘It’s great to have a medal awarded by Royalty.
‘It makes it that bit more special and it’s a real honour to meet the prince.’