The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in Portsmouth for their first look at the new Mary Rose Museum.
Their visit to the attraction, in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, is the first of a series of visits around the city today.
The pair were met outside the museum by key members of the Mary Rose Trust and museum staff.
Prince Charles and Camilla will view the ship in its new home, a visually stunning museum which opened to the public for the first time in May last year.
They will also handle artefacts which have gone on display for the first time, and visit the museum’s new education centre. 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.
Today marks Prince Charles’ first visit to the museum, and it will be the first time the Duchess of Cornwall has seen the ship.
The Mary Rose Museum will be closed to the public today due to the royal visit.
Elizabeth Loveres, 10, from St John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School in Landport presented a posy to the Duchess of Cornwall.
Elizabeth said: ‘I’m very excited and can’t believe I was chosen.
‘History is my favourite subject and I’m looking forward to seeing the museum as well.’
· For live updates on the royal visit to Portsmouth throughout the day, see portsmouth.co.uk. For full reports and pictures, see The News tomorrow.