Princess Anne delivered a speech praising those who put together a multi-million pound exhibition telling the story of the Royal Navy over 100 years.
The Princess Royal, a patron of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, spoke after officially opening the Babcock Galleries in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard yesterday.
She said: ‘An awful lot of work has gone into this and the input will continue I’m sure.
‘It’s been a real labour of love and it has been widely supported.
‘We couldn’t have done it without the funding obviously... but it is also about the sheer weight of numbers of people who were prepared to tell their stories.
‘This is about their story and we are really grateful to so many people for making that such a personal investment in these buildings and the history here in Portsmouth and in the Royal Navy.
‘This is a very exciting project and I’m grateful to all those who have been involved. My congratulations to all those who have made it work, put it together and created this opportunity.
‘And I’m grateful for the fact it officially opened on April 4 and we’ve already had 40,000 people through here.
‘The gallery reflects everything that is really important in the last 100 years but gives us a base to look forward to the future.
‘Thank you all for your support and encouragement and to everybody at the museum for carrying it through with such a high level of expertise and a lot of extra hard work.’