Royals attend reception on board HMS Illustrious for recently returned sailors

Camilla watches a medical demonstration  Picture: Paul Jacobs (14602-5)
Camilla watches a medical demonstration Picture: Paul Jacobs (14602-5)
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After a busy day in Portsmouth, Prince Charles and Camilla attendeda reception for heroic sailors who helped in the wake of a devastating typhoon in the Philippines.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall boarded the Royal Navy’s helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious at Portsmouth Naval Base to meet with servicemen and women who recently returned from the Philippines, where they helped with the disaster relief effort following Typhoon Haiyan.

As reported in The News, HMS Illustrious returned to the city last month after a series of exercises in the Mediterranean and Gulf.

The deployment went on for longer than planned, after the ship and her crew were diverted to the Philippines to help following the devastating natural disaster.

HMS Illustrious and her 950-strong crew spent three weeks delivering emergency aid supplies and repairing infrastructure.

Prince Charles and Camilla have been visiting Portsmouth today for a series of engagements including a visit to the new Mary Rose Museum.

· For full reports and pictures, see The News tomorrow.