The First of November saw us receive a visit from a very special visitor. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrived at the museum at 1030am, much to the surprise of the visitors waiting to go on board HMS Victory.
Paul Griffiths, the head of operations at the Mary Rose Museum, said: ‘It’s a real honour to be able to welcome the Duke of Edinburgh here today.
‘What’s really nice is that he requested the visit, not the other way around. It’s a feather in our cap and also a great thing for Portsmouth as well that we are attracting people like Prince Philip to the city.’
The Duke was met outside the museum by members of the Mary Rose Trust, including Rear-Admiral John Lippiett. He took a full tour of the Museum, meeting many members of our team, both behind the scenes and font of house, and even had a bottle of our Mary Rose ale with his lunch!