Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal was in attendance at Britannia Royal Naval College recently to review the passing out of the latest intake of Officers into the Royal Navy. The Lord High Admiral's Divisions is the most prestigious parade in the BRNC calendar and it saw the QARNNS welcome it's newest Officers, Lieutenants Taborda and Thomas and Sub Lt Miller, who graduated on the day.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal represented her father, The Duke of Edinburgh, who was conferred as Lord High Admiral by Her Majesty The Queen on his 90th birthday in 2011.
Her Royal Highness arrived by helicopter and inspected the cadets, stopping to talk to them as she made her rounds. As she was making her way around, a Wildcat and a Merlin helicopter performed a fly past, much to the delight of the gathered crowd. Princess Anne then presented prizes to cadets and staff who had shown ‘extraordinary’ abilities in their roles. She then made a speech, congratulating the cadets and wishing them well for the future.
She said that the support of family and friends could never be ‘underestimated’ in the journey to becoming members of the armed forces, and thanked those who had supported the cadets.
Her Royal Highness has a long association with the Royal Navy and holds the rank of Admiral as Chief Commandant for Women in the Royal Navy and is also Commodore-in-Chief for Portsmouth.