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A Right Royal Laugh - HRH Prince of Wales Speaks to Centre Manager at Basepoint Chatham


Making the Prince of Wales laugh!

The dockyard was buzzing when His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited on Monday 29th July.  He was met by Admiral Sir Ian Garnett KCB for a tour of the Museum Square area viewing No.3 Covered Slip, Ship's Timbers (The Ship Beneath The Floor) and No.1 Smithery before being introduced to selected members of the creative community within the dockyard in No.1 Smithery next to The Joiners Shop.

Due to the slight delay in their arrival, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall attended the lunch held in Commissioners House and visited The Railway Workshop Picnic and Play area to observe the 'Pirates Were Explorers Too' activities, before making her way to No.1 Smithery to join Prince Charles where they viewed The Dockyard's latest exhibition 'Exploring Antarctica: The Final Expeditions of Scott & Shackleton'.

The team at Basepoint Chatham were very lucky to grab the attention of Prince Charles with a 5 metre long chain of Union Jacks and were complimented "I am very impressed with those Union Jacks! Where did you get them from?"  to which our Centre Manager, John Luchford excitedly replied, "Thank you, my office!" His Royal Highness chuckled and continued on his tour.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales agreed to take on the Patronage of The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust for a five year term back in April 2013.