It was a rare privilege to welcome the Duke of Edinburgh to review the Royal Yacht Squadron vessels from HMS Ranger.

Lieutenant Iain Laird RN

For Northumberland the celebrations began with a reception and capability demonstration on board hosted by the Second Sea Lord. 

Guests included the Duke of Edinburgh, as Admiral of the Royal Yacht Squadron, and foreign royals including King Harald of Norway, Juan Carlos, the former king of Spain and Prince Henrik of Denmark.

Commander Trish Kohn, a keen sailor and the Commanding Officer of HMS Northumberland, said: “It has been an immense pleasure and honour to bring the ship to Cowes to support the bicentenary of the Royal Yacht Squadron. 

“Further, it has been a very special occasion for the ship’s company and I to host the Duke of Edinburgh and so many members of Royal families, across Europe.”

HMS Ranger’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Iain Laird, said: “It was a rare privilege to welcome the Duke of Edinburgh to review the Royal Yacht Squadron vessels from HMS Ranger.

“The event was the highlight of the year for us and it was great to see so many people out to support us on the day. 

“The ship’s company and the embarked students from Sussex University Royal Naval Unit had the chance to meet the Duke and exchange a few words during the review which was carried out over an hour-and-a-half. 

“It certainly was a challenge to manoeuvre the ship in such close proximity to the yachts given the tidal stream and wind on the day, however everyone worked hard to ensure it all went smoothly.”

On Friday evening The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood performed a Beating Retreat ceremony near to the squadron in front of hundreds of spectators, with the Duke of Edinburgh taking the salute.

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