Lord Lieutenant of Bristol appointed Honorary Captain in Royal Naval Reserve

Peaches Golding OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Bristol has been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as an Honorary Captain Royal Naval Reserve.

As Lord Lieutenant (LL) of Bristol, Peaches Golding has been a consistent supporter of the armed forces in the City and the Royal Navy in particular.  Her appointment as an honorary officer is seen as an endorsement of her wide-ranging effect with the region, from the corporate business community right through to the general public.

Visiting HMS Flying Fox and hosted by Royal Marines Brigadier Jock Fraser, Naval Regional Commander Wales and Western England, the LL was briefed by local Naval commanders, key personnel and affiliated supporters of the Royal Navy, enhancing her local and broader service knowledge.

As President for the affiliation between the City of Bristol and HMS Prince of Wales, I am a keen supporter of all that the strong bond with the aircraft carrier brings for both parties. I hope to translate my enthusiasm into a programme of events and activities that ensures she is at the heart of our City wherever in the world she may be and that all who serve on her feel welcomed in Bristol, their second home.

Peaches Golding OBE

“I have a brilliant team drawn from all sectors of the City’s diverse communities to achieve this goal.  Affiliation activities involve civic, ceremonial and religious events as well as a focus on developing links with social and community organisations, corporate and educational institutions and young people.”

“I am thrilled, humbled and honoured to be appointed by Her Majesty The Queen to be Honorary Captain RNR, particularly as Bristol has such a strong maritime history. I look forward to supporting the units in the region and to strengthening their links with our communities.”

Royal Marines Brigadier Jock Fraser, Naval Regional Commander Wales and Western England said:

“I was absolutely delighted to welcome Honorary Captain Golding back to the Naval Regional HQ today and to introduce representatives from across the Naval family in the Bristol area.

“Peaches has visited us many times in her role as Lord Lieutenant of Bristol and it was wonderful to see her for the first time in her Royal Navy uniform. She has been a tremendous supporter of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines for many years and we are thrilled with her recent appointment.

“I know that she will be a passionate advocate for the whole Naval family, including our Bristol affiliated ship HMS Prince of Wales, and will provide the wisest of counsel to my colleagues and I in her new role.”