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Part 2: Life below decks on the Royal Yacht Britannia

Back in the kitchen - former crew return to Royal Yacht Britannia

The second in a series about the annual return of former crew members of the Royal Yacht Britannia who go back to work on board her for a week each year.

The former crew members follow the routines they once had - eating the food they used to, and returning to the messes where they once socialised with their crewmates.

The yacht served the royal family for more than forty years and travelled more than a million miles around the globe. Her maiden voyage was from Portsmouth to Malta. Many of her crew over the years have come from Hampshire. They organise an annual gathering in Portsmouth.

Britannia is now moored in Edinburgh. Here is Richard Jones with part two of his special series of reports.

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Part 1: Back to work for former crew of Royal Yacht Britannia

Former crewmen revisit the Royal Yacht Britannia

How many of us would go back to the place we once worked to work again - and this time pay for the privilege?

That's what former crew members from the Royal Yacht Britannia do for a week once a year. It's a sign of just how special it was to be a sailor aboard a ship which served the nation for more than 40 years.

Richard Jones joined them - exclusively on board - and this is the first of three special reports this week.

Duke helps charity mark its 25th anniversary

A Dorset based conservation charity is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary with the Duke of Cambridge.

Prince William is the Royal Patron of 'Tusk' - which aims to help conserve wildlife in Africa, as well as carrying out projects to alleviate poverty amongst rural communities in the continent.

The Duke is due to attend a reception at Windsor Castle. Since its formation a quarter of a century ago, the charity has raised more than twenty five million pounds for a wide range of projects.

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Sinn Fein leader expected to meet Prince Charles

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams is expected to meet Prince Charles in what would be an historic meeting in Ireland. It is understood that Mr Adams is among guests expected to meet the Prince tomorrow as he begins his four-day tour of Ireland.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams expected to meet Prince Charles. Credit: PA

The Prince of Wales begins an emotional and historic trip to the west of Ireland where his great uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten was assassinated by the IRA. One of the most poignants stops on the official four day visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland will be on Wednesday when Prince Charles arrives in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, the site of the atrocity.

All of Ireland's main political leaders have been invited to National University Ireland Galway but the prospect of the visit beginning with the first meeting of a royal and a Sinn Fein leader in the Irish Republic will undoubtedly set the tone.

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Registrar welcomes Princess Charlotte to the world

The registrar who signed Princess Charlotte's birth certificate has said it was an "honour" to be able to officially register the arrival of the newest member of the royal family.

Kensington Palace revealed earlier today that the registration had taken place, with Prince William signing the certificate.

It was an honour to register the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Westminster City Council has a long history of registering royal births, including Prince George, and it's a pleasure to formally welcome the latest addition to the family.

– Alison Cathcart, superintendent registrar for Westminster City Council

She has also presided over several celebrity marriages including those of Sylvester Stallone, Joan Collins, Barbara Windsor and David Walliams.

Man arrested after pensioner's body found in flat

A man is being questioned by detectives on suspicion of murder after the body of a pensioner was found in a flat.

The alarm was raised by a resident who was concerned about their elderly neighbour, believed to be a man aged in his 60s or 70s, and officers rushed to the block of flats in Brighton to discover the body.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said the death was being treated as suspicious and a murder investigation had been launched.

"At about 5.30pm on Bank Holiday Monday police went to a flat in Vernon Terrace, Brighton, after a member of the public reported concern for the occupant at that address," he added.

"On entering the property officers found the body of a man, who is believed to be the elderly occupant.

"The death is being treated as suspicious."

A 49-year-old local man was arrested that same afternoon on suspicion of murder and is still in custody being questioned about the death.

A post mortem examination was expected to take place on Thursday while murder squad detectives were still trying to trace the man's relatives.

"We believe that deceased and the person in custody were known to each other. Inquiries are at an early stage but we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this death at this time."

– Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rymarz, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team

Princess Charlotte...made out of lego

The lego model of Princess Charlotte is made up of just 3 bricks Credit: Legoland

She was welcomed into the world just days ago, but Princess Charlotte is already on display for visitors to greet with a wave.

A figure of the Royal princess - made up of just three bricks - was added to Legoland Windsor over the weekend, joining her big brother Prince George and parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince Charles and Camilla and Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton also feature in the display, with Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana sharing a 7cms tall double buggy with her brother outside the 35,000 brick Buckingham Palace.

The lego model of Princess Charlotte is made up of just 3 bricks Credit: Legoland
The lego model of Princess Charlotte is made up of just 3 bricks Credit: Legoland

"Our guests have a real soft spot for the Miniland Royal Family, so we didn't think twice about celebrating the birth of Princess Charlotte by adding her into our hugely popular Royal scene.

"Updating our Royal family has become something of a tradition here at Legoland Windsor and we've had a lot of fun with them over the years – from recreating the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in miniature and commissioning tiny bespoke Royal Ascot hats for the Royal ladies, to throwing Prince George a teeny first birthday garden party last summer. We hope guests will enjoy our latest Royal addition as much as we do."

– Sue Kemp, divisional director of the Legoland Windsor Resort

The Royal couple announced their daughter's name yesterday/on Monday, two days after she was born following a three-hour labour.

Charlotte had been the bookies' favourite, while Elizabeth is the middle name of Kate's mother Carole and the name of the Princess' other famous grandmother, the Queen.

Princess Diana gave birth to William in the same hospital where Charlotte was born, London's St Mary's Hospital.

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